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TOKYO - At last, a way to end squabbles over which TV channel to watch — without buying a second set. Sharp Corp. has developed a liquid-crystal display that shows totally different images to people viewing the screen from the left and the right.
One person can be surfing the Internet, using the display as a PC screen, while another watches a downloaded movie or TV broadcast. It also works for watching two TV channels: One person can watch baseball while another watches a soap opera.
The "two-way viewing-angle LCD," announced by the Japanese consumer electronics maker Thursday, will go into mass production this month and will cost roughly twice as much as a standard display.
Sharp will offer the product for worldwide sale, but the Osaka-based company will also supply other manufacturers with the displays for various products expected later this year, said spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama.
Sharp says the technology offers many possibilities.
It could be used in cars so drivers can look at a map while the passenger watches a movie. Or at a store, sales clerks and clients can view different data on the same display simultaneously.
Another possible use is for billboards that display two kinds of advertisements depending on where viewers stand. The display will also work in the regular way and show a single image to all viewers.
Originally posted by racos
nope probally be something like, use headphones, unless they give you micro implants
Originally posted by xu
if they can make the angle of the two distinct views smaller, say different image for each eye of a human, then it will be a 3d tv, but I guess they have done that. too.
edit: to the end of the article it already mentions that it is derrived from a 3d lcd, so nevermind.
[edit on 15-7-2005 by xu]
Originally posted by Questioneverything
I have seen tvs coming that can be rolled up and carried like a poster.