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Production version of Google Glass to use Samsung OLED displays? Maybe …


The not-always-reliable Korea Times (via The Next Webis reporting that the production version of Google Glass will use Samsung OLED displays to create the images instead of the projector system used in the Explorer Edition.

Google will use Samsung Display’s organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology in its upcoming Google Glass, a wearable computer with a head-mounted display, sources said Thursday.

The sources said that the company’s top management has recently approved a business proposal by Samsung Display to use its OLED screens for Google Glass …

The claim is possible. As CNET noted earlier this month, Google’s patent makes direct reference to LED technology as one possible alternative to the projection system:

Alternatively, or additionally, a laser or LED source and scanning system could be used to draw a raster display directly onto the retina of one or more of the user’s eyes.

An OLED system would likely be cheaper to produce in volume, and may offer better battery-life, but it would represent a significant change over the existing approach and require a lot of additional engineering. For now, we’re filing this rumor under ‘Maybe’ …

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