TCL may be best known for its affordable TVs, but the company has branched out, as evidenced by its new smartphone. Now the company is showing some upcoming technologies it is working on, including a paper-like screen for readers who can view movies, a pair of movie screen glasses and a waterfall smartphone.
An alternative to E INK
The new display technology, called NXTPAPER, is similar to E Ink in that it is lighter for the eyes and suitable for e-readers. The company calls it a “combination of screen and paper.”; TCL says that the technology will be 36 percent thinner than regular LCD while offering higher contrast than LCD or E INK and has a highly reflective screen to “reuse natural light” and refrain from backlighting.
Skipping the backlight means energy savings, but NXTPAPER is not for your smartphone. TCL says it will go in e-readers and tablets, and should appear in a product “in the near future.” NXTPAPER promises to reduce flicker, blue light and luminous flux, but retains the ability to display Full HD video with smooth playback, unlike E Ink.
Movies on your face
Speaking of video, TCL’s second wild product is a new version of its Project Archery wearable. Project Archery looks like a set of sunglasses at first glance, but they are smart glasses for watching movies. Each lens includes an OLED screen, and when you wear them, you will feel like you are watching a movie in a movie theater.
The latest prototype is lighter and nicer than previous iterations and can almost pass as sunglasses. TCL says it is working on an update to allow people who normally wear glasses to wear them without the need for contacts or glasses during portability.
Waterfall smartphones are coming
Finally, TCL has a minor update to its smartphone ambitions. The company unveiled a new prototype for smartphone with waterfall. Waterfalls are fast becoming a thing (unfortunately), and we’ve already seen some full releases, including the Motorola Edge.
TCL showed some pictures of its latest iteration, and you can see that the screen partially swipes to the back of the device. TCL says that the technology will come to a phone sometime in the future, but it did not provide a concrete timeline.