Thursday, August 02, 2007

Form Factor

REAL portable computing is coming now that flexible OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diode) are getting ready to enter the marketplace once the bugs are ironed out regarding brightness, reliability, longevity and heat dispersion etc., etc. as they promise to revolutionize every aspect of computing with their thinness, flexibility (obviously) and low power requirements vs LEDs, which are difficult to produce, require beaucoup power and are rigid (glass substrate).

Interesting enough, Red Planet, a pretty decent 2000 sci fi flick (with good special effects) starring Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss, shows what a device would look like equipped with a flexible display and it's one everyone would want. When OLEDs are combined with capacious solid state memory, fast processor and an interface similar to the iPhone/Minority Report, a smart brick comes to mind because without moving parts, power requirements will drop like a stone, reliability would greatly improve and the devices will be able to handle physical abuse that would kill today's portable systems. When WiMax and open access to RF becomes real (let's hope the FCC doesn't blow it but...), these devices will be everywhere.

Addentum. Sony's entry's not bad either.

'Nuff Said

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