This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent advances in transparent displays for the retail Industry. It profiles a study on a transparent and intelligent vending machine developed by Intel Corporation, and research on a transparent scattering display technique by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Also profiled are a transparent and interactive display box developed by MMT GmbH & Co.; and a mirrored, transparent OLED display by Samsung Display Co. Ltd.
The Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global electronics-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Developments are centred on electronics attributed by low power and cost, smaller size, better viewing, display and interface facilities, wireless connectivity, higher memory capacity, flexibility and wearables. Research focus themes include small footprint lightweight devices (CNTs, graphene), smart monitoring and control (touch and haptics), energy efficiency (LEDs, OLEDs, power and thermal management, energy harvesting), and high speed and improved conductivity devices (SiC, GaN, GaAs).
Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory.
Keywords: Transparent displays, vending machines, scattering display technique, interactive display box, OLED displays