Polyera Announces World's First Flexible Display Product.
Polyera announced the release of the Wove™ Band, the world’s first flexible display product. The Wove Band features a flexible display which can either be flat or wrap around a wrist. Submissions for free developer units will open in September with the first units shipping in December to a select group of artists and developers. A commercial launch is planned for mid-2016. The Wove Band is made possible by Polyera Digital Fabric Technology™ and E Ink® flexible electronic ink film.
Polyera Digital Fabric Technology™ is a unique set of materials, tools, and know-how designed to enable the production of flexible electronic products at scale. This platform is the result of 10 years of development, spanning fundamental science, engineering, and design. Most attempts at making flexible displays have relied on traditional electronics materials, such as silicon, being deposited on plastic substrates. This approach allows the creation of products with fixed curved screens, but the brittleness of these electronics layers makes them unsuitable for products which are dynamically flexible such as the Wove Band.
Polyera Digital Fabric Technology, by contrast, uses proprietary electronic materials to enable displays that are flexible, robust, and can be manufactured in traditional display fabrication plants with minimal capital investment. The Polyera Digital Fabric Technology platform also addresses the integration of these displays into end products, by incorporating proprietary engineering and design solutions.
The Wove Band will feature a flexible, low-power touch display combining Polyera Digital Fabric Technology with E Ink’s flexible and reflective electronic ink film. E Ink’s film has been proven in production and used in millions of displays. The bi-stable nature of E Ink’s electronic ink allows displays to consume no energy while holding a static image. The combination of Polyera’s and E Ink’s technologies enables the Wove Band to have a display which is both large and always-on, while consuming less power than smartwatches with far smaller displays.
Beyond the Wove Band, Polyera is actively working on a variety of flexible electronics components, such as flexible OLED displays, flexible sensors and flexible logic circuits, which will enable devices delivering unprecedented form factors and experiences.