May 24, 2017: Samsung unveils its flexible display technology—the first “stretchable” OLED panel.
While the existing flexible OLED displays can bend on one side, Samsung’s new stretchable OLED display can be bent in two directions, and can be stretched up to 12 mm without losing its image. In fact, the screen bubbles upward like a balloon. This would mean that it is unbreakable when dropped or when a high amount of pressure is put it does not crack.
This 9.1-inch display, which can bend, roll and even dent up to half an inch deep, will be used for devices that will adopt the Internet of Things or artificial intelligence technologies. For example, the stretchy screen can be useful for wearables, in-car displays, etc.
Maybe Samsung is working on its own version of the Amazon Echo, an Alexa-based device that gives information through a touchscreen.
The industry is speculating that Samsung’s new stretchable screen will be used on the company’s smartphones as well.