The relatively small windows we use as our main means of interaction with computers fall far short of the high-contrast, nuanced, three-dimensional, 360 degree view the real world offers.
Researchers are working to close the gap by making larger, thinner, more flexible flat-panel displays; improving picture brightness, sharpness and contrast; making more realistic three-dimensional displays; and producing foldable electronic paper.
Researchers are also looking for cheaper ways to produce screens. In the not-so-distant future this research could enable enable high-quality video on surfaces as diverse as books, T-shirts, and sides of buildings. Other research efforts are looking to bring to the real world a couple of future technologies previewed in movie special effects: transparent screens a la Minority Report and holographic video like that seen in Star Wars.
The report includes an executive summary, a list of 13 developments to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a section of 20 researchers to watch, including links to their Web pages. It also includes a quick tour of 35 recent developments in six areas and a section of 26 in-depth news stories.
The stories are organized into seven categories:
2. plastic electronics
3. display performance
4. electronic paper
5. assembly processes
6. three-dimensional technologies
7. display types.
-Moving the box outside the box
-Cheaper, smaller, transparent
-Reaching for Minority Report
-Improving the contrast
-Sharpening the image
-Chips and nanotubes
-He took his screen out of his pocket and unfolded it...
-Screens that construct themselves
-Making 3D deeper, wider and brighter
-Lose the glasses
-Right there in the room with you
-Look Ma, no screen
-Putting it altogether
-A bigger, brighter, cheaper future