Welcome to Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.
Welcome to Panasonic’s envisioned future of transparent, seemingly-invisible display panels. You know, like in those fancy, sci-fi television series, space movies, and whatnot.
Panasonic first unveiled their working prototype at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas earlier this January. At Japan’s CEATEC 2016 two weeks ago, the company finally showcased the full potential of these clear displays by featuring them in different home scenarios.
Here’s Engadget for the technical, “magical” explanation:
The OLED screen is made from a fine mesh, embedded into the glass sliding door. While the TV image is visible even with the backlighting on, once it’s dimmed the image is clear and bright enough to be almost indistinguishable from existing televisions. (The last model was a bit too dim and required under-shelf lighting to boost the image.) Turn the TV panel off, however, and it’s hard to tell it was ever there, to begin with.
According to a Panasonic spokesperson, the display technology is still in the development phase and won’t be seeing the light of day for at least three more years. Awww.