We all know how difficult it can be to see a liquid crystal screen when the sun comes out. Suddenly, you just can’t use your phone, your camera, your digital e-reader…
But Dutch company Liquivista thinks it has the answer. The technology isn’t new however. Electro-wetting was first developed in 1875.
Johan Feenstra, Chief Technical Officer and founder of Liquavista told Euronews: “Electro- wetting is technology that uses electric tension in such way that it can move liquids. So, liquids can be moved from place A to place B very quickly. It’s the only technology in the world that can move liquids in such a way.”
Essentially, when an electric current is passed through a micro-drop of liquid trapped under a layer of glass it expands and contracts in a few milli-seconds. By harnessing this reaction, Liquavista hopes to prouce a new generation of screens to replace the old liquid crystal screens that we’ve all been using for the past 15 years.
Says Kurt Petersdorff, Liquavista’s Commercial Director: “If we put a Liquavista display in an iPad, firstly, it will be much easier to read for a longer time, it will be possible to use it outdoors with no daylight limitations, and finally battery efficiency is much better meaning that the product could be lighter and could be used for longer.”
Best of all, this type of screen can be manufactured on the same productions lines as liquid crystal screens. So the days of hiding in the shade in order to check the pictures on a camera are definitely numbered!