We haven’t really witnessed any new exciting innovation in televisions. Remember those big bulky boxes with an antenna using traditional Cathode Ray tubes, We’ve come a long way. But still something is missing, there is nothing amazing or exciting in televisions. But then I saw this invisible one.
Panasonic revealed this television of future at CES 2016. I didn’t really get excited by any new piece of tech showed in CES but this one does leave me wondering.
What exactly are you talking about…..
They first revealed this television at CES 2016 in January. At that moment, the first prototype was not that good. It was using LED due to which transparency was not there. Apart from that, the picture quality was dull. As time goes by, Panasonic engineers worked hard to achieve transparency and they finally did it.
The newer version of this television has OLED display and the picture quality is bright, crisp and vivid just like any other TV should be.
(Organic Light Emitting Diode makes it possible for each pixel to light itself rather than being lit from behind as in LED)
Now let’s come to the main deal. This TV is indistinguishable from a clear pane of glass when it’s not in use. Look at the picture below. You will see a glass pane that’s it.
Now let’s turn on the TV or simply wave our hand. See, that glass pane was actually Panasonic’s TV. It works just like any other HDTV when turned on.
If you still think it’s not the big deal. Hold your thoughts and read this first.
The TV can be slid around like a sliding cabinet door so you can easily access (and see) shelves or storage behind the screen. You can also slide it around to accommodate the height at which viewers are standing or sitting. (Amazing, isn’t it?)
How the hell can this slide?
Panasonic is staying tight-lipped on this and is not ready to share any information yet. All we know is that the fine mesh is embedded in the glass which lets it slide.
Panasonic considers this tech as the ‘future of display screens’.
When can you buy this?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to buy this amazing tech yet. Panasonic is not yet satisfied completely with this version and will spend more time in improving this one. According to them, it will take another 3-4 years.
Interestingly, Apple was also working on a transparent television in the mid-2000’s but they dropped the plan. According to reports, “it used an enormous amount of power and the image quality was poor.” Well Apple, Panasonic did it.
Honestly, I freakin’ love this. This definitely is a future for me. This Television is really gonna change everything. I cannot wait for the public release. Imagine the way we can use this future display not just in tv but anywhere we can think of. We can use this display in automobiles as interactive windows or We can build one of the smartest homes. This display will change the way we see things today, the way we interact with tech. It’s the next big thing.
Another thing is pricing. What will be the pricing? Is it going to be expensive? We cannot comment on that for now.
Let’s see what Panasonic will have in store for the next version of this TV.
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