Today, liquid crystal displays, or LCDs, are found in laptops, watches, and cell phones—sandwiched between two rigid pieces of glass. But soon, LCD screens may be daubed onto walls or even clothing, say researchers at Royal Philips Electronics, who have devised a way of "painting" a computer screen onto a surface.

The new technique, discovered by five Philips researchers working at the company's research laboratory in the Netherlands, could allow flexible, lightweight LCDs to be mounted on plastic sheets that can be rolled up or folded. The innovation could sustain


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