Scientists at UCLA have developed a transparent and elastic OLED, which can be stretched, bended and folded without losing any of its functionality. That might lead to new dimensions in electronic design in the future.
The scientists applied a series of tests on the OLED – they stretched it by 30 % of its original size for a thousand times without straining functionality or efficiency. Furthermore, the OLED can be stretched out to double its original size and still works. In addition, it can be folded 180 degrees and can be twisted in multiple directions.
"Along with the development of stretchable thin-film transistors, we believe that fully stretchable interactive OLED displays that are as thin as wallpaper will be achieved in the near future.” said Qibing Pei, professor at the UCLA. “And this will give creative electronics designers new dimensions to exploit.”