Things are looking more promising for flexible mobile displays for our smartphones and other devices in the future. Samsung’s demonstrations of flexible displays over the past couple years prove exactly that – while there are still much more research and development to be done, technology does seem to be flowing in the way of transparent and flexible displays.
C3Nano, a company that specializes in this next-gen technology involving transparent and flexible displays, just announced a $6.7 million round of funding.
Founded in 2010, the young company is looking to further develop their carbon hybrid-based ink and film technology. What’s interesting about its technology is that the inks and films are “a high-performance, low-cost solution [that is] remarkably robust, making it an attractive option for emerging flexible and stretchable electronics,” VentureBeat’s Jolie O’Dell reports.
Morris said the company is particularly excited by “applications that further integrate the display and the touch sensor into one device. Solution-coated ink such as ours serves those markets well, because normally the device producer is trying to lower their overall cost by either reducing their material and process cost or reduce cost through simplicity of design.” C3Nano, he noted, is able to do both.
The CEO, Cliff Morris, noted that C3Nano currently has paying customers in Korea and Japan – two countries that have been quite dominant in the display technology sector. Emerging of companies such as C3Nano certainly lines up with the more recent introductions of flexible and transparent OLED displays by Samsung and it would be exciting to see what the future holds for the customers in the years to come.
If you’re curious about these flexible displays, Samsung recently showcased these mobile displays in CES.
- Flexible screens, here we come! C3Nano raises $6.7M for next-gen displays (venturebeat.com)
- Samsung demos new flexible, transparent mobile displays at CES 2012 (digitalcupcake.net)
- Samsung teases flexible, transparent display in concept video (engadget.com)
- Samsung considers LCD unit spinoff to focus on OLED (techspot.com)
- Corning, Samsung Mobile Display Announce OLED Glass Partnership (dailytech.com)
- Oh, why does Samsung tease us with this transparent flexible tablet video? (coolest-gadgets.com)
- Samsung shows transparent flexible tablet in concept video (techspot.com)
- Samsung to introduce flexible displays in devices next year (arstechnica.com)
- Carbon Nanotube -Based Fabrication Technique for Flexible and Stretchable Electronics (azonano.com)
- New path to flex and stretch electronics (eurekalert.org)
- Stretchy Electronic Skin Could Detect, Respond to Touch (scienceblog.com)