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Flexible display technology for the objective force
Author(s): John M. Pellegrino; Gary L. Wood; David C. Morton; Eric W. Forsythe; Henry J. Girolamo
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Paper Abstract

The Army has initiated a flexible display research program. This program is part of the Army's strategy to create technologies that will enable revolutionary designs and transformational weapons systems for the Objective Force. The ARL flexible display program is more general than just for the dismounted soldier-it will also have implications for air and vehicular crews, and for the other services, even though it is not a DoD tri-service program per se. “Flexible” is defined in the program as displays that operate under conditions from conformal applications, limited flexing, to rollable displays for compact storage. The Army program will include display manufacturing concepts that enable roll-to-roll processes reduce cost, to tap a strong U.S. domestic industrial strength, and, eventually, to enable fabrication of very large sizes. There is commercial interest in flexible displays for applications ranging from wearable electronics for road-warriors and gamers to large screen 71-in. 1920x1200 color pixel consumer high definition television sets for walls. Industry willingness to cost share will be a key criterion in identifying investment opportunities that are necessary and timely from among all that may be envisioned. Some anticipated military applications and a roadmap are presented that identify the technology barriers at the materials, device and manufacturing levels to the creation of flexible display technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5080, Cockpit Displays X, (10 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500864
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Pellegrino, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Gary L. Wood, Army Research Lab. (United States)
David C. Morton, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Eric W. Forsythe, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Henry J. Girolamo, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5080:
Cockpit Displays X
Darrel G. Hopper, Editor(s)

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