It's an innovative but very geeky initiative, said Sumasa, a writer for a Japanese technology site. computer watchsuccessfully turned a discarded $10 monitor into a transparent LCD screen, and detailed his progress, including more than a few setbacks along the way.
Transparent displays have been around for a long time and are often seen at trade shows because of their sense of depth (Sumasa said he first saw them at COMPUTEX TAIPEI in 2012). However, while popular with B2B companies, applications for personal use are still in their infancy.
The transformation process involved in this project was simple in theory, but had to be executed with great care. Sumasa used his LCD panel and removed the backlight components to create a transparent display. This required careful removal of several components, including the case, light guide, diffuser, lens film, and bezel.
trial and error
Sumasa decided to mount a 24-inch LCD panel inside a PC case just large enough to fit comfortably.
The process of converting an LCD panel into a transparent display proved to be more difficult than initially expected, and Smasa quickly realized that the display was not as transparent as expected.
He sacrificed many screens along the way to find the most effective one, but his main conclusion is that TN panels, which are typically white, are better suited for transparent displays than IPS or VA panels. That was it.
After much trial and error, Sumasa was able to incorporate a working transparent display into a PC case. Although the final product was not perfect, it demonstrated the potential of transparent displays to enhance the appearance of desktop PCs.
The winning LCD panel was purchased from a junk shop in Akihabara (an area famous for many electronics stores in Tokyo) for the unbeatable price of just 1,000 yen ($6.74).
You can read the full creation process on PC Watch (via Google Translate).