When we think of displays, we usually think in terms of boxes, like a square shaped display or a rectangular shaped display. For the most part, that is how displays usually look like. However who’s to say that displays need to be box-shaped all the time? Well Sharp doesn’t. The Japanese company has recently taken the wraps off a “free form” display technology that they believe will help break convention.
Sharp’s new technology will be based on their IGZO technology, along with proprietary circuit design which would organize the gate drive power amplifier setup. It seems that prior to this, the technology would require rectangular displays, but with Sharp’s new technology, new form factors could be created.
According to the company, they believe that with this new free form display, it could benefit the automotive industry as well as the wearable tech industry. They have a good point. For example smartwatches at the moment are largely rectangular in design, save for the Moto 360 which has a circular face.
As it stands the displays from Sharp are in the prototype stage, but the company hopes to begin mass production of them as soon as possible. We’re not sure which companies or brands will be the first to take advantage of Sharp’s free form display technology, but it will be interesting to see what kind of concepts that they can come up with.