One of the neater possibilities of OLED display technology is the ability to fold it. It’s the answer to a lot of miniaturizing design problems currently facing gadget designers: how do you fit a big screen into a device but make it as small as possible?
Kyocera’s recent showing at CTIA is a great example of how OLED can help solve that problem. The EOS concept phone was a full-sized device with a large, bright, widescreen OLED display that folded up into a compact mode scarcely bigger than a wallet.
Kyocera envisions two modes for the EOS: a portrait QWERTY mode for text entry and a full-on widescreen OLED display for watching media or web browsing.
The EOS has some other interesting tricks up its sleeve as well. They envision shaped memory keys that will flatten when not in use, and a Kinetic charging method that wouldn’t require the EOS to be plugged in to get juice. This is similar to the way self-winding watches work, although owning one of those watches myself, I’ve never been quite sure exactly how many hours a day I need to devote to self-pleasurement to actually strike watch winding from my daily regimen.
This technology excites me. OLED not only offers more vivid colors and images, but its foldability opens up exciting miniaturization options: smaller laptops and cell phones for everyone. And it also helps solve the battery problem plaguing most modern devices, since it draws less power.
Right now, Kyocera has no plans to release the EOS, but I doubt it’s just a fever dream. It’s the future.
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