Among the most promising newcomers in the IT world are OLED (or AMOLED) screens.
These are now used in phones by Sony, Samsung, Nokia and LG and deliver eye catching displays with vibrant colour. They are a key factor in the rampant success of the Samsung Galaxy range. Apple is not using them yet, but watch this space.
OLED generates its own light, dispensing with the need for backlighting. Consequently, screens are thinner, lighter and brighter than their older counterparts.
If you have not been wowed by one yet, find a friend with a Galaxy S, Nexus or Note and check it out. Alternatively, seek out a demo of a Galaxy Tab 7.7, the largest OLED screen product available today.
Much bigger screens are coming, and that means OLED televisions, superior to anything on the market now. Samsung has already announced that its 55 inch OLED telly will be in the shops for Christmas. Its direct competitor, LG’s EM9600, may be available sooner.
Find these on Google Images and you will see that they are super flat, the LG will be only 4mm thick and weigh in at a mere 7.5kg, compared to 25 to 35Kg for 50in plasmas today.
Next up are shaped, flexible and transparent OLED products.
OLED phones built into wide bracelets are being mooted. See through OLED displays can be built into glass, so car dashboards built into windscreens are now planned. Innovative OLED lighting products will be on sale this year.
The Black Eyed Peas’ lead singer has already added to stage lighting effects using OLED panels built into his clothing.
For this technology, the future is, errrm, bright!!