Sharp Develops ‘Two-Way Viewing-Angle’ LCD

That’s the title to a YAHOO.com article that I happened upon today. I’m not really sure if I understand this too much, maybe you can do better by reading the article.

Here it is:

Sharp Develops ‘Two-Way Viewing-Angle’ LCD

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer
Fri Jul 15, 9:13 AM ET

TOKYO – At last, a way to end squabbles over which TV channel to watch รขโ‚ฌโ€ 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.

One catch is that the images overlap if viewers stand right in front of the screen. Moving a few inches to the left or right may be necessary for a clear view.

Another drawback is that users will have to work out a way to listen to the sounds coming from the different channels. One solution is for one viewer to use earphones.

The technology appears to derive from Sharp’s three-dimensional LCD displays, which work by projecting slightly different images to the right and left eyes without the use of special glasses. Sharp has been selling 3D laptops for a few years, aiming them mainly at engineers, architects and other professionals.

A U.S. startup, Deep Light LLC, plans to launch its own monitors next year that can present several different images to different viewers in 3D without glasses.

I think Melissa and I would really appreciate this if it ever became affordable we are always arguing about what to watch on tv or that someone else is on the computer, at least with this we could both be spending time together but doing two things at once.

Cool shit.

–Socram

19 thoughts on “Sharp Develops ‘Two-Way Viewing-Angle’ LCD

  1. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Great to be back…still catching up! Was having internet problems for about half a week but they’re taken care of now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. LOL

    I changed it because a friend jokingly called it a power ranger helmet and I kinda liked the blob better anyhow.

  3. a Mac game huh? Well, I guess since I’m not a Mac person I’m not good enough to play it huh? Is that what you’re saying?

    I’m just kidding, what is the game about?

  4. That’s cool.

    Hey, what was that website with all the avatars. Did you say you could find one of Triple H or Captain Jack Sparrow? Or even make one?

  5. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s an arcade shooter…you run around and kill monkeys that are trying to attack you from all sides as they are released from the different areas of the arena. There’s different weapons to pick up, and you’ve got to be skilled with all of them to be most effective.

    As you complete each wave of monkeys, the game gets harder. More monkeys, different types of monkies (some that materialize right beside you!), and even the occasional boss. There’s also multiple levels, where you fight enemies in new rooms…each with their own background, the character you play as changes costume, and even the monkeys change. The boss is different, as well.

    For instance…there’s a Kill Bill room (looks like the place the Bride fights O-Ren Ishii at the end of Kill Bill Part 1) in which the girl you play as, Jen, gets a Bride racer outfit, and the monkeys are ninja monkeys. There’s another that looks like a cage match, the monkies are dressed as agents, and Jen is wearing a Neo jacket and sunglasses. There’s a few more levels like that, but in order to be able to choose rooms and costumes yourself, you need to attain a high score or some other challenge.

    I really like it…very simple to play, and keeps things interesting after playing for a while. I don’t play a lot of games to begin with, but this one is well worth the time…and I even paid for it. That’s a rarity in itself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If there was a Windows version, I’d recommend that you give it a try…but unfortunately, it’s Mac-only. I’d love to have someone to compare scores with, am bugging everyone I know with a Mac to give it a try too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well, there’s http://www.iconfactory.com . Take a look and see if anything looks good to you, I’ll turn it into an avatar for you.

    Not sure if there’s Triple H there, or Jack Sparrow…but I could probably find some other images and make those into avatars. Gotta get my Photoshop working soon in that case. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. that’s cool, I’m going to check out icon factory in a little bit. I’m interested in seeing what they have.

    photoshop is so cool

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