June 9, 2017: The introduction of different shapes of OLEDs have paved the way for new applications. With the introduction of round, square and letterbox shaped OLEDs, this technology is taking over many industrial applications and healthcare applications from LCD.
While round OLEDs are suit for wearable devices, letterbox shape OLEDs suit rack based units like AV equipment and laptops, which are getting thinner and lighter. Different shapes of OLEDs are also making flexible and curved OLEDs technically possible.
OLEDs have much better performance than LCDs as they do extremely well in low temperatures and have very little degradation of response time. Hence, OLED technology is emerging as a viable alternative to LCD in many industrial applications.
Aesthetically, a round OLED display is preferred for applications like wearables, watches, motorbike or bike instrument displays where OLEDs are expected to replace LCD. OLED technology is expected to become an alternative to monochrome LCD in applications like benchtop equipment, instrumentation, industrial handheld monitors, measurement equipment, current analysers, ticketing machines, vending machines, etc. The Internet of Things will open up further opportunities.
OLED displays are becoming popular for handheld products pistol grip thermometers, laser range finders, handheld instruments and handheld meters, because of its ultra-thin size, lightweight, and it consumes extremely low power.
OLEDs also becoming a viable alternative for the wearable electronics, especially in the healthcare and fitness sectors.