Samsung, Microsoft hype new 'Youm' flexible OLED display tech

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Samsung's day-two keynote at CES was full of surprises, including new bendable screen technology called "Youm," as well as an appearance by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Samsung showed off a prototype smartphone with a screen that continues onto the device's corners.


Helping Samsung to unveil flexible Youm displays was Microsoft, which showed off a prototype Windows Phone featuring the new technology. Microsoft Chief Technical Strategy Officer Eric Rudder also showed off video from a lab test in which a display was projected onto an entire room, allowing a player to become more fully immersed in an Xbox game.





"Some companies talk about reality distortion fields ??we built one," Rudder said in a jab at Microsoft's rival Apple.

Samsung also showed off a smartphone with a display that curves around the edge of the device. And a concept video showcased a phone that could be unfolded and turned into a tablet.

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Samsung demonstrates a bendable Youm screen.


At the conclusion of Wednesday's press conference, Clinton took the stage to promote the Samsung Hope for Children foundation, of which he the ambassador. The former president joked that when he became president in the early '90s, cell phones weighed 20 pounds and there were 50 websites on the Internet.

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Clinton took the stage for Samsung's day-two keynote at CES.


In his speech, Clinton said technology plays an integral role in improving life, whether it's through cutting costs in medical records systems or connecting people and ideas from around the world.

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Samsung also announced its new eight-core Exynos 5 "Octa" chip during Wednesday's presentation. Based on the Cortex A15 architecture, Samsung claimed the 28-nanometer-process chip offers twice the 3D gaming performance of any other mobile processor currently available.
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  • Reply 1 of 52
    "Some companies talk about reality distortion fields"? I don't recall Apple ever saying "reality distortion field."

    In any case, wrapping the display around the edges of a smartphone brick is the least imaginative thing I can think of. I'd like to see something like...active camouflage jackets using this tech.
  • Reply 2 of 52
    gwmacgwmac Posts: 1,799member
    Sounds cool but until we have some shipping devices with these flexible screens it is hard to compare. But if they offer a great viewing experience, are less scratch resistant, more power efficient, or offer some other advantages we could see some amazing phones in the not so distant future.
  • Reply 3 of 52
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,658member
    Clinton and Samsung in bed together. Never knew it would get that low.
  • Reply 4 of 52
    macinthe408macinthe408 Posts: 1,050member
    Is anyone keeping a scorecard on Apple jabs that translate into ZERO action on the part of the jabber?
  • Reply 5 of 52

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post



    "Some companies talk about reality distortion fields"? I don't recall Apple ever saying "reality distortion field."


     


    FYI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field

  • Reply 6 of 52
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    Originally Posted by Roberto Rivera View Post

    FYI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field


     


    Yes, but Apple has never used the term officially or in any other context.

  • Reply 8 of 52
    thepixeldocthepixeldoc Posts: 2,257member
    Not new:

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  • Reply 9 of 52
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,631member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    Yes, but Apple has never used the term officially or in any other context.



     


    It was apparently a self-referrential "jab".

  • Reply 10 of 52
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member


    altered

  • Reply 11 of 52
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    Clinton and Samsung in bed together. Never knew it would get that low.


     


     


    Use to be, Bill sleeps with anything or anyone cause he's a 'horn dog'!  Now he pimps himself out for money...

  • Reply 12 of 52
    Funny how Samsung's prototypes need Microsoft's support. Apple products are supported by Apple software. Enough said.
  • Reply 13 of 52

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post



    Is anyone keeping a scorecard on Apple jabs that translate into ZERO action on the part of the jabber?


     


    Don't really need to, it's like a 3 year old... ok, 5 year old, no wait, 8 year old going against Mike Tyson.  They can jab all they want, but when Mike punches back they will be out cold.  Sorry, the "we did it first" don't cut it anymore.  Remember folks, Apple did not do the first smart phone, or tablet, but when they did it, everyone seem to drop their jaw then scramble to copy/reproduce Apples items.  M$ needs to learn this little "we did it first" phrase has no one listening.


     


    For you little M$ fanboy's think of this way, Ford did the first Horseless Carriage.  Let's put that against say, a BMW or other high end car of today.  Can that be a good thing to say "we did it first" for the first Horseless Carriage?

  • Reply 14 of 52
    Samsung also had Bill Clinton introduce their new Lewin series hard drive. It's completely cloud based and the official name will be Lewin Sky Drive
  • Reply 15 of 52
    rcoleman1 wrote: »
    Funny how Samsung's prototypes need Microsoft's support. Apple products are supported by Apple software. Enough said.

    Odd that it wasn't Google.
  • Reply 16 of 52
    Samsung also had Bill Clinton introduce their new Lewin series hard drive. It's completely cloud based and the official name will be Lewin Sky Drive

    The Koreans love Bill Clinton. Who else could secure the release of those American journalists from North Korea?
  • Reply 17 of 52
    jason98jason98 Posts: 766member
    Wow, rounded edge-to-edge screen is a holy grail of smartphone design. Hope apple is first on the market.
  • Reply 18 of 52
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member


    You can talk about things. 


     


    Shipping a working, fleshed-out timely product to consumers, however, is an entirely different story. 

  • Reply 19 of 52
    Samsung Sucks Ballz
  • Reply 20 of 52
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 2,432member


    It seems to me that CES is a land of promises, soon to be followed by a sea of drowned ideas.

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