Pre-Screening the Future: Display Week 2012

Alan Bullock
Jun 11, 2012

The Society for Information Display held its annual Display Week trade show June 5-7 in Boston, MA. InfoTrends attended the show to learn about new technologies that may soon make their way into devices that will be used for viewing and sharing consumers’ photos and videos. Here are a few of the more interesting things that we saw:

  • Corning unveiled Willow Glass, a thin (0.1 mm), flexible glass substrate that offers several advantages for makers of LCD display panels. Willow Glass offers obvious benefits such as thinner and lighter finished products, as well as transforming curved and flexible surfaces into displays. In addition, its roll-fed delivery configuration can lower display manufacturing costs in much the same way that roll-fed printing is cheaper than sheet-fed printing. This video explains all the details and is worth five minutes of your time. 

  • Tactus Technology conducted the first public demonstrations of its Tactus Tactile Layer component for touch-screen panels, enabling application-controlled, transparent physical buttons that rise up from the touch-screen surface on demand and recede invisibly into the smooth screen surface when not in use. This short (1:51) video explains it well. 

  • LG Display introduced the first 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphones. It features 1920 x 1080 resolution at 440 pixels per inch (ppi). (By comparison, Apple’s much-heralded iPhone Retina display is “only” 326 ppi.) The panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology, which the company says delivers better color fidelity, wider viewing angle, rapid touch-response, brighter light transmission, and lower power consumption. It is expected to be available during the second half of this year.
  • Nanosys demonstrated its Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) technology, which provides a significantly wider color gamut for LCD displays, producing nearly OLED-like quality at a much lower cost. The company also announced a partnership with the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company to commercialize the QDEF technology into a film that display manufacturers can use to replace a similar already found in current LCD panels.  Nanosys and QDEF received the 2012 Display Industry Awards Gold Display Component of the Year from the Society for Information Display.

InfoTrends’ Opinion
Display Week 2012 offered a fascinating look at display technology that may make its way to market in the near future. Clearly, devices will continue to get thinner, lighter, brighter, and more power-efficient, making them more attractive for a variety of photo and video applications. InfoTrends will continue to follow these trends in the imaging world through consumer research studies such as the recently fielded 2012 U.S. Connected Devices Survey. The report will be published later this month.

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