Display Week is the Society for Information Display’s premier international event for the electronic display industry. It’s a great opportunity to discover new and exciting technological trends, as well as a chance to stay connected with a large cross section of Synapse suppliers and partners in the industry. I first attended Display Week in 2015, and this year’s event was my third visit. It was great catch up with some of our suppliers and check out the newest technological advances.
Staying in tune with industry trends helps prepare us to solve the unique technology challenges we often encounter
Synapse is often engaged with projects that push the technological limits of displays and sensing technologies. Staying in tune with industry trends helps prepare us to solve the unique technology challenges we often encounter - be it custom or novel display geometries and sizes, ultra low power wearable displays, touch surfaces for challenging and harsh environments, or unique materials, light guides, and optical films.
This year at Display Week I saw two standouts in new display technologies: transparent color displays and foldable OLED displays.
A mobile display company, JDI, showcased their new transparent color display. Using new technology to eliminate the need for color filters and polarizers, JDI has succeeded in manufacturing a prototype that achieves a groundbreaking 80% light transmittance. High transmittance allows the display to appear truly transparent to a user, where images can be displayed in concert with an unobscured background. This technology could enable a richer Augmented Reality product experience with potential applications in many industries, including consumer, industrial, and automotive.
Two manufacturers, BOE and AUO, exhibited their foldable OLED displays. The use of plastic substrates allow the displays to be dynamically folded while in use - a key differentiator from the curved displays already seen in some smartphones. Foldable display technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about wearable and mobile devices… imagine foldable tablets, jewelry or clothing with integrated display, or a modern redux of the flip phone! BOE has reportedly already started low volume pilot production of these foldable displays, and AUO estimates they will be in full production of their foldable OLED in 2018.
Smart speakers have taken us a huge step forward in human-digital interactions, but the user experience must become more intuitive to deliver on the promise of a smart home. We present a technology demonstration that shows one approach to making interactions with smart devices more natural.
Machine vision technology continues to rapidly advance and improve, performing object recognition at increasing rates and with increasing accuracy. What happens when the images being processed are obscured by the rain, snow, and mud of the real world? DeepRay™ is an AI technology that presents a clever solution to this deceptively difficult problem while making it look easy.
Data in agriculture is flowing freely, which normally means a sensor network for soil information, and drone or visual inspection of plants from the air. Smart data gathering platforms will deliver the most complete data set that starts to unlock the mysteries of crop yield and disease detection.
It’s the largest stage for consumer tech innovation and it’s just around the corner—get ready for CES 2019 with our predictions of what new beauty tech will be on the show floor in Vegas this January.
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