Sony Releases OLED Display PDA

Sony recently released a new Clie PDA in Japan with a 3.8-inch OLED display. OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays require less energy, do not require a backlight, are cheaper to produce, and can provide more vivid colors and deeper blacks at a wider viewing angle than competing technologies.

Sony does not immediately plan to release the new PDA to the rest of the world. Eventually, however, flexible OLED screens with high resolution may become the de facto display component in upcoming media playback devices, including the much-wished-for eBook reader described in my “Future Wants” column. Major announcements regarding the use of OLED technology in upcoming consumer electronics are expected at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first OLED screens for desktop computers and laptops are expected in 2007.

More information about OLED technology can be found at the “Just Emaginit” blog, information pages on the Kodak website, and by typing “OLED” into any search engine.

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Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).