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Researchers have developed a display that folds in half without a visible crease, paving the way for a range of foldable mobile concepts to become reality. A team at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Korea have built a prototype of the screen, publishing the results of their work in a recent issue of Applied …

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At the risk of sounding churlish...

...given how remarkable this tech already is, I assume this isn't a touchscreen, is it?

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Happy

Probably not... but it wouldn't be hard to do.

Depending on the tech, of course. Most touch screen tech would be able to sense a finger on the fold, even if there were a gap in the actual sensor(s).

A full touch-screen flip-phone, now that would be fun. Or a 'mini-tablet'. Or for a laptop, a fold-out widescreen display. Or a double-height tablet... complete with touch keyboard, that would be pretty cool, actually. You could read eBooks that look like, well, books! :-D

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@BorkedAgain

It would seem to be fairly trivial to add the touch sensor(s) in with the protective glass layer.

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not to be difficult but

Basically they've said "make two screens and get something really stretchy that hasn't been invented yet to join them"....

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RE: At the risk of sounding churlish...

I don't see why not, from the looks of it a pretty much bog standard screen is split in two with a rubbery hinge in the middle, the join being hidden by the two screen halves being very close together when "open".

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I've been expecting you...

I had a thought this would surface eventually. I had this idea a couple of years ago, but without sufficient fabrication facilities (and oodles of cash) I didn't manage to produce it...

Ho hum, back to the drawing board...

V.

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I just want a screen that can bend... slightly!

Rather than a whole, foldy-upy screen, I just want to not have to worry about bending my smart-phone when I stuff it in a pocket, so if it was just able to bend a bit without damaging the screen, that'd be great.

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Already exists, just hasn't been mass produced yet.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/04/new_flexible_oled_displays/

The Sony version of events looks rather cool. There's a vid somewhere of one of these screens being repeatedly rolled around a pencil-thickness rod, while active and displaying a movie.

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I'm waiting...

... for them to produce a car that does this.

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Wait for it...

Wait for Apple to tell everybody it had a patent on this, amounting to "Gee golly gosh! Wouldn't it be great if you could, like, fold screens. Here's a back-of-the-napkin drawing of what it might take. It was *my* idea, I thought of it first! Sir, they're copying off me!"

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I don't see a reason it cant be...

...seeing as each half is rigid as indicated by the protective glass.

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And before we get there...

a screen that you can roll up. Say, to the range of diameters of your forearm from wrist to elbow. There are already materials which, with the controlled application of a current, will take a particular shape - effectively, 'remembering' a particular state and returning to it. The folding business is perfectly suited, though, if we park our brains in pockets.

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Hollywood got there first

Anyone else remember the time travel TV movie Thrill Seekers from 1999? A mostly mediocre affair in almost all departments, but I do remember the agents had these rather cool tablet computer / video phones that folded in half when not in use, kind of like a book-fold iPad. Give this technology a few months and they could be a reality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_m8SGnUp7U#t=1m39s

Well, all except for the bit where they get messages from the future. I'm not sure even Apple's R&D budget stretches to that.

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