Japan Display, Inc. just debuted their ultra-slim Innovation Vehicle displays. A glance at the image up top shows just how incredibly thin these new displays are.
These displays additionally offer touchscreen functionality while still remaining a ridiculous 1 millimeter thick. For my non-metric American friends out there, it's, like, totally wicked thin dude. There are also benefits to power consumption, with the backlights on these new panels drawing half the power of current displays. Image quality is also top-notch, and if they're able to produce these displays affordably, we could see some interesting developments in handheld devices in near future.
The video news site DigInfo TV has uploaded a video about Japan Display, Inc. to Youtube, which I have embedded below. There's some footage of the displays in use.
The displays are so thin, the video looks closer to CG than real life.
Japan Display, Inc. is a company established through cooperation between Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi. Cutting-edge technologies from each of these three companies went into creating the Innovation Vehicle display.
For a number of years now, Japan's electronics makers have been criticized for lacking goals and a cohesive vision for their products. The Innovation Vehicle project looks potentially lucrative as gadgets get thinner and thinner and battery power becomes more important.
Hopefully this will spur innovations in Japan, not just in the smartphone market, but in other screen-based electronic markets as well.
Translation by Jason Morgan