Until now, LCD displays have been rectangular because the circuit board has always attached to the edges of the screen. However, Sharp says its new Free Form Display allows LCD screens to be virtually any shape. Free-Form Displays move the circuits behind the display and connect directly to each pixel. This is expected to be particularly useful in automotive and wearable applications. Sharp says it will be several years before we see this technology on the market, though.
According to Sharp, the Super Slim design will be featured in a new line of TVs due in Q3 2015. It uses a glass light guide to achieve a thickness of about half an inch, or similar to that of a cellphone.