It’s not hip to be square, says Sharp

18 June 2014

sharp freeform We’ve all just accepted that screens are either square or rectangular. It’s just the way it is, right?

Well, Sharp don’t think so. They’ve developed ‘free form’ display technology that will literally change the shape of things to come.

Care to explain, Japanese tech boffins?

‘Conventional displays are rectangular because they require a minimal width for the bezel in order to accommodate the drive circuit, called the gate driver, around the perimeter of the screen’s display area.’

*nods uncomprehendingly*

‘With the Free-Form Display, the gate driver’s function is dispersed throughout the pixels on the display area. This allows the bezel to be shrunk considerably, and it gives the freedom to design the LCD to match whatever shape the display area of the screen needs to be.’


We’ve already seen some advance in curved screen technology, so are we going to get circular or star shaped TVs and monitors, then?

Maybe not right now. It seems that Sharp are focusing their attention on developing new forms for car dashboards and digital advertising, as well as wearable tech.

But who knows where it will lead. Soon, you could be watching Corrie on a screen shaped like a hot dog.

TOPICS:   Technology   TV

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