Our editors have compiled a list of five displays you can’t buy, or at least anytime soon. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. “Continue reading” for the entire list.

Sharp’s 2-Way LCD

With a parallax barrier superimposed on a normal TFT-LCD, these displays can show different information simultaneously depending on the viewing angle.

Sharp didn’t specify how the three pictures are rendered simultaneously – presumably they’re shown sequentially at a triple-speed refresh rate so that each view sees a flicker-free image


Toshiba’s Interactive 3D Display

This followup to Toshiba’s flat-bed 3D display, builds upon that technology and adds touchscreen functionality. Put simply, it employs “an integral imaging system that reproduces light beams similar of those produced by a real object, not its visual representation.”

Concrete Display

Two engineering/architecture students have created the world’s first display made of transparent concrete — similar to this technology. .

The screen consists of concrete with embedded optical fibres, arranged as pixels, capable of transmitting natural as well as artificial light. The light-admission points are on the back of the screen where the fibres are positioned. The light, or the picture, is then displayed in pixels on the front. The light source can be a projector emitting either pictures or film footage. In principle, the screen is capable of acting as a window since – owing to the combination of the screen concept’s light-absorption and optical cables – it has a capacity for transmitting natural light


FOLED – Flexible OLED Display

We have seen the future of displays, and it’s “FOLED,” which basically are “organic light emitting devices that are built on flexible substrates such as plastic or metallic foil.”

FOLED displays can offer significant performance advantages over LCD displays that are typically built on rigid glass substrates and contain a bulky backlight

E-Paper SVGA Display

So you’ve seen FOLED, now check out the latest “flexible active matrix e-paper SVGA display” by PlasticLogic. This could be the future of newspapers, magazines, and other paper media. .

Direct-write manufacturing techniques to achieve high resolution patterning on distorting substrates. Low processing temperatures allowing the use of flexible and low-cost plastic substrates