3D Printed Robotic Assembly Enabled Reconfigurable Display with Higher Resolution

Abstract
The stretchable display might play a crucial role in transforming many potential applications including wearable electronics, flexible displays for smart TV/devices, health monitoring wristbands, and illumination systems. To date, the most commonly used stretchable displays include the installation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) onto a compliant substrate. However, they have critical limitations such as an increase in resistance and degradation of pixel resolution due to growing gaps between LEDs. Here, a reversible stretchable platform is demonstrated, which preserves not only the resistance of LEDs but also the pixel resolution of the display. Our stretchable platform utilizes the concept of the multilevel arrangement of LEDs, which are mechanically guided by joint pins/links to move out-of-plane and fill the evolved gap. To corroborate the concept of the reconfigurable display, the reconfigurable platform is manufactured by using a 3D printer. Our design might be a key enabling technology to next-generation expandable display and illuminations systems.

Citation
Qaiser N, Khan SM, Chow K, Cordero MD, Wicaksono I, et al. (2018) 3D Printed Robotic Assembly Enabled Reconfigurable Display with Higher Resolution. Advanced Materials Technologies: 1800344. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admt.201800344.

Acknowledgements
This publication is based upon work supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under KAUST-KFUPM Special Initiative Award No. OSR-2016-KKI-2880.

Publisher
Wiley

Journal
Advanced Materials Technologies

DOI
10.1002/admt.201800344

Additional Links
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/admt.201800344

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