Forget about 3D.

Coming soon: the QD TV.  British scientists say they have developed a technology which they claim could be used to produce TV that can be rolled up and carried in a pocket. The scientists  at Manchester University have actually developed a new form of light-emitting crystals, known as quantum dots, (QD) which can be used to produce ultra-thin televisions.

The tiny crystals, which are 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, can be printed onto flexible plastic sheets to produce a paper-thin display which can be easily carried around, or even onto wallpaper to create giant room-size screens, say the scientists.

They hope the first quantum dot televisions – like current flat-screen TVs, but with improved color and thinner displays – will be available in shops by end of next year; a flexible version is expected to take at least three years to reach market, ‘The Sunday Telegraph’ reported.

Michael Edelman, chief executive of Nanoco, a spin out company set up by the scientists behind the technology at Manchester University, said: “We are working with some major Asian electronics companies. The first products we are expecting to come to market using quantum dots will be the next generation of flat-screen TVs. The real advantage provided by quantum dots, however, is that they can be printed on to a plastic sheet that can rolled up. It’s likely these will be small personal devices . Something else we are looking at is reels of wallpaper made out of a material that has quantum dots printed on it. You can imagine displaying scenes of the sun rising over a beach as you wake up in the morning.”

Most TVs now produced have a liquid-crystal display lit by light-emitting diodes, with screen two to three inches thick.

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Via Times of India