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Technically Speaking by Gary A. Scott

Technology. Tech. It’s in your hand. It’s on your lap. It’s in your office. It’s in your toaster for crying out loud! It’s in the cab you’re sitting in. It’s in the sign that catches your eye as you sit in that cab taking pictures with your smartphone and sending them via emails half way around the world. Tech is everywhere.

Not since the industrial revolution of the twentieth century has a sector in our economy so dominated the current events of the day and the future events of tomorrow. We’ve become a tech hungry society, tech junkies if you will. Got our fix on the iPad 2 didn’t we? Incredibly, tech moves so fast it’s hard for most us to keep up with what’s new.

This post is dedicated to the techies among you who don’t mind a little tech with their design. And for those of you that may be wondering why technology is being mentioned at all on a website dedicated to design? I give you this. The transparent tv designed by Michael Friebe.

This awesome technological improvement on the conventional look and feel of a flat screen television will soon be the rage. The stunning combination of tech and design is put on full display with this product. This television uses two different technological layers, conventional LCD and the latest TOLED (Transparent OLED) display technology. Transparent OLEDs have only transparent components (substrate, cathode and anode) and, when turned off, are up to eighty-five percent as transparent as their substrate.

When a transparent OLED display is turned on, it allows light to pass in both directions. As Mr. Friebe explains, “As the first of its kind, the Loewe Invisio introduces technical innovation, combining conventional LCD and the latest TOLED display technology.This allows to create non-transparent / solid moving pictures with rich color reproduction and a full contrast range from solid black to pristine white”. In other words, he hit a homerun with the design of his product.

This is a beautiful example of form meeting function. What’s so great about technology is that it is inherently connected to design. The best selling products today are not only game changing but they are also designed incredibly well. This television easily fits into both categories.

What I most love about this television is its aesthetically seamless design. It’s not the black square that we’re so accustomed to seeing occupying a space in our living room that screams, tv here! Mr. Friebe’s design allows his product to be placed anywhere in the home or office instantly making it a conversation piece or the center of your entertainment system. That alone puts in the “very cool” column.
As a self-admitted tech junkie that writes for a design blog, it warms my heart (not to mention, makes my job easier) to find stunning examples of technology combining perfectly with design to make our lives easier and our living spaces even more beautiful. The future is waiting and it’s filled with products, ideas and concepts that will continue to change the way we live and the way we play. That’s what technology is about. Come to think of it, that’s what design is all about too.

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