Sharp flaunts Free-Type shows for funky-formed units
When Motorola unveiled its snappy Moto 360 smartwatch, the very first thing we thought was “how do you make a spherical show?” Sharp has one reply with its new IGZO-based mostly “Free-Type” LCD prototype that may be sculpted into any form. The corporate’s present IGZO tech solely works with rectangular shows, the place the circuits that drive the LCD reside on the perimeter of the display. Sharp managed to bake these chips into the show itself, permitting for not solely a shrunken bezel however almost any show format you may want. That’ll let designers create rather more compact automotive dashboards, new digital signage, unusually formed screens and sure, wearables like smartwatches. That probably will not embrace the Moto 360, although, because it’s rumored to have an OLED show. Additionally, Sharp says that the Free-Type show is almost prepared for mass manufacturing, however is not fairly there but.