New Kind of LCD Promises Better Viewing

Clearer picture, wider viewing angle
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Jun 6, 2008 3:01 PM CDT
Traditional LCD displays, like this one from Samsung, can be seen from a narrower angle and display moving images less clearly than Samsung's new prototype.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Watch out, plasma TVs. A new kind of LCD screen in development at Samsung overcomes the weaknesses of ordinary LCD displays. A prototype of the blue-phase liquid crystal screen has a wider viewing angle and doesn’t blur fast-moving images as much. What’s more, it could wind up being less expensive than current LCDs, reports MIT Technology Review.

Still, Samsung says it doesn’t have any plans to sell the new LCDs. Researchers have known about blue-phase liquid crystals for years, but no one had used them in a display before. The blue-phase crystals offer advantages over traditional LCDs, letting viewers see the image even when they move to the side and displaying moving images more clearly. (Read more LCD stories.)