The evolution of mobile phone screens has transcended what we could have predicted or seen through a crystal ball, from the first “smartphone” launched by IBM in 1992 to the game changing flexible screen display mobile phone “FlexPai” in 2019. Predictions for the future of technology are endless but one thing is sure; the best is yet to come.
Leading the pack of companies bringing the future to the present is Royole Corporation. Founded in 2012, by Stanford engineering graduates, Royole is an American-based Chinese company that is a leading innovator and manufacturer of next-generation human-machine interface technologies and products, including advanced flexible displays, flexible sensors, and smart devices.
It’s worth noting that Royole have brought ground-breaking disruptions and racked up a lot of “world firsts” in the process. In 2014, they created the world’s thinnest full-colour AMOLED flexible displays and flexible sensors; in 2015, they debuted a foldable 3D mobile theatre and in 2016 it was the world’s first curved car dashboard. Fast-forward to 2017 when they introduced the first smart writing pad, and now their latest innovation -the foldable smartphone with a fully flexible display which was showcased at the recently-concluded CES 2019.
Royole Corporation showcased its full line of industry-leading fully flexible display and flexible sensor technologies at CES 2019. These advanced technologies are part of the company’s Flexible+ platform, and are ideal for numerous applications in a variety of product categories, including Consumer Electronics, Sports & Fashion, Office & Education, Smart Home, and Robotics.
“Royole’s Flexible+ technologies have squarely put us in a leadership position in today’s ever-evolving consumer technology industry,” stated the company’s Senior Director of Marketing, Michael Williams. “We are currently working with over 220 business partners worldwide to implement flexible displays and sensors in a variety of products that will reshape the world of consumer technologies. The total number of improved consumer experiences is restricted only by our imaginations, and that is the very essence of the Royole Flexible+ platform.”
Royole’s Flexible+ platform has forever changed the way humans interact with the world around them and the ways they view entertainment and information content. The company’s next-gen flexible display and flexible sensor technologies can be easily integrated into a variety of products and applications, an astounding array of which was demonstrated at CES 2019.
Flexible Display Technology
With curved displays currently the talk of the tech world, Royole has developed – and is mass producing – the next generation of fully flexible displays. Royole’s patented flexible displays are thin, lightweight, and bendable, creating unique functionality and new applications. They feature high-resolution and high-colour saturation for stunning image clarity and quality.
The company has accumulated scores of intellectual property rights and key technical experience covering all aspects of display manufacturing including materials, processing, devices, circuits, electronic systems and module development. This has enabled Royole to introduce the world’s thinnest (0.01 mm) full-color flexible display in 2014.
Royole officially launched the world’s first commercial foldable smartphone with a flexible display, FlexPai, a combination of smartphone and tablet on October 31, 2018 in Beijing. Disrupting consumers’ traditional concept of a smartphone, FlexPai can be used either folded or unfolded, giving it the portability of a smartphone plus the screen size of a high-definition tablet. The device can be bent freely from 0 to 180 degrees and supports more than 200,000 bends. FlexPai’s screen cannot be cracked or easily scratched, ending the era of broken smartphone screens. When unfolded, FlexPai supports split-screen mode and multi-tasking; supports drag-and-drop across applications, enabling it to share features just as a computer does; automatically adjusts screen sizes; and provides enjoyable video-watching and gaming experiences.
Flexible Sensor Technology
Royole has also developed and mass produced flexible sensor technology that delivers high-precision, linearity, and sensitivity. Royole sensors are fully compatible with flexible and traditional applications and deliver a bending radius of just 1~3mm that is operational even after 200,000 bends.
In conclusion, the future of Royole’s flexible technology is not limited to mobile phones; in December 2018 they signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC). The two parties will collaborate to develop applications that implement flexible electronic technologies in various environments and investigate the possibilities for commercial cooperation. No doubt, more players will venture into this industry and take on daring innovations. Interesting times are here indeed!