With all the touchscreen craziness we’ve seen over the past few years, there are about 500 direction future screen technology could go. Personally, I won’t be satisfied until they’re formable, edible and can be wrapped around my face like a make-shift Halloween mask.

Some people have other ideas, and the perfect organization to compile them all into one meaty video presentation is TAT. TAT knows 3D user interface design. They not only conceptualize fancy interfaces, their technology is currently used in 20% of all touch phones.

They recently held the TAT Open Innovation experiment. They gathered comments, ideas, dreams and wishes ranging from enhancing mobile interaction to embedding screen tech into every aspect of your life… Face it. You can’t escape. They even think we’ll see this technology by 2014. Here’s the video and the highlights. What’s your vote for new screen tech?

Stretchable displays – With more apps going mobile, the screens are shrinking. A 3″ display isn’t necessarily the most comforting interface to work on when creating, or even viewing, 3D models or drawings. This could very easily solve that problem.

Heads-up displays – Not only heads-up, but displays which are aware there’s a head bobbing about in front of it. Maybe it’s on your mirror like in the video, or perhaps they are panels that can be put into a wall, cubicle, or coffee mug, literally creating a window into the design process.

Transparent displays – Most of us work with walls between us, but we all know we want to see what the other is doing and interfere with any progress they’re making through the magic of transparent displays. Imagine seeing one side of a model, while the person on the other side of the screen sees the opposite side.

Tabletop displays – This isn’t all that new of an idea, but if displays make it into tabletops, the possibilities of them showing up on other flat surfaces is endless. The possibility here is that the tabletop display supplements the other displays by showing you related information.

Seamless interaction – Perhaps the coolest idea across all of these displays is the what’s going on across all the displays. Data is seamlessly transferred, shared and there’s no click-button actions required between how you interact with the data. It’s all done through swipes and pushes.

Anything stand out to you? One thing they left out is 3D displays. That was surprising. Glasses-free displays are an up and coming innovation. One we’ll probably start seeing more of in 2014 as well.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.