Sharp develops 'two-way viewing' LCD

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    TOKYO — Will the digital age bring an end to squabbles over which TV channel to watch? Sharp Corp. is coming out with a new product that may help. The Japanese electronics firm has developed a liquid-crystal display that shows totally different images to people viewing the screen from the left and the right.
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    A model holds up a mirror, demonstrating Sharp's innovative new LCD,. Toshifumi Kitamura, Getty Images
    The "two-way viewing-angle LCD," announced by the Japanese consumer electronics maker Thursday, can send light from the backlight separately to the right and left.
    And so 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 display, which costs roughly double the standard kind, will go into mass production this month. Sharp will offer the product for worldwide sale, but the Osaka-based firm will also supply other manufacturers with the new displays for various products expected later this year, said spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama. She declined to disclose specifics.
    Sharps 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 company said. The display will also work in the regular way and show a single image to all viewers.
    But like any other new technology, it's not perfect.
    One catch is that the images overlap if viewers stand right in front of the screen. Move a few centimeters (inches) to the left or right for a clear view.
    Another is that users will have to work out a way to listen to the different sounds coming from the different channels. One solution is that one viewers would use earphones, according to Sharp.
    Sharp says the technology will help beef up its lineup of digital home electronics, expected to be a big source of sales in coming years.
    Replacing the old TV will be gadgets with computer capabilities that not only relay digital TV broadcast but also carry out computer functions, including connecting to the Net, storing a music library and editing video files
    Silverstrand, Jul 25, 2005
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    PUTALE

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    interesting stuff. I really would like to see the real product on display.
    PUTALE, Jul 25, 2005
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    not a bad idea, but how would u see both screens without a mirror?
    unholy, Jul 25, 2005
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    I believe it is more or less the idea that two people can be watching two tv channels at the same time while looking at the same tv. Yet i'm not sure how sound works in this case.
    Silverstrand, Jul 25, 2005
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    Headphones with Dual Channels? (two sets of 8.1 or just 2 channel)
    Maybe its not really a Bad Ide, But its not really something Super Practical
    unholy, Jul 26, 2005
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    it's an interesting idea but I really doubt that it will hit the market with enough support.
    PUTALE, Jul 26, 2005
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    Umm.. that looks so freakin awesome!!
    stlava, Jul 30, 2005
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    So what's it look like straight on?
    Ludnix, Jul 30, 2005
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    hmmm well the acual Bending Points would be on a 90 Degree angle, so u would see half of each :|
    unholy, Jul 31, 2005
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    It actually says that if you read the article!
    Flukemanguy, Sep 11, 2005
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    I have to agree. Most people will probably stick with the viewing the 2 things at once on the same screen by splitting it across the screen.
    RObErT_RaTh, Sep 11, 2005
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    yep, or getting to monitors! :D
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    Probably cheaper than this crazy new display :)
    RObErT_RaTh, Sep 11, 2005
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    t'wouldbe a fun thing to have, but yeah, not practical at all.
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