OLED TV's are no doubt the technology of the near future, as they are hands down better than any LED or Plasma TV ever built. This technology might offer an unbelievable picture, but how is this all possible?
How does OLED technology work?
This technology was originally created by KODAK. Simply put, an OLED TV uses tiny pixels that do not need a backlight in order to work, unlike LCD TV's. They actually emit their own light when there is an electrical current. Some OLED TV's will also use white OLED's in addition to the typical red, green, and blue you would find in other TV's. This will improve picture quality when viewing from wide angles, and these white OLED's might even last longer as well.
What makes this technology so much better?
The first thing most people are going to notice is the size of the TV itself. A prototype 55 inch OLED TV made by LG is a whopping 0.157 inch thick, weighing in at only 22 pounds. This is about 1/3 the size of an LCD TV, and is easily the lightest 55 inch TV ever made. Carbon Fiber is used in order to give the TV extra support.
As for the display, OLED TV's will have a response time approximately 1,000 times faster than a regular LCD TV. With a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1, unbelievable color and contrast is produced. This color and contrast is what will really pop out at you when you see an OLED TV for the first time. In addition, OLED's don't contain hazardous materials and draw less power. They also offer an improved viewing angle of about 175 degrees. Many of these TV's will include a technology called Smart Dual View, which allows you and a friend to watch separate TV shows at the same time while wearing special glasses.
A Flexible TV?
What really makes this technology interesting is the fact that OLED's can be made to be flexible, and even transparent. So it is possible that one day in a few years you would be able to watch TV, and when you are finished roll up the TV and put it in a closet for later. It is also possible that OLED's will be made so thin that you won't even be able to see them when turned off.
Obviously, OLED technology is new. The cost to manufacture these TV's is anywhere from 8-10 times more then a standard LCD TV. It is expected that these will cost about $10,000 per set to start. For most of us, this is well out of our price-range. But as the technology improves and is around for awhile, the price will drop. When Plasma TV's first came out, some of them were priced close to $10,000, and those prices obviously dropped substantially. The same thing is expected to happen with OLED, and we can expect this technology to be reasonably priced around 2016.