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Scientists have patented a new way to make ultra high-res displays that can bend and are thousandths of a mm thick.
They used a miniscule layer of a phase-change material, that flips between two chemical states when hit with current.
By sandwiching it between transparent electrodes, they made pixels just 300 nanometres across and produced images smaller than the width of human hair
None of the pictures move - yet - but the team has filed a patent because of the potential to develop a new generation of flexible, thin, high-resolution displays.
"The cool part about this is that the functional part is very thin," explained Prof Baskaran. "Because of that you could actually have displays that are non-intrusive, because you can keep the electronics far away."
This contrasts with current LCD displays, which require transistors immediately behind the screen to switch the colour of the pixels.