Commercial product development sometimes starts with the government. Here is an example of a technology we have talk about for a while. Wired has a great article on flexible displays developed by the U.S. Army.
From Wired: Imagine a screen so thin, light and flexible that it can be rolled up and carried in your pocket, while consuming almost zero power.
That technology could become reality in two to three years, thanks to U.S. Army-backed research being done at Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center. According to Army researchers, the displays could be in field trials with soldiers as early as 2010 or 2011.
“The Army’s motivation is to give soldiers the best situational awareness,” says David Morton, U.S. Army research laboratory manager for the center. “Flexible display technology can enable us give soldiers information in ways we can’t now.” Read full article