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Samsung may ship transparent AMOLED notebook in next year

updated 04:15 pm EST, Fri February 5, 2010

Samsung may have ultra-exotic AMOLED portable

Samsung could be the first to introduce a production notebook with a transparent display, Samsung America's digital imaging VP Reid Sullivan has revealed. After showing a 14-inch see-through AMOLED screen at CES this year, the Korean company now says that testing suggests the PC could be in shops within the next 12 months. Sullivan expects that "all" Samsung's AV hardware could use the technology soon.

The company has already tested out transparent AMOLEDs on a small scale with the IceTouch, a media player with a 2-inch touchscreen. Until now, such displays have often been cost-prohibitive due to the price of an AMOLED, but economies of scale have grown to make at least smaller screens reasonable. The IceTouch should sell in the US for about $378 within the first half of this year.

AMOLEDs by themselves are considered an advantage over LCD through their thinness, their color accuracy and the absence of an energy-hungry backlight. Transparency is likely to be just a cosmetic feature at first, but it allows for notebooks, players and phones that lift the isolation of the user and helps handheld users see what's in view. [via Gizmodo]

by MacNN Staff



  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Neat, but why?

    Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do something. This technology belongs on heads-up displays, not on a tablet or notebook.

    People complain about how distracting glossy screens are today, now imagine trying to work on a screen where you can see through.

  1. chas_m



    Another example of "doesn't get it"

    I wouldn't even call it "neat." More like "stupid."

    I can't believe anybody spent real time and money developing this.

  1. chas_m



    Another example of "doesn't get it"

    I wouldn't even call it "neat." More like "stupid."

    I can't believe anybody spent real time and money developing this.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cool but...

    It sure looks cool, but I'm not sure I would want it on a notebook... maybe on my car's front window!

  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pretty amazing

    but just how useless is it?

    And Windows - that's pretty much a deal killer for me. Bleh!

  1. typ993

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seems to me,

    they saw Avatar one too many times

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The FUTURE!

    Now THAT's pretty cool. It'll do for now, until I get my goddamn flying car...

  1. marcosebastian

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uhhh, why are some people saying this is useless?

    This technology would work great for companies that are not in the business of design, but more like telemarketing, etc. You can imagine companies in the future using these displays for their employees, no cubes, just a desk, and your computer. If you're doing something you're not supposed to be doing, guess what, it's see-through. Great for schools too. Kids in the classroom won't be browsing facebook anymore!

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Everything old is new again...

    This was doable with LCD panels in the mid 90s. You could get an LCD panel that would fit over the top of an OHP. You'd plug the panel into your computer (PC or Mac, using a special Mac cable ) and show off your eleet computer skills to the room.

    And #2: there was an IBM ThinkPad 755CV Model (around the same time) that had a screen with a removable back for doing the same thing: pop it over the OHP and look good.

    This was when projectors that hooked up directly to PCs were hideously expensive and everyone had an OHP. Don't forget that an OHP has infinite resolution.

    Good to see that Samsung has rediscovered this ancient technology.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now some idiots are going to use their laptops while driving.

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