Philips Rollable Display Demo

Philips showed off a technology we’ve been waiting a long time for: the rollable display. 

This is essentially a fully functional grayscale display that you can bend (or roll). The demo station showed the display being updated in real time while continuously being rolled and unrolled. 

Philips says they have rolled the display over 25,000 times without failure.  It also uses very little power because the display only draws power during updates.  The display will retain the last image written to it for several months without needing any power.  It also retains its image perfectly while being bended or rolled even with no power applied. The display could be a huge boost for reading electronic text away from a desktop computer.

Hitachi 3D LCD Display Demo


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  • highlandsun - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    These are edge-lit displays, i.e., the LEDs are all along one edge of the screen and lightguides are used to spread their light across the whole display surface. If you decrease the brightness of one or two LEDs that will cause a dark stripe. Probably not useful for most types of images. Reply
  • Clauzii - Sunday, January 08, 2006 - link

    Hmm - bummer! Would have been nice though...each backlit.... Reply
  • Lyman42 - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    I agree, the rollable display is probably one of the most innovative things shown in the article. I also wish that AMD SFF PC would be for sale outside of Asia; it looks very cool. As for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray (BR), anyone notice how ugly the HD-DVD box looks compared to BR's? I like that the Blu-Ray Boxes say 1080p right on the cover, great way to try and differentiate yourself from the competition for J6P. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    I didn't like the design of most of the VIIV devices. Still too 'PC' like.

    That Dell VIIV device only had VGA output. Welcome to VGA resolution DRM video on your HDTV. Come on, a VIIV PC should have DVI with HDCP at least, and HDMI would be nice too.

    The Intel VIIV machine looked awful. What is it with PC manufacturers and the desire for ugly buttons and nasty smokey-black plastic panels?

    OTOH the OLED display looked great, amazingly thin. And the rollable display has a lot of promise for the future.
  • lexmark - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    great article. looks like intel is really pushing forward on its viiv platform. i really liked alot of the case designs on display.

    on the rollable paper idea, won't durability become a problem? something so thin and delicate looks easy to damage.

    oh yea AT, stumbled upon a typo while reading:
    The display was barely over an eighth of an inch "think"
  • Iv3RSoN - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    That AMD media center was sexii indeed. Reply
  • skunkbuster - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    that rollable display looks really cool Reply
  • KashGarinn - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    If anyone can find a link to a video of the thing, that'd be awesome.

  • longfred - Sunday, January 08, 2006 - link"> technology -> download gives you pictures and a video. Reply
  • xsilver - Saturday, January 07, 2006 - link

    I think the idea of it keeping for months without power is pretty awesome, no cumbersome battery pack! Reply

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