Circular LCD Debuts

This year's flat-panel-display expo ushers in the age of new display shapes

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31 October 2007—As in previous years, a slew of new flat-panel displays of all sizes was shown off at FPD International 2007, held in Yokohama, Japan, 24 to 26 October. But with the unveiling of a circular LCD prototype from Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., it won’t be long before we start seeing all manner of new display shapes added to the mix. TMD unveiled a round screen for automobile dashboards, and a company official says the new LCD technology it uses can also make displays of many other shapes. TMD is considering several applications outside the auto industry, such as front displays for mobile phones, he says. ”We can even make heart-shaped displays now. So applications for entertainment are possible.”

The idea for the circular screen came from the auto industry’s instrument makers, who requested circular displays for speedometers and tachometers. A circular display would save precious space in a vehicle’s crowded dashboard, which also has to have room for car-navigation displays and other recent additions.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

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