The Society for Information Displays (SID) held their annual SID conference and exhibition in Seattle, Washington last week. LCD panels have been the star of the show for many years now and this year was no exception – the surprise was the general absence of large OLED panels.
Not surprisingly 3D was very much in evidence both large and small for TV’s (with glasses) and mobile applications (without glasses). Also touch and multi-touch panels were well represented as were displays for e-books, for example E-Ink was showing it latest color electrophoretic displays, ie the technology used in the Amazon Kindle and similar .
A few non-LCD technologies that have been in development for a few years were on show including:
- Air gap MEMS: This uses the air gap between two plates to create colors from reflected light, see http://www.mirasoldisplays.com/mobile-display-imod-technology for a very clear explanation.
- Shutter type MEMS: This uses extremely small mechanical shutters, quite amazing, see http://www.pixtronix.com/technology/index.asp for details.
- Electro-wetting which uses fluids that are literally moved in and out of very small chambers, details of this are explained at http://www.liquavista.com/technology/whatIsElectrowetting.aspx.
Other than that one novelty was a transparent 46″ LCD display from Samsung. This was being demonstrated for digital signage applications with a mock up retail window display – it was very effective and appeared to draw constant attention.
And Digital View – this year we put our new Integre integrated chassis centre stage. Integre is designed for display system integrators using Samsung LCD displays of 32″ to 82″ providing an easy to use interface, power and monitoring solution, see more details here (press release).