The way we view information has changed rapidly over the last few decades – at one time, there was no choice but to read information from books and publications but now, from smart phones to self service kiosks, you can access information virtually anywhere thanks to the screen in your pocket. As is the way with technology, there is always something new in development to replace the existing offerings and we’ve investigated a few new display technologies that’ll soon be hitting the market:
Organic Light Emitting Diodes are already available in larger televisions and many smartphones, tablets etc. OLED monitors can produce a picture at a higher resolution than just about anything else on the market today – plus they’re far more energy efficient. OLED uses organic materials that glow a certain colour when electricity runs through them and it will no doubt be the driving force in screen technology over the next few years.
Initially, having a bendy display meant your iPhone 6 was broken but now it quite literally means a screen that bends and flexes. OLED technology allows for screens to curve and flex at will meaning you’ll soon be picking up your tablet device and rolling it up like a newspaper – no really, it’s happening.
This isn’t actually the most recent innovation, in fact the technology is for the most part e-paper which has been around since the early 1990’s. However, by taking this older technology and repurposing it – there’s a very good chance folding phones will be a big help to the general public. It might not sound like the greatest innovation, but how many times have you wished your whopping great handset was compactable so it could fit in your pocket properly? Think about it. Samsung seem to be leading the way with this technology after announcing details of their folding offering earlier this year.
A name that’ll mean very little to most at this time, Haptic touchscreens are being designed to touch you back in effect. Basically, the screen itself will adapt to the image displayed on it to replicate its texture – so if you had an image of grass, it would feel like grass to touch etc. Granted, it probably wont feel much like grass and Haptic screens will likely be based on rough/smooth sensations but you never know – it could blow you away.
Virtual Reality has been the topic of so many sci-fi films and TV programmes it’s almost not worth explaining – everyone knows the principle but is it possible? Apparently, yes it is – the Oculus Rift headset creates a virtual environment for an immersive experience. However, with no confirmed release date perhaps this one is a little way off yet.
Any gamer worth their pile of achievements will be familiar with the Unreal Engine – a graphics processor that leads the market without question. The upcoming Unreal Engine 4 is so advanced, it can create images that look so realistic it’s scary – probably best not to play the upcoming horror games if you’re a bit jumpy or impressionable, let’s put it that way.
These are quite literally screens mounted outdoors that generate 3D images without the need for special glasses to be worn. It doesn’t get much simpler than that – moving on!
This tech is deep in the realms of the sci-fi – the phrase ‘Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi etc’ is resonant with holographic technology and that attempt at holographic special effects occurred 40 years ago. Now, holographic images are very real but they do require rather large projection surfaces. Progress is good but how close we are to having holographic conversation on mobile phones remains to be seen – it could be a while.