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Imagine a yard-wide sheet of plastic coated in thin layers of metal and semiconductor rolling off a spool in a factory. That sheet passes under a printing press like a rolling pin, which imprints millions of transistors, capacitors, diodes, and wires onto it. The sheet then scrolls through an etcher to complete the printing process. The sheet would wind onto another spool as a finished product: perhaps a sheet of solar cells that could be unrolled and cut to size on a roof, or a flexible television display that could unwind like a blind in a living room.
"There are devices that we can't even imagine now," says Maltabes.
"You could 'sensor' the world.
One gadget being created with US military funds is the so-called Dick Tracy wristwatch: This flexible band, strapped on a soldier's wrist, would provide communication, satellite images, and Google Earth-style maps. "You should be able to shoot a bullet through it and have everything work except for the place where there was a hole," says Maltabes, of the device, under development at Arizona State University's Flexible Display Center.
OLEDs are solid-state devices composed of thin films of organic molecules that create light with the application of electricity. OLEDs can provide brighter, crisper displays on electronic devices and use less power than conventional light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or liquid crystal displays (LCDs) used today.
A thin-film solar cell (TFSC), also called a thin-film photovoltaic cell (TFPV), is a solar cell that is made by depositing one or more thin layers (thin film) of photovoltaic material on a substrate. The thickness range of such a layer is wide and varies from a few nanometers to tens of micrometers.
I dont think I want a sensored world, how about you?
Originally posted by 5StarOracle
Here we are seeing that which fell from the skies in 1947 crashing to the ground in Roswell New Mexico. Well a part of that which was recovered. Only this is man made, but brought forth by Alien technology none the less...
by these calculations, the ipod you buy in 10 years will be vastly more capable than the computer you are browsing ATS on at this moment.
Originally posted by neo96
i wouldnt want to be wearing that watch if someone shot a bullet through it.
The military, high-tech manufacturers and academia have made Arizona ground zero for bringing the technology into mainstream use. They are pinpointing key materials and testing manufacturing techniques needed to make the sophisticated screens at the Flexible Display Center.
Colaneri, who has been director of the project for two years, said about $90 million has been spent on the project since the center was launched in 2004 under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, and about $10 million more will be needed for completion.
Projects of this scale generally take at least 25 years to complete, Colaneri said. Even though flexible screens face manufacturing hurdles, because many companies have come together to collaborate, the process has been streamlined