Paint-on displays get closer to reality | Science News

Be a Champion for Science

Get your subscription to

Science News when you join.


News

Paint-on displays get closer to reality

By
3:16pm, May 28, 2002

A new way to make electronic displays–like the ones in digital watches, cell phones, and laptop computers–may lead to changeable screens that can be painted onto walls and fabric.

In current electronic-display technology, two thin glass plates typically sandwich a layer of liquid crystal, whose constituent molecules align in one direction until a change in an electric field causes them to pivot. Those changes of orientation alter the flow of light through the device, generating an image.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News