Sharp to Take Part in Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023

While 2022 is about to end, it also means new beginnings for the incoming year ahead. Sharp Corporation (Sharp) is way ahead of the new year's resolutions as they make preparations for the incoming Consumer Electronics Show 2023 next year. This is where most tech that companies make and conceptualize are showcased before being refined and mass produced. Remember the foldable phones that we are holding now? CES is the first to witness it all, along with hoverboards and cooler tech we have today. 

CES 2023 is happening in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, from January 5 to 8, 2023. Sharp is excited to exhibit their advanced technologies and products that embody the company’s ESG-focused management under the four themes of New Energy, Automotive, AR/VR, and TV. 

According to our friends from Sharp, here's a quick rundown of what's going to happen:

New Energy technologies that contribute to carbon neutrality

Sharp will demonstrate its LC-LH (Liquid and Crystal Light Harvesting) technology outside of Japan for the first time. It is essentially an indoor photovoltaic device developed by integrating dye-sensitized solar cells and the company’s long-cultivated LCD technology. Sharp will also exhibit perovskite solar cells,which are attracting attention as the next generation of solar cells. Hello to a more efficient collection of solar power!

Advanced Automotive devices that support safe and environmentally conscious driving

Sharp's Passenger Information Display is also taking the centerstage. It utilizes viewing angle control. so that the driver can concentrate on driving. Beside this is Sharp's prototype of a Driver Monitoring System and their compound photovoltaic module with the world’s highest* 2 conversion efficiency. This is expected to be installed on vehicles such as EVs, as well as used in aerospace and aviation applications.

Various devices and head-mounted displays (HMD) for AR/VR

VR usually means games but it also means pilot training and more useful everyday things. Upgrading these is a definite must do. Sharp will exhibit for the first time an ultra-lightweight HMD prototype for VR equipped with its latest devices, such as an ultra-high-resolution display, ultra-high-speed autofocus camera, and ultra-compact proximity sensor. 

Along this, Sharp will also demonstrate the world’s thinnest* 3 ultra- compact camera module, a distance sensor that helps HMD wearers avoid collisions with people and objects, and other AR/VR related devices that provide users with a realistic sense of being immersed in images safely and more comfortably.

Flagship AQUOS XLED TV model for the global market

Visitors can experience their flagship AQUOS XLED TV at the CES 2023. In addition, Sharp will also unveil a prototype of one of the world’s largest* 4 120-inch model* 5 for the first time.

Here's an in depth update on the Sharp Products coming up on CES 2023:

New Energy Booth

  • LC-LH Indoor Photovoltaic Device [exhibited for the first time outside of Japan]
    • By combining dye-sensitized solar cells, which can convert indoor light into electricity with high efficiency, and Sharp’s LCD technology, this device achieves power generating efficiency approximately double that of typical solar cells used in clocks and calculators. Applicable not only to a variety of small appliances, it will also help reduce environmental impacts by replacing disposable batteries.
  • Perovskite Solar Cell [prototype]
    • Thin, lightweight, and flexible next-generation solar cells with high power generation efficiency that can be manufactured at low cost with low energy consumption. It makes installation possible in places that were previously difficult due to problems such as load capacity and configuration.

Automotive Booth

  • Passenger Seat Monitor Using Viewing Angle Control Display (Passenger Information Display) [exhibited for the first time outside of Japan]
    • Proprietary backlight technology controls the viewing angle of the display so that the image on the passenger seat monitor cannot be seen from the driver’s seat while driving, helping to ensure safe and comfortable driving.
  • Driver Monitoring System [prototype; exhibited for the first time]
    • A camera module integrated into the dashboard display detects the driver’s line of sight, head position and orientation, and eye blink pattern to assess driverstatus. Drowsiness can also be detected.
  • Click Display [exhibited for the first time outside of Japan]
    • A newly developed display that combines a highly sensitive pressure sensor and haptics technology*. Arrow keys, volume control buttons, and the like can be formed with convex or concave shapes. Smooth touch operation similar to smartphones, plus operability with a click feeling like physical keys can be achieved on the same display. Supports smooth and easy operation of car navigation systems, air conditioners, audio systems, and the like. *Technology that enables tactile feedback to be obtained through vibrations and other motions.
    • Automotive Solar Cells [exhibited for the first time outside of Japan]
      • In addition to lightweight and flexible compound solar cells of a practical size that have achieved the world’s highest conversion efficiency of 32.65% *6 , Sharp will introduce silicon-based solar cell modules for automobiles. Proposed applications include the aerospace and aviation fields, such as artificial satellites, which require high efficiency and light weight, and vehicles such as EVs.

    AR/VR Booth

    • Head-Mounted Display (HMD) [prototype; exhibited for the first time]
      • Sharp will exhibit advanced devices such as an ultra-high-resolution display, an ultra-high-speed autofocus camera module (using a polymer lens), and an ultra- lightweight HMD prototype for VR equipped with an ultra-compact proximity sensor.
    • World’s Thinnest Ultra-Compact Camera Module [exhibited for the first time]
      • The world’s thinnest ultra-compact camera module with a height of less than 2mm that can be used for sensing applications such as eye tracking.
    • Compact ToF *7 Distance Sensor
      • Installing this sensor on an HMD unit or controller will help the HMD wearer avoid collisions with people and objects.

    TV Booth

    • AQUOS XLED Model for the Global Market [exhibited for the first time]
      • This TV employs mini LED backlight and quantum-dot rich-color display technology and features an audio system with speakers placed above and below the screen to combine dynamic images with excellent light and dark expression with an immersive sound field. This is a new-generation TV that provides viewers with a vividly realistic sense of actually being in the middle of the action.
    • 120-Inch AQUOS XLED [prototype; exhibited for the first time]
      • This model features a 120-inch XLED screen, one of the world’s largest. Taking advantage of its large screen and high contrast, it can be used not only for digital signage and public viewing displays in commercial facilities, but also for home theaters. (Receiver tuner not installed)
    You can check out more about CES 2023 and Sharp's latest innovations through this link.

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