OLED is a new display and lighting technology. OLEDs are made from organic materials that emit light when currency is applied. OLEDs are very efficient, can be made thin, and provide sharp pictures. OLED is widely considered to be the next-gen display and lighting technology.
UPDATE: In December 2009, Kodak announced that they have sold all of their OLED business to LG. LG paid $100 million for the OLED unit. They will still have access to the technology for their own products.
Kodak - where it all started
In the early 1980s, Kodak invented the OLED technology. Kodak are still working on OLEDs, on both displays and lighting, and have licensed its OLED display technology to around 20 companies, including LG, CMEL and others. They are still perfecting their OLED lighting tech, and seeking partners to bring it to market. Back in 2008, we interviewed Mr. Corey Hewitt, Operations Manager & Vice President, Kodak OLED Systems.
Here's a nice long video from Green Magazine TV, on Kodak's OLED program:
Kodak OLED products
Back in 2003, Kodak released the first digital camera with an OLED, the EasyShare LS633. That camera had a 2.2" OLED display with 512 x 218 pixels.
In September 2009 Kodak released their Wireless picture frame, with Wi-Fi, 2GB of storage, and a 7.6" AMOLED, 16:9 aspect ratio, 800x480 resolution, white to black contrast ratio of 30,000:1. The display is actually made by CMEL. The picture frame is available now from amazon, for around 800$.
Kodak hasan active OLED lighting research program. OLEDs can be used to create efficient, thin white light, and has the potential to be the most environmental of solid-state-lighting (SSL) technologies. This technology is not ready for production yet - Kodak still has to perfect it. They are seeking partner to bring it to market. Back in 2008, we We talked to Mr. Steven Van Slyke (R&D directory) and Dr. Yuan-Sheng Tyan, a Research Fellow from Kodak's OLED systems.