Electronics giant Sharp has developed what it believes is the future of car instrument clusters and dashboard displays.
Called the Free-Form Display, the concept aims to do away with square and rectangular shapes currently used by carmakers to provide information to a vehicle’s occupants.
While carmakers can apply some creative flair to the surrounding of an instrument binnacle, current technology dictates that an LCD-style display needs to conform to the square shape of the circuitry behind it.
Sharp’s new creation can be moulded into almost any shape, enabling it to conform to a dashboard design, rather than a dashboard being designed around the restrictions of a display.
The new design will still feature technical advancements in colour display and touchscreen functions, along with lightweight and slim profile advancements.
Sharp says future applications for its new device could also see an instrument cluster and touchscreen functions incorporated into the same design.
The Free-Form uses ‘IGZO’ technology, able to be shaped to meet a wide range of user needs including wearable devices.
Buyers won’t have to wait long to see the Sharp Free-Form Display available in cars, as Sharp plans to enter the mass-production stage “at the earliest possible date”.
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