This Incredible Panasonic TV Is Virtually Invisible

William Elcock

TVs are an important part of many of our lives. At home the TV can act as a gathering point for family members at meal times or after work. Come on admit it, without TV you wouldn’t be able to keep up to date with your favorite reality television series.

invisibletv
I can see right through you… | Shutterstock

Seriously though, TVs are an important part of how we consume media and probably will be for many years to come.

Tech companies are well aware of this and over the years, they have made many innovations and changes with regards to their TVs. Panasonic is no different, releasing several exciting models.While the latest smart TV is exciting and all, everyone is making decent smart TVs these days.

So what’s next in terms of innovation with TVs? Well, how do you like the sound of an invisible TV? Although not quite invisible, Panasonic showed off a mostly transparent TV at the recently held CEATEC(Combined Expedition of Advanced Technologies) expo in Japan in October.

Exciting stuff right? Let’s take a closer look.

Panasonic’s ‘Invisible’ TV – How It Works

The beauty of the OLEDs used in Panasonic’s devices is that they are mostly transparent

Panasonic’s Invisible TV uses OLED(Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology. With an OLED display, OLEDs make up the pixels of the display. This is unlike LCD and LED backlit LCDs where liquid crystal technology is used for displaying images.

Organic LEDs are basically thin layers of organic material sandwiched between electrodes. OLEDS usually have 2 or 3 layers of organic materials sandwiched between two electrodes. One of the layers is responsible for emitting light while the other 2 layers assist in the flow of current around the device.

3545791246_1c8638227c_o
Phillips Blue OLED Rectangular Panel | Flickr

The beauty of the OLEDs used in Panasonic’s devices is that they are mostly transparent – translucent really – which means that they allow light to pass through them when turned off. With Panasonic’s device, the organic layers of the LED are integrated with the glass panel of a shelf. This means that it blends in with your furniture and is only visible when you want it to be!

panasonic_transparent_tv
Believe it or not this is actually a TV | Panasonic Youtube

Final Thoughts

This TV is an awesome idea since it actually saves space. The TV is integrated with the glass panel. This means that the beauty of the ornaments behind the shelf are displayed most of the time and you only have TV images when needed. Usually an entire shelf is used up for the TV if you’re not up for mounting it on the wall.

You should note that this tech is only experimental at the moment. Don’t expect to find this technology available for another few years. Panasonic’s team is still working on improving the technology before it is brought to market.

So what do you think? Would you want this type of technology in your home? While you are vowing to purchase this TV as soon as it is released, here’s a video of an earlier version of the ‘invisible TV’ to further entice you that was displayed at CES 2016.

Also See
#Tech#TV

Join the newsletter

William Elcock

Written By

William Elcock

William has been helping friends troubleshoot tech problems for several years and thus made the natural progression into tech blogging. In addition to consumer electronics William also has a vested interest in various renewable energy topics.