Category: Displays

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ViewLink MyVu VizCom Headmounted Android video-streaming system

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2012

The targetted price is $199, mass manufacturing to start in March. It's an LCOS based headmounted 800x600 display connected with an Android box that you can put in your pocket. That Android powered box runs apps, such as the Biggifi remote controlling app, it can also output Android to your HDTV using the MHL connector. It can tether through your smartphone for internet connectivity and stream the video from the headset to any Android supported live video streaming services, be it ustream, google+ hangouts, justin.tv and more.

Pixel Qi at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2012

The 1280x800 10.1" Pixel Qi screen is ready, here it is demonstrated under a bright spotlight simulating the sun as well as in some prototypes of upcoming Android tablets. Founder, CEO and inventor Mary Lou Jepsen talks about the latest news from Pixel Qi, where they are going, what they are up to.

E Ink On Every Smart Surface

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

Exclusive 17-minute interview with E Ink's CMO at CES, where they showed me a Triton color display for signage with color so saturated that it looked like an LCD except that it was thinner than OLED, sunlight readable, uses no backlights and uses very little power. I also saw the SURF display used in a hand drill which has not been filmed before. The 11.5" 300DPI eDocument reader made in collaboration with Epson. The Triton color display based Ectaco eReader that had just won the CES innovation award, it is being deployed in Russian schools. New E Ink watches from Phosphor and Seiko. Finally, the Eton Ruckus music player with E Ink display that was launched this week was demonstrated, it is considered to be indestructible.

E Ink has shipped over 25 million E Ink screens for e-readers alone in 2011, that’s up from 10 million screens in 2010 and 4 million screens in 2009. Now E Ink is also working to expand into new markets, signage, appliances, everywhere. The idea is that more and more devices and surfaces may get an E Ink screen on them that thus by being bi-stable can show the informations for a long time without using any battery. While many electronic paper technology companies show samples, E Ink is actually in mass production with monochrome, color and segmented displays and they claim that no technology in the world comes close to the reading experience on E Ink's displays and these displays are easy on the eyes since they don’t have a shiny background or light emitting backlight.

E Ink also provided me with following amazing video featuring the actual E Ink Pearl roll display material used in Nook, Sony, Kindle etc. The video was shot alongside the Charles river in Cambridge/Boston and you can see MIT (E Ink is MIT spin off) and Boston skyline in the background. The display is a few feet wide and can go one kilometer (it was 500 meters in this video):

Sharp ICC 4K Technology, 1080p to 4K upscaling on 55″ Sharp 4K TV to be released soon

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

Sharp is about to mass produce a 4K2K 55" HDTV. Their secret sauce is the ICC technology (Integrated Cognitive Creation) which is an upscaling technology, somehow sharpening and adding details to 1080p sources to make them look more amazing on the 4K HDTV. With this, people might want to consider re-watching all their Blu-ray movies to re-experience the same 1080p source files in more amazing quality. That until each of the movies are also available in the native 4K2K resolution on Blu-ray, hard drives, streaming and other potential 4K media.

Motorola Kopin Golden-i at the Verizon booth at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 14, 2012

The Motorola Kopin Golden-i is being showcased at the Verizon booth at CES 2012, demonstrating hands-free wearable computing user interfaces for Industrial uses such as Construction, Medical, Public safety, Utilities and more. I've been using this for the past 2 months to attempt to have a wearable computing augmented video-blogging system, using Google+ Hangouts On Air with the headmounted display showing a live chat and live status updates from Google+, Twitter, Email alerts and more.

Samsung 70″ 4K2K Quad-HD TV

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2012

Here's a presentation by one of the lead engineers at Samsung on the 4K2K HDTV project. With some details about the cost of the technology.

Samsung LED TV Series 6 and LED TV Series 7

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2012

New performance in LED backlit HDTVs, better refresh rates, better colors, more contrast, faster processing and much more.

LG 55″ OLED TV shown at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2012

The biggest OLED TV in the world, the colors, sharpness, contrast and thinness are pretty awesome. This is a quite impressive HDTV. Of course the price may be very high as this type of screen is not yet mass manufactured.

E Ink is giving away E Ink watches (US residents only)

Posted by Charbax – November 18, 2011

E Ink is giving away 4 E Ink wrist watches worth $195 every Tuesday until the 13th of December on their Facebook page. All you have to do is "Like" the E-Ink page on Facebook and enter your name, email and click to let it grab your Facebook contact info. E-Ink wrist watches are pretty awesome, I got mine since June 2010 that I wear every day, I only had to install the batteries once in the beginning and it's still running on the same small wrist watch battery. It's nice to be able to change the design of your wrist watch, have it display the date and all in a very sunlight readable way. It's just cool to know you've got an E Ink e-reader type screen on your watch. Check out this video where I show my E Ink wristwatch:

Here is more information about the $195 Phosphor E Ink watch that you can win on the E Ink facebook page: http://www.phosphorwatches.com/E-Ink-Digital-Hour-Clock-Watch-Stainless-Steel-p/70510565280.htm


A couple video reviews of that watch: 1 2

Charbax Cyborg: How I video-blog, Live and On-demand

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2011

This is how I was walking around the ARM TechCon 2011, with the OMAP3530 Powered Kopin Golden-i Headmounted display (voice-controlled and with head-tracking) to monitor the live Ustream IRC chat, a USB webcam on my head streaming live video to Ustream through the Marvell Armada 618 Powered OLPC XO-1.75 in my bag (using another netbook when Marvell was showcasing the XO-1.75 at their booth), a T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ($50/3GB/month/prepaid/$141-Mifi), and my nearly 4-year old Sanyo HD1000 (9mbitps 720p) with the external Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone.


Source: ti.com

I also have the new higher quality JVC GC-PX10 but its 24/36mbitps 1080p50 recording bitrate is too high to upload on the relatively slow upload speed at this conference. At the San Francisco Downtown University Campus last weekend, the upload speed was 100mbitps so there I filmed all 16 videos at the OLPC Summit with that camera, for most of which you can even download the full original camera sample video file using Google Docs separately linked under each video.