In a remarkable feat of ingenuity and technical expertise, Sumasa, a writer at Japanese tech site PC Watch, successfully transformed a discarded $10 monitor into a transparent LCD screen. His ambitious project involved meticulously removing components from the LCD panel, including the backlight, case, light guide plate, diffuser plate, lens film, and bezel, to create a see-through display.
Transparent displays have captivated the tech world for their unique ability to offer a sense of depth, making them popular at exhibitions and trade shows. However, their application for individual use is still in its early stages.
Sumasa’s transformation process, while simple in theory, required precise execution. He carefully installed the 24-inch LCD panel inside a PC case that was just large enough to accommodate it comfortably.
Challenges and Triumphs of Creating a Transparent Display
The journey to creating a transparent display was not without its hurdles. Sumasa quickly discovered that achieving the desired level of transparency was more challenging than anticipated. He experimented with multiple screens, ultimately finding that a normally white TN panel yielded better results compared to IPS or VA panels.
Through trial and error, Sumasa successfully integrated the working transparent display into his PC case. While not perfect, the final product showcased the potential of transparent displays in enhancing the aesthetics of desktop PCs.
Procuring the Key Component: A $10 LCD Panel
The winning LCD panel that Sumasa used for his project was procured from a junk store in Akihabara, Tokyo’s renowned electronics district, for the incredibly low price of just 1000 yen (approximately $6.74).
Delving Deeper into the Creation Process
For those interested in the intricate details of Sumasa’s project, the full story of the creation process is available on PC Watch (accessible via Google Translate).
Sumasa’s successful endeavor not only demonstrates the potential of transparent displays but also highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of tech enthusiasts who are willing to push the boundaries of innovation.