Technology continues to astound us. It seems that leading tech companies are going through all of the best ideas to have surfaced in future-based films, television programmes, and books and have said, ‘Okay, let’s make that.’ But what is really remarkable is that they not only find ways to make the things we used to just dream about, they make them so much better. A great case in point is the ‘invisible’ TV from Panasonic.
Panasonic does have some stiff competition. Its television is expected to compete with things like real hoverboards and self-driving cars. The latter we have only ever seen in the movies, but televisions have been in (some of) our living rooms since the 1950s.
The point is that we grew up with them, so it’s harder for them to amaze us. But, when viewed without the distraction of whatever else is going on the world of tech, Panasonic’s transparent TV is a real feat of engineering.
How the Panasonic Transparent TV Works
Don’t expect a full technical rundown of how it does what it does. We still think it’s magic. What’s important is that some very clever people managed to accomplish in reality what only CGI has been able to imagine in the past.
This widescreen TV works like any other TV, when it’s switched on. It gives you the picture quality you’d expect from a Panasonic, and it changes the channel when you push the button on your remote. However, it’s what it does when it is switched off that is so fantastic.
As the picture fades another one begins to appear. Only this is no picture, you are seeing whatever is behind your TV – right through the screen.
Everything goes transparent, and you suddenly realise just how cool this TV is. And, just so you don’t doubt it, it’s got a few other tricks up its sleeve. This TV has the ability to play music, and gives you a carousel graphic over half of the screen while the other half stays invisible. If you want to change the song, just swipe your hand and the gesture control moves to the next track.
Where and When to Get One
If you’re already adding this to your wish-list, bear in mind that you might have to wait a while. Though the TV has already been debuted Panasonic has hinted that it will only be available around 2018 or 2020.
But, with functionality like this, the invisible TV will probably be worth a pretty penny, so you’ve got some time to save up for it.
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