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Monitors cause us eye strain for a variety of reasons. One of these is that they are a light source rather than something that reflects ambient light.
The relective monitor would have no backlight - it would consist of tiny hinged frosted mirrors that can be rotated about the hinge. These reflect
ambient light when flat and absorb light when tilted at 90°. The image would be made up of patterns of these mirrors.
The advantage of this monitor is that it would reduce eye strain. There would be no refresh, no flicker and the spectrum and brightness of the display would comfortably mirror the surroundings.
By using Cyan, Magenta and Yellow mirrors* you could more accurately simulate the colours of the printed page as the monitor would be operating in the same gamut as printed material.
*as well as Red, Green, Blue and White if you have the space.
TI's DMD technology
Digitally controlled micro-mirrors is well baked. [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Related: Iridigm Structural Color Display
29 Oct 02 | Display technology uses iridescence to generate color. This is a small tutorial on the proposed technology. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Awesome DLP Demo
29 Oct 02 | Flash 6 Req'd | Under the "What is DLP technology" section, click on the yellow "launch the demo" button. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||TI has had micro-mirror technology for going on 8 years now. This is how the digital cinema projectors work. This sounds like an interesting new application of it, though there may be difficulties. (see link).
||You mean like electronic paper? They already have that.