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Published on Mar 31, 2016
ORANGE COUNTY, Florida — University of Central Florida researchers said they’ve found a way to solve the problem of an electronic device malfunctioning due to extreme temperatures.
The new technology can be used in every future touchscreen device to keep cellphones or GPS’ screens working in the most extreme temperatures.
"Any displays will be, could be, and impacted by our new materials,” Dr. Shin Tson Wu, of the UCF College of Optics and Photonics, said.
Wu said he and his team have created and LCD screen that is able to withstand extreme heat and cold fluctuations. He said the screens can work at 40 degrees below zero or if it’s left inside a car in Florida on a hot summer day in August.
Researches said they’ve been able to expand on the liquid crystal properties to expand on the temperatures they can withstand. Wu said their research partners in Japan are testing the technology on full-scale screens.
Wu said he’s secured more than 80 patents for the technology.
Wu and his team have begun working on their next project: a screen that allows people to instantly control the amount of sunlight that enters into a room or someone’s glasses.