Samsung has been showing its interest in making flexible displays for quite some time now. When concepts like the future of mobile video and Galaxy Skin started showing up, we saw this as something too amazing to be true. But the Korean manufacturer has proved that such technology is currently very possible, and it is coming very soon.
Samsung has just named this technology, and it seems it will go by the name of “Youm.” With a name established and trademark filed in (along with WAMOLED, FAMOLED, PAMOLED, TAMOLED), this product seems to be right on track for its expected 2012 release.
Said displays are not only exciting due to their foldable nature, but they are also said to be thinner, lighter and unbreakable (which can be seen in the video below). This will allow us to make watches, foldable devices, smartphones with interesting shapes and probably even scrolls. (I know I can’t wait to wear my robe and pull out a scroll tablet.)
In summary, Samsung is able to achieve this by removing multiple layers from displays (mostly glass and other solid materials). Youm is made out of four layers: Polariser, Encap, Organic layer and TFT film.
Such technology should be arriving by the end of 2012, if all goes right. But 2013, at the latest, will be the year of fold-able smartphones and tablets. Are you guys as excited as I am? What kind of products would you like to see featuring Youm displays?