Foldable AMOLED features interactive touch control

August 28, 2014 // By Paul Buckley
The first ever foldable AMOLED with on-cell touch has been unveiled by Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) at the Touch Taiwan 2014 event which is showcasing futuristic, wearable devices with interactive touch control functions.

ITRI's star product is the Foldable AMOLED with On-Cell Touch which the organization claims can be folded 10,000 times over a curve formed with a 7.5 mm radius. The thickness of the module is less than 0.1 mm. The module is developed with the FlexUp technology which makes the display module flexible, difficult to break, water and oxygen-resistant, super light and thin. The display module can bring more applications which are beyond our imagination. ITRI integrates touch control panel with display panels, and plans to apply "the active foldable organic light emitting display modules" for making innovative hand-held devices to realize the product concept - "when unfolded it is a tablet, and when folded it is a smart phone".

ITRI beleives the innovative product will create next generation business opportunities for AMOLEDs. According to the IEK of ITRI, world sales of touch control display hit $31.4 billion, and will reach $43.7 billion by 2017. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 through 2017 is expected to reach 12.5%.

The 6-inch foldable smart phone display integrates active organic LED modules and touch control software. When the display is unfolded, a user can select a video play list and watch the video. Even when the display is folded, the device will keep on playing the video. Even after the display has been folded 10,000 times, its touch control functions the same way.

The development includes a 6-inch lightweight conformal with a radius of 50mm to create an impact-resistant interactive flexible AMOLED integrated with projective capacitive touch and user interface technology.

Other devices at the Touch Taiwan 2014 event include a wearable and foldable AMOLED wrist band with interactive touch control and display functions. Another highlight of the showcased products is a gesture-controllable Smart Glass which can be used as a smart phone and camera. In addition, 30 items in materials, display panels, and manufacturing processes for display and touch control devices