A project out of the MIT Media Lab uses a prototype system to create low-power displays and instantly modifiable products.

Slow Display, a project from MIT’s Media Lab, is a method for creating displays on screens and physical materials that consumes very little power. The project coats screens in light-sensitive paint, activating the material with a UV laser projector programmed with the design of the display.

The team’s prototype system can create displays at a resolution of 16 megapixels; with the capacity to create images that last for hours, the method is ideal for slow-changing, always-on displays like those used to display road conditions or advertising – Slow Display uses less than 2 watts to project a 3-meter display. In addition to the typical display applications, the Slow Display team highlights other potential uses:

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