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Old December 11 2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

HP Flexible Display: Cheap and Unbreakable Screen Technology
The applications for these types of displays are endless. They can become display screens of cell phones, laptops, computers and other devices. What's really cool is that they could roll up, which is something that is really useful.
I don't know about you, but I used to drool over the global on Earth Final Conflict. You know, the cellphone/browser/webcam thingy that had a screen that slid in and out?



I just thought that was the coolest, most plausible progression in technology on the whole show! (Well, except for the fact that MCI apparently owned cyberspace! ) Now that touch screen technology is becoming widespread, it seems it'll only be a matter of time before it's incorporated into the flexible display tech and we get our very own globals!

We'll also get our newsprint-free newspapers!



I admit, my geek-o-meter just overloaded a little bit.
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Old December 11 2008, 11:09 PM   #2
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

or like this thing from Red Planet

I saw that news a few days ago, I love it, can't wait until we get fold out displays you can roll up
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Old December 12 2008, 02:37 AM   #3
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

I was thinking more along the lines of the plexi's/flexi's on Andromeda
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Old December 12 2008, 03:58 AM   #4
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

It's been a while since I watched any Andromeda episodes. I wish I'd gotten the first couple seasons when they were more readily available. Oh well, I still have most of my VHS episodes.
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Old February 24 2014, 06:11 PM   #5
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i know this is an old thread...but being 5 years ago, and how technology has changed...how much closer are we to actually having the Global be a reality? The one thing they were off by in Earth Final COnflict was that MCI ran the phone system....now it looks more like AT & T or T-Mobile or Sprint...
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Old February 24 2014, 06:19 PM   #6
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

I think any function performed by those cool EFC gadgets can be done quite handily with iPads and iPhones today.
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Old February 24 2014, 06:31 PM   #7
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Not to mention a host of other smartphones i.e the Lumia, Galaxy, Xperia etc...

I think you'll find Samsung had a concpet for something similar to what we saw in E:FC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexible_display
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Old February 24 2014, 06:32 PM   #8
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Well, at the moment we have phones with flexible displays reaching the market, though we seem to be a ways off from displays the user can actually flex. The earliest I'm seeing actual foldable devices coming out is 2015, so those would be phones, etc. that fold a particular way.

That means we're probably several years away from screens you can roll up or even twist any which way. The main problem is that few materials will be both highly flexible and stand up to that kind of abuse while still being able to hold a clear image. There's definitely progress being made, though. I think the real issue is finding a good use case for arbitrarily flexible screens in personal information devices. Curved screens are one thing--the display is curved then set for life, so to speak. Having screens that can be folded up in various ways, rolled up, bent, twisted, etc. seems like a solution in search of a problem.
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Old February 24 2014, 07:44 PM   #9
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

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Having screens that can be folded up in various ways, rolled up, bent, twisted, etc. seems like a solution in search of a problem.
Problem: how to carry that Ipad size display around in your pocket.

Smart phones keep growing in screen size (Galaxy Tab anyone?), making them less convenient to store. Folding/rollup screens are a great solution.

I'd love a 30" screen I could roll up and stuff into a duffle bag.

I really don't see this as an example of "a solution in search of a problem".
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Old February 24 2014, 09:19 PM   #10
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Having screens that can be folded up in various ways, rolled up, bent, twisted, etc. seems like a solution in search of a problem.
Problem: how to carry that Ipad size display around in your pocket.

Smart phones keep growing in screen size (Galaxy Tab anyone?), making them less convenient to store. Folding/rollup screens are a great solution.

I'd love a 30" screen I could roll up and stuff into a duffle bag.

I really don't see this as an example of "a solution in search of a problem".
You apparently didn't bother reading the rest of my post because that sounds like a use case for "folding along predefined creases," which I did account for.

I question how commonly anyone would need or want to carry around a 30" screen. Why isn't there already one at the destination? How much work will it require to set up, i.e. flatten it out and mount it stably?

Once again, what's the common use case for an arbitrarily flexible display?
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Old February 24 2014, 09:55 PM   #11
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

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I question how commonly anyone would need or want to carry around a 30" screen. Why isn't there already one at the destination? How much work will it require to set up, i.e. flatten it out and mount it stably?
It could be like one of those Asian folding fans.

Uhura can start doing iPad fan dances!
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Old February 24 2014, 10:40 PM   #12
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Once again, what's the common use case for an arbitrarily flexible display?
In a world full of tablets and laptops you really can't see a use? A world where movies are streamed in HD to tiny smart phone screens?
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Old February 25 2014, 01:26 AM   #13
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M-brane, by Sony--its the return of the scroll...
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Old February 26 2014, 12:56 PM   #14
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LOL good one. It proves that history does indeed go in circles.

Since it's only a few weeks till Easter I'd like to show you an unusual type of scroll, popular over here:


How to make it is pictured here: http://www.teddys-handarbeiten.de/xo...ruchbandei.htm
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Re: Okay, now I want an Earth Final Conflict global!

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I question how commonly anyone would need or want to carry around a 30" screen. Why isn't there already one at the destination? How much work will it require to set up, i.e. flatten it out and mount it stably?
It could be like one of those Asian folding fans.

Uhura can start doing iPad fan dances!
It would be like the mediatronic devices from The Diamond Age.

I always wanted one of the globals. Whenever I read the J. D. Robb "In Death" novels, that how I always imagine their links to be.
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