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Impress: The Flexible Display

Whoa.

The above video is of the Impress flexible touch screen device, created by the firm Dis.Play – one of the greatest things about this project is its use of Arduino – the physical computing chip.  From the Dis.Play site on Impress:

Impress is the deliverance of the touch screen from its technical stiffness, coldness and rigidity. It breaks the distance in the relationship of human and technology, because it is not any longer the user which is subjected to technology, but in this case the display itself has to cave in to the human. Impress is a chance of approach of user and technology, above all, from technology.

It is a matter of a flexible display consisting of foam and force sensors which is deformable and feels pleasantly soft. Impress works with the parameters position and time like other touch screens as well, but in addition to that, it reacts, above all, on the intensity of pressure.

The user can merge in and collaborate with technology more than ever. He can squeeze out information and fly through rooms, he can form three-dimensional and put objects in motion by deforming the surface. Four short applications allow an insight into an absolutely new world of deeply sensitive and intuitive interaction possibilities.

An excellent concept – all of the functionality of a touch screen with the added parameter of depth.

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Thanks, WhereIsMyFuture, PSFK and Vimeo!

HP’s Flexible Screen – “Virtually Indestructible”

Before HP decides to call something “virtually indestructible,” they should send it out on a rock and roll tour first.

HP, in conjunction with Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center just announced a prototype of a computer screen – a very, very light computer screen – that’s supposed to just rock the display market.  This stuff is manufactured similarly to the way that “thin film” photovoltaics are manufactured – a roll-to-roll process where the screens are pretty much printed onto “virtually indestructible” plastic sheets.  They’re cheaper and more efficient than conventional screens according to Inhabitat, and they use up to 90% less material to produce.

From the Inhabitat article – regarding the technology that’s being implemented in the creation of these screens:

ASU’s Flexible Display Center has been working on flexible display technology in partnership with corporations as well as the US Army. HP likewise has been an innovator in many electronic technologies, including the technology that makes this new prototype possible – Self-Aligned Imprint Lithography (SAIL), which was invented at HP Labs. As HP explains, “SAIL technology enables the fabrication of thin film transistor arrays on a flexible plastic material in a low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing process. This allows for more cost-effective continuous production, rather than batch sheet-to-sheet production.”