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January 26, 2004

Philips to Sell Foldable Screens

It's been hyped for several years, but it looks as though it's finally arriving for real. Philips Electronics says that they'll have 5 inch flexible displays actually for sale next year. Black and white at first, but you can bet that larger color versions will follow.

So picture this: you're sitting in Starbucks and pull an 8 inch tube out of your pocket. Out of it unfurls an 11 inch flexible sheet that proceeds to show you all the latest news, a streaming movie, or Harry Potter Volume VIII as you sip your venti chai latte. That sound you hear is 500 million trees exhaling an oxygen-rich sigh of relief.

More on the technology here, here, and here.