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Samsung's Transparent OLED Laptop Coming Soon

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Samsung's transparent AMOLED technology is hitting the market within the next 12 months.

Plastic Electronics reports that Samsung Electronics will release products using its clear active matrix OLED displays within the next 12 months. Samsung displayed prototypes using the clear AMOLEDs during CES 2010 back in January. However this is the first indication that the models on display will actually head to retail any time soon.

As we saw during the show, the laptop sporting Samsung's clear AMOLED allowed the user to see objects placed behind the screen while still offering sharp, bright images on the display. While the actual technology was quite impressive, the ability to see movement through the AMOLED screen looked to be somewhat distracting.

Plastic Electronics said that the first device to go commercial using the tech will be Samsung's IceTouch MP3 player (YP-H1). This device is a portable all-in-one that plays music, DVDs, tunes in FM radio stations, and more. The estimated price will be around $328 USD when it finally hits the market.

Reid Sullivan, VP of audio/video and digital imaging marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said that the AMOLED display should raise the bar for the next generation of portable devices. While that's all fine and dandy, where's that cool 14-inch laptop we saw at CES 2010? Apparently that should be on the market within the next twelve months too.

"We have a lab in Korea that is currently working on developing a laptop with partially-transparent screen," Sullivan said. "Soon, I imagine that all Samsung's audio-visual products will feature this technology. We want to be the first in this market."

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    Railgun1369 , February 5, 2010 10:58 PM
    Heh...guess it depends on how big that paycheck is. :D 
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    m-manla , February 5, 2010 10:43 PM
    This is NIIICCEEE. Most likely cost you a three paychecks though when It comes out.
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    Railgun1369 , February 5, 2010 10:58 PM
    Heh...guess it depends on how big that paycheck is. :D 
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    schmich , February 5, 2010 11:19 PM
    I can see uses for this technology but a laptop isn't one. Would be pretty cool to own one nonetheless considering how new the technology is.
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    vincenz0 , February 5, 2010 11:22 PM
    i havent read the article yet ...WOW
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    loomis86 , February 5, 2010 11:27 PM

    That's the perfect use for this. TV glasses...or goggles, whatever you want to call them.
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    tommyh , February 5, 2010 11:50 PM
    I like this! High "ohh shiny!" factor. Would be awesome if they somehow could make you able to adjust transperancy, then it'd be usefull in addition to cool. Huge TV-windows would be amazing I imagine!
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 12:30 AM
    So much for hiding porn...
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    anhxeom , February 6, 2010 12:40 AM
    Transparent is cool and SciFi, but what will happen to the contrast ratio? That's like a glossy coated screen, you'll have a hard time focusing on an object on the screen!
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    pangedit , February 6, 2010 1:20 AM
    I would like to see this on car windows and such, but not on computer monitors.
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 1:23 AM
    I wonder if you drop it whether the screen will have the 'smashed' effect.
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    victomofreality , February 6, 2010 2:22 AM
    Can you see everything on the screen from the far side of it?... if so that could get awkward if you where browsing porn and someone walks in...
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    haze4peace , February 6, 2010 3:00 AM
    While this is a cool bit of tech, I don't really understand the point behind it. Not once have i been using a computer and thought "this screen is cool, but i'd really like to see the wall behind it at the same time" I could see it being useful in a pair of glasses doing the whole augmented reality thing.
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    Atticah , February 6, 2010 3:17 AM
    i bet they'll add a 3d edition to this
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 4:31 AM
    Imagine a car or aircraft windshield or even a motorcycle helmet with navigation readouts or vision enhancements in low light or fog; this technology makes such things possible without relying on projection-type devices.
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    anamaniac , February 6, 2010 4:57 AM
    railgun1369Heh...guess it depends on how big that paycheck is.

    Yeah. =D
    Make it 5 for me. >_<

    pangeditI would like to see this on car windows and such, but not on computer monitors.

    A HUD on a car would be awesome. Automatically outline were all cops and photo radars are. >=)
    I want 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 resolution on this though.

    It's cool, and I'd buy a gen 2-3 if I could afford it (needs some work still).
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    Anonymous , February 6, 2010 5:52 AM
    My Prediction: 6 years after this first transparent display is released, Apple will release a transparent display.
    Apple zealots will claim tha Apple invented it.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 6, 2010 10:39 AM
    Looks like some of the Hollywood magic. Couldn't help but notice the glare and reflection on the screen. Not interested in seeing what's behind the screen.
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    tommyh , February 6, 2010 11:03 AM
    I guess an application could be that you would close the display (on the laptop) and use the other side as a touch screen similar to a tabled. As you could make it quite drak beneath, you could get some contrast atleast. Would make sence if they made such a concept!
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    notsleep , February 6, 2010 12:31 PM
    it is awesome. now i can watch videos on my laptop without having to rotate the laptop around. :D  add multi-touch and make it a slate and you got yourself a winner!
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    tayb , February 6, 2010 2:26 PM
    Don't see the use or desire to have this on a laptop or monitor. It's a solution without a problem. I've never once found myself in a situation where I needed to see directly through my screen. Don't get me wrong the tech is great and there is definitely places where this transparent screen could work and be awe inspiring but on my laptop is not one of them.
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