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
6/22/2014 11:23:01 AM
And there's no doubt in my mind that you're wrong.
This tech bubbled up and filtered out of the enthusiast and racer market a long time ago. Nothing works as well for conveying the appropriate information to the driver than a dial gauge.
If you want, render a dial gauge digitally.
But the market has already rejected your other approaches. Which is why those awesome displays you mentioned from the 80s and 90s stayed in the 80s and 90s.
RE: Interesting tech
6/25/2014 5:41:49 PM
No, the reason those styles of gauges remain as an experimental footnote in automotive history is because progress has stagnated. ISP's would never invest in broadband capabilities if consumers were eternally happy with 56k dialup; and car MFG's have never invested in better instrumentation so long as consumers have been content with antiquated analogue tech.
If dial gauges were the be-all-end-all of speed indications, they would would also be indicated as such on HUD displays inside fighter jets.
The real beauty of this tech is that car companies can give consumers the CHOICE of how/what they want to display--yes, even round gauges--for those troglodytes of society. MFG's can also use feedback on these displays to program better options/features for newer models--or even better, to offer firmware updates with more options for the existing ones.
The LFA does render those gauges digitally--because analogue sucks donkey balls. And the only reason it uses round--I must infer--is because of such a staunch resistance to change.
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