This year in the Consumer Electronic Show of Las Vegas, curves were aplenty. Although the concept of a curved digital display has long been on the drawing board and even tried and tested by many a top brand, it still seems to pack a punch. Both Samsung and LG came out with ‘curved TVs’ monster-like sizes and specifications. Is this just a marketing gimmick or is there more to the curved display?
The first type of flexible displays created was flexible e-paper. In 1974 Xerox PARC designed the first bendable e-paper display. Considered an experimental initiative rather than anything else, it was never in their wildest dreams they’d expect phones and televisions to sport such technology. The pioneers of the mobile industry, Nokia brought flexibility to mobile platform in 2008 with the Morph.
The debate is on about the curved displays, especially for the televisions. They claim to ‘wrap around you” and you a holistic viewing experience. A screen with a curvature seems to provide a much better field of view as compared to their flat counterparts. What the manufacturers fail to mention is that curved panels are inefficient for sizes lesser than 42 inches. Neither household dimensions nor family wallets suit large screen TVs. So it’s very apparent that this range is aimed at those who have cash and want to flaunt it.
Also, curved displays distort the video to large extents and cut off the viewing angle at the fringes to the left and right. So when you’ve got the popcorn ready and are all jam-packed on the couch you can expect the guys on the extreme corners to have some technical difficulties. In fact worse than in flat screens.
The curved TVs are expected to be damp squibs in the market. Experts however believe that the mobile market can make better use of the technology. The future can only tell us what’s in store.
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