The Japanese electronics company improved the display’s brightness for its new transparent TV. Image Source: IGN

Panasonic showcased the new design of its transparent television at CEATEC Japan 2016. First unveiled by Panasonic in January, the TV’s screen is now clearer and easier to read as well as brighter and more transparent than ever.

Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) is a trade show held every year in Japan during October. Regarded as the Japanese version of Consumer Electronics Show, CEATEC is the Asian country’s largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference. The 2016 edition took place between October 4-7.

The concept version revealed earlier this year showed a TV that appeared transparent when turned off. Several months and refinements later, Panasonic has managed to increase the transparency of its the revolutionary television.

Panasonic’s update is currently capable of becoming as transparent as a glass panel. However, it’s still a long way from production.

Turned on it looks like any other modern TV but once users press the off button on the remote control they could have a hard time telling where’s the screen. Image Source: Ars Technica
Turned on it looks like any other modern TV but once users press the off button on the remote control they could have a hard time telling where’s the screen. Image Source: Ars Technica

The original concept wasn’t a great viewing experience

The Japanese electronics company improved the display’s brightness, too. It was one of the biggest problems with the original prototype. Despite using an under-shelf lighting to boost up the image, the panel still looked dim in comparison to its surroundings. When in use, the viewing experience wasn’t as amazing.

Even though the upgraded prototype is still dimmer than other TVs, it should be ready for use in most home surroundings. However, Panasonic warns that the TV’s display could suffer in bright ambient surroundings.

Panasonic’s transparent TV works by illuminating a fine mesh screen embedded into the glass, making the panel visible. Meanwhile, the OLED wires are so thin that people can’t see when the panel is turned off giving the TV an invisible effect.

Panasonic’s transparent TV could hit stores in 2019

When the TV’s technology is ready, its transparency could serve several functions that most people never imagined. For example, customers who think big screens disrupt their home surroundings or ruin their feng shui could use Panasonic’s hide and seek TV. The transparent TV hides in plain sight and blends into its surroundings.

Those who desperately want one will have to wait at least three more years, according to a Panasonic spokesperson. The TV, set to become the future of living, will remain in development. Like with all new tech, Panasonic’s transparent TV should be expensive when it is finally made available.

Source: Digital Journal

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