See-through computer screens are a staple of sci-fi design. While they look really cool, they’re not the most practical way to view content. Still, makers Evan and Katelyn wanted to give it a try, set to building their own by modding a standard LCD screen, removing its LED backlight and polarizing filter, then building a new frame for it.
THE BEST Displays
Sony has developed an intriguing new technology that allows viewers to look at 3-dimensional objects without the need for special glasses. While it’s too expensive for consumers, it could be useful for designers who want a realistic view of items they’re working on. The display is compatible with Unity and Unreal Engine content.
Vizio is now the third major player to offer televisions with OLED displays. These super-slim 4K screens offer incredible black levels and rich colors, and support various HDR formats. They come in 55″ and 65″ versions, and pack Vizio SmartCast for viewing content from hundreds of free TV channels and streaming apps.
Oculus goes all-in on wireless VR gaming with the latest version of its standalone Quest head-mounted display. It’s smaller and lighter, has upgraded hardware for smoother gameplay, 50% more pixels, and improved Oculus Touch controllers. It also works as a PC VR headset with an optional Oculus Link cable.
Now that you can use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac, you need a way to mount it. This clamp from Ten One Design makes it easy to attach just about any tablet side-by-side with your laptop screen. With a gap of only 4mm (0.16″) it’s perfect for working on wide spreadsheets, or opening multiple documents.
castAway’s forthcoming hinged smartphone cases can be equipped with interchangeable modules, including a second display screen, wallet/charger, a battery pack, speaker, or gamepad. Cases are available for a variety of Apple, Samsung, Google, and OnePlus phones. Due out Q3 2020.
The SideTrak adds a second screen to your laptop, without the need for extra desktop space. After you attach the magnetic metal frame to your laptop, the display slides out, and can be angled both towards you or away for presentations. The 12.5″ display has a 1920×1080 (HD) resolution IPS panel, and connects via USB-A or USB-C.
Scientists from the University of Sussex are developing a method of displaying 3D tactile images using ultrasonic waves. The system works by levitating a small plastic bead and rapidly maneuvering it to create a persistence of vision effect. If they can move more dots or move them faster, they could create more complex images.
Add a super sharp second screen to your laptop or smartphone with this portable 13.3″ 4K display. It can connect to devices with an HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, or USB-C connector (where supported). Its IPS panel has a wide 178º viewing angle, and it can be powered via USB. It includes a stand, but you can also use a pen to prop it up.
Vizio’s M7 and M8 Quantum TVs offer an amazing price to performance ratio, with crisp and bright 4K video, full-array local dimming, and quantum dot tech for vibrant images and a wide gamut of 1.07 billion colors. They also pack SmartTV apps, Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, and voice control. Full review on Technabob.
A portable UHD 4K touchscreen monitor which can be used to extend your computer display or play video games on the go. Its makers say it works completely wirelessly, via a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection, and is compatible with laptops, smartphones, tablets, and more. Choose from 13.3″ and 15.6″ display sizes.
Premium accessory maker Grovemade’s desktop stand provides a luxurious and handsome resting place for your cans when they’re not in use. The headphone stand is made from either walnut or maple wood, sandwiched between metal, and wrapped in molded leather. Available for a limited time at this introductory price.
The Hudway Cast adds a heads-up display to any car, offering quick access to navigation and other important info without taking your eyes off the road, wirelessly projecting images from your iOS or Android smartphone. Save 13% in The Awesomer Shop.
The pinnacle of performance from one of the best TV makers out there – the new Vizio P-Series Quantum offers 4K and Dolby Vision HDR, quantum dot tech, 192 local dimming zones, and brightness output up to 2000 nits, making it the most vibrant display Vizio has ever made.
Developed by Voxon Photonics, the VX1 can display incredible holographic 3D images which float in space. It uses a proprietary technology which can project more than half a billion points of light every second onto a rapidly moving projection surface. More here.
A wireless dongle that lets you use an iPad as your Mac’s secondary display. Unlike its competitors, Luna uses your Mac’s GPU to ensure a clean and responsive experience. Touch gestures and peripherals will still work on the iPad while it’s showing Mac OS.
One of Google’s lesser known products is this 55″ 4K digital whiteboard, designed to make brainstorming ideas across the globe easier, faster, and more fun. The Verge went hands on with this cool new collaboration tool. The initial software seems imperfect, but it’s still slick.
Charlie Peterson of StillLifewithCharlie handmakes these awesome tables and wall displays built out with dozens of individual shadowboxes. They’re designed to fit the classic Kenner Star Wars figures, but should hold any 3.75″-ish figure that fits into cubbies.
iBuypower’s new computer doesn’t come with a mouse or a keyboard, but it does come with a display – a transparent display built into its side panel. The 19″ 1280 x 1024 screen acts like a second monitor, so you can show whatever you want on it. 2017 y’all. The fyooch.
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