Google’s vision for modular displays

6.11.2014 Benjamin Gubler

Google is looking to create really big screens at an affordable price by offering them in parts. The idea is to create modular displays that plug into one another as easily as Lego bricks. The development is being overseen by Mary-Lou Jepsen, who was vital in the OLPC campaign which aimed to provide one laptop to every child.

But Google isn’t the first to tackle the Notion of connecting smaller modular screens to create bigger displays but the idea is much more optimized for the future rather than producing massive displays, the next bigger than the last. Modular displays, for starters, can grow and shape itself according to the consumer’s viewing room.

You could start with a few tiles if your budget is restricted and add screens if you want when your wallet allows, or if you move to a bigger house and need a bigger TV, you can pay the same price that you did fort he first screen and effectively double the size of your TV, much better than paying for a whole new TV set.


A 110-inch TV can cost you close to $30k, and that’s no surprise since bigger TVs costs a lot to produce. As it goes with everything, 110 inch TVs will get cheaper over time, but going modular means you can get a bigger and bigger TV whenever you desire or are able to.

So why would people want a bigger TV anyway? TVs haven’t been just TVs for a long time now and have been serving many purposes. We watch our dramas, catch the news in the morning, stream Pandora and play games among other things. For many people who have been captivated by the Internet, they have become something to produce background noise.

TV manufacturers know that TVs are becoming irrelevant and they have made bold moves to keep them fresh. For people who can’t afford the newer smart TVs, Google nabbed the market and rolled out Chromecast which, when nothing is being played back, turns into a photo gallery with music playing in the background.

Google has already made TV more relevant and this new bold move might mean the TV could truly be a lasting device in the mainstream consumer home.


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