Sharp has developed a new display technology called the Free-Form Display that will soon allow commercial technology to feature displays of different shapes depending on the application.
Current display technology require its shape to be rectangular “because they require a minimal width for the bezel in order to accommodate the drive circuit, called the gate driver, around the perimeter of the screen’s display area.”
In the case of the Free-Form Display, “the gate driver’s function is dispersed throughout the pixels on the display area. This allows the bezel to be shrunk considerably, and it gives the freedom to design the LCD to match whatever shape the display area of the screen needs to be.” Take a look at the image above as an example.
Sharp’s Free-Form Display opens up new design possibilities for consumer devices from mobile devices, wearables, to large monitors. The company plans to enter the mass-production stage for the Free-Form Display at the earliest possible date.