For all the talks about flexible displays that we’ve been hearing in the past year, we finally saw how they may take shape in real life, thanks to a commercial that Samsung released for its Youm flexible OLED display at CES 2013 last month. Do you know what’d go well with those future bendable tablets and smartphones? Enter Fujifilm’s thin and flexible speaker.
Fujifim’s rollable speaker consists of a soft and bendable viscoelastic polymer material mixed with piezoelectric ceramics. The former acts as a diaphragm – dubbed as the Beat — that magically hardens when subjected to a 20Hz -20kHz audio range, while the latter emanates the actual sound.
If you have a hard time imagining it, Fujifilm has come forth with some prototypes of its flexible speakers, as recently showcased at a trade show in Tokyo, Japan. Aside from the retractable speaker, which deceptively looks like your typical roll of film, other shown concept products include some paper-thin speakers, as well as one that takes form of a Japanese-style folding fan.
We’re still in the early days of flexible speakers, but it’ll be interesting to see how manufacturers will work together to create the ultimate bendable gadget.