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
6/25/2014 5:34:03 PM
I guarantee that solid-state (no moving parts) electronics--mass produced--has less cost and higher durability than mechanical components with the same purpose. Automotive manufacturers with LED displays could unify all displays for all vehicles into one core device, rather than sourcing several variants for every different vehicle in the lineup.
Better still, all of the sending units, sensors, etc--could also be unified, meaning that repair pipelines could be streamlined and warehoused inventory could also be reduced.
Sure, new tech has a higher INITIAL cost, but we're way beyond that now. Your average phablet has enough power/capability to handle the duties of an instrument cluster display. Realistically, the cost difference is negligable.
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