In 2012 I wrote in The Next Revolution In Computers Will Be Displays the following:
I like to take this to the next level so imagine if you could make flexible display tech like you print wallpaper? You would buy display wallpaper and cut it to whatever size you need. Imagine a whole wall (or 4!) of a classroom where the whole thing is a massive display. Each student could take over a small section of it or the teacher could use all the walls for a very realistic immersive simulation of anything. The graphics performance to do this already exists.
Well turns out that is coming.
South Korean flat panel maker LG Display Co. showcased on Tuesday a detachable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel that sticks to the wall, renewing its pledge to focus on the high-end display as a future growth engine.
The 55-inch wallpaper OLED panel, presented as one of the company’s future displays at a media event, is only 0.97 mm thick, weighs 1.9 kg and can easily be stuck to a wall with a magnetic mat, or removed from it.
Of course it is very expensive technology right now but I think advances in 3d printing will make it possible to literally “print” strips of display that can then be mounted and connected to make a massive display of whatever size you need. If this can be done cheaply, it will change the way we interact with the Internet and might even make classrooms more interesting. 🙂