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China makes world's thinnest flexible display


02-27-2017 09:03 BJT

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China believes technological innovation will fuel economic development. The country has seen a boom in tech entrepreneurs, whose latest products are attracting attention overseas.

"We just announced this new product called “FlexPhone”, it’s bendable, and you can just put it on your wrist. But this is actually a phone. Then you can put it straight and it works like a common phone," Royole Corporation CEO Liu Zihong said.

Doctor Liu Zihong is brimming with pride as he shows off the “FlexPhone”. It’s a device that exists because of flexible displays and sensors developed by Liu’s company.

With its record-breaking thickness — or rather thinness -- of zero-point-zero-one millimeter, the material can be rolled up freely and made into various products.

I’m gonna show you some “magic” now. It looks like a pen, right. And you can pull it out slowly. It’s transparent and just like a piece of paper. Actually it’s a keyboard. Then you can connect this to your iPad via Bluetooth. Now you can start to type."
Founded in 2012, the company now owns more than 700 IP Rights both at home and abroad. China views innovations such as these as the driving force for development. The country is determined to increase the tech sector’s contribution to economic growth to 60 percent by 2020.

CPPCC national committee member Mao Yunshi believes Guangdong province is leading that charge.

"Guangdong still faces the problem of uneven development, but it has unrolled various policies to boost innovation. Not only applying to fast-developing cities, but also to less developed areas," Mao said.

Guangdong now has about 20 thousand tech companies, ranking first nationwide. It’ll work on increasing investment in tech research and study in the future.

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