Samsung wants to go further in the field of foldable screens by imagining a display stretchable and stickable on the skin, like a bandage.
At the moment, this is only a prototype, but the technology could be endless. Samsung is betting heavily on flexible displays in the future.
We already have foldable screens in consumer products, such as the Z Fold 2, but these panels remain relatively “rigid” in their use. Samsung wants to go further with elastic panels.
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) today introduced a new kind of panel: the OLED Skin display.
It is an elastic OLED display that can stretch up to 30% without any degradation of the image or performance.
This screen can stretch and bend more than 1000 times while keeping all its capabilities.
To achieve this result, Samsung researchers have used elastomer, an elastic polymer as a surface, without changing the manufacturing process of semiconductors.
This gives us a screen that remains very basic, but which promises much for the future. Remember that we are dealing with a prototype.
Samsung Wants To Use The Elastic Screen For Medical Purposes
The first use imagined for this type of screen is as a sort of bandage. Attached to the skin, around the wrist of the wearer, this OLED skin panel can display simple information such as his heart rate with much more accuracy than a conventional connected watch.
Samsung argues that this type of product would allow to measure the health of a patient on the long term, since the screen well stuck would not bother him at all.
Moreover, such a device allows to have the data directly under the eyes without passing by an external display.
Samsung does not hide its ambition with this technology, evoking a commercialization in the future.
However, it is only at this premise and it will be necessary to wait a little time for the mass production.
Note that the Korean firm only mentions for the moment a use for medical purposes.
So we should not expect to see an elastic display on a smartphone, at least not in the immediate future.