EWING, N.J., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Wrist-mounted flexible phosphorescent OLED display prototypes have been delivered to the U.S. Army for field testing.
Universal Display Corp. said the eight prototypes were designed and built as part of a U.S. Department of Defense-funded program to develop a thin, lightweight and ruggedized communications device.
During simulated exercises last month at Fort Dix, N.J., the wrist-mounted devices were shown depicting a number of different sources of information, including a real-time unmanned air vehicle video feed and various other images received through computers running different applications.
The eight units each contain a 4.3-inch QVGA full-color, full-motion AMOLED display using amorphous-Silicon 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 the displays to use less power than comparable AMLCDs. 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.
"L-3 Display Systems is pleased to continue our long-standing collaboration with Universal Display Corp. to bring this innovative technology to the warfighter," said David Huffman, chief scientist for L-3 Display Systems. "These devices will increase the user's situational awareness, while reducing the power and weight required by current display technologies."