When you hear the word “space” you probably imagine being in an orbit around the Earth.
But space isn’t always the case, and sometimes you just don’t have enough time to get there in person.
To get the job done, astronauts use a special type of light source called a “liquid crystal display” or “LCD”.
These are not just lasers but also some sort of flexible glass that can be used to project images.
In the last few years, a group of Australian scientists has developed a new way to create LED light displays that use liquid crystal technology.
It is a very simple technique that is actually very practical and has a very low cost, according to the researchers.
“Liquid crystal displays are incredibly easy to make, relatively cheap to produce and can be done in just a few hours,” Professor Michael Larkins, who is the lead researcher on the project, told ABC Radio Perth.
“You need a high-performance liquid crystal display (LCD), you need a very high-quality liquid crystal, and you need to make it as light-sensitive as possible.”
It’s the cheapest, lightest, most efficient, and most light-rich way of doing this.
“The new LED light display, which was developed by a group at the University of Technology Sydney, uses liquid crystal displays to project three images that are different shades of red, blue and green.”
When you put a liquid crystal on the display, the light reflects off of the liquid crystal and gets absorbed by the liquid crystals,” Professor Larkin said.”
So it creates a very thin film of light on the LCD.
“Professor Larkinning said the researchers were particularly interested in using the liquid glass to make a flexible LCD, so they have already made a prototype of a flexible liquid crystal LCD.”
The LCD we’re making is the thinest LCD we’ve ever made,” he said.
Dr Matthew Wilson, the leader of the research team, said the LCD was so thin that it was able to display images of different colours.”
We’re using a very fast liquid crystal,” he explained.”
In a few days, we’re able to make that liquid crystal out of thin air.
“If we can make a very large liquid crystal with a relatively small number of components, it’s quite achievable.”
The researchers believe that by making the LCD with liquid glass, they could eventually be able to create “smart liquid crystal screens”.
“The liquid crystal itself can be embedded in the liquid and the liquid can be placed on top of the LCD and the LCD can be made to act as a display of light,” Dr Wilson said.
He said the team hoped the new LCD would be commercially available by the end of the year.