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In more upcoming virtual CES news from LG, the company says it will be showcasing ‘Transparent OLED’ panels online from January 11th. One application will be a new ‘Smart Bed’ display which can rise from its frame to show content in domestic settings with varying aspect ratios and with “immersive” cinematic sound embedded into the frame to avoid speakers in the room.  The touch-button 55-inch display will be able to show information and content with no backlight technology and promises to deliver “clear” image quality.

There are professional applications intended for the technology, including restaurant interiors where customers can order from on-screen menus visible to anyone on either side of the unit. There is also the opportunity here for restaurant customers to view a “chef preparing their food” and to watch TV or movies while waiting for an order to arrive, although the real world practicality might be questionable. Another version allows passengers on a metro system to view route maps, weather and information superimposed on a train window.


“Transparent OLED is a technology that maximizes the advantages of OLED and can be used in various places in our daily lives, from stores, shopping malls, and architectural interiors to autonomous vehicles, subway trains, and aircraft,” said Jong-sun Park, Senior Vice President & Head of the Commercial Business Unit at LG Display. He added, “It will grow into a next-generation display that can change the existing display paradigm.”

The superior transparency of the system means that the new displays can be used in smart homes and smart buildings, as well as across autonomous vehicles, aircraft, and subways. The Korean manufacturer claims it is the “only” transparent OLED manufacturer in the world.


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