17 Jul 2002
A new spin-out has been set up by Oxford University's department of engineering science to develop seamless display technology for video walls, workstations and mobile devices to create a unified and uninterrupted image from separate but adjacent screens.
The technology, invented by Bernard Stark, Seamless Display's CTO, works by spreading light over the inactive borders that surround individual screens. As a result, these screens can be put together to form a large, almost seamless image. The technology can be used with LCDs, CRTs and projection cubes, making it suitable for large video walls for exhibitions or advertising, as well as for small folding screens for portable devices such as mobile phones.
Peter Raynes, professor of optoelectronic engineering at Oxford, who closely followed the development of the technology, said: "This is an exciting new idea for removing the gaps in tiled displays. It is a simple 'add on' to existing panels which is applicable to LCDs and many other flat-panel display technologies."
Barry Young, vice-president of DisplaySearch, market research company, believes that the technology fills a gap in the market: "Seamless Display provides an elegant solution to problems that, until now, have both diminished image quality in video walls and prevented the use of folding screens in portable devices. The market has been waiting for this technology for a long time."
The company plans to approach big display firms such as Mitsubishi, DuPont, Toshiba, Sony, Nokia, Motorola, Intel and LG.