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Technology to Optimize Screen Usability for Bright Environment

Winmate Marketing team>August 18, 2020

Usability in bright environments is one of the critical characteristics of the display intended to use in the industrial environment. Many industrial LCDs are designed to be installed outdoors or in facilities with bright lit. When choosing the best solution for your application it is important first to dig into each possibility, and then decide which one is the most suitable for your particular application.

Technology to Optimize Screen Usability for Bright Environment
Main factors affecting outdoor readability

Have you ever thought about why you cannot see the display near the sunlight? We have listed some major factors that affect your display's readability and corresponding solutions to solve potential problems. One of the major problems in outdoor usage is the reflection of light that can be specular or diffuse depending on the nature of the interface. There are several panel enhancement methods that allow increasing screen usability in sunlight: transflective screen, apply to dim, use AR/ AG glass, light sensor, or optical bonding.

Too dark!
Need Brightness enhancement

Need Brightness enhancement

  • Transflective
  • High Brightness
Glare / Mirror image!
Need to reduce reflection

Need to reduce reflection

  • Optical bonding with AR glass
Color wash-out!
Need to reduce reflection

Need to reduce reflection

  • Optical bonding with AR glass
Technologies to optimize screen usability

Manufacturers use various techniques to fine-tune the LCD screen for such demanding applications. Something the right combination of applied techniques is the key to success. Let’s take a closer look at each method.

  • Transflective LCD technology– This method can be applied to certain selected regular TFT LCD. With the imposed reflective function, the modified LCD can reflect the ambient light passing the LCD cell and utilize the reflected light beams as its illumination. The stronger the ambient light is, the brighter the LCD will appear. As a result, the modified LCD is viewable under lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.
  • Hyper dimming- Under some specific user conditions, it will require that the monitor can be adjusted to a lower brightness level than normal. The hyper dimming technology provides the wider brightness adjustment level combined with excellent appearance to meet the dim-to-black requirement. The high sensitivity of fully adjustable backlight control makes the product ideal for day and night environment.
  • AR/ AG glass- The anti-reflective (AR) coating on the protection glass has an excellent performance in tough ambient light conditions. With the normal glass, the strong reflection of the ambient light diminishes visibility and causes problems for the viewer. Anti-reflective coated protection increases the contrast by enhancing light transmission rate over 95% and can effectively diminish the mirror images. The multi-layer vapor deposition coating either on one side or two sides of glass is designed to minimize reflectance and maximize transmittance. Another solution is an anti-glare (AG) coated protection glass, a microscopically rough surface laminated onto the topmost of the display can diffuse glare. The chemically etched glass that has a slightly textured finish can reduce reflection by scattering light directed on its surface. It can soften the image of direct light sources visible in the reflection of the viewing area.
  • Light sensor- Light sensor detects the change of illumination outside, and then sends the signal to MCU via I2C interface. The MCU asks the inverter to switch the brightness of the outside illumination changed over the default. The MCU transmits pulse width modulation (PWM) signal to the inverter, and then the inverter changes the brightness of the panel.
  • Optical bonding- Reflection of light may be specular, mirror-like, or diffuse depending on the nature of the interface. Optical bonding helps to reduce the reflection problem. By using the adhesive whose refractive index is very close to glass and panel (polarizer glass), we can reduce the reflection that happened when light is transmitted through glass and panel.
Summary

When choosing an LCD solution for your application it is important to consider the operating environment first. Based on the usage scenario you can figure out which technology better suits your application. Winmate Inc. provides sunlight-readable display solutions for industrial operating in some of the most challenging environments, including military and marine, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare, and also offers professional product customization service and project management to bring your unique ideas to life.

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