Technology moves so fast and one area where you can see a visible change is in display technology. Compare a modern TV to one that is just 5 years old and you will see a huge difference in the quality of the picture and the depth of the color. It seems like new technologies are being developed all the time and the quality will just keep getting better. It’s not just about quality either, there are also advancements in things like energy efficiency and portability too.
Over the last few years, TV makers, in particular, moved away from simply focusing on picture quality and starting adding new features like 3D and creating smart TVs that can run apps like Netflix. But 3D didn’t really catch on and smart TVs now come as standard, which means that companies are starting to look for new ways to revolutionize display technology. These are some of the latest innovations that are likely to have a big impact in the coming years.
OLED And QLED
The majority of people that bought a TV in the last few years have a 4K TV, but even that technology is being rendered obsolete by OLED (organic light emitting diodes) and QLED (quantum dot LED) TVs. These TVs are already out there and available to buy, but they are incredibly expensive, so not many people have them. There is also a debate about which technology is better, with Samsung championing QLED and LG pushing for OLED. Both technologies promise improved color contrast and better picture, and they don’t require the use of a backlight like a traditional LCD TV as the diodes in both TVs emit their own light. At the moment, there isn’t much separating the two but QLED TVs have not reached their full potential so only time will tell which technology will come out on top.
Display technology isn’t just about TVs, it has a lot of applications in areas like aerospace, military, construction, and agriculture. This gives rise to the need for durable, practical displays, which is where optical bonding comes in. Optical bonding is a process that uses an optically clear adhesive to attach a lens or touch panel to the front of a screen. This allows for increased durability, better readability in sunlight, and a reduction in dust and condensation, so screens can be used in more difficult environments. This will allow for a lot more applications for display technology.
The biggest innovation in display technology right now has to be foldable screens. Smartphone manufacturers are always looking for ways to make our life easier and improve the way that our phones work, and for many of them, foldable screens are the next step. There are already a few phones with foldable screens on the market but this technology can be used for so much more. There is a lot of research going into flexible screens with the eventual end goals of creating screens that can simply be rolled up and carried around wherever you go, which could have a massive impact.
There is no way to know for sure what the future of display technology holds but it is likely that these innovations will have a big part to play.