How OLEDs work

This is a simple run down of the benefits of OLED over LCD and Plasma that ran on the Science Channel... I'm guessing sometime ago, since the creator of OLED, Kodak's Steven Van Slyke, describes the era of "42 inch OLEDs" as being five years away, and there are already comfortable prototypes at that dimension. That all said, it's still a good overview of OLED aimed at the layman, and does a fine job of explaining how the technology works and how the energy crisis of the 70's lead to the high-def flatscreens of the double oughts. [via Treehugger]
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7 Responses to How OLEDs work

  1. czechguy says:

    Hey the colours on those new displays looked really good. Gee I wish my laptop could… oh, wait a minute.

  2. zuzu says:

    Putting on my pedant hat… “oh lead”, not “oh el eee dee”? Does he pronounce regular light emitting diodes as “leads”?

  3. georgelazenby says:

    I love how Troy McClure jumps in really fast to reassure the hapless viewer when van Slyke mentions ‘color space’.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think the biggest problem in the short term is the limited life of OLEDs.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hideous, jumpy camerawork in the latest style, quite suitable for cocaine-addled Hollywood types.

  6. hohum says:

    Thank you, Zuzu! I’ve heard way too many people saying OLED as an acronym… But have we ever heard anybody other than the uninitiated giving the inorganic sort the same treatment?

  7. bardfinn says:

    I’ve noted a tendency amongst several EE professionals to pronounce TLA as words instead of as acronyms.

    He likely does pronounce “LED” as “leed”, because Leads on a package are properly termed “Pins”, “Lead” (the element) is a noun, and the bogotroid ambiguse of “Lead” as a verb and “Led” as a verb, , i.e “He led his sales lead on” is a sentence they’d never undertake, and thus requires no vocal vowel differentiation between “LED” (leed) and “lead” (leed), “lead” (lehd) and “led”.

    In short, it is a social linguistic marker, signifying to the listener that the speaker is a member of a clique, and definitely not a member of another clique. Not only does he not have to prattle on about “leadership”, but he has the luxury of having an audience that does not – for example – become confused by the term “Air conditioner” because the audience knows someone named “Eric” (Eri conditioner).

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