LG Reveals "Wallpaper TV" - Less Than 1mm Thick

LG Reveals "Wallpaper TV" - Less Than 1mm Thick

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LG's new superthin OLED TVs are also super flexible. Imagine rolling up your TV to take to your friend's place?

Ever since we cast-off the CRT, TVs have been getting thinner and thinner. Now, it looks like LG is set to finally end that arms race with its crazy new superthin OLED TV. At just 0.97mm thick, the 55 inch TV can be rolled up like a sheet of paper, and stuck to a wall with a magnet like wallpaper.

The OLED weighs just 1.9 kg, and is a significant upgrade from LG's previously revealed 4.3mm model. Last year, LG unveiled two 18-inch OLED panels - one that's rollable and another that's transparent. According to LG, the 1,200-by-810 flexible OLED panel can be rolled up to a radius of 3 centimeters without affecting the function of the display.

As for the future, LG plans to develop a 99 inch OLED display by the end of the year, meaning that you will soon be able to literally wallpaper your house with TVs.

Yeo Sang-deog, the head of LG Display's OLED division, is astounded at the amazing progress that has been made in OLED development. "It has taken a year and half for us to raise the yield to this level (for OLEDs), while it'd taken nearly 10 years to achieve the yield for LCDs," he said.

There's no word on when these babies will be available for the general population to purchase, but you can probably bet that they will be very, very expensive.

Source: Yonhape News

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All they have to do is make it supple and you could wear a TV. Then a new blinding hell golden age of advertising will begin.

I'd so wallpaper my house with a TV screen if I could. This is really neat!

But I wonder what else this insanely thin OLED material could be used for? Maybe some day, we'll have OLED clothes that change color on their own, or display GIFs!

That's pretty cool, and I think I might actually want one. One question though. How do you hook stuff up to it? VCR (you guys still have those, right? Not just me?), DVD, Blu-ray, and most importantly, game consoles. Or am I simply imagining this thing as being thinner than it is?

Ah, technology marches on, just going to show that...

THE FUTURE IS NOW!

That is seriously cool though. Soon, that's going to be the template for a lot of personal devices that require a screen. And I can't wait to see it!

How are you supposed to plug anything into that?

OK, I wonder how much that thing will be when it comes out :)

Several uses for this I thought of while reading the article:

  • Projector-less movie theaters.
  • Cheaper backdrops for concerts or performance art.
  • DIY virtual reality room.
  • Dynamic wallpaper.
  • Really, the possibilities are numerous.

    crimson5pheonix:
    All they have to do is make it supple and you could wear a TV. Then a new blinding hell golden age of advertising will begin.

    Active Camo?

    Asclepion:

    crimson5pheonix:
    All they have to do is make it supple and you could wear a TV. Then a new blinding hell golden age of advertising will begin.

    Active Camo?

    That would also require camera arrays and hefty processing power to properly distort the image in real time.

    Sniper Team 4:
    That's pretty cool, and I think I might actually want one. One question though. How do you hook stuff up to it? VCR (you guys still have those, right? Not just me?), DVD, Blu-ray, and most importantly, game consoles. Or am I simply imagining this thing as being thinner than it is?

    Since it still needs some sort of power source, I would assume that there is some kind of "unit" on one of the TV's corners that you can plug stuff into.

    Steven Bogos:

    Sniper Team 4:
    That's pretty cool, and I think I might actually want one. One question though. How do you hook stuff up to it? VCR (you guys still have those, right? Not just me?), DVD, Blu-ray, and most importantly, game consoles. Or am I simply imagining this thing as being thinner than it is?

    Since it still needs some sort of power source, I would assume that there is some kind of "unit" on one of the TV's corners that you can plug stuff into.

    Or perhaps a separate box with a single ribbon that runs up to the screen.

    crimson5pheonix:
    That would also require camera arrays and hefty processing power to properly distort the image in real time.

    Only if you were going for an actual 'cloak'. What about blending into the surrounding textures like an octopus?

    Asclepion:

    crimson5pheonix:
    That would also require camera arrays and hefty processing power to properly distort the image in real time.

    Only if you were going for an actual 'cloak'. What about blending into the surrounding textures like an octopus?

    You could drop lower the processing, but you'd still need the cameras because the suit needs to know the color and distance to it's surroundings.

    wallpaper your house with TVs huh? Ray Bradbury must be spinning in his grave.

    I've been dreaming of having tvs that could roll up or stack like paper; if they ever manage to put a touch interface on them it will be the coolest thing. They eventually make it cheap enough and we wouldn't need paper anymore.

    Screw wallpaper; this is the sort of thing that could give us a fully interactive environment. How cool. Although, that's going to be a lot of eye strain...

    Steven Bogos:

    Sniper Team 4:
    That's pretty cool, and I think I might actually want one. One question though. How do you hook stuff up to it? VCR (you guys still have those, right? Not just me?), DVD, Blu-ray, and most importantly, game consoles. Or am I simply imagining this thing as being thinner than it is?

    Since it still needs some sort of power source, I would assume that there is some kind of "unit" on one of the TV's corners that you can plug stuff into.

    I suspect all the bulky stuff (power supply, usb/input ports, etc) is in a separate box, that is meant to be hooked up to the t.v, and can be hidden away.

    Underground offices would be able to cover large spaces of wallpaper with screens that displayed the view of outside from remote cameras mounted on the surface, thus keeping their workers reasonably contented and productive. It would be like working in The Hive, minus the risk of T-Virus outbreak and elevator-assisted decapitation.

    I want one of these in a tablet. Screens are steadily getting lighter and cooler, I want my 4k passively cooled mobile PC before I hit 30 damnit!

    In the mean time one of these replacing my bank LCD screens would be nice.

    Asclepion:

    Active Camo?

    darkhallwaygames:
    How are you supposed to plug anything into that?

    I was just wondering that...I can understand modern TVs not having an RF adaptor but how am I supposed to play my older consoles on a TV like that? Indeed, how am I supposed to play my current consoles on a TV like that?!

    Barbas:
    Underground offices would be able to cover large spaces of wallpaper with screens that displayed the view of outside from remote cameras mounted on the surface, thus keeping their workers reasonably contented and productive. It would be like working in The Hive, minus the risk of T-Virus outbreak and elevator-assisted decapitation.

    Oddly enough, this has never been an issue with me, just adequate lighting is enough. But yea, non-decapitating elevators and an office A.I. that is three laws-compliant would be nice.

    fix-the-spade:

    In reality, the heat and power required for active camouflage completely undermines the awesome Predator effect. Which is a shame, but it's real and it's awesome.

    It could get there one day, with a system being made more efficient. Who knows, maybe there's already a decent active camo suit out there and we just don't know it because we can't see it?

    That's basically end-game in TV thickness. I do wonder about other stats:

    1. Connection? Where does it get the video from? Is this is a two piece with something else projecting the image that itself has hookups to cords?

    2. Resolution? Refresh Rate? Latency (especially if the video is streamed)?

    3. Cost?

    This is a really cool unveil but I'm guessing this is just proof of concept and nowhere near release. Really hope I'm wrong there though.

    Huh... I wonder if it's more durable than that poster your baby cousin at the time ripped to shreds before your eyes as you wondering at the time if this was actually happening right now...

    Other than that, I'm sure the wireless [portable] box that would go along with this TV would be as thick as your current wallet...

    FINALLY!!!! I've been saying they should make TV wallpaper since I was like six.

    But in all seriousness, does it really matter whether a TV screen is 1cm thick or 1 mm thick? I mean the total loss in room space for either is negligable so I don't really see the advantage to this over traditional flat screens that you can hang on your wall.

    How is it powered?

    3D television? Meh. I'd trot it out for guests a few times, and then probably misplace the glasses.

    Curved television? Nice try, guys, but I don't feel I'm missing out on anything I'd miss more than the hole in my wallet.

    A television that absolutely cannot be knocked down by pets or crush a toddler...?

    Hmmmm... Tell me more...

    We need those hologram screens next, yo.

    Callate:
    3D television? Meh. I'd trot it out for guests a few times, and then probably misplace the glasses.

    Curved television? Nice try, guys, but I don't feel I'm missing out on anything I'd miss more than the hole in my wallet.

    A television that absolutely cannot be knocked down by pets or crush a toddler...?

    Hmmmm... Tell me more...

    Ditto. Got a nephew that likes to play around and even poke at our living room TV and it constantly scares the hell out of me. A TV like this is right up my alley.

    Looking at this, my first idea for the future use of this tech would be in mobile devices.

    Over the years smart phones have became unwieldy huge due to the consumers needing a bigger screen for all their gaming/movie watching/net surfing/etc. needs. This often leads to transportation problems, easy breaking due to the large glass surface area (try breaking my old-school brick-phone just by sitting on it) and them just looking bloody ridiculous when you raise them to your head to actually use them as a phone.

    Now imagine if this tech could be used to create thin, rolled-up screens that could be retracted into a tube on the phone. With this you could have the best of both worlds: a relatively small device that you could easily put into your pockets, and when you actually need to use it you could just open up the tube, roll out a large screen and poke away at it at your own merriment.

    So the movies where walls were screens are becoming reality.

    Shoggoth2588:

    I was just wondering that...I can understand modern TVs not having an RF adaptor but how am I supposed to play my older consoles on a TV like that? Indeed, how am I supposed to play my current consoles on a TV like that?!

    your not. consoles are not meant to be played after the live cycle is over. yes, you can do it, but they were never intended for that. Its like asking why your phone cannot play vynyl.

    Sniper Team 4:
    That's pretty cool, and I think I might actually want one. One question though. How do you hook stuff up to it? VCR (you guys still have those, right? Not just me?), DVD, Blu-ray, and most importantly, game consoles. Or am I simply imagining this thing as being thinner than it is?

    Maybe this TV is meant for a hypothetical flat-as-a-pancake Playstation 8?

    Still this is pretty awesome, I imagine in afew years someone rich and crazy enough will start covering all his walls with these TV's.

    Misterian:

    Sniper Team 4:
    That's pretty cool, and I think I might actually want one. One question though. How do you hook stuff up to it? VCR (you guys still have those, right? Not just me?), DVD, Blu-ray, and most importantly, game consoles. Or am I simply imagining this thing as being thinner than it is?

    Maybe this TV is meant for a hypothetical flat-as-a-pancake Playstation 8?

    Still this is pretty awesome, I imagine in afew years someone rich and crazy enough will start covering all his walls with these TV's.

    After a few years? Surely you underestimate rich people.

    OT : You mean i can carry my television with me to the bathroom? No more missing parts of a show to pee? Sign me up!

    So, now we can truly have newspads like in 2001, not Apple iPads which are slippery, heavy and breakable, and we can have wallscreens like in Fahrenheit 451. Since everyone will be thoroughly glued to the set by then, book burning anyone? Or shall we just wait for HAL to open the airlock?

    Year and a half my ass. I have an issue of Time from ten years ago that talked about FOLEDs and even had a photo.

    Still, another technology from Back to the Future Part II looks to be on track to become a reality before the year is out. What I want to know is, will it be able to unroll perfectly flat like a window shade, or will it be like posters where the curl never quite goes away?

    Primero Holodon:
    wallpaper your house with TVs huh? Ray Bradbury must be spinning in his grave.

    Based on what I know about the guy, I'm pretty sure he was spinning before they even put him in there.

     

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