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Samsung Patents Camera with Transparent Display for Direct Eye-Contact

Samsung is a company that dabbles in a heck of a lot of display technology. We saw the curved TVs at CES that are supposed to be a big hit this year, but about about screens that we can see right through? Samsung has been working on some transparent displays for a while and now it looks like they want to put one in a digital camera.

Apparently, the South Korean company has filed for a patent on a digital camera that comes equipped with a wide transparent screen. It looks like all of the actual working parts of the camera, like the sensor and controls, are located in a main unit toward one side of the camera, while the transparent display occupies the other side. Based on this patent drawing, the proposed camera is decidedly more of a point-and-shoot, though it’s unclear if they’ll follow in the Galaxy Camera mindset by making it “smart” with Android too.

But why would you want a transparent display in the first place? They say that it’s so the photographer can have “direct eye-contact” with the subject of the photo, rather than the traditional but impersonal setup where the subject looks at the camera and the photographer looks at a screen. Personally, I don’t see the point and having two-thirds of the camera consist of mostly glass sounds like they could be setting themselves up for a lot of broken devices.

Via WSJ Digits

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