Google's top secret Google X labs is said to be working on a modular display concept that could potentially allow customers to piece together smaller screens with minimal seams to create a larger display or display of different shapes. Described as a Lego-like concept, Google's modular display brings the possibility to have a cheaper, larger display through connecting smaller displays together, an idea that's not unlike Blocks for smartwatches or Project Ara for phones.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Google's secretive advanced-projects lab is developing a display composed of smaller screens that plug together like Legos to create a seamless image, according to three people familiar with the project.
The team responsible for the project is headed by former MIT professor Mary Lou Jepson of One Laptop Per Child fame and is staffed by veterans of Samsung, Qualcomm and other tech companies.
By creating a seamless display, users would see a giant screen without noticing that it was created by using smaller screens. If commercialized, it could allow customers to create different shapes out of the displays, like an L-shaped screen, for example, and could provide a low-cost alternative to owning a large screen; a 105-inch HDTV, for example, retails for $120,000.
The project is described as being in the early stages.