New "invisible glass" ends glossy versus matte dilemma

By on November 1, 2011, 6:30 PM

There could be a day in the near future when you'll be able to purchase a laptop or smartphone without compromising on the visual quality of its display. Most viewing devices offer the choice between a glossy or matte panel. The former is said to look brighter and crisper, but reflects more light making the screen unusable in high intensity light. Meanwhile, matte displays reduce glare but sacrifice vibrancy and clarity.

Nippon Electric Glass Co Ltd claims its "invisible glass" solves the dilemma, however. Unveiled last week at the FPD International 2011 conference, the glass panel on demonstration wowed attendees. Writing for Tech-On, Satoshi Okubo said it was hard to see the substrate when standing right in front of it and onlookers had "surprised looks on their faces."

According to Nippon, about 92% of incoming light passes through standard glass panels, while the remaining 8% or so is reflected. However, the company's enchanted panels allow approximately 99.5% of light to pass through, reflecting only 0.5% of light while luminance reflectance is reduced to 0.1% or less. The feat is accomplished by covering both sides of the glass with a special anti-reflective film, which is applied in nanometer increments.

Besides improving the visual quality of displays in the consumer electronics segment, it's noted that the invisible glass would benefit other industries, such as boosting solar panel efficiency. Despite those possibilities, it's unclear when or if Nippon's technology will make it to a tablet near you.




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R3DP3NGUIN R3DP3NGUIN said:

Thats going to be a head **** if buildings catch on to this!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Despite those possibilities, it's unclear when or if Nippon's technology will make it to a tablet near you.

hehe, I get it! Good one Matthew.:p

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Enchanted panels huh? An illustrious achievement for sure...

mailpup mailpup said:

Enchanted: Yup. He said it and he meant it.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Before you start having sport at the expense of Matthew, If you look up the definition of Enchant, it actually means....

Definition of ENCHANT

transitive verb

1

: to influence by or as if by charms and incantation : bewitch

....nope, Matthew your screwed.:p

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

- to subject to magical influence

- to impart a magic quality or effect to

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/enchanted

Perhaps it was a lame thing to say, but it works and I stand by it.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I foresee something like this going "As Seen On TV" and for sale in every check-out line, soon.

I'd pay a lot to get rid of glare.

Arris Arris said:

Hehe Matthew, I now have a mental image of Nippon's production line having a guy in a robe with a tome in hand casting incantations on the pieces of glass as they go past on the conveyor belt.

DanUK DanUK said:

Prepare to start walking into invisible walls like a champ

chaboi390 said:

I don't think how could this be implemented into buildings or other infrastructure. The idea of Matte Glass is to decrease glare which save energy requirements to shine things brighter behind a display. Its kinda silly if this was used as a door or a window. just think how many people will just hit into an invisible wall? 0_o

Tomorrow_Rains said:

quickly, someone make this their front door

Arris Arris said:

DanUK said:

Prepare to start walking into invisible walls like a champ

Justin Bieber will be having nightmares about that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9uHLeaIMsU

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I wonder if there is any technical reason why this technology couldn't be incorporated with gorilla glass. That would be a good result if it could/

Brock Samson said:

This technology could make some really cool aquariums.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Brock Samson said:

This technology could make some really cool aquariums.

Now that would be awesome! As long as the water was properly filtered you would really struggle to see where the water is and it would seem like the fish are floating in mid air!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

If they start making this glass for home and commercial windows, women everywhere will be doing a Tippi Hedren impersonation.

Eddo22 said:

If it's invisible and you're not allowed to touch it..how do you know it's there?

Guest said:

They aren't going to use it as building windows. The windows on skyscrapers for sure are highly reflective on purpose. Reflect the heat, keep the cool in. This would just let all the heat in.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

My flashlight's lens has an independently tested 99.36%. It has AR and AG coatings.

http://flashlightlens.com/

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I've not seen anyone mention a scratch resistant factor.

If it scratches easy, I wouldn't care how invisible it is.

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PinothyJ said:

cliffordcooley said:

I've not seen anyone mention a scratch resistant factor.

If it scratches easy, I wouldn't care how invisible it is.

.

Get this man to the boardroom, STAT!

^^...

Arris Arris said:

I've not seen anyone mention a scratch resistant factor.

I wonder if there is any technical reason why this technology couldn't be incorporated with gorilla glass. That would be a good result if it could/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla_Glass

I guess that combining scratch resistant layers would mess up the anti-reflectivity of the technology. Lets hope that they have considered this and combined an element of anti-scratch/damage resistancy to this product.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Awesome just hope they don't charge $200+ just to have it...

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