Tokyo-based optical component maker Active Inc. has developed a new composite LCD display that allows a user to clearly see objects through the monitor's viewing surface. The company has been researching the use of liquid crystal optical film as a substitute for traditional LCD backlights with the goal of commercializing a display which allows a user's gaze to pass through to the opposite side when the screen is powered on. The company is hoping to market the screens to the amusement industry, where they will be used for activities such as watching your family while watching a movie, watching a movie while another movie plays in the distance, and of course playing a video game while watching a movie. [Warning: read link requires subscription]

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