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I'm reading about flexible screens made of organic, light emitting diodes. Not for sale yet, but close. OLEDs are to replace LED based display screens. OLEDs are very thin and flexing panels - close to digital paper.

A Japanese company, Sumitomo, has developed materials that are making affordable mass production of OLEDs possible. OLEDs are intensely colorful, high illuminated, and fast reacting (screen refreshing) - qualities formerly available only on smaller displays. Now ultra-brilliant displays will be available in large format and be very easy to handle, with a low power requirement.

The communication convergence that has been talked about for years is finally arriving. This time the smart phone, its "apps", the usual Internet uses plus television will be all gathered at one place, on the thin display that is easily moved from place to place, for example, in the home.

You'll be better able to interact with your favorite television shows using applications stored on your smart phone, your computer, and other computing devices. You'll be able to purchase, directly from a show, the products that interest you, and clothes you see the characters wearing.

Futurists for years have predicted "build your own show" from a database of available options. You will decide the fate of your favorite characters in your favorite episodes.

The old traditional remotes will be a thing of the past and will be replaced by apps on your smart devices, always handy. If you have to leave your show mid-finish you won't necessarily have to record it. You can take the rest of your show with you, continuing on, viewing your smart device display as you travel along (hopefully not driving at least until Google finally mass produces that car that drives itself.)

Not far behind all this - 3D TV.

I'm reading much of this in a technology report that I've been receiving since the mid 1990's. It is published by Daimler, makers of Mercedes, in Germany. Most of what the article is talking about in the brand new issue, is already available—just coming into the market but already being advertised. It points to the fact that new digital products, networking devices, etc. - communications in general - changes so fast that you may blink too many times and miss something new before it becomes old news.

Even in a "bad economy" the technology races on.

That's why it tickles me to hear folks talk about the computing device that they bought "just -five- years ago".  Five years in computing age makes a device a senior citizen. So, true, the new technologies talked about above will become commonplace quite soon.

I'm especially excited about the new large displays that are so brilliant making HD (high definition) viewing even greater than it has been for a while. Especially for the likes of me. I still don’t have a high definition flat panel to watch TV on. I just keep looking at my desktop.