As we all know technology is fast progressing and adapting, and we always seem to be kept on the edge of our seats by new products and concepts that seem to appear daily. The latest, of which I find utterly pointless, yet truly enthralling, is the announcement of LG’s new curved OLED TVs.
Curved screen technology is not a new concept, it is something that has been discussed for many years, and is seen as the next step in consumer driven technology. There has been much talk of the next iPhone having curved screens, but there has yet to be any consumer wide available product that has them.
So, LG are taking the first step, and releasing this new curved OLED TV in North Korea. Now, as I mentioned earlier, I find the concept of a curved television screen somewhat superfluous, and I cannot see how it will enhance ones viewing experience in the slightest. LG have said “the entire screens surface will be equidistant from the viewer’s eyes, eliminating the problem of screen-edge visual distortion and loss of detail”. Personally, I have never experienced a loss of detail when watching TV. Surely that statement’s accuracy will be dependent on where one is sitting in comparison to the TV. The poor person that shows up late to watch the football with their friends is surely going to get lumbered with the awkward side-on TV view. I cannot imagine that watching TV, on a curved screen, from an angle, will enhance anyone’s viewing experience.
Now a bit about the technology itself. OLED stands for “organic light-emitting diodes”, and the fascination behind this LG release is that the TV weighs 17kg and is 4.3mm thick – perhaps 4.3mm thin is a better way of describing it!
OLED technology is carbon-based materials that convert electricity into light. It has enabled the elimination of the requirement for a separate light source that is needed in LED technology in order to illuminate their crystals. They are more energy efficient and can be fabricated onto a flexible plastic substrate rather than rigid glass.
This really does open the door to more unique and innovative products. I imagine that just like touch screen technology, it will fast develop and become an integral part of day-to-day devices, with them becoming lighter and more flexible. No more glass splinters from a broken iPhone screen!!!
Making products using thinner, lighter and more flexible materials should not only improve the consumer experience, but also make them cheaper to produce. Hopefully a benefit that transitions onto consumers.
I won’t hold my breath…