Apple files a patent for a flexible OLED based screen/bracelet

Apple's CEO may say that OLEDs aren't good enough, but every so often we hear of a new Apple patent that deals with OLED displays. Today's new patent (filed in August 2011 but revealed today) describes a flexible screen that can turn into a warp-around bracelet using a bi-stable spring. The patent specifically mentions OLED technology because in the bracelet state most pixels will be off.

Apple 2011 flexible OLED watch patent

Apple is reportedly working on the iWatch - a wearable device that may or may not sport a PMOLED display. A flexible display will be great, but I wouldn't expect the technology to be ready just yet for Apple...

In past years we reported on several OLED patents including a flexible OLED based haptic displayOLED based BLUs for LCDsOLED control schemes and others. A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Apple has hired a new executive into its Display group - Dr. Jueng Jil Lee, a former research fellow at LG Display, who apparently was involved with OLED TV printing technology research.

Posted: Feb 21,2013 by Ron Mertens