The Nano Tech 2013 trade show ends today and we have to say that there were some interesting things being shown at the event, but it’s what Fujifilm Corp had to offer that got our attention. As you will see from the image below it’s a film that can be used as a vibrating plate, which means that bendable, foldable speakers could become reality and even accompany a Samsung flexible display.
Okay, so we know that Samsung are unlikely to offer a flexible display on their handsets anytime soon, but we have seen the possibilities of this technology during CES when we were treated to iFlex: flexible phone concept and the PaperTab flexible tablet. With Fujifilm also showcasing their latest development (as reported here) it shows that these flexible products are going to become realty much sooner rather than later.
We don’t expect the sound to be that of a traditional speaker, but using a vibrating diaphragm is certainly an ingenious idea and even harder to maintain a good sound with a device that is also flexible. However Fujifilm believe that they have worked around this issue by using a viscoelastic polymer, which will become hard when it hits a range of 20Hz to 20kHz and anything lower will stay flexible.
There’s still more to this technology and will take a lot of fine tuning if and when it makes it to production, but the potential is there.