Being just a few months behind schedule Samsung showed at the 2013 CES show a flexible display. The technology is already 'pretty cool status' and they promise to make it even better.
For a long time the holy Grail in display technology has been chasing the Organic LED otherwise known as an OLED. Years ago it was predicted that Sony would be the first out with this technology. Clearly Samsung has beat them to the punch. If you have ever used a compact camera or digital video camera out in sunlight you know how you cannot see the screen unless you have an eyepiece to block out the light or have a display that is OLED.
Samsung managed to bring together OLED and a flexible plastic instead of glass. To my mind a display you can't break because it's flexible beats Corning's Gorilla Glass. While the display right now is only about 5 inches and about 720 pixels I wouldn't take any bets that they will not get to 1080 P and a larger display.
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Some people question what is good for? The stage presentation where a smart phone had the display wrapped around the edge spoke volumes to me. By having the display being able to wrap onto the edge of the phone the unit can be closed and have a Times Square type one line message scrolling across the display without the need to open the unit.
It also is not difficult to imagine having a 7 inch or 10 inch tablet that wraps up as an armband and still be in service while being worn as such. When you want to use it as a traditional tablet just lie it flat.
While Samsung is clearly in the Android camp it was interesting to see Samsung with Microsoft talking about Windows Phone. As Windows 8 (under the hood NT version 6.2) and Windows RT both support services that are essentially 'disconnected' (no resource consumption) yet can be poked to wake up on-demand. This means no energy drain as well as resources such as CPU time and RAM being released.
Having your instant message service such as Skype 'on' without using any resources is a pretty good trick Microsoft has pulled off. It does not take a rocket scientist to envision Skype silently displaying an incoming connection request on the edge of the display, leaving you free to decide if you want to take the connection request.