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Investing in the Future of OLEDs

Posted on February 12, 2013

Margarine, prescription drug, or petroleum product? Despite the confusing name, OLEDs promise to be the most disruptive display and lighting technology of the next two decades.

Organic Light-Emitting Diodes have been around since the 1950’s. These are carbon-based materials that create light when electricity is applied. Unlike traditional display technologies, such as LCDs and LEDs, no separated lighting mechanism is required. Also, there is no need for a flat glass backing. This changes everything.

  • Displays are paper-thin
  • Screen refresh rates are lightening quick
  • Wider viewing angles are possible
  • Bright colors are more vivid, and dark becomes pitch black.
  • Less power is consumed, saving battery life

But, the technology is still about ten years behind conventional LEDs. Challenges to OLED technology include high production costs, longevity issues for some colors, and sensitivity to water vapor.

Read more: Investing in the Future of OLEDs | World Future Society.

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