[Wall Street Journal]Google X is developing a display composed of smaller screens that plug together like Legos to create a seamless image, according to three people familiar with the project. With the modular pieces, the screen could be made into different sizes and shapes, the people said.
There are others offering snap together displays but they have seams. Christie MicroTiles have 1 millimeter seams.
The Google X difference is that the group is trying to figure out how to make modules without any seams at all. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the borders around each rectangular module.
The Google X group has apparently managed to poach some engineers from Samsung and Qualcomm, but the report describes the team as “small.” Large-format displays are typically used for stadium jumbotrons, digital billboards, and video walls.
The previously undisclosed project is led by Mary Lou Jepsen, a former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor best known for co-founding the One Laptop Per Child project, an ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful project to give cheap laptops to tens of millions of children in poor countries.
Ms. Jepsen co-founded three startups around display technology. The most recent, Pixel Qi, specializes in low-power displays that can be read in direct sunlight. She now heads the display division inside Google X, Google’s futuristic products lab.
Christie MicroTiles being put together
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