Flexible OLED Wrist Display Like Pip-Boy

This OLED display worn on the wrist is the latest from Universal Display Corporation. This four-inch display is destined for military applications.


(Wrist-worn OLED display)

“With the support of the U.S. Department of Defense, this wrist-worn flexible AMOLED communication device, fabricated on metal foil, demonstrates portability, ruggedness and conformability,” stated Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Display. “The device combines the significant energy savings of Universal Display’s phosphorescent OLED technology with the inherent benefits of a flexible OLED into an ultrathin display with a crisp beautiful picture, a wide viewing angle and a novel form factor. In addition to military field communications, this device suggests a number of exciting possibilities for consumer-oriented products.”

Not to mention gaming applications. Fans of the Fallout game series might be reminded of the RobCo Pip-Boy 3000.


(Pip-Boy from Fallout 3)

The Pip-Boy 3000 is a hand-held electronic device produced by RobCo Industries and is one of several Pip-Boy models that were issued as standard to Vault-Tec Vaults. The device has numerous functions, and its capable of displaying the character's stats, area maps, inventory, Geiger counter, and radio. It is also possible to illuminate the screen to a level that is sufficient to light the area immediately around the user, acting as a makeshift lantern in darkened areas.
(From Pip-Boy 3000)

Readers may also recall the wrist bracelet viewer from Roger Zelazny's excellent 1980 novel Changeling:

Mark brushed back the soft green sleeve of his upper garment and pressed several buttons on the wide bracelet he wore upon his left wrist... He controlled [the bird's] passage with the wristband and saw through its eyes upon the tiny screen in the bracelet's center. (Read more about Zelazny's wristband viewer)

Also, fans of the science fiction movie Predator will remember the alien wrist display; among its various functions - detonate nuclear blast.


(Predator wrist display and PDA)

Check out these other recent wrist displays, both real and conceptual:

Via Engadget and oled-net. Thanks to Nicholas Johnson for passing this item along.

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