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Issue No. 06 - November/December (1998 vol. 18)
ISSN: 0272-1732
pp: 42-53
Is there anyone in modern societies who has not interacted with electronic displays? There may be a few, but the extent to which we live in a data driven world is extreme and having rapid access to that data is central to it being useful to us. Electronic displays provide that access for a wide variety of data types including entertainment media (television, movies, games...). Electronic display function ranges from elementary monochrome displays for clocks, gas pumps and radios to large, high-information-content displays showing full-color high definition television in electronic cinemas. The electronic display with the largest installed base today is probably the consumer television (TV) display. Its popularity extends even to third-world communities and derives primarily from the entertainment it delivers. Consider photographs as a paper analog of the television display. They are analogous in the sense that photographs and TVs present color images, each having emerged from monochrome beginnings, both are used primarily for entertainment, both have a long history and worldwide appeal, and both have significant markets. Of course, one cannot flip through photographs as quickly as does a TV display, but then photographs have the appeal that any one can be easily be viewed again for full enjoyment. There is another commonality in this strained analogy. Photography and television are both undergoing rapid changes in how they deliver their information to the masses and the technology for viewing these dynamic and static images is converging. This paper explores some of the recent developments in electronic displays pointing out their relationships to modern photography, i.e., digital photography and digital imaging. A full review of all electronic display types is not given here since some displays will see limited use in digital imaging and the full list of displays is long. Instead, electronic displays which have the capability of high information content, high spatial resolution and general suitability to digital photography are featured.
digital imaging, electronic displays, digital photography, electronic imaging

P. M. Alt, "Displays for Electronic Imaging," in IEEE Micro, vol. 18, no. , pp. 42-53, 1998.
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