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Understanding IGZO displays

One particular technology that really caught my eye at CES 2013 was Sharp’s IGZO display technology. Still relatively new from the consumer aspect and not something you will be aware of if you are not much into consumer technology. Having said that, I hope this post of mine does justice to this cutting-edge display tech. Sharp showcased their IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) displays co-developed with Corning Glass Inc. It is an indigenous high-resolution display which can match a 4K resolution. And judging by its capability to have a pixel density of up to 500-550 ppi, it can give the current existing Retina and AMOLED displays a serious run for their money!

 

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Let’s converge on the high points of an IGZO display. Here are a select few –

1) Crisp Visuals: Smaller transistors in the circuit mean high electron mobility and pixel density which results in stunningly clear and detailed images i.e. up to 4 times the standard 1080p resolution.

2) Lighter and Slimmer Form Factor: IGZO sheets are relatively slimmer and malleable without losing the robust identity which means the smart devices that incorporate IGZO will be more lightweight than even before.

3) Extended battery life: The top line displays need constant screen refresh to accommodate for continued visual goodness. An IGZO display on the other hand is capable of retaining a static image without losing the display quality; that essentially means your phone’s Home Screen with all the widgets and app links would not need constant refreshing which demands less out of the device battery thus reducing power consumption. Dare I say that the standard Smartphone battery life might increase by almost a day with an IGZO display?!

4) Better Touch Response: The tightly-condensed structure of an IGZO-display enables much more precise touch response, especially in multi-point touch screens which makes it a boon for future Smartphone displays.

 

 

Rather than me saying anything more, a good viewing of the video credibly illustrates the kind of punch that IGZO displays pack. To round it up, IGZO is mesmerizing and eagerly awaited! (At least by me for now!)

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Last evening was hectic as hell. Screaming down my ear drums for pending editorials and giving the publishing team a run around the office were my Boss’s two priorities; both of which he ably fulfilled.  Leaving office at wee hours of the night isn’t exactly something I enjoy, and more so with the scarcity of auto-rickshaws at night but a DTC bus came on as a savior.

Now while travelling on the fourth bench of the bus, I saw a teenager playing on his Touchscreen Smartphone. Even though it’s something very common place yet very indicative of how everyone is keen to possess the latest technologies on offer. And since I didn’t feel like sleeping when I got back home, I just surfed YouTube on my Smart TV where I came across an “Avengers” movie clip where Robert Downey Jr. is playing with a Touchscreen display while doing his homework for the Avengers initiative. The next video in sequence was “Made of Glass” depicting Glass Touchscreen displays and my was I hooked to that five minute long clip. And the inquisitiveness within me begged the question,” Is what I am seeing really possible?!” Check the clip for understanding my perspective…

The brilliance of Corning® Display Technology is endearing and exhilarating at the same time. Maybe it is just a concept commercial but it opens a doorway of living the digitalized life. Photovoltaic glass, that darkens at sunset and turns back to its usual self with exposure to sunlight. Touch screen Smart TV’s; where you can magnify a channel with the slide of your index finger. Attending to important notifications on your mirror while brushing your teeth in front of the mirror. Rotating your fingers to set the cooking gas level and having NFC enabled displays that magnify images and visuals while video chatting. Out and out touch enabled dashboard displays in your car, touch interface displays to know public transport routes, sharing and customization of work data via your office table  and even having touch displays at apparel stores to view model videos and images before actually trying them (a step ahead of what MyHabit Fashion is doing now!)

And just when I mind was about to utter “Wow!” I saw the second video in line and I was short for words. The possibilities of innovation through Glass Touchscreen displays are endless. This amalgamation of Touchscreen displays, fiber optics and 3D engines is truly capable of taking “Interactive Classroom Teaching”, medical practices and even your daily life to a whole new dimension. And even though I had to pinch myself back from illusion to reality I was still overawed by what I had just witnessed. It might take many a year for this technology to come into practical realization, but it serves as a stark underlining of the fruitful combination of technological advancements and human endeavors. All I can say now is that “Virtual Lifestyle is not far away!”

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