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Transparent OLED screens will replace glass in tomorrow’s world, predicts LG Display at CES 2021

Transparent OLED screens that can offer crisp, clear images at the touch of a button, have been unveiled by LG Display. Promising a lifestyle upgrade previously only seen in sci-fi movies, the new technology could be coming to a home, restaurant or hotel near you soon. 

LG Display has been showing transparent OLED screens for a number of years now, but at the upcoming virtual CES show, it’s applied its knowhow to objects and situations we encounter on a daily basis. 

LG Display is an innovator in the world of displays, and is the world’s leading supplier of OLED panels. It’s transparent display technology recently found a role in LG’s InstaView fridge models. 

LG Display will also demo a transparent OLED display replaces conventional windows on a subway train…

Is it a display or a window? Actually…it’s both

Visitors to LG Display’s virtual booth at CES 2021 will see how a sushi bar can utilise a 55-inch transparent OLED display as a high-tech partition, to deliver menu information with clear image quality while maintaining a connection between those on both sides of the screen. As you wait for your order, it can also display entertainment or news, while at the same time viewing the chef preparing their food can be seen on the other side of the display.  

LG Display will also demo a transparent OLED display replaces conventional windows on a subway train. The next-gen glass means passengers can enjoy the passing scenery while viewing clear information such as subway line maps, weather information, and other news.

A Smart Bed, to be showcased in a Smart Home Zone, will show how a frame can be moved to the foot of a bed. At the push of a button, a 55-inch transparent OLED display rises from its frame to show information or TV content, in various screen ratios. There’s no need for extra speakers in the room either, as the frame has an immersive Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) system built-in. Of course, this transparent TV frame isn’t limited to the bedroom, it can be positioned anywhere in your house.  

 “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,” explains Jong-sun Park, Senior VP at LG Display. “It will grow into a next-generation display that can change the existing display paradigm.”  

Transparent OLED delivers 40 per cent transparency, unlike existing transparent LCD which offers only 10 per cent transparency. This makes it a far better contender for uses in smart homes, smart buildings, and mobility, including autonomous vehicles, aircraft, and subways. 

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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