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January/February 2015 Vol. 31, No. 01
Flexible and Wearable Technology Issue

Editorial
Here's to a Flexible New Year 
By Stephen P. Atwood

Industry News
By Jenny Donelan

Guest Editorial
Get Ready for Another Form-Factor Revolution
By Ruiqing (Ray) Ma

Frontline Technology: Technologies for Flexible AMOLEDs
In 2013, the world’s first mass-produced devices based on flexible AMOLED displays entered the marketplace. In this article, the technical barriers and challenges involved in creating the AMOLED panel used in LG Display’s G Flex smartphone will be described.
By Soonkwang Hong, Juhnsuk Yoo, Changhoon Jeon, Changheon Kang, Jino Lee, Joungho Ryu, Byungchul Ahn, and Sangdeog Yeo

Frontline Technology: Foldable AMOLED Display Development: Progress and Challenges
Foldable AMOLED displays may represent the first significant application for flexible displays. In order to realize this technology, manufacturers must overcome challenges such as high stress and fatigue in the foldable area. The authors, from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), propose several approaches to overcoming these challenges and describe demonstrated AMOLED modules having a 5-mm folding radius.
By Jing-Yi Yan, Jia-Chong Ho, and Janglin Chen

Enabling Technology: A World of Wearables
The ever-evolving category of wearables includes items that range from essential to whimsical.
By Jenny Donelan

Frontline Technology: Unlock the Full Potential of Wearables with Organic TFTs
OTFTs brings unique benefits to both product function and display manufacturing and is a key to unlocking the potential utility of wearables.
By Paul Cain

Display Marketplace: Wearables Challenge the Display Industry to a New Round of Development
Activity trackers, smart watches, and near-to-eye displays represent three major areas of wearable technology. In order to maximize on the potential of any of them, developers must combine forward thinking with enough humility to learn from the past.
By Paul Gray

Regional Business Review: The Pursuit of Innovation
The Japanese display industry has been challenged by competition from overseas, the elimination or downgrading of previously successful product categories such as plasma TVs and video cameras, and an uncertain national economy. Both the public and private sectors are betting on the power of innovation to help the display industry and the rest of the Japanese consumer-electronics industry rise to the top once more.
By Jenny Donelan

SID News
EuroDisplay 2015 Call for Papers
By Jenny Donelan