LCD and Plasma to face new competition

Mikey 8 comments
LCD and Plasma to face new competition

While LCD and Plasma displays dominate the flat panel market, a new contender is set to change all that. Telescopic Pixel displays are a new emerging technology that works thanks to an ancient old optical device premise - that of a telescope.

Now instead of me interpreting how this works, I will let this description from Ars Technica serve:

"Each pixel consists of two opposing mirrors where the primary mirror can change shape under an applied voltage. When the pixel is off, the primary and secondary mirrors are parallel and reflect all of the incoming light back into the light source. When the pixel is on, the primary mirror deforms into a parabolic shape that focuses light onto the secondary mirror. The secondary mirror then reflects the light through a hole in the primary mirror and onto the display screen."

You can read the full details and diagram here.

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Kim OJ

Tuesday 22nd July 2008 | 02:01 AM

That sounds pretty sweet! And then it is energy efficient too!

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Tuesday 22nd July 2008 | 07:01 AM

Ah, it's so simple...

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Marvin The Martian

Tuesday 22nd July 2008 | 08:21 AM

I was just thinking of that same technique. Damn! Missed out again.

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Tuesday 22nd July 2008 | 12:40 PM

does that meac LCD and PLASMA are on their way out before they have really been in?

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Petey R

Tuesday 22nd July 2008 | 05:02 PM

This is a brilliant concept!
Toshiba are also developing LED (light emitting diodes) screens which will be brighter and much more energy efficient than current plasma and LCD (liquid crystal display) screens.

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Tuesday 22nd July 2008 | 05:36 PM response to this comment by andrew. Probably. What shits me is most people call them plasma screens regardless of if they are plasma, LCD or rear projection. Idiots.

I don't know what this tech will be called but I know 'telescopic' isn't very marketable so we can expect some swanky new term to be introduced.

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Wednesday 23rd July 2008 | 08:57 AM


i wonder if the mirror can really change shape 30 times per second, or 100 times per second.

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Wednesday 23rd July 2008 | 02:23 PM response to this comment by Rob. Nah "telescopic" sounds pretty marketable to me! I'm more of the type to call them all "plasma" though...

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