Samsung launches a flexible OLED device design contest in the US

Samsung launched a new flexible display contest in the US titled the "Flexible Future Business Plan Competition". Samsung wants people and companies to submit gadget concepts that use flexible displays (1 to 20 inches in size, up to Full-HD resolution). The prizes aren't large: $10,000 for the first prize, and $5,000 and $2,500 for the second and third runners up.

YOUM phone prototype, CES 2013

Samsung will choose the winners based on how important the flexible display is in the device, and will also consider the design and the practicality of the hardware and business plan. Samsung allows for four flexible display categories: plane displays (which look like regular rigid panels), bendable displays, foldable displays and rollable displays. You will have to submit your idea and business plan by October 6th.

Samsung officially launched their YOUM flexible OLED displays in January 2013. The company showed several prototype devices, but didn't yet announce when it will start producing actual panels. It is expected that small scale production will begin towards the end of 2013.

LG is also gearing up towards flexible OLED production. The company hopes to start production in the middle of the second half of 2013. LG Electronics already announced it plans to produce the first flexible-OLED phone by the end of 2013. LG will also have limited capacity at first and is yet to commit to large scale production.

Posted: Aug 16,2013 by Ron Mertens