Sharp’s “Free-Form” Tech No Longer Limits Displays to Rectangular Shapes
June 19, 2014 2:37 PM
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Say "goodbye" to rectangles and "hello" to more organic shapes
If you look at the display screens for nearly any type of consumer electronic device — be it a smartphone, tablet, computer, television, or GPS unit — they are all rectangular-shaped. The same goes for the screens that we find in our vehicles that display navigation/infotainment information.
Finding displays that buck this trend are few and far between, with most recent example being the
Motorola Moto 360
Nest Learning Thermostat’s
display screen “appears” to be round, but it’s actually a square display with “with only the visible portion populated with pixels”
Sharp is looking to think outside the box with its new Free-Form Display technology that allows displays to take on a more organic shape to better blend in with its surroundings. Traditional displays must maintain a sizeable bezel around the screen for the drive circuit or “gate driver.” Using IGZO technology and some of its own “secret sauce,” Sharp was able to commingle the gate driver with the pixels on the screen to drastically minimize the size of the bezel.
This allows the for a display screen that can be shaped in almost any design that you desire. The two prototypes that Sharp has on display are clearly geared towards the automotive sector, but the applications of this technology are endless.
Sharp is working to bring Free-Form Display technology to the market as soon as possible.
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RE: Interesting tech
6/20/2014 12:05:54 PM
Separate monitors have benefits such as having their own desktop boundaries for maximized windows or fullscreen applications. Also having a display that long becomes very difficult to position and transport. Can you even imagine a 48:9 aspect ratio display?
RE: Interesting tech
6/20/2014 12:20:19 PM
Also, I can set the relative angles so that each monitor is arranged to face me properly, and if someone else wants to use it, they can adjust for them. A single flat panel that wide would have significant perspective distortion at edges when sitting a normal desk distance away. And if we're talking LCD add the color distortion from the viewing angle.
I suppose we could use flexible OLED for that, but I expect the price on a flexible 76" 7680x1600 panel would be more than my yearly salary.
RE: Interesting tech
6/21/2014 11:55:41 AM
I'm just saying if you're going to wish for something, wish for what you actually want - granted that it's actually possible to do.
What you're doing with your 3 (or more) monitors arranged in a semi-circle in front of you is emulating a single monitor with a long, curved panel. A single monitor with a long, curved panel, is *actually* what you want.
And it's actually do-able right now. Like all new things, it's cost is high. But if I were you, I'd be wishing for that monitor...and also wishing for an affordable price.
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