Over the last year or so we have been seeing prototypes for flexible lcd displays with the idea that eventually we may someday have items like electronic newspapers which we could roll-up or fold just like the current paper version, however with less of a post use environmental footprint. Wouldn’t it be cool if instead of having your paper delivered every day, you just hook up your flexi-display to your computer, download the day’s news, roll it up and take it with you on the bus? They have been working on it for awhile now, and one of the issues for the flexible lcd display was the fact that it was still pretty fragile, and therefore not too great for the rough and tumble that your standard newspaper goes through on a daily basis.
Well according to an article at the BBC it would appear that the fragility issue may be on the brink of being solved. Researchers at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering have come up with morphing metal which can be contorted and rolled up without the regularly occurring stresses of deforming metal. These engineers see a future for the flexible yet sturdy metal to be the backbone for flexible displays among other applications. Imagine everyone with one of those cool flexidisplays that we first saw in the movie Red Planet. All I can say is cool!