CES: Goodbye, flat screen; hello, flex screen San Francisco Chronicle Copyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 6:22 pm, Thursday, January 10, 2013 -- Flat screen displays for every sort of device have dominated the landscape at the annual consumer electronics show here for a decade. Samsung provided one example by displaying what the South Korean electronics giant called the world's first curved OLED ultra high-definition TV monitor. Advances in flexible glass and in thin, flexible touch sensors that can roll up like a newspaper point to a day, for example, when a mobile phone or tablet's control screens can be bent around the device's sides and back. Given enough imagination, engineers could figure out how touch controls or displays could be helpful on the curved handle of a cup of coffee, said Mariel van Tatenhove, marketing director for touch materials for San Jose's Atmel Corp., a developer of micro-controllers, capacitive touch controllers and touch sensors. SubhedAnalyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies of Campbell included flexible displays as part of a panel discussion here on upcoming disruptive technologies. [...] it's using test facilities in Japan and Ann Arbor, Mich., to develop safety technology that helps, not replaces, drivers, said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. [...] the prototype had advanced GPS, forward and side-facing radar, high-def color cameras, 360-degree laser tracking and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer.