Wallpaper or paint that turns into an HD display

Don’t laugh because people in Nanotechnology are working on this right now.

Anthony Wing Kosner writes: First your smartphone or tablet replace your TV remote, then maybe your Apple TV or Roku will replace your cable box, what’s next? What if your living room wall (or any wall, really) replaced your TV? I don’t mean projecting an image on your wall, many people do that already, but as if a high-definition screen were like wallpaper attached right to the wall.

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I am one of those people. I have a projector system in two rooms of my house. One goes right on the wall and that gets me a 120 inch screen, which is great for Sunday afternoon NFL games or Saturday night Hockey games if and when they start playing. My other screen is a pull down just for movies. That projector gets me 80 inches.

But let me tell you if I could remove the projector or any other type of equipment from those two rooms I would in a nano-second.

I am really encouraged about this technology and it looks as if Samsung and Philips are working on developing wallpaper based displays called Digitally Addressable Surfaces. The technology is in the paint or wallpaper itself and it can produce several types of screens.

Can you imagine what this means for the large format display market? How about the digital signage market that is still growing at a great rate? You could have an HD display on the side of a building or inside a hospital operating room. The possibilities are endless. This could save on glass and other harmful environmental elements we get with hardware these days.

I’m not sure how the inventors are doing this with nanotechnology but their timeline is five years or so from now. Just in case you were hoping that 3D TV would last as long as that Sony Trinitron TV; I guess it’s not.

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