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Published on February 25th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Toshiba Develops OLED Television Wallpaper

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February 25th, 2009 by
 

Many of us are accustomed to watching TV on high-quality plasma and LCD screens, but we pay a severe price in energy inefficiency. Toshiba has come up with a solution to our energy woes: flexible OLED paper that doubles as a TV screen.

The paper, which is significantly more energy efficient than both LCD and plasma, uses light that has been redirected using a fine grating created by self-assembling nano-particles. In addition to projecting moving pictures, the paper could also project images. Toshiba’s paper could also be used to emit light — effectively eliminating the need for traditional lighting.

The television wallpaper is currently in the early stages of research, and is many years away from commercial production.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • http://www.purelyproducts.com/ Pure Light

    This is where the future of video is heading. Can’t get much thinner than that. Reminds me of some of the older scifi movies, where people wake up to thier walls playing video. It makes more sense that a bulky TV and allows you to free up more space in your house. Cool post, just wish they could prototype video onto it.

  • http://www.purelyproducts.com/ Pure Light

    This is where the future of video is heading. Can’t get much thinner than that. Reminds me of some of the older scifi movies, where people wake up to thier walls playing video. It makes more sense that a bulky TV and allows you to free up more space in your house. Cool post, just wish they could prototype video onto it.

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