Though not the first company to pull it off (Sharp demoed something similar last year), LG.Philips has unveiled its “tri-directional” LCD panel, capable of displaying three separate images at the same time, with the different images viewable from 50 degrees to the left and right as well as the centre.
The LCD panel is a full HD (1080p) 47-inch screen offering 10-bit RGB colour, 250cd/m2 luminance, and 8ms response time.
The company has also shown off another panel which can be used to prevent people from seeing what’s on the screen if viewed off-centre.
Home uses of the technology may not be that practical — it’s hard to imagine granny, who is sitting to the far right of the TV, wanting to get a different view of Gardeners’ World from grandpa, sitting on the left — though I suppose it could be used to beam three different programmes to people (all of whom are wearing headphones for the audio, presumably).
However, it could make for some interesting public signage, creating a kind of virtual holographic effect as people walk past.