samsung transparent lcd Samsung is hoping for 2012 to be the year of transparent LCDs

Ahead of CES Samsung has been busy pimping all sorts of technologies, but it seems like the company is very serious about transparent LCDs and in this case we're looking at large screen applications. We're not sure if the world is ready for this technology as yet and it looks like we've got a while to go until it's anywhere near to become mainstream.

Ahead of CES Samsung has been busy pimping all sorts of technologies, but it seems like the company is very serious about transparent LCDs and in this case we're looking at large screen applications. We're not sure if the world is ready for this technology as yet and it looks like we've got a while to go until it's anywhere near to become mainstream.

Samsung is trying to convince the world that it needs to implements its LTI460AP01 transparent LCD into various movie like solutions, although so far it seems like most of the applications are in fact for the advertising industry. The LTI460AP01 isn't quite on par with your average 46-inch LCD display in terms of resolution either, as it only manages 1366×768 compared to 1920×1080 for your average LCD TV these days, but that's kind of beside the point here.

samsung transparent lcd Samsung is hoping for 2012 to be the year of transparent LCDs

One of the selling points according to Samsung is the fact that as long as there's enough daylight/artificial light, there's no need to switch on any kind of backlight. As you might've figured out by now, the backlight is the most power hungry component in an LCD screen and Samsung claims that the LTI460AP01 uses only 10 percent of the electricity of a comparable LCD panel with backlight. That said, the LTI460AP01 isn't void of backlight, as it can be switched on when there isn't enough light coming from behind the panel.

So far we've seen mostly what we feel is fairly tacky attempts at selling and promoting transparent LCDs where objects are put behind the panel in a way that they can be seen as a part of what is usually some kind of advertisement being displayed on the screen and Samsung's demo pictures are more of the same. Now we're sure that there are applications where a transparent LCD would indeed be useful and we're hoping for a day when you can connect your smartphone wirelessly to such a display that replaces the windows in mass transit trains for some large screen browsing, although we're most likely having slightly too high hopes here.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow