Sharp presents a new technical concept that that might just set current display screen design virtually free.
Sharp has just announced the development of a new concept in screen technology. Named as the Free-Form Display, its base idea is to release traditional screens from the standard square or rectangular format, in favor of a more customizable, more fluid screen form factor
Even as LCD technology became more prevalent at the turn of the 21st century, the most standard screen design format was always the rectangular or square shape. True, we’ve seen the trend change a bit over the years with the introduction of other screen technologies such as OLED, but the base design remains the same: a flat, straight, and rigid visual peripheral.
The Free-Form Display concept attempts to break this mold with the introduction of a screen that installs all of its circuitry throughout the display medium. Technically, what they have developed is a screen with a mix of IGZO screen tech and other applied proprietary technologies. The result is an entire screen that is independent of bezels, support stands, and other supposedly ‘design’ components that actually hide its circuitry underneath.
Because the display medium itself is already the entire screen unit, it can be molded and shaped into different forms. It doesn’t require being confined to a simple flat, rigid form factor, and can possibly even adapt to other already available screen design innovations.
For example, as shown in the feature image, these screens could be used in vehicles as a new type of digital access interface and measurement display. Or, as suggested by the concept, we could probably see the emergence of other technologies in their most familiar form. Smart watches for instance, could simply follow the traditional circular screen design format. The concept can even take the flexible screen idea as far developing oddly shaped screens that would simply seem completely alien and foreign compared to our screens today.
In any case though, Sharp is completely determined to implement the concept, and is currently hard at work to make it commercially available as early as possible.