Through the corpse glass: Transparent OLED comes to beds, restaurants, subways


A diner at a sushi bar flips through the options on a 55-inch transparent OLED screen.

LG screen

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LG Display, the company that OLED panels used in TVs by LG, Sony, Vizio and others around the world, also demonstrate some of the coolest, most futuristic concept technology at CES. The private hockey is where I am the first time make my mind smoke through an 18-inch coil OLED in 2016, where I experienced the even crazier 65-inch version two years later. This is also where I sniffed OLED flowers and relaxed in a Aircraft room with OLED lining.

With CES 2021 goes virtual I do not get the chance to experience the stand in person, but the company’s online showroom is the next best thing. The focus this year is on new transparent OLED screens, which have improved LGD to provide 40% transparency, compared to 10% for current generations. Displays you can see are not new – LGD has been pointing them out in commercial applications for a while now and earlier this year Xiaomi sells transparent 55-inch TV in China for $ 7,200 per doll. LGD, the only transparent OLED manufacturer in the world, supplies the panels, but as usual it does not talk about specific products for sale with its latest concepts.

The online showroom will demonstrate the following scenarios, each with a 55-inch transparent OLED screen.

  • Slim bed: Press a button and the transparent OLED screen rises from a frame at the foot of the bed to display TV programs or other information. The screen itself serves as a speaker – a feature found on some current OLED TVs – and LG says that the frame and its transparent screen can be moved to other parts of the house.
  • Restaurant discount: It’s shown as part of a sushi bar, and the screen between customers and the chef can display menu items or videos while people wait for their food, while viewers can still watch the chef at work and the integrity of ‘ can maintain a partition.
  • Metro train window: A window installed in a subway can display route information, weather, news and maps at the same time as riders look out at the view.

A 55-inch transparent OLED screen makes for an informative subway window.

LG screen

LGD says the demand for transparent screens is increasing in smart homes and buildings, as well as driverless cars, planes and subways. Of the three scenarios in the 2021 virtual showroom, the ‘slimbed’ seems the least useful to me, but it’s easy to imagine a future where such exhibits are so cheap and ubiquitous that video or information is on any normally transparent surface can appear from windows. to glass coffee tables to glasses. It’s not as baffling as a roll-up TV, but probably more practical.

One great thing about virtual CES is that stalls that are privately owned can be made more widely available for the first time. LG Display says its online showroom will be available to all visitors during CES 2021.

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