Flexible displays are a hot topic, and my goal was to find a cheap and easy way to build one at home. Normally, flexible displays refer to Oled or E Ink, but I created a working prototype of a flexible display that can be built at home without special equipment.
The prototype shows a seven-digit display, but this guide can be easily modified to make a small dot-matrix display. The working prototype uses a sheet material printed with thermochromic liquid crystal ink. It changes color (bright blue) when heated above 27C. Nickel-chrome wire is used to heat the segments, and everything is controlled by an Arduino Mega board.
Marin Davide created a flexible display that can be built at home without special equipment.
I can't wait for these types of screens to be refined enough to make a truly foldable smartphone. Yes, LG's G Flex is flexible but not to the point of extreme deformity, like the ability to put in your wallet or back pocket.
Excellent presentation Marin. I think this is thinking that's definitely "outside the box". (I hate that phrase but it certainly applies here.) Your write-up on how to accomplish the assembly is certainly great also. As one other comment indicates, this is definitely proof of concept. Well done. I'm assuming you could scale this to provide a larger display. Am I correct in this assumption?
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