Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/28/transparent_oled/

Transparent OLEDs demoed

See-through screens, anyone?

By James Sherwood

Posted in Hardware, 28th October 2009 15:55 GMT

When the whole world’s going OLED TV crazy, how can a telly manufacturer differentiate itself? By creating a transparent model, of course.

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LG's transparent OLED screen apparently connected into a PC
Credit: Tech-On

Unfortunately for LG and Samsung, both firms have the same idea and recently demo'd their respective efforts in the field of see-though OLED displays at an electronics fair in Japan.

In terms of size, LG was the winner. It demoed a 15in transparent OLED screen, compared to a paltry 2in offering from Samsung. Sammy has already shown off a 4.3in version for large handheld devices - the 2in screen is for phones, apparently.

The exact technical details of either set haven't emerged, yet. But a report by Asia-based tech title Tech-On said that both sets have a light transmittance level of 30 per cent.

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Samsung rather smaller 2in transparent OLED screen

LG’s set has been designed for use in public places, the report added, while Samsung’s panel supposedly has a 176 x 220p resolution.

You can see a video of the Samsung device here.

It’s unclear if either firm has inked plans to develop transparent OLED TVs for the living room. ®