Universal Display Corporation announced the delivery of eight novel wrist-mounted phosphorescent OLED displays built on thin flexible metal foil to the U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center's (CERDEC).
The prototype wrist-mounted flexible OLED display devices were designed and built as part of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) funded program to develop a thin, lightweight and ruggedized communications device. Please refer to the attached photograph. During simulated exercises at the Fort Dix facility, the wrist-mounted devices were shown depicting a number of different sources of information, including a real-time unmanned air vehicle (UAV) video feed and various other images received through computers running different applications. These devices have the potential to provide soldiers with advantages in the field that could mitigate risk and improve operational performance.
The eight units each contain a 4.3" QVGA full-color, full-motion AMOLED display using amorphous-Silicon (a-Si) TFT backplanes designed and fabricated on thin metallic foil by LG Display. The front planes were then built on top by Universal Display using its high-efficiency, full-color PHOLED technology and materials. The use of Universal Display's PHOLED technology enables these displays to consume less power than comparable AMLCDs, an extremely important feature to lighten the load of electrical power requirements. Designed and integrated by L-3 Display Systems, the units offer various advanced communications features, all integrated into a thin and rugged housing that comfortably fits around a soldier's wrist.