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Television in a Tube

Posted August 03, 2014 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Remember when your television was literally a tube? Now, that same TV could come rolled up in one. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have taken another step closer in the quest for a truly flexible TV screen by creating the world's thinnest flexible see-through 2D thin film transistors. Since virtually all of today's flat screens and smartphones are made of thin film transistors, the lab's creation portends development of a transparent, nearly invisible flexible TV screen that could be rolled up in a tube.


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08/03/2014 5:14 PM

You mean, like LG's, news of which was blogged here July 14? Somebody better tell ANL they've been scooped.

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08/03/2014 5:48 PM

but, but, this was developed through an expensive project at a Government Lab!

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08/04/2014 4:00 AM

Apart from the gimmick value, this is a solution without a problem attached. If it reduces the energy required to make or run it, I can see the point, but that is not being claimed. If if saves weight in a military jet, I can see the point, but that is not being claimed. If it is robust enough to issue to infantry as an ineractive battlefield map, I can see the point, but that is not being claimed. Why would any government spend our money developing this when the electronics industry is doing it for free?

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08/04/2014 4:31 AM

White-collar welfare?

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08/04/2014 7:43 AM

I think an invisible TV would be the perfect medium for the zero-content stuff on cable these days, like those 'reality' and 'celebrity news' shows.

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08/04/2014 9:41 AM

GA, my lament exactly. If there was only something worth watching.

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10/08/2014 5:01 PM

We just are very selective in what we watch at my house. We watch some news commentary, CNN - have to watch what time of day you pick, FOX, FOX business, and then we record our favorite detective shows, Hell on Wheels, Dr. Who, and a couple of others, and go from there. I have enough projects to keep me busy forever in my workshop.

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08/04/2014 2:07 PM

Why do you think it's called a 'medium'? Because it's rare when it's well-done!

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