Researchers make world's thinnest screen from soap bubble

Bizarre new technology lets you view 3D and 2D images on a soap film display

If you thought Google's Project Glass was pushing the boundaries of unusual places to stick a screen, take a look at this. A team of US and Japanese University researchers have come up with a way of beaming images onto the surface of soap bubbles, creating a screen that's thinner than a human hair.

The Colloidal Display (in English: cool bubble-like surface) changes in transparency as ultrasonic sound waves are fired at it, enabling it to reflect images back. The team also managed to create 3D objects by putting several "bubble screens" together.

While it does seem an awfully complicated way of creating a screen, it can allegedly produce exceptionally realistic pictures, though we're told you have to see it up close to believe it. The team also claims that the bubble texture is more resilient than your regular Fairy Liquid – letting you pass objects through the display without popping it. Looks like we won't have to worry about scratches, then.

While we doubt this will be taking on LG's flexible display technology just yet, we can't help but wonder if we'll be watching our Blu-rays on Bubble Definition TVs in future.