The TicWatch is a smartwatch powered by a proprietary operations system (Ticwear OS) that can connect to both iOS and Android devices. It includes a built-in GPS and an optical heart rate sensor. The display is a round 1.4″ 400×400 287 PPI AMOLED display. The TicWatch is now shipping for $189 – $299 .
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New OLED gadget: TicWatch
Around August 2016 we started hearing reports of a tight OLED supply and a shortage of AMOLED panels . Chinese mobile phone maker Oppo, for example, confirmed this shortage of AMOLED display panels for the R9 (also known as F1 Plus), and the company’s president announced that Oppo will release an LCD variant called R9km. According to some new information we have, some countries (including the Netherlands and France, and some parts of the US too) are experience a shortage of replacement OLED screens for Samsung’s mobile phones. This is true for Samsung’s most popular devices – and for both rigid (glass-based) and flexible OLED screens. Read more about Is there a world-wide OLED replacement screen shortage?
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Is there a world-wide OLED replacement screen shortage?
iFit’s Axis HR is a smart fitness band that features a heart-rate sensor and the company’s MoveReady technology. The display is Futaba’s flexible (curved) 1.4″ 128×16 white PMOLED panel . iFit’s Axis HR is now shipping for $100 .
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New OLED gadget: iFit Axis HR
Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan developed a super flexible organic liquid crystal device, which they say are promising for next-generation highly-flexible LCD displays. The new device is formed from ultra-thin plastic (polyimide) substrates that are firmly bonded by polymer wall spacers. The transparent polyimide substrate (made by Mitsui Chemicals) are about 10 um thick each, and feature heat resistance and the ability to form fine pixel structures, including transparent electrodes and color filters. The refractive index anisotropy is extremely small, making wide viewing angles and high contrast ratio possible. Read more about Researchers at Tohoku University develop a super flexible liquid-crystal device
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UBI Research is seeing increasing demand for OLED in smartphones – especially for flexible OLEDs. The market analysts at UBI estimate that the market share of OLED technologies in the smartphone display market will rise from 16% to over 62% in 2016. UBI sees most investments in OLED capacity increase in the future going into flexible OLEDs – and by 2021 flexible OLEDs panels will represent about 70% of the total smartphone display OLED market. Read more about UBI sees OLED displays overtaking LCDs in the smartphone market by 2020
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UBI sees OLED displays overtaking LCDs in the smartphone market by 2020
Panasonic announced that it has developed a new IPS LCD panel that achieves a high-contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1, 600 times better than conventional LCDs. panasonic developed new light modulating cells that permit pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity. Panasonic says that these new displays will be suitable for high-end monitors for broadcasting, video production, medical, automotive, and other fields. The company will start shipping samples in January 2017, produced at the company’s 8.5-Gen production lines that are capable of manufacturing 10- to 100-inch products. Read more about Panasonic developed high-contast LCDs to rival OLEDs
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Panasonic developed high-contast LCDs to rival OLEDs
UBI says that in Q3 2016, shipments of AMOLED panels for smartphones reached 96 million. This is an increase of 148% over Q3 2015 and a 103% increase over Q2 2016. UBI sees AMOLED shipments increasing in a CAGR of 41% from 2016 to 2020, to reach 1.4 billion units in 2020. Flexible OLEDs will amount to about 60% of all AMOLED shipped by 2020. Read more about UBI says almost 100 million AMOLED panels were shipped in Q3 2016
UBI Research predicts that OLED TVs produced using a solution-based process will start to appear in the market in 2019. Evaporation-processed WOLED TVs will still be the market leader with a 85% market share (of the total OLED TVs) in 2021. Solution-based OLED emitters are not as efficient or long-lasting as evaporation OLEDs, but ink-jet printing will enable to reduce costs compared to evaporation, and for OLED TVs this can make business sense, especially as a WOLED (WRGB) structure is less efficient than a direct-emission RGB architecture. UBI sees solution-based OLEDs competing with WRGB OLEDs for the mid-range TV market, not the premium one. Read more about UBI: solution-processed OLED TVs to emerge by 2019
UBI: solution-processed OLED TVs to emerge by 2019
According to reports from China, several mobile phone makers, including Huawei, Oppo and Vivo (BKK) are worried about the tight AMOLED supply , especially as Apple’s appetite for AMOLED displays may end up taking up all existing and future capacity in the near future . The reports suggest that the three phone makers are discussing the forming of a new alliance that will secure AMOLED supply. The alliance will make investment into flexible OLED production by Chinese display makers, and secure capacity – in a similar fashion to what Apple is doing with Samsung and has done before with LCD makers. Read more about Chinese phone makers are worried about tight OLED supply, may form an alliance to secure capacity
Nanoco, a UK-based cadmium-free quantum-dot developer, announced that it acquired a group of QD patents from Kodak. These patents are connected to the use of quantum dots in Q-LED displays. Q-LED displays are emissive displays, similar to OLEDs, but ones that use QDs as the emitting materials. These displays make use of the dots electroluminescent, as opposed to current QD-LCD displays that use the dots photoluminescent to enhance the color gamut and efficiency of LED-based LCDs. Read more about Nanoco acquires QLED patents from Kodak
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