It sounds like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi flick, where characters tap commands on highlighted areas of a see-through screen. But such technology might be closer than we think. Earlier this month, Samsung filed a patent for transparent displays as a new aspect of digital cameras.
The idea behind it would be that the person photographing can maintain eye contact with the subject. If the subject has no sight or isn’t alive, then I guess capturing images will feel a little more natural. Maybe even artsy. Considering how the advancement of smartphones has largely overtaken digital cameras, it’s hard to say how much of a lure transparent displays will be.
But with the alacrity that the market is reaching a smartphone saturation point, Samsung surely needs some new innovation in order to continue forward with profits. Taking and sharing photos across social media is not likely to die (or decrease) in any foreseeable way, so it makes sense to test out new possibilities in the arena of digital imaging. It’ll take some grit for Samsung to challenge the Japanese camera makers, who currently top the market. Although, they just debuted the NX Mini.
As the company plays around with its transparent display, it may not even arrive to consumers as part of a digital camera. Sometimes a better idea hijacks the original one for the sake of innovation and sales potential. If you ask me, I think they should try to mesh transparent displays that along with flexible kind, and go above and beyond what they’ve accomplished with their Galaxy Gear wearable tech.