Kairos Smartwatch

The Kairos Smartwatch is a mechanical watch that has a transparent OLED on top. The OLED is a 1.4" (diameter) full color round PMOLED (40% transparent). The watch has an ARM Cortex M4 CPU (a model with an Intel CPU is coming too), a 180mAh battery (should be enough for 5-7 days as display won't be used to display the time), a 3-axis accelerometer and Bluetooth 4. It runs on Kairos' own smartOS (compatible with both Android an iOS) - but Android Wear OS will be available too.

Interestingly, Kairos says that they will also offer the same watches but with a different display: an icon-type transparent display that will only show static icons, numbers and text. This one will offer 60% transparency.

Acuity Brands: OLED is the perfect light source

Yesterday we posted that Acuity Brands launched new editions of their OLED luminaries with the latest LG Chem panels. Today the company sent us this nice video showing their luminaries while also telling us how great OLEDs are:

I liked the part where he says that up until now, we always had to hide the light source because it is uncomfortable to look at. But with OLEDs - you want to look at the light, it's a pleasure and a joy to look at. Like they say in the movie: OLED is perfect.

Will Samsung finally unveil their OLED tablets on June 12?

Update: Samsung now sent formal invitations. We only have a few weeks before they hopefully reveal their OLED tablets...

Samsung's 8.4" and 10.5" OLED tablets seem to be getting closer - a report from Korea suggests that Samsung will unveil the new tablets in an unpacked event in New York on June 12 (that's less than a month away).

According to several reports in the past months, Samsung's new OLED tablets will sport WQXGA (2560x1600) resolution - for both the 8.4" display and the 10.5" one.

Nanomarkets sees the OLED lighting market reaching $1.4 billion in 2019

Nanomarkets released a new OLED lighting report (OLED Lighting Markets 2014) in which they predict that the OLED lighting market will grow into a $1.4 billion market in 2019. Nanomarkets are now more optimistic regarding OLED lighting due to recent manufacturing expansion and improvement in performance.

While currently most of the OLED lighting panels produced was used in development kits for designers, in the next few years Nanomarkets predicts that real commercial OLED luminaries will start to appear. In 2019, revenues from OLED luminaries for homes will reach almost $400 million and office luminaries will reach almost $380 million.

Goto Denshi offers an OLED encapsulation patent portfolio for sale

Patent broker ICAP announced that on May 27 it will launch a new sale for an OLED IP package. This is an OLED patent portfolio developed by Japan's Goto Denshi that discloses a technique for OLED encapsulation. The portfolio includes 5 assets - 3 patents (in the US - patent #8,487,532, Russia and Japan) and 2 patent applications (In the US and Japan).

ICAP says that the patents describer a two-layer sealing technique which envelops an OLED display panel with an impermeable resin. ICAP says that this technology (which is applicable for both OLED display and lighting panels) not only provides a good barrier, but is also scalable to large screen sizes and mass production processes. The initial bidding guidance is low to mid 6 figures.

Sony denies pulling out of the OLED TV market

Yesterday it was reported that Sony decided to pull out of the consumer OLED TV market, to focus on UHD LCDs. According to UK's What-HiFi magazine, Sony sent them a statement denied that report.

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Sony's statement reads: "Sony has made no announcement in this regard. Sony continues developing and looking into reliable ways to mass produce OLED displays for consumers while continuing to build experience via providing OLED displays for professional, medical and broadcast use."

eMagin reports Q1 2014 financial results

eMagin reported their financial results for Q1 2014. Revenues for the OLED microdisplay maker in the quarter were $6.3 million (down from $8.5 million in Q1 2013, but up from $6.1 million Q4 2013). The company shipped fewer units and also saw a decrease in the average selling price. Net loss in the quarter was $1.6 million (down from a net income of $205,000 in Q1 2013). eMagin has $8.3 million in cash, down from $11 million in the end of 2013.

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eMagin says the the lower revenues were mostly because of the stop order from three customers regarding the wire bond issue. This issue was partially solved. Shipments to one of the customers already resumed last month, and the company expects to resume shipment to the second customer in late June and to the third customer in late July.

COMEDD developed flexible OLED lighting panels on flexible glass

Fraunhofer COMEDD is looking to advance flexible OLED lighting device lifetime, and towards that goal the German institute developed flexible OLED lighting panels on flexible glass substrates. COMEDD reports that flexible glass can enable curved panels that has high OLED lifetime - much higher than can be obtained with polymer-based encapsulation and substrate technologies.

Fraunhofer developed those new panels on their own Roll-to-Roll R&D line in collaboration with Von Ardenne (on the development of process equipment) and Nippon Electric Glass (they provided the "G-Leaf" flexible glass rolls). The G-Leaf glass is less than 35 um thick and can be used in roll-to-roll processes.