Sharp has created a new Free-Form LCD panel

Sharp Corporation has announced the development of a new LCD panel that can be created in any shape. The new Free-Form panel technology will open up new possibilities for current products and create new opportunities for emerging product categories.

The new display differs from current LCD panels that have their circuits embedded around the display, which is why current LCD panels all share the same rectangular shape. The new panels have their circuits embedded across the display, which allows Sharp to manufacture displays in any shape.

The new LCD panel will revolutionize the industry and bring forth a wave of new products with unique shapes and thinner bezels. But don’t expect them anytime soon: Sharp has stated they have plans to put them into commercial production by 2017.

Sharp is currently in talks with several major manufacturers from around the world that will produce new products based on this technology. Perhaps in the future we will see new wearables and smart watches created from Free-Form displays.

While it’s too early to tell how successful this new technology will be, it is certain that Sharp is pushing the boundaries as a technological leader, evolving the display industry.

Source: Sharp via Nikkei | Image via Sharp

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The new display differs from current LCD panels that have their circuits embedded around the display, which is why current LCD panels all share the same rectangular shape.

What can be said for moto 360?

This will demand new video drivers I would imagine. Computers nowadays, desktop ones, all operate at rectangular resolutions. Widthxheight will only be a part of it now. Computers will have to learn how to deal with irregular shapes and designs.

yeah, just use a bounding rectangle and ignore the shape of the screen. It might even be more performantfor the GPU to just render to a rectangle and calculate pixels that are not needed instead of working with irregular shapes.

Oh, don't worry. The way this world works they'll make a new protocol that transmits pixel data using compressed XML, using dual quad-core 2.5 GHz ARM processors with 4 GB of RAM, running DisplayOS (Linux-based, nevertheless Kaspersky recommends a security suite; requires 1.5 GB of space on your screen's drive), to dig through it, LTE and generally Internets enabled for updates and various apps like Pixeltweet, but chiefly so that they can mine Bitcoins while you think your funky screen is in power saving mode.

Phouchg said,
Oh, don't worry. The way this world works they'll make a new protocol that transmits pixel data using compressed XML, using dual quad-core 2.5 GHz ARM processors with 4 GB of RAM, running DisplayOS (Linux-based, nevertheless Kaspersky recommends a security suite; requires 1.5 GB of space on your screen's drive), to dig through it, LTE and generally Internets enabled for updates and various apps like Pixeltweet, but chiefly so that they can mine Bitcoins while you think your funky screen is in power saving mode.

WAT

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Moto360 is an example of this sort of thing.

That device doesn't get nearly what it deserves in praise for the engineering that went into it.