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By Larry Adams
A panel of technology experts ranked organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologies used in flat-panel displays, lighting and other opto-electronic applications, as one of the top 25 non-medically related technological innovations introduced in the last 25 years.
In a Jan. 22 special report by CNN, OLEDs were ranked 17th on the list of top 25 innovations. The CNN list was compiled by a panel of technology leaders assembled by the Lemelson-MIT Program, an MIT-based initiative designed to promote inventiveness. Other technologies on the list include the Internet, personal computers, e-mail, DNA fingerprinting, airbags and nanotechnology.
The report cited Universal Display Corp.'s (Ewing, NJ) products as examples of how OLEDs may revolutionize future display and lighting markets. Universal Display works with higher institutions of learning such as Princeton University and the University of Southern California, as well as a number of manufacturers such as DuPont Displays Inc., Sony Corp., Samsung SDI Co. and Toyota Industries Corp.
The panel focused on finding "non-medically related technological innovations that have become widely used since 1980, are readily recognizable by most Americans, have had a direct and perceptible impact on everyday life, and could dramatically affect lives in the future."