Hewlett-Packard (HP) researchers have developed display screens that are printed on flexible plastic sheets of mylar material that could be easily rolled during the manufacturing process. The displays can be mass-produced by using a production method called Self-Aligned Imprint Lithography (SAIL). Manufacturing the displays in the form of rolls instead of sheets makes the production method more cost effective.
The flexible display is not meant to be a roll-up screen, but a lighter and more compact display. The displays could be created using a roll-to-roll manufacturing process similar to the way newspapers are printed.
"In addition to providing a lower-cost process, SAIL technology represents a more sustainable, environmentally sensitive approach to producing electronic displays," says HP Labs' Carl Taussig.
View a video of Phil McKinney, viceo president and chief technology officer of HP's Personal Systems Group, demonstrating the company's new flexible display technology.
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