Remember those transparent displays developed by LG?
While they make great sense for signage in public or commercial spaces, LG Display has also teamed up with Seoul-based industrial designer and ID professor Jiyoun Kim to investigate how they might be adapted to domestic use.
Kim identified the key hurdle. "Transparent displays have technological limitations in displaying blacks due to light shining through the back side," he writes. "Therefore, a solution to selectively close the back side is required for a transparent display to be used as a conventional TV."
Kim, along with industrial designers Hannah Lee and Jaehyuk Lim, designed this Partial Screen in response. (Note that it's not just a concept—the team got it to functioning prototype stage.)
"Partial Screen is a 55'' transparent LED designed with 25 precisely devised shutter blades individually motorised to control the transparency of the screen by controlling the light shining through."
It looks pretty compelling on video:
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I like how it is able to look pleasing when turned off by disguising as a wooden surface.
Seeing the turntable arm being oriented the wrong way (or the record spinning the wrong way) hurts.
I highly doubt it looks as good in real life as it does in the video. And having the louvers individualy motorized seems like a recipe for a very short lived TV. That said, Iove the idea. I hate how much TVs dominate the space they are in. We made a printed fabric cover for ours when it isn't in use. Make the louvers able to rotate 180 and put an engraved or inlayed design on the other side and you now have a piece of artwork that doubles as a a TV.
File this under "Look what we can do but have no clue what to do with it"...