Ah, interesting, I wouldn't think bendy technology would be so durable offhand but now that I think about it and you mention it, I guess you're right. It could take more of a beating than hard-shelled technology that can crack, break or shatter. So this is the design wave of the future, then, for devices...?
I saw the Samsung demo at CES 2013 back in January. With tech ideas like this, it always takes a while for the generational increments to catch up to concepts. Think concept cars versus the ones actually produced.
As Apple stops buying chips and things from Samsung, Samsung will need a new cash cow. Since I am sure they are patenting their bendable tech, keeping it out of Apple's hands, they will have to push the flexibility angle.
Cabe , i didnt knew that samsung is using stretchable lithium ion batteries and producing flexible screens before your post .No doubt these batteries are the very next technology although a lot of work has to be done in it.These stretchable batteries can also be used to power the bionic eyes
Cabe - I didn't know that Samsung (or anybody for that matter) had a bendable display like that until I saw your post and googled it. The general nature of flexible design has a lot of cool possibilities going forward.
Good post Cabe. I can certainly see how this could improve the lives of many individuals. From looking at your illustration, it would appear the weight is minimal with materials that are seemingly "off the shelf". Do you have any information on how this is funded; i.e. private, Federal, etc.? The reason for asking, I see many federally funded programs being cut over the next few years and this appears to me to be a very worthwhile investigation. It would be a pity if it got cut.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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