As shown in the Corning video ‘A Day Made of Glass’ (mentioned in an earlier blog) and movies like Avatar and Minority Report, transparent displays look exciting.
Attendees of certain trade shows will know that transparent LCD displays have been around for a while but it is only relatively recently that they have been available for use in real applications. The transparency is not as in the movies, it is more like 15~20%, but nevertheless it is considered adequate for some applications.
Typical applications right now seem to be retail promotion related but it will be interesting to see where innovation takes this.
Here is a link to Samsung’s recent press release announcing their 46” transparent display: http://www.samsung.com/us/business/semiconductor/newsView.do?news_id=1256
Photo: Taken at a trade show in 2011