FlexEnable has announced they will be showcasing a full colour, conformable organic LCD (OLCD) at Mobile World Congress 2016. Curved into a smartwatch form factor, the 0.3mm thick display component the demonstrator aims to show how mainstream wearables can be brought to life with displays and sensors using flexible electronics.
According to the announcement the 4.7-inch OLCD is driven by FlexEnable's flexible transistor technology, which has been used to develop glass-free, flexible and unbreakable displays, and is particularly applicable in the mobile, wearable and automotive industries.
FlexEnable’s OLCD featured in this smartwatch prototype shows that in addition to a standard smartwatch interface, the OLCD can also run vivid colour and smooth video content – a feature that brings more utility because of the large area.
Figure: FlexEnable - Flexible OLCD display
Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable, said, "The market for wearable devices, and the applications enabled by these devices, is growing fast. However, form-factor constraints and rigidness of components, particularly the display, present challenges for wearables that limit design options and utility." Chuck added, "Flexible displays are driving a paradigm shift enabling greater levels of innovation in wearable applications. The ability to bend and form ultra-thin, unbreakable displays and sensors to any and every surface gives our partners the freedom to design game-changing products which have been impossible until today."
FlexEnable will be showcasing the OLCD smartwatch prototype at booth L30 at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain between 22-25 February 2016.