Sharp Moth Eye Display Panel is Futuristic

October 8, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The CEATEC podium has been chosen by Sharp to debut its upcoming panel display technology. Called the ‘Moth Eye’ panel display, this screen provides much reduced glare and indeed gives us the way to future display panels.

Philips has already developed a moth-eye filter for its 36-inch 3-D TV, thanks to its own nanostructure technology. Without disturbing halos or reflections, the Dutch company claims that this technique deepens the blackness of dark tones while increasing the lightness of bright elements.

Sun and room lights have always made reflections on TVs and they have become a serious problem as TV displays are getting larger and larger. Sharp applied an anti-reflecting coating to its LCD panels based on technology similar to the nanostructure of a moth’s eyes.

Scientists have long understood that moth eyes have a special property that eliminates reflection. The surface of a moth’s eyes is covered with bumps and valleys that absorb oncoming light and thus enhancing night vision.

Sharp’s claimed that its new LCD offers more vivid color images with higher contrast. It demonstrated 80-, 70- and 60-inch moth eye panels at the CEATEC show.

Sharp said that its panel technology is all set for deployment in commercial products for indoor use. However, it still needs to be optimized for outdoor displays. One issue with the moth-eye film is making it strong enough in such a large size. The uneven surface combined with it needing to remain very thin, means strength can be an issue.

But Sharp has worked with Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd to perfect an adhesive that allows a very thin version of the film to be applied at this scale without issue.

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