LEDs promised better-quality lighting at cheaper prices, and while we've seen the tech popping up in everything from traffic lights to Cinema Displays, it has yet to achieve ubiquity, due to manufacturing and efficiency costs. Could that be about to change?
Scientists at the independent, nonprofit research institute known as SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) have figured out a way to vastly increase the output of OLED lights. The new technology "employs a regular pattern of cavities, implementing a structure that generates as much as five times the light output of a standard OLED per watt consumed depending on the color being displayed." (Those of you who speak geek and are interested in how it actually works can click here.)
Unfortunately it also adds another letter to the acronym, meaning what was once LED and became OLED has now stretched to the rather unwieldy COLED (that's Cavity Organic Light-Emitting Diode). In any case, by researchers' estimates this tech could be consumer-ready as early as next year, which will hopefully lead to the LED--sorry, COLED--product explosion we've been waiting for.