Our editors have hand-picked five of the strangest tech displays that we’ve come across in recent time. If we happened to missed any, please leave us a comment. Which one(s) are your favorite? “Continue reading” for the full list.

Honorable Mention – PlayAnywhere

PlayAnywhere is prototype technology by Microsoft that transforms any ordinary surface into an interactive display.

Computer vision technology is used to sense when the user touches the surface and to reason about other objects placed on the surface, such as game pieces


5. Sharp’s 2-Way Viewing Angle Display

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

4. Multi-Finger 3D Display

University of Toronto students Tovi Grossman, Daniel Wiggdor, and Ravi Balakrishnin developed this “Multi-Finger Gestural Interaction with a 3D Volumetric Display” technology.

3. 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

2. World’s Largest HDTV

PinkTentacle has uncovered a video clip of an “athletic reporter sprinting from one end of the 2,651-inch monster to the other (in 12.8 seconds).”

The screen employs Mitsubishi’s Aurora Vision LED technology and measures 11.2 meters (37 feet) x 66.4 meters (218 feet), giving it a surface area of 744 square meters (8,000+ square feet), or the equivalent of 3 tennis court. You’d have to stack 1,550 32-inch TVs to match the size of this screen

1. HoloVizio – A Real 3D Display

Similar to the Holo TVs we previously covered, “HoloVizio” by Holografika is a next-generation display “for 3D visualization.”

• No glasses needed, the 3D image can be seen with unassisted naked eye
• Viewers can walk around the screen in a wide field of view seeing the objects and shadows moving continuously as in the normal perspective. It is even possible to look behind the objects, hidden details appear, while others disappear (motion parallax)
• Unlimited number of viewers can see simultaneously the same 3D scene on the screen, with the possibility of seeing different details
• Objects appear behind or even in front of the screen like on holograms
• No positioning or head tracking applied
• Spatial points are addressed individually