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One step closer to Minority Report

Many users have been waiting to see OLED technology come into the mainstream for computer displays. Sure, OLED screens are available on some cell phones and MP3 players (and even the C6 Corvette's gauge cluster), but those are relatively small displays compared to what would be seen on a typical laptop, desktop or TV display.

Researchers at the Technical University of Braunschweig are taking OLED technology one step further with the development of a transparent TFT display:

Their approach is to use transparent TFTs (thin-film transistors) made of a 100-nanometer-thick layer of zinc-tin-oxide, which transmits more than 90 percent of visible light. Such transistors are more often made of silicon, which is used for LCDs (liquid crystal displays) but is highly absorptive in the visible part of the spectrum.

The displays can be varied in brightness from 0 to 700 candelas per square meter by altering the voltage.

Could we be just one step closer to Minority Report with interactive transparent displays, self-driving cars and retinal scanners?



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The eyes have it
By nrb on 4/3/2006 11:15:17 AM , Rating: 2
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Could we be just one step closer to Minority Report with interactive transparent displays, self-driving cars and retinal scanners?
Aren't they iris scanners rather than retinal scanners in that film?




RE: The eyes have it
By ketwyld on 4/4/2006 11:24:35 AM , Rating: 2
No, they are retinal scanners. Every person's retina has a unique pattern of blood vessels, and that is what is scanned.


RE: The eyes have it
By ketwyld on 4/4/2006 11:26:21 AM , Rating: 2
Ooops, you said in the film. I don't know what bull they spouted in the film, but in Real Life we have retinal scanners.


Time time time
By jeffbui on 3/31/2006 8:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
All this talk about OLED but when, if ever, will it become mainstream?




RE: Time time time
By Wwhat on 3/31/2006 9:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
Depends if/when they will find a way to make the blue leds not die after a short time.
Personally I expect other technology to replace LCD like SED (or lcos?) or something else that's not yet on the market sooner than oled.



Umm
By Sharky974 on 4/1/2006 3:29:52 AM , Rating: 2
I thought SED was the trendy choice to overtake LCD's this week?

Certainly sounds to a layman like me like SED is top notch, where OLED seems to have a lot of problems.




RE: Umm
By logan77 on 4/1/2006 8:25:07 AM , Rating: 2
>"I thought SED was the trendy choice to overtake LCD's this week? "

I thought so either. But after Toshiba announced, that it will produce some 100 thousand screens in ... 2010 I am not so sure now. OLED seems to be far-off too. Toshiba wouldn't invest in SED knowing that OLED will soon catch on (it's in principle better technology), and since SED won't show up in quantities in near future, slow evolutionary improvement of LCD's is probably what we are doomed to.


Finally...
By Haggar on 3/31/2006 8:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Now I can get the see-through TV I always wanted.

w00t!




"Goodbye Crow"
By NFS4 on 3/31/2006 11:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
"Goodbye Crow"




By udcwatcher on 4/1/2006 9:13:11 AM , Rating: 2
This is like a new car company claiming they invented the wheel! Universal Display (UDC) has the rights to the patents, and copyrighted"TOLED". They demoed a prototype at SID last year as well. This German consortium has used some UDC IP and some PIN doping technology to increase the transparency marginally. See a video clip of a UDC TOLED at this website (click on TOLED on right - that links to a page with a video clip):
http://www.universaldisplay.com/te ch.htm




sg-a
By Shlong on 4/2/2006 7:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty cool, you can see similar displays on Stargate Atlantis.




horray
By Yaos on 3/31/2006 11:47:05 PM , Rating: 1
Now defense attournies can use these to help their cases.

"With this brand new transparent OLED technology you can clearly see that the defendent was not in the building. In fact, this so called "building" is simply a wood wall with images moving across it!"




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