- LG is using CES to show how its transparent OLEDs could be used in the real world.
- It envisions a â€œSmart Bedâ€� where a transparent TV could sit at your feet.
- Itâ€™s still not clear when you might see this in mobile devices.
LG Display is still eager to make transparent OLED displays a practical reality, and itâ€™s using CES 2021 to show just what might be possible. The company has designed a concept â€œSmart Bedâ€� that would use a 55-inch transparent screen as a TV that effectively becomes invisible.
The transparent TV would sit in a frame you could place at the foot of your bed or even move around the home. Youâ€™d just have to press a button to have the transparent OLED rise from the frame and keep you entertained without backlights (or a background) interfering with the experience. Cinematic Sound OLED would pump out audio without requiring separate speakers.
LG also envisions using the 55-inch transparent OLED for restaurants (when theyâ€™re safe again) where you could watch TV while watching your chef prepare your meal. It would even be useful for subway trains, giving you a view outside at the same time as you check the route map or the weather.
Like LGâ€™s earlier see-through OLEDs, the 55-inch model would thrive on a high 40% transparency level compared to â€˜justâ€™ 10% for LCDs.Â It could serve as a window replacement in smart homes or even self-driving cars, the company said.
The company didnâ€™t say if or when youâ€™d see a transparent TV or similar products on store shelves, although there was reportedly â€œgrowing demandâ€� from various industries.
Just donâ€™t get your hopes up for a phone with a transparent OLED display, at least not yet. While transparent phones are nothing new (Sony Ericssonâ€™s 2009-era Xperia Pureness is one example), a modern smartphone would need a way to hide the electronics behind a large screen while delivering comparable battery life and features. For now, at least, your phone will block your view of the outside world.