ASU Full-Color Flexible Display World's Largest?
This remarkable 7.4 inch display is a full-color, flexible OLED.
(ASU Full-Color Flexible Display)
The display measures 7.4 inches diagonally and was created using mixed oxide thin film transistors (TFTs). ASU claims that the material choice makes these displays particularly cost-effective to produce, because manufacturers can reuse existing production lines rather than investing in specialized equipment. The FDC worked together with Army Research Labs scientists on this project with the intent of creating full-color flexible OLED displays for use in "thin, lightweight, bendable and highly rugged devices" — wrist-worn computers for soldiers, for instance.
Fans of the enigmatic E.C. Tubb recall the flexible sheet display from his 1958 novel The Mechanical Monarch.
However, the stated wish for wrist-worn displays for soldiers makes me think of more recent fictional devices.
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)
Via The Verge.
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