Televisions have come a long way since their inception, but the commercially available ones are usually still heavy, fragile, and can take up a lot of shipping space. This can be especially troublesome for Trade Show Exhibitors who are able to minimize their weight and shipping costs for most of the exhibit using Tension Fabric Architecture, but are still dealing with cumbersome TVs needed to bring extra interactive elements.
Emerging technology may be able to solve all three of these issued for both Exhibitors and private consumers. OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screens are extremely light weight and flexible. They function without a backlight, so the screen is made extremely thin using materials that will flex and withstand significant impact without damage. Once this technology becomes more cost effective for large scale products, we might be able to “sew” a TV screen directly into tensioned material and roll it up for shipping.
Here are some videos which show the technology in action:
For more info you can start the search here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED
Valerie “Poly Georgette” has a passion for textiles and construction. She enjoys developing solutions utilizing a number of different substrates to dress a space. She has ten years of experience creating custom solutions and tracking down a plethora of amazing textiles, consistently dreaming up new ways to use them.