LG will soon have TVs you can roll up into a tube, if you're into that sort of thing. Credit: LG LG will soon have TVs you can roll up into a tube, if you're into that sort of thing.
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For years now, science has dreamt of creating fully flexible screens, thus allowing us to watch old "Cheers" episodes on something bendable. Each time a new hurdle is cleared, a new one props up to take its place (sort of like "Lost"). Electronics manufacturer LG, however, may have just cracked the code.

The company has announced it has just created an 18-inch OLED display that is so flexible it can quite literally be rolled into a tube, which would make for one hell of a high-tech kaleidoscope. The working prototype has a resolution of 1,200 x 800, which is pretty darned crisp if you ask me.

How does it work? The backside is outfitted with a polyamide film that allows for ultimate bendability and an even thinner screen. Of course, this is just a prototype for now so who knows when these will start showing up on store shelves. Also, nobody really wants to watch "Cheers" that way (yet).

 

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