I've seen so many amazing looking flexible prototypes, but never a full on commercial product with a flexible display. It seems like one of those things that sounds great, but no one has quite figured out how to implement it correctly.
Maybe I just completely missed them, but where is it all these massive amounts of flexible displays are actually projected to show up?
In fact, the curved display television market is already taking off. LG and Samsung already have curved televisions on the market, and Sony is promising a model in time for Christmas that uses an curved LED backlit LCD.
But at a time when TV manufacturers -- globally speaking -- are fighting for their lives (due to slimming margins), I don't quite understand what makes flexible curved displays such a "booming" product at this time...
I wondered about that as well, but I also wondered why someone would pay more for a TV that was thinner than the connectors it uses. This could very well be a technology in search of an application, but it could also be sexy enough to catch the public's eye. It seems like this question needs to be answered before any marketing numbers can be believable.
I would agree that the forecast is too bullish, if it was just about televisions--after all curved TVs is just starting off, as a market, with only three models available so far. However, that is just one category, there are 11 other categories included in the "flexible" part of the forecast--those are making up most of the market right now--including anything whose display is not rigid including e-readers, e-notepads, watches, smart watchs, mobile phone displays, phablets, tablets, automotive displays, flash memory devices (with displays), secondary displays, public signage and even gaming casino displays.
This could very well be a technology in search of an application.
I agree. I understand the flexible curved displays are not just for TVs, as the author points out in his comment. But I still fail to see what exactly is it about the cruved displays that would convince mobile device vendors that they've gotta have these displays.
Flexible screens, by definition, would seem capable of being curved. I see several uses. First, they could become "surround screens" to create a sense of total immersion. Second, they could enable the entire screen to be within convenient readsing distance rather than trailing off into the distance as it gets wider and wider. Finally, if they are very flexible, they could be folded into a compact form factor for transportation and then open up for use at the destination.
I have heard from various sources that Samsung has launched gigantic curved TV in Korea and the booking was reasonable. I have never seen one in the States.
In terms of comment of the curve design, I have heard more negative than positive. Regardless, I don't see there is a reason for a curve display for the current popular TV size. Otherwise, who would like to put a 80"+ TV at home?
At this point, I really don't see much benefit of curve display except application on signage that needs to curve around archtectural structure. Maybe, retractable display for mobile devices or a smartwatch wrapped around your wrist will support the forcast.
This remind me about the 3D TV scam that went viral for few years before people gave up on them. I would prefer an Ultra High resolution projector with build in 3D effect to do the same thing in a very compact portable form...with les energy and less damage to the environment.