Transparent TV from Sony

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 19, 2006
Updated • May 11, 2013

It seems that Sony is still able to produce innovative products. I read that this one is not totally new but it is the first time I saw a transparent television. They seem to be using a projector at the back of the transparent material (glass ?) to display the image.

The speakers seem rather big for this television, you will need lots of free space to place the TV in a room.

I think it really looks great and might be the next step in TV entertainment in the coming years. Not sure if you can call it transparent TV or something else because it is not really a transparent TV but a projector.

If you look closely at the images below, you will also notice that while the TV itself looks transparent and hovering in air, the two speaker like systems on the left and right of it are large and look rather out of place.

It also appears that the TV has never really made it in production, considering that it has never been on offer in large quantities, if at all. If you look at Sony's US store for instance and there at the TV section, you will notice that only regular TVs are offered there and no transparent or even semi-transparent ones.

Samsung in 2010 showcased a transparent LCD TV on the Cebit Expo in that year. The TV features a touch based design that people can use to shut blinds, a rather unique way of handling the see-through problem. Samsung also mentioned that the TV is already on sale in South Korea.

Here is a short video showcasing the new transparent TV by Samsung.

While you may find transparent TVs and other devices in specialized online shops and local stores, you still won't find many, if any, devices listed in larger stores.


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  1. zimbo said on March 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    its true this was invented in 1992 by toshiba

  2. Anonymous said on February 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    that would be fun to have one of those T.V.’s but who cares now because i am here :D

  3. Peter said on February 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    ummm…well pretty HACKIN awesome!!!!!!!! I want one, and im goona get one …ha ha, LOSERS!!!

  4. Anonymous said on February 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    i am sooo hungry XD

  5. Jay said on September 3, 2006 at 4:39 am

    Awesome, will buy me one of these when it hits the market. Hopefully it’s not a doctored image.

  6. Martin said on August 19, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    The only thing that does not seem to be real is the second picture which seems to be photoshopped into the real image. Take a look at the original one here

    Nevertheless you can watch it in action at this picture

  7. Martin said on August 19, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Kelly this is no fake, I can assure you that.

  8. Kelly Lerson said on August 19, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Im sorry to say this is fake, Sony does not have anything like this!


  9. Blogger said on August 19, 2006 at 10:09 am

    So thing like expensive sure..

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