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The Future of Television: Meet OLED

By Danny Davids(13,494) Danny Davids

Posted Friday, January 11, 2008
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Hey, you high-tech toy freaks out there.  Want the absolutely, positively, best television set you can buy and be on the cutting edge of technology?  Then follow the lead set by the vendors at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week and get your hands on the future of television: OLED.

No, it's not a TV made out of plant material.  Well, not entirely.  OLED (which stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a flat-panel technology made by placing a series of organic thin films between two conductors.  When electrical current is applied, a bright light is emitted.  No backlighting is required, unlike other television displays.  Not only does an OLED television use less power as a result, but it also produces more variants in color and brightness.  An HD OLED TV would be, like, awesome, dude.

The advantages to OLED televisions are many.  Their lower power consumption is obviously a boon to the ecologically-minded.  Displays are brighter and have a larger viewing angle.  Contrast between black and white on the screen can run as high as 10,000:1.  The screens are durable and can operate in a much wider range of temperatures.  They're thinner (some models now are as thin as 3mm) and stronger than plasma or LCD displays.  That means we could end up with transparent or even flexible screens.  The portable television could take on a new definition, as you could potentially roll up the screen and put it in a carrying case similar to a cardboard tube.

Are there any disadvantages?  Right now, there are three--price, availability, and screen life.  Because the technology is so new, production is low, and conversely the prices for initial products are high.  An 11-inch OLED television made by Sony is available in Japan for over $1700, if you can find one.  They're going faster than snow on a sidewalk in July.  However, manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, and are expected to mass-produce even large-format screens (in the 42" range) starting around 2009.  By then they expect to have the third problem resolved.  The organic material doesn't display blue light over the long haul as well as other colors.

An interesting benefit to the OLED technology is that white light can be produced with very low power consumption.  This means that you could see OLED light bulbs showing up as well.  If this technology can be utilized in two very different markets, chances are good others will find uses for it as well.

And they say there's nothing good on television...!

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