There is demand for a transparent screen for a phone. There's an app for android that makes a phone screen appear to be transparent by constantly taking pictures with the camera and displaying it as the background. It has over 100,000 downloads in the past couple of weeks. Of course, it wouldn't use up all the battery life if it were just a transparent AMOLED screen.
Google is rumored to be developing Terminator-like heads-up display (HUD) glasses that function as a smartphone and could be releasing a "beta" version to the public soon. The prototype runs Android, has a front-facing camera, and features a transparent LCD or AMOLED display for one eye, according to the 9to5Google blog. While just a few folks inside Google are privy to the glasses project right now, 9to5Google reported Monday that an unnamed "tipster" said the company is considering releasing them to the outside world in a pilot program. The "Google Goggles" are said to operated via voice input though the blog also reported that a user will be able to tilt their head to perform certain screen navigations like scrolling and clicking. The tipster told 9to5Google that navigating with the glasses is easy to learn and "becomes second nature." The rumored glasses will tie in with early augmented reality applications, the blog reported. The goggles, which reportedly look like Oakley Thumps, are said to be packing hardware that's "the equivalent of a generation-old Android smartphone." That could mean something along the lines of a 1GHz ARM A8 processor, 256MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage, according to 9to5Google. Google's rumored HUD glasses have a couple of buttons on them, but "otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasess," the blog reported. The New York Times reported last December that researchers at the Google X Labs were working on various wearable technologies that would serve as peripherals to Android phones. But the new report from 9to5Google suggests that the rumored Google Goggles would actually function as an Android smartphone themselves rather than simply relay information to and from a separate Android-based mobile device.
As we enter 2012, NanoMarkets believes that three major industry sectors—displays, solar panels and the windows industry—will soon require novel transparent electronics materials. These new materials sets will embrace conductors, semiconductors and dielectrics and NanoMarkets believes that all this will provide an important new opportunity for both established specialty chemical firms and start-ups.
Not only has the world economic downturn hurt television and computer sales, but we are also in the last gasp of the liquid crystal display (LCD) revolution. All computer and mobile displays and almost all televisions are LCD now. So the display industry is looking for those “next big things” to keep its revenues growing. And it is coming to realize that transparent displays (along with flexible displays, OLED displays and e-paper) may be one of those “things.” Transparent displays using relatively crude CRT and electroluminescent (EL) technology have been used for signage and heads-up displays (HUDs) for years, but Samsung and LG are now promising to upgrade the technology for transparent digital signage in the near future. In addition, there is the promise of mass market transparent displays as part of a move towards augmented reality features on tablets and smart phones. This product trend has the backing of both Microsoft and Apple, which we think is reason enough that it should be taken seriously. One of the next iterations of the iPhone and iPad are likely going to have a transparent display that enables you to receive additional information about the place you are standing in on a transparent screen, while looking at the place through the screen.