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The transparent TV like in Star Trek is coming, but you better not buy it yet | Tech

The Chinese telephone maker Xiaomi has been working on something special for a long time: a transparent television, through which you can see from both sides. That looks really cool, but there are still a lot of reasons not to buy such a futuristic screen.




Apart from thinner, fewer edges and an even higher resolution, what else can you change about a television? A transparent screen, according to some electronics companies. Several producers, such as Panasonic and LG, have been playing around with transparent screens for years, but for the time being that will remain with prototypes.

Xiaomi is the first to actually market such a screen commercially (for the time being only in China). In AFAS Live we were one of the first to play with the screen for a few hours.

Admittedly, the transparent 55-inch Mi TV from Xiaomi is a real eye-catcher. Looking through it while the built-in screensavers show fish is almost magical. As if we were suddenly on the bridge of a spaceship from Star Trek have ended up.


In short, it is all very science fiction, but not everything out Star Trek is also right away. At the moment there are still a lot of reasons why a TV with a transparent screen is not that practical at all, and it is better to have an ‘old-fashioned’ black screen. Here are five reasons why you might want to skip this new technology:

Reason 1: A transparent TV on the wall is a no-go

Many people today want to hang a TV on the wall and neatly hide the cables. With a transparent television that is of course completely clownish. Why would you want to hang such a television on the wall? The whole idea is that you can see through it as a kind of design statement, and walk around it. These televisions are therefore pertinent to display.

Reason 2: Issue from time to time until a toddler runs into it

A transparent TV can therefore be placed but has a serious danger: it is not noticeable if it is not switched on. It literally blends into the interior. It is, of course, a matter of time before a toddler or myopic grandparent bumps into your thousands of euros television and knocks it over. A good home contents insurance suddenly becomes very important.

The transparent TV from Xiaomi could already be viewed in the Netherlands © Jan Meijroos

Reason 3: During the day, the image is dirty

Room lighting is a major challenge with transparent TVs. In the dark or in the evenings, a transparent screen usually looks fine, but in daylight the image disappears a bit. That cannot be the intention, can it?

Reason 4: Overall image quality is still a big question mark

The focus of transparent televisions is on the fact that they are… transparent. Not much is known yet about the quality and lifespan of such screens. Those who want to be on the safe side can better fall back on proven techniques and screens. In addition, new technology is often full of teething problems that only come to fruition in the 2nd or 3rd iterations. Just watching the cat from the tree certainly does not hurt.

Reason 5: Transparent TVs are still very expensive

If you want to stand out and have a television in your living room to show off with, you should almost take out a second mortgage. It concerns brand new technology, and new technology is simply expensive. The Mi TV quickly costs 6,000 to 6,500 euros and a wheelbarrow import duties are added. For a third of that amount you get a ‘normal’ high-end 4K TV at home. Even an 8K television is currently cheaper.


The transparent TV like in Star Trek is coming, but you better not buy it yet | Tech
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