Screen displays are important components of devices we use every day, like smartphones, laptops and TV's.
Often we stare at two-dimensional images on these screens, but a team of experts at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed technology that they say will help viewers see images three-dimensionally.
"We use molecular engineering to create rubber covered microcapsules that can move around in liquid and change shape and color, making displayed images look three dimensional."
They say their technology, which microcapsules phototonic crystals, can be used for next generation reflective-type color displays that can bend or fold.
What's more, these microcapsules have characteristics that allows them to change colors based on varying temperatures, which would result in a more brilliant display panel.
The team expects the technology will take off in the flexible display market, which is estimated to reach some 4-billion U.S. dollars in 2018.
And it doesn't stop there.
"Not only can we make flexible displays using the microcapsule technology, but we can also use it for micro-lasers and special paints."
The KAIST team's research on microcapsulating technology was published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.