TCL is perhaps best known for its affordable TVs, but the company has branched out, as its new smartphone shows. Now the company is showing off some new technology it is working on, including a paper-like screen for readers to view movies on, movie glasses, and a waterfall smartphone.
An alternative to E INK
The new display technology called NXTPAPER is similar to E Ink in that it should be easier on the eyes and suitable for e-readers. The company calls it a “screen and paper combination”
Skipping the backlight means energy savings, but NXTPAPER is not for your smartphone. TCL says it will be available in e-readers and tablets and should appear in a product “in the near future”. NXTPAPER promises to reduce flicker, blue light and light output, but unlike e-ink it retains the ability to display full HD videos with smooth playback.
Films on your face
Speaking of video, TCL’s other wild product is a new take on the Project Archery portable. Project Archery looks like sunglasses at first glance, but they are smart glasses for watching movies. Each lens contains an OLED screen. When you wear it, it feels like you’re watching a movie in a cinema.
The latest prototype is lighter and slimmer than previous iterations and can almost be used as sunglasses. According to TCL, an update is in progress so that people who normally wear glasses can use them without the need for contacts or glasses under the wearable.
Waterfall smartphones are coming
Finally, TCL has a little update on its smartphone ambitions. The company showed a new prototype of a waterfall smartphone. Waterfall displays are quickly becoming a thing (unfortunately), and we’ve seen quite a few full versions before, including the Motorola Edge.
TCL showed some images of its last iteration, and you can see that the display is partially on the back of the device. TCL says the technology will come to a phone at some point in the future, but there wasn’t a specific timeline.