Panasonic makes its see-through prototype TV even more transparent

By midian182 ยท 9 replies
Oct 5, 2016
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  1. More futuristic technology once seen only in the movies is making its way into the real world - we’ve already got everything from advanced virtual reality systems to self-tying sneakers. Now, Panasonic has shown off an updated version of its transparent TV at Ceatec that looks as if it came straight from a sci-fi show.

    First unveiled at this year’s CES, the concept product's transparent pane of glass is unrecognizable as a television until you push a button or wave your hand to switch it on. Panasonic wasn’t happy with the transparency of the first model it showed off, so it has upgraded the TV to the point where it's almost indistinguishable from a standard glass panel.

    It now features an OLED display instead of LED, no longer requires external lighting sources to enhance the image, and offers a much brighter and clearer picture. When operating, it looks almost exactly like a regular television.

    The screen is created from a fine mesh and can be embedded into glass on any type of furniture - in this case, a sliding door on a large display cabinet.

    Panasonic also showed how the technology could be used as a door on a wine and sake cellar. The screen can display information such as the best temperature for the items, and touching a bottle via the glass door will bring up recipes that go well with beverage, based on what food is in the connected fridge.

    Sadly, it will be some time before these transparent TVs hit the market. A Panasonic spokesperson said they would likely be in development for at least three more years. Best start saving now.

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  2. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Addict Posts: 141   +90

    Holy **** thats cool.
    Reehahs and Greg S like this.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I look forward to this, but probably not the cost lol!
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +912

    It's incredible how good the image quality already is. Usually prototypes for stuff like this the image is not very bright or high res. Colour me impressed!
  5. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 106   +84

    Can't wait for them to make one that replaces the front windshield of my car.
  6. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Shut up and take my money?

    Seriously I want one of these, hell I want many of these, I can think of at least three places I would use them.

    A) The shower door, granted it's a film/mesh material you can simply apply to any existing glass surface.

    B) My bedroom window which I would assume be somewhat difficult given the varying light source outside.

    C) The fish tank I will buy just to have it double as a television, I may not even put fish in it, but maybe that would be a good idea.
    Reehahs likes this.
  7. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 426   +278

    This tech would make a wicked mod for a pc window panel. the pc guts could be your desktop background and when in screen saver mode you could simply have the screen turn off and be replaced by internal lighting until you move the mouse.
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  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,935   +762

    Cost is probably at least part of the reason that they say it will be three more years.

    There have been some recent developments for blue OLED emitters that increase lifetime and light output - so the tech keeps advancing, and I expect that the tech is not quite where they want it yet, too.
  9. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    I was hoping the TV would cover up the hole-in-my-wall, like all the rest of TVs I've had in my life.
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I figure they are still working out some of the stuff, but I predict that this tech is not going to be affordable for the average consumer.

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