Samsung Patent Shows Transparent Display on Digital Camera

March 20, 2014 - Written By Ray Greer


We have all seen those movies set in the “future” where technology is way ahead of the time we are in now. Some interesting takes on the smart phone of the future in these movies have been brought to light. Like the thin rectangular glass display that makes up the entire device. Well concepts like that have been made by many OEMs but now Samsung maybe taking that idea elsewhere.

There are plenty of reasons why we most likely won’t see a smart phone that is essentially just a see through display. There are batteries and chips to be considered, so the display will always need to be attached to something, in one way or the other. However, that has not stopped concept designs being made by companies for quite some time now. There has been a Korean patent that was obtained by the Wall Street Journal though, and this patent may show us how Samsung is taking the see through display to a different device.

Digital camera’s have not seen major overhauls for sometime. For the most part, we have seen the insides of them get upgrades and better quality images produced. However, based on the sketch in the patent, Samsung could be working on a complete overhaul of the digital camera. Simply giving the device a transparent display could be exciting first steps to reaching transparent displays on our smartphones.

Like we mentioned earlier, there will need to be a place to store all the insides of any device, and there is on this digital camera concept as well. It is all to one side, and on that side there is the power/shooter button. There is also the power and processor in the part of the device that is not transparent. Then, on the other half of the device, is just a transparent display. The purpose, as given by Samsung, is to allow “…the person taking the photo and the subject of the photo-shoot to look at each other and have direct eye contact for photo shooting.”

Why one would need to make direct eye contact while in the middle of a photo shoot is unclear, but hey, it is an excuse to have a transparent display. As if we really needed another one. This is an obvious overhaul to the digital camera that has been long overdue. What do you think, would you like to see a transparent display on a digital camera, and do you think this will help Samsung make a name for themselves in the camera market?