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June 25, 2007

Razor screen

T-shirt design. Always something you'd consider being restricted to the 2D printed format. Not necessarily any more. Those bods over at Sony have developed a paper thin display that bends like paper while showing full colour video.

At 0.3millmetre (0.01 inch)! the display combines Sony's organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display.

This potentially allows it to be worn as clothing as well as other applications where a display needs to wrapped around an object.

However:

Sony said plans for a commercial product using the technology were still undecided.

Tatsuo Mori, professor at Nagoya University's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said some hurdles remained, including making the display bigger, ensuring durability and cutting costs.

"To come up with a flexible screen at that image quality is ground breaking," Mori said.

"You can drop it, and it won't break because it's as thin as paper."

So maybe its not time to give up Illustrator for After Effects just yet!

Watch a video of the display here.

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dan Phillips

We designed something like this for France Telecom R&D three years ago. Have a look at:

http://the-sea.com/wearables/boy+girl.swf

Turn the sound on...the animation is for two teeshirt screens. half for a girl and half for a boy. it was a catwalk show at the GSM conference.

Dan

Deanobot

That's rather nice, Dan. Wouldn't it be cool if the animations happening on someone's t-shirt started reacting differently if it came into proximity with another t-shirt? Would be great for a singles' night at a bar. Set your t-shirt to 'available', set your desired gender of partner, then if someone with corresponding settings came into proximity, you'd start seeing hearts and arrows :-)

Course, if the other person's a minger, you might be in trouble...

Tom Morgan

Maybe the t-shirt could go through some kind of magic 8-ball routine and then pronounce whether you were compatible.

"Sorry, t-shirt says no!".

dan Phillips

am glad you like the digital tees. i can see that you are already well ahead of us in terms of what a connected tee could do for the world. Maybe they'll be like personal youtube displays. You can either show videos that you made or you can play your favourite channel. Am a bit worried that everyone'll be staring at each others chests though....

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June 25, 2007

Comments

dan Phillips

We designed something like this for France Telecom R&D three years ago. Have a look at:

http://the-sea.com/wearables/boy+girl.swf

Turn the sound on...the animation is for two teeshirt screens. half for a girl and half for a boy. it was a catwalk show at the GSM conference.

Dan

Deanobot

That's rather nice, Dan. Wouldn't it be cool if the animations happening on someone's t-shirt started reacting differently if it came into proximity with another t-shirt? Would be great for a singles' night at a bar. Set your t-shirt to 'available', set your desired gender of partner, then if someone with corresponding settings came into proximity, you'd start seeing hearts and arrows :-)

Course, if the other person's a minger, you might be in trouble...

Tom Morgan

Maybe the t-shirt could go through some kind of magic 8-ball routine and then pronounce whether you were compatible.

"Sorry, t-shirt says no!".

dan Phillips

am glad you like the digital tees. i can see that you are already well ahead of us in terms of what a connected tee could do for the world. Maybe they'll be like personal youtube displays. You can either show videos that you made or you can play your favourite channel. Am a bit worried that everyone'll be staring at each others chests though....

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