Friday, August 12, 2022


Roll-up, stick-on TVs are coming. RVers, get excited!

Everywhere today, advertising bombards us with organic this and organic that. But organic television? In our not-so-distant future, this technological advance will change the way RVers watch television. Available today, the most popular model of OLED TV rolls up and down, remaining out of sight until use. You no longer stare at a black screen taking up space in your RV, regardless of location. Read on, there’s more to come.

Fully extended rollable OLED television in its stereophonic box.
Half-way extended OLED TV.

The advent of OLED technology

LED/LCD flat screen TVs require a light source or back lighting for viewing. In contrast, organic light-emitting diode (OLED or organic LED) is a giant leap in TV technology. The technospeak for this television is organic electroluminescent (organic EL) diode, which is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current. This organic layer is situated between two electrodes where one of these electrodes is transparent. What does that gobbledygook mean? Simply, OLEDs emit their own light.

Captured from a dramatization video of LG’s Signature rollable TV model.

We witnessed its beta version

My spouse and I first observed a beta version of organic LEDs at the Consumer Electronics Show years ago. We listened to cinematic sound emanating from an extremely thin polyurethane film, some 60 thousandths (0.060) inch thick. While it was impressive, it didn’t fit in our wheelhouse at the time. But since my spouse is an electrical and manufacturing engineer in the semiconductor/chip design world, he keeps up with technology. After reading an engineering article he remarked, “OLED technology is transforming television and screen displays.”

LG’s ultra thin wall model that sticks to magnets on display.

We’ve come a long way

The last ten years have shown dramatic advances. Many RVers are ditching the bulky, heavy TVs initially built-in in their RV and are installing flat screens. From the introduction of the first flat screen in 1996, we’ve witnessed major changes in size and thickness… LCD and plasma screens… 4k and 8k pixilation… QLED… and now OLED.

Over previous screen displays, OLED boasts some 1.07 billion colors. Aside from price, the distinction above all else is OLED’s vividness of color, especially that inky black of deep space lack of color. And because each pixel is a self-contained organic light-emitting diode, these pixels eliminate the need for backlight. They generate 100 percent of the light/or lack of light needed for dramatic color. Many LED/QLED models experience off-angle viewing. If you’re not directly in front, you may see shading, a disadvantage compared to OLEDs.

True transparency.

How will OLED TVs affect RVers?

LG’s rollable model fits into a four by four-inch stereophonic box by one of several lengths – 65 to 99 inches. It’s portable and a space saver. In your RV, it would be like experiencing your own jumbotron movie theater, inside or out. Other OLED models are super thin that adhere to a window or wall, which again saves space or appears transparent when not in use. Right now, LG’s most popular model is their 65-inch Signature rollable. It’s full of stereophonic sound which will couple with other devices (speakers) to give you theater quality surround sound.

They are shipping units but currently the price of $100,000 is way too high for my pocketbook! As with all electronic devices, with time and competition, the price may be realistic.

Credit: Smithsonian magazine depicting Judy Jetson watching wall television.

Like the Jetsons

Just think, now you can have a TV where you want it. They’re lightweight and easy to carry. And if you have a flat spot that you aren’t using, you can purchase a stick-on-the-wall or ceiling TV which has all the features of the roll-up.


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10 months ago

Actually that is Jane Jetson viewing the screen, not Judy. Judy was a blonde.
It is amazing how visionary the JETSONS show was!
“Oray Yeorge” – Astro

Jeff Craig
10 months ago

I remember seeing my first flat screen TV at a store in Singapore in 1996, and figure in 15 years we will be seeing this all over the place. It’ll be interesting seeing them setting outside for an evening NASCAR race or movie night with the kids.

Jesse Crouse
11 months ago

If you don’t then you should NOT be driving!

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