Having square LCD monitors in the back of your vehicle’s headrests may soon be a thing of the past because Toshiba has figured out how to make a circular LCD screen. The electronics giant will unveil its no corner LCD screens next week in Yokohama at the FPD International 2007 convention. The screens use Toshiba’s proprietary low temperature poly silicon technology and allow for panel instrumentation to be circular too. Imagine having a built-in rear and side door views available on your car’s dashboard or an odometer whose background color you can change.
Toshiba can currently get these LCD screens down to 2.4-inches in diameter with a contrast ratio of 600:1 , 240 x 240 resolution and 250K of colors. We’re probably still a good couple of years away from seeing this technology trickle down to the everyday marketplace but we can start imagining now the fun it will be to watch widescreen movies on circular screens.