There’s not been a lot to get excited in the world of TV (television), Since the arrival of flat-screen TV’s. The matter of fact is, how many ways a big slab of glass improved after all? Well, how about making it almost invisible when it is not being used? That’s the thinking behind a new prototype introduced by Panasonic on CEATEC electronic expo in Japan.
The last model displayed by the company was a bit too dim and required under-shelf lighting to boost the image. While the new prototype has clear and visible image even the backlighting on, the image is clear and bright enough to almost indistinguishable from existing televisions.
According to the Panasonic spokesperson:
“The TV is still a prototype, and is unlikely to be available for at least three years.”
Importantly, the screen uses the latest OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology, where each pixel lights itself (rather than being lit from behind).
Traditionally, OLED panels put a thin layer of plastic between two electrodes on top of a glass slab. Because of this, when the electric signal disappears, the tile can look virtually transparent.
OLED technology requires very little power too, which is why panels like this can be so thin. Eventually, tech firms are hoping to develop flexible OLED screens that you can bend or even roll away.
Panasonic has improved the image quality since the last time company show off a transparent TV. Now you can build it into your furniture’s glass panels. The OLED screen is made from a fine mesh, embedded into the glass sliding door.
Panasonic is also designing their invisible TV to act as a virtual jukebox. A gesture-controlled music app enables users to search through digital music on one-half of the display, while still seeing through on the other.
Before the enhanced version, the firm wasn’t happy with the transparency levels when the screen was shut down – a tint in the clear glass was still visible. But it seems like, Panasonic has fixed the issue, and users can see clearly through the glass.
Although this invisible TV was another promising technology unveiled and stunned the crowd at CES.