Google Earth maps and Toshiba’s new flexible LCD screen

By Posted 5 Jun 2010, 08:45

Japanese Corporation Toshiba has recently showcased a flexible LCD screen that can be bent so you can zoom in or out while using Google Earth. The screen is currently a prototype but could be available in the not too distant future.

Google Earth Blog has a video of the bendable display in action. The 8.4-inch screen displays at an SVGA resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and the glass substrate used for the display is only 0.1mm thick.

The display has a bend sensor which is controlled by Toshiba’s custom software, this handles the changes in bend and the level of zoom of the aerial Google Earth display.

Toshiba showed off the screen at the Society for Information Display 2010 Conference. The LCD panel has a thin backlight unit that can be bent to a curvature radius of 50mm, and the edge-lighting LED backlight unit has a guide plate that is only 0.4mm thick.

Use the link above to see the video of the display in action. Would you like to see this sort of technology used in consumer devices?