Novel wrist-mounted phosphorescent OLED displays built on thin flexible metal foil are being evaluated by U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center's (CERDEC).
The devices developed by Universal Display Corporation were presented to the military for evaluation and testing where they have received positive feedback.
The prototype wrist-mounted flexible OLED display devices were designed and built as part of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) funded program to develop a thin, lightweight and ruggedized communications device.
During simulated exercises at the Military's Fort Dix facility, the wrist-mounted devices were shown depicting a number of different sources of information, including a real-time unmanned air vehicle (UAV) video feed and various other images received through computers running different applications. These devices have the potential to provide soldiers with advantages in the field that could mitigate risk and improve operational performance.
The eight units each contain a 4.3" QVGA full-color, full-motion AMOLED display using amorphous-Silicon (a-Si) TFT backplanes designed and fabricated on thin metallic foil by LG Display. The front planes were then built on top by Universal Display using its high-efficiency, full-color PHOLED technology and materials. The use of Universal Display's PHOLED technology enables these displays to consume less power than
comparable AMLCDs, an extremely important feature to lighten the load of electrical power requirements. Designed and integrated by L-3 Display Systems, the units offer various advanced communications features, all integrated into a thin and rugged housing that comfortably fits around a soldier's wrist.
David Huffman, Chief Scientist for L-3 Display Systems said, "These devices will increase the user's situational awareness, while reducing the power and weight required by current display technologies."
"The delivery of these state-of-the art flexible communications devices, and their success in simulated field exercises, are significant achievements," said Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Display. "This collaboration has driven key advances that may improve soldiers' capabilities and enable a variety of wearable and other flexible applications for both the military and consumer markets."
Flexible display technology is considered potentially disruptive for the information content and communications markets. Flexible OLEDs may enable a variety of thinner, lighter weight, and more rugged products and lead to a host of novel product designs using the conformable and flexible features that are unique to this technology.
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Reference: Universal Display Corporation