Every once in a while, big tech companies reveal something truly groundbreaking — and LG may have hit innovation gold with its latest screen announcement.
LG Display, the panel-making sister company of LG Electronics, has lifted the lid on what it’s calling “the world’s first high-resolution 12-inch stretchable screen” – a panel that can be deformed by up to 20% of its original size. and shape without suffering any damage.
Yes, you read that right: LG made an extendable screen. And not just ‘extensible’ in the marketing sense. This is a micro-LED (not OLED, interestingly) display that can be stretched, bent and twisted in the same way as a high school flexible ruler – all while retaining its full-color RGB properties and 100ppi resolution.
LG says its new display is “thin, lightweight and easily attaches to curved surfaces such as skin, clothing, furniture, automobiles and aircraft.” In other words, the technology has the potential to be useful in a variety of industries – not least in the worlds of fashion, wearables, mobility and gaming. Check out an image of the screen in action at a recent LG demo below.
The flexible screen material is based on a highly resilient film-like substrate made from the same special silicon used in contact lenses. As a result, the screen can be stretched up to 14 inches, which LG claims offers “a cutting-edge solution. [that surpasses] existing collapsible and rollable technology.”
Even the best folding phones these days suffer from flimsy internal screens and bulky designs that limit their popular appeal as viable alternatives to the best phones. LG’s new display technology, however, could pave the way for a much more adventurous portable future that doesn’t come at the expense of real-world practicality.
Strictly speaking, LG isn’t the first manufacturer to unveil an extendable display. Samsung debuted an OLED-based stretchy prototype in 2017 and a cool but highly impractical stretchy TV in 2021, but neither project has gained much momentum in the years since. LG, on the other hand, clearly has big ambitions for its innovative new display technology.
If we’ll see the company’s 12-inch micro-LED panels attached to clothing and planes in the near future, history has taught us not to get too excited about innovations we know very little about. For our money, however, rubber bands will usurp foldable and rollable ones as the coolest new tech products on the market sooner rather than later.