Future Displays are Smart and Touchable

Nov102011

Left to Right: Appliance with Veneer glass; 75” Smart 3-D TV by Samsung; AUO’s 32” Metal Oxide TFT OLED;  85” 8K4K Super Hi Vision by Sharp.

At this year’s FPD International show the displays on exhibit were larger, thinner, of higher resolution, smarter, touchable and energy efficient. In this blog post I’ll attempt to give you a glimpse into the latest and greatest display technology I saw on exhibit at the show.

Got milk? The refrigerator of the not so distant future knows the answer. The touch enabled appliance with veneer glass demonstrated by Samsung can tell the temperature inside of the fridge — touch it once, see current store adds; touch it twice for nutritional information or if neighbors are coming for dinner, touch it once more and the glass goes to black. Clearly, this is not your grandmother’s refrigerator.

Samsung also displayed the world’s largest smart 3-D TV. At 75 inches, the Samsung D9500 is LED backlit and offers full HD 1080p 3-D resolution using active shutter 3-D glasses. I would prefer not to have to wear glasses to watch 3-D TV, but I have to say these glasses are much lighter and easier to wear than previous 3-D glasses. The smart function interface is a simple menu system that users can easily search for movies, TV shows and videos via online services and across connected devices, browse the web from your TV and access a wide variety of apps from Samsung Apps, the world’s first HDTV-based apps store.

AUO’s prototype 32 inch full HD (1920 x 1080) OLED TV was also on display. Driving the brilliant color and crisp resolution was a next generation metal-oxide TFT backplane. Because OLED requires no separate backlighting, this TV is an amazing 3mm thick—that’s less than a quarter inch, the same thickness as two stacked quarters!

Finally, Sharp demonstrated “The World’s First 8K4K Direct-view LCD” TV. 8K4K refers to the television’s resolution. Specifically, the 85 inch screen has 7680 x 4320 resolution or 33 million pixels; 16 times the resolution of Full HD TV! The picture has stunning detail. Will there be enough consumer demand for ultra-definition television? Stay tuned.

All of the display innovations that have been reviewed in this blog posting were made on equipment from AKT, the Display group of Applied Materials. To learn more in depth details about our product offerings visit our web site.

 

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