Computer and smartphone screens don't bend.
They've always been made of rigid materials — until now. Skokie, Ill.-based company Polyera Corp. says it has made a technological breakthrough, developing the world's first flexible digital display device.
The thin strip can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet or a watch, with text and images displayed everywhere on its bendable surface.
The company plans to begin selling the Wove Band to consumers next year. It's the culmination of 10 years of research and development by Polyera, which CEO Phil Inagaki founded in 2005. “We will be the only company that's achieved this, even though it's been talked about for years,” says Inagaki, a Princeton University grad with a degree in physics.
Polyera is taking submissions from developers and artists who'd like to get free early prototypes of the Wove Band in December. That will give them the chance to develop “compositions,” which is what Polyera is calling apps for the Wove.