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posted by martyb on Thursday January 13, @09:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the coming-to-a-greeting-card-near-you dept.

Illuminating Origami Is Just Around The Corner:

Pop-up greeting cards are about to get a whole lot more interesting. Researchers at Seoul National University in Korea have created glowing 3D objects with a series of prototypes that fold thin QLED (Quantum Dot LED) sheets like origami. They used a CO2 laser to etch "fold lines" in the QLED so the sheets could be formed into 3D shapes. The bends are actually rounded, but at 5μm they appear to be sharp corners and the panels continue to illuminate across the fold lines for at least 500 folds. Some glow in solid colors, while others use smaller addressable areas to create animated matrix displays of patterns and letterforms. See the short video after the break, read the Physics World article or to see all the prototypes and dig into details of the full research paper in Nature (freed from the paywall by SharedIt).

51-second YouTube video.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Frosty Piss on Thursday January 13, @09:28PM (1 child)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Thursday January 13, @09:28PM (#1212525)

    This technology will change the world.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 15, @11:21PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 15, @11:21PM (#1213033)

    Great...I can't wait to get the Quantum LED mark of the beast tattoo that will grant me my god-given freedumbs.