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Transparent OLED Screen; Yummy

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The once hot display technology of OLED seems to have died down a little bit at this year’s CES. While there were still small instances of the OLED from the usual suspects, the trumpeting of the technology for common television viewing was absent.

In its place, however, were more interesting and alternative uses for the OLED. Sony showed a flexible OLED display that could be worked into things such as a folding laptop screen or a bracelet.

Another OLED use that caught our eye was the transparent AMOLED, which could prove one day be used for high-resolution, full color heads-up displays. See the image below for what we saw.

Will OLED eventually become just the main technology for our HDTVs and computer displays, or will it be for special use devices such as the one above? Discuss!

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    Anonymous , January 16, 2009 10:06 PM
    Amazing!
    Oled... Transparent!
    The good is probably for store owners playing back commercials on their store windows.
    The bad is,you can't really use this technology on a laptop if you want some form of privacy...
    You could have a flexible plastic or intransparent silicon based flap on the back, foldable like a sunscreen on a window; but then you won't benefit over a regular screen which costs less.

    The good would probably be (I presume) if on the back one could install a mirror;directly on the screen, without glass subtract between.
    Then perhaps one can create some sort of solar reflective screen if possible.
    Works with regular TFT,so I hope some of this technology can be used to create those semi-reflective screens (no need for backlight).
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    afrobacon , January 16, 2009 10:15 PM
    I can already see people attaching these to their windshield...
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    dyingcat , January 16, 2009 10:29 PM
    Where do they put the circuits controlling the pixels?
    If they can make the panel really transparent, we can stack the panels and make a 3D display eh?
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    the last resort , January 16, 2009 11:06 PM
    a resolution of 320x240? i think ill wait for a slightly higher resolution than that.
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    ricardok , January 17, 2009 12:57 AM
    Other than using that on cars (like afrobacon pointed out - it should be bendable also), I really don't see the use of those other than some fancy commercials on a store window or a pretty nice bracelet/3G phone/clock (all in one).. Do you guys remember a nokia commercial 'testing' this kind of phone?
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    kewl munky , January 17, 2009 3:41 AM
    We are so close to having a real life master chief! Now we just need to invent MJOLNIR armor, inject someone's bones with titanium, kidnap children at 6 and clone them to train them for battle, and all the um, easy stuff :D 
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    Trialsking , January 17, 2009 4:22 AM
    You guys are missing the obvious. Monitor in your glasses. You know like in all the future movies, or like the guy on the cover of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1 and 2. You set the aimbot to target all the hot chicks and you wouldn't have to move your head!
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    Caffeinecarl , January 17, 2009 4:24 AM
    I was thinking what dyingcat was thinking... wouldn't this be an easy method of creating 3D displays? This would certainly be a great technology, but I just don't know what it would be used for off hand...
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2009 4:40 AM
    OLED clothing that mirrors the surroundings gets the fast track development.



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    stealth91 , January 17, 2009 4:58 AM

    i have seen this done before using a normal LCD screen monitor.
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    nebun , January 17, 2009 7:28 AM
    this is a dumb idea, it's cool but not very practical, especially if you are looking for true color output and definition. this kind of tech is what i call "fad"
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    whiz , January 17, 2009 12:18 PM
    NeBuNthis is a dumb idea, it's cool but not very practical, especially if you are looking for true color output and definition. this kind of tech is what i call "fad"
    People in the '1880s thought cars were a "fad".
    stealth91i have seen this done before using a normal LCD screen monitor.
    Stealth91 that would be impossible, since normal LCDs don't have their own illumination power. This looks very promising, considering the myriad of transparent surfaces that surround us all the time - in conjunction with touchscreen technology that can transform them into interactive displays that don't really need dedicated space. They can be actually embedded into glass walls in shops and the such. Though from what i see from the photo - there is much to be desired in terms of transparency, but that being an immature technology doesn't worry me. I hope that the reception will be good.
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2009 2:47 PM
    I think it will be not really possible to create 3D TV from this; at most you'll be able to use 2 to 3 layers of film, before the screen becomes near to 'in-transparent'.

    I'm also not very sure if sitting at an angle will give you a nice view,since layers will not match; so I think it's not very likely to see this invention applied in 3D tv.
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    tipoo , January 17, 2009 3:40 PM
    whachya watchin there?
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2009 5:28 PM
    This definitely needs to go into glasses and stuff. It would be the coolest thing ever to get directions and things through them. The downside being that other people can see you doing it.

    Well, it would be pretty cool to show it off I 'spose
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    mdillenbeck , January 17, 2009 6:15 PM
    What - no one thought of computer case window bling? I mean, after talking about windows on a car and how people mod those with custom neon lighting, aren't computer cases the next logical step?
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2009 9:20 PM
    Quote:
    Other than using that on cars (like afrobacon pointed out - it should be bendable also), I really don't see the use of those other than some fancy commercials on a store window or a pretty nice bracelet/3G phone/clock (all in one).. Do you guys remember a nokia commercial 'testing' this kind of phone?


    I remember people saying: "Why the hell would the world need more than two or three computing-machines?
    Those would be more more than enough to compute the worlds financial issues!"

    That was more than 50 years or so ago, when "computers" that filled large rooms, couldn't even do what a ordinary casio-calculator (or so) can do during maths classes today.

    Imagination and the possibility to do things creates "needs". There was no need to personal computers, till they got available to the public.

    So there will be a need for certain, when (transparent)OLED-screens get cheaper and more versatile in use. I say, not even 5 years in the future, you can't imagine why you said "I don't see a need for transparent OLEDs" :D 

    Just wait and see :D  I'm quite impressed :D 
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2009 1:16 AM
    The reason it does not look transparent is because the background of the TV show they are watching is Black so therefore the screen is producing a black. If the TV show could send a signal to say that the background should be transparent so the screen could say to itself, hey i dont need to produce any color there. Then it would be truely transparent.
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    nebun , January 18, 2009 2:17 AM
    whizPeople in the '1880s thought cars were a "fad". Stealth91 that would be impossible, since normal LCDs don't have their own illumination power. This looks very promising, considering the myriad of transparent surfaces that surround us all the time - in conjunction with touchscreen technology that can transform them into interactive displays that don't really need dedicated space. They can be actually embedded into glass walls in shops and the such. Though from what i see from the photo - there is much to be desired in terms of transparency, but that being an immature technology doesn't worry me. I hope that the reception will be good.


    ok, cars are not and will never be a fad, i take that back, i think that these "hybrid" crap are a fad. think about it, you still burn gas to charge the batteries, plus more batteries to replace. it's a waste.

    now back to the topic at hand. think about it, when you are doing any kind of photo editing or watching a dvd, do you really want to see behind the screen or do you want to see bright high def colors? if there was an option were you could darken the background then maybe it will work. if this was possible then you can change it when you need it for privacy so others can't see what you are doing, lol.
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    gTumba , January 18, 2009 6:53 AM
    I agree with whiz. I wouldn't be so quick to judge what its worth. I think whats even more exciting about OLED screens is the possibility to mass produce them using inkjet printers. Once that is figured out, the only limitation to how big a screen one could produce would be from the limitations of such a printer.
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