Helsinki: “Can you imagine a television that can be rolled up?” asked a research scientist in the Finnish capital.
Curiosity led straight to Richard Friend of UK’s Cambridge University, a knighted scientist who was among the invitees to Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize event, often touted as the Nobel for innovation.

“Plastic electronics are now the starting point for a whole new research field. It has tremendous potential now and in the future,” said the professor, explaining the finer points of his research work. Organic light-emitting diodes are already used in MP3 players and the latest mobile phones. The next generation will be on the wall side television and large area wall-to-wall low-energy lighting,” he explained.

Unlike the traditional liquid crystal display technology, organic light-emitting diodes do not require backlight because of the self-luminous polymer used. This means lower power, larger viewing angle, brighter displays and very high resolution.

Mark Allen, a scientist at VTT, Finland’s premier technical research centre, said Friend’s plastic electronics will have far-reaching impact. “Well we are talking about that kind of future where TV sets can be rolled up. It is not possible now, but as technology improves, we will look at more advanced and energy efficient TV sets.”

Richard has also set up a company, Cambridge Display Technology Ltd, to capitalise on the technology and bring to the market first products using this latest innovation in semiconductors. IANS

Source : Times of India

21 June 2010