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Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV
Posted By Lea Stewart On March 8, 2011 @ 7:13 pm In green gadgets,green technology,Solar Power | 2 Comments
Samsung just unveiled an amazing new solar-powered  LCD television that can operate completely free from the power grid! The 46″ prototype TV, shown at CeBit  in Germany, includes solar panels that produce energy from the ambient light in a room – because it was engineered to use very little energy, no additional power sources are needed. Another major breakthrough behind the concept is that the thin screen can display images and information while allowing objects behind it to be visible – this means that it has applications ranging from car windshield HUDs to storefront displays and digital window blinds .
Samsung also unveiled a laptop prototype with a translucent AMOLED screen  earlier this year, so it is interesting to see that they are developing a see-through LCD at the same time. The size restraints, color consistency, lifespan, and limited light output of AMOLED  (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) displays may point to why Samsung is leveraging two technologies with similar uses.
Lead photo by Patrick H 
While we’re seriously impressed with Samsung’s net-zero TV, it would be even better if the solar technology was integrated right into the transparent display material. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven and Los Alamos National Laboratories  are already looking into this, so this, so a new generation of solar-powered television sets may be right around the corner.
+ Samsung 
Via Engadget 
Photos by Patrick H 
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URLs in this post:
 solar-powered: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power
 CeBit: http://www.cebit.de/home
 digital window blinds: http://techwatcher-asia.com/?p=249
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1cg6HMXx68
 translucent AMOLED screen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-WF13BndSI&feature=related
 AMOLED: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active-matrix_OLED
 Patrick H: http://www.flickr.com/photos/-heinecke-/
 Brookhaven and Los Alamos National Laboratories: http://inhabitat.com/transparent-solar-material-could-lead-to-photovoltaic-windows/
 Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/us/
 Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/07/samsung-demos-ambient-light-powered-transparent-lcd/
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