Stick Your Future TV On Like Wallpaper
A television thinner than your finger is the future of screens according to LG Display, the screen-making subsidiary of LG. At a press conference in Seoul, LG unveiled a 55-inch screen that was just 0.97 mm thick and could be stuck to the wall by a magnet.
The screen, which is not going to be available commercially any time soon, is a proof-of-concept and a statement of intent by LG of their investment into OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. OLED screens promise the possibility of thinner screens because the organic compound used in the display also emits its own light, eliminating the need for any backlighting. However, as The Verge asserts, an actual television set would be thicker because it would have to house other electronics and circuitry.
Nevertheless, the prototype is a hint at the direction that screens with OLED technology could go and LG is fully invested in continuing to explore the tech. “We will put everything into OLED as we are confident that it will replace LCD as the TV standard in the coming years,” LG spokesman San Kim told CNET last year.
Other competitors such as Samsung have stopped looking into OLED for television screens as the technology has been quite costly to produce due to its low yield. Many displays end up being non-functional, meaning there is more waste and less reward. LG claims to have brought the OLED yield up to 80 percent.
“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,” Yeo Sang-deog, the head of LG Display’s OLED division, said at the press conference.
While it doesn’t seem that wallpaper-thin televisions will be reaching our homes in the next couple of years, LG believes in the next five to 10 years, their shipments will overtake LCD screens. If LG has any say, one day there won’t be a home without them.