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Google Tests Hidden Interfaces Which Remain Invisible Unless They’re Used

Google has recently decided to showcase its work across different hidden interfaces that are designed for ambient computing.

The move aims to develop more and more devices that mingle brilliantly within your environment. And the best bit is, they remain invisible for most of the time period unless they’re actually in use.

Google says it received the inspiration to make a number of appliances that not only were esthetically pleasing but also managed to give instant access to both digital displays as well as interactions.

Google Research recently put forward its work across a leading number of invisible interfaces that were solely restricted to ambient computing. Here is where they dived deep down to reveal the great technologies that are being used to enhance displays at affordable costs using underneath materials.

Common examples included one-way mirrors, wood, acrylic, and textiles too.


The tech giant says it is well aware of how AMOLED displays aren’t the best for such computing devices because they’re too expensive, not to mention the complicated production issues involved.

This gives rise to more affordable displays made from LCD and even electronic ink but they’re not great options because they don’t allow for suitable penetration, making it possible for the brightness to come through.

Now that’s why the tech company is now settling for OLEDs that are passive matrix approved, giving the simple design that overcomes high costs and great complexity issues.

There is one drawback to this approach and Google has admitted that the use of such PMOLEDs means scanline rendering, whereby the process gives in to flicker while putting a limit on brightness emitted. Remember, here is where one row gets activated at any one time.

But Google has even outlined a solution for this issue. They claim to make use of a system that focuses on parallel instead of scanline rendering. This way, you get no flicker and enhanced brightness as your advantages.

Putting this very same concept to use, Google has created hidden interfaces with PMOLED displays that feature resolutions of up to 128x96. This comes with all columns and their rows being connected via a single connector to gain access.

Clearly, this modern-day interface is a huge step for Google that currently relies upon the smart speakers of Nest Audio. But one thing that’s interesting is how this new feature will still show the same basic information.

But Google isn’t stopping there. They hope to soon incorporate more images with complex vector pictures for more effective hardware designs.



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