WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
Being able to manufacture truly transparent displays takes us one step closer to being able to develop transparent electronics – if you like that kind of thing.
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A little while ago I showed off Panasonic’s concept invisible TV, and discussed how researchers were now using supercomputers to try to design the first truly transparent electronics and gadgets. Now on their 10th birthday China’s Xiaomi have launched their own fully transparent TV, the Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition, that brings sci-fi into the living room with an edge-to-edge self-luminous television that you can see through. Furthermore, unlike other wannabe transparent TV’s, which make use of a whole host of interesting new technologies that aren’t quite there yet, Xiaomi say their new creation will be the world’s first mass produced transparent television.
The 55-inch OLED panel is just 5.7mm thin and sits on a rounded base and, when the TV isn’t powered on, the display looks like a window between you and whatever is behind it – though it can be set to show arty display images if desired. But Xiaomi is promising an “unprecedented visual experience” when it’s switched on, with “extra rich blacks and unmatched brightness.”
Indeed, the reported static contrast ratio is 150,000:1, with an “infinite dynamic contrast” waiting in the wings. The 10-bit panel can display over a billion colors, supports 93 percent of the DCI-P3 color spectrum, boasts a 120-Hz refresh rate and 120-Hz MEMC technology for smooth, clear moving images, and a 1-ms response time for low latency onscreen gaming.
AI Master Smart Engine and custom MediaTek processing brains make use of more than 20 optimization algorithms for image refinement, while AI Master for Audio auto adjusts the sound depending on the content being played, and there’s Dolby Atmos support too, and it’s priced at $7,200.