LG has just launched a new screen using OLED tv technology that has enabled it to be less than 1mm thick and hung like wallpaper.
What is OLED
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode and the emissive electroluminescent layer is a fine film of organic compound that emits light in response to electric current. This film is positioned between two electrodes of which one is transparent.
The OLED operates with no backlight, can present deep black images and can be much thinner than an LCD screen. Where the screen is in lower ambient lighting, the OLED can present better contrast than LCD.
Size and Weight
LG have pulled out the stops with this model and in a 55-inch form, it measures just 0.97mm in depth and 1.9kg in weight. The fact that the panel is so light, means it can be attached to a wall just by magnetic strips. This screen doesn’t however contain all the elements to deliver a complete TV experience and hence would be bigger if this were the case. We imagine that Bluetooth or WiFi enabled screens could place the central TV control elsewhere.
This display is just demonstrating the ability of the technology to date and isn’t available commercially yet. The challenge for LG is to make the OLED manufacturing process easier as it currently costs large amounts of money. Having said that, LG has deep pockets and is dedicated to the technology after it launched 7 OLED TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this year.