Many of us at one time or another have experience dropping our cellphones, have someone accidental step on our laptops or a number of other mishaps that end up with a broken screen on our mobile devices. The result of any of those mishaps is either a costly repair or total replacement of the device costing valuable time searching for a new device and loading everything we need onto that new device. Samsung is introducing a screen, the Youm, at the CES (consumer electronic show) that can all of those broken screen problems.
“This new form factor will really begin to change how people interact with their devices, opening up new lifestyle possibilities ... and allow our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices," Brian Berkeley, senior vice president of Samsung's display lab in San Jose, California in a press release. Youm is a thin flex screen that as seen in this video can not only take more of an impact than other screens but is also flexible enough that you can fold it up and mold it to your needs. This can also lead to larger tablets that can be folded up when not in use so they don't take up so much storage space.
This is not the first year that Samsung has brought this technology to the CES. Back in 2011 they also demoed the flexible screen. Back then the concept was still in the experimental stage and not quite ready for release to the general public.
Flex paper screen technology has been around for several years in the experimental stage as soon in this video from 2005. Back at that time the technology was far from being ready for use and the market demand for it was still fairly low. With the high number of mobile devices in use today the public demand should be much higher.