Maybe it’s the futurist in me, but a transparent screen has been something that I’ve wanted since I was a kid watching Sci-Fi movies. I’m not sure how realistic the appeal would be in reality, but when we start to foster in the explosion of Augmented Reality applications, and Samsung’s revealing of the AMOLED display technology my mind started ticking, and I start to feel like a kid again.
Samsung’s representative in the video below states that the displays and the AMOLED technology isn’t really economically viable, and probably won’t be in displays this year, but next year, all beats are off. Would you buy an AMOLED display for your computer, or a laptop with one built in?
I sure as heck would.
What if, and I’m speculating here, Apple’s rumoured Tablet had an AMOLED display? Again, speculation, so don’t go running off to buy stock on this little rant. Some devices just lend themselves well to this sort of technology. Primarily, any device that you spend time on the move with should be planning to integrate this type of display in the near future. Once that happens, I’m sure the next step is figuring out how to interpret the data that’s happening around it, much like how the iPhone 3GS is now using the camera to survey its surroundings. The potential is really limitless, and once these two things are elegantly engineered and merged together we’ll be in the new age of computing.
If you think I’m crazy, you might want to check out a patent Apple filed, and won, for a New iPod Video headset display. It’s essentially glasses that give you an augmented reality controlled by an iPod. It’s starting to look like we’re heading the way of AMOLED, folks.
Will the AMOLED screens be in the Tablet, not likely, but they might be in a Tablet a couple versions down the road. News came out today that Apple is investigating dual-function touchscreens.
“These dual-function capacitive elements form part of the display system that generates an image on the display, and also form part of a touch sensing system that senses touch events on or near the display,” the application reads.
Couple these two technologies together, and we could be looking at a display that is not only thinner and cheaper to produce, but a display that would make for a perfect fit in a mobile device. Perhaps even a tablet.
All we would need is a monitor that also switched between OLED and e-ink, and we’d be set.