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Transparent touchscreen prototype by Docomo

21 May 2012 2 Comments

NTT DoCoMo has developed a portable device that not only has a transparent display, but is also touchscreen, touchscreen on both sides! Apart from being really cool, the ability to operate both sides of the screen allows the user to input more complicated gestures. Being able to input gestures on the opposite side of the screen means the user’s fingers would not obscure their view of the display. DoCoMo demonstrated the accuracy this input method by showing a Rubik’s puzzle being solved on the device. One downside of the transparent display is horrible visibility in sunlight. The company proposes that the problem can be solved by placing a dark object behind the screen. Regardless of this disadvantage I bet plenty of you out there would like to get your hands on it. Unfortunately DoCoMo has given no word on the when this display will be made commercially available.

I’ve yet to see the device in person but it seems like it is quite an improvement over TDK’s semitransparent displays we saw in 2010. Video below.

source: The Verge

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