TVs are getting bigger and thinner every year, but today LG announced its plans for a paper-thin television panel that’s flexible enough to roll up and store in a tube. The South Korean company hopes to release the first 60-inch HD rollable TV by 2017, BBC reports.
The biggest advantage to rolling up your TV will likely be portability, but LG says the new screens could also be used in new and exciting ways. Essentially, it could mean putting bigger screens in more places, opening up the possibility for video ads to play on columns or even slapping a high-def TV on an airplane. At a smaller scale, it could also mean curved super-thin tablets and wearable devices.
LG’s 60-inch model uses a “high molecular substance-based polyimide film” instead of the usual plastic and offers a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels. Further down the line the company says to expect even bigger rollable models. We have a feeling the first roll-up TVs won’t come cheap though, so if you’re interested you might want to start saving today.