Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:06 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Samsung has developed a completely transparent solar-powered monitor that's designed to be used with ambient light. Though they're marketing it as a television, it's almost certainly going to be used initially as displays in commercial areas, and it apparently is also a touch-screen, opening it up for the coolest kind of kiosk you've ever used. See a video after the jump.
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Nothing special
by jtinz on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:34 UTC
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Every LCD panel has a transparent pane inside. You can disassemble the one in front of you and make a similar display. But the glass pane usually is really dark. So the real question is how brightly the scene behind the panel was illuminated.

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RE: Nothing special
by David on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:42 in reply to "Nothing special"
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What's special is that they've developed a backlighting system that can properly illuminate a transparent display. If you just took the back off a regular LCD and reinforced the glass, you wouldn't get results like this.

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RE[2]: Nothing special
by hohlraum on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:48 in reply to "RE: Nothing special"
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Nothing special is correct.

They've been doing this with slot machines in Japan for like 5-6 years and in US slot machines for 2 years.

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RE: Nothing special
by _txf_ on Fri 25th Mar 2011 16:25 in reply to "Nothing special"
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So the real question is how brightly the scene behind the panel was illuminated.

Yeah, more impressive would be if the sun was shining behind it. Still, could be useful for windows on the inside of buildings (offices and whatnot).

Shame they seem to imply it could be used for external windows by having the cityscape maquette behind it.

Edited 2011-03-25 16:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Nothing special
by WorknMan on Fri 25th Mar 2011 16:30 in reply to "RE: Nothing special"
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Instead of transparent screens, what we really need are ones that can stretch out to grow larger than they are. Like, being able to somehow dynamically turn a phone into a tablet ;)

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