toggle

AAPL Stock: 113.29 ( + 0.37 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Scientists develop bendable LEDs

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Thu August 20, 2009

Bendable LEDs

Future devices could have conventional LED displays and lights that can flex and otherwise shape around other objects, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said today. A discovery published in Science would build LEDs on a film that is chemically dissolved while the lights are held in place. These in turn can be stamped on common surfaces, including hard ones like glass but also rubber and other materials that can bend.

Researcher John Rogers notes that many small LEDs can be joined together to form one coherent display and that they can also be spaced far enough apart to be see-through, such as on a bus window.

Development has been funded by Ford and may initially be used for wrap-around brake lights, but sufficiently detailed LEDs could be used for small electronics. It's not known when exactly they would reach production. Flexible OLEDs are likely to reach the market sooner as they have been easier to develop, being made of organic and more malleable carbon; however, they typically aren't as bright as inorganic LEDs and are more likely to break.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

Wren V5US Wireless Sound System

If you're a music fanatic, chances are you are, by extension, a bit fanatical about what you listen to your music on. If you're like ...

toggle

Most Commented