Category: Displays

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Sony-Ericsson Liveview

Posted by Charbax – February 20, 2011

The concept is pretty awesome, this small touch screen bluetooth screen that can be worn as a watch can interact with any of your Bluetooth enabled Android devices, it's got an SDK for app developers to add Bluetooth remote functionality for their apps. I'm hoping someone make remote controlling for VOIP apps, calling contacts, and other useful Android apps on your smartphone or tablet.

3D capture and playback on the ST-Ericsson U8500 platform

Posted by Charbax – February 19, 2011

ST-Ericsson U8500 can capture 720p 3D at 30fps and 1080p 2D at 30fps. Here's a demo of the 3D effect captured using 2 cameras and displayed on a 3D HDTV.

Dialog Semiconductor real-time 2D to 3D conversion

Posted by Charbax – February 16, 2011

This is the first real-time 2D to 3D video conversion in silicon presented by Dialog Semiconductor at Mobile World Congress 2011, it may be useful for the upcoming glasses free 3D screen devices that are coming out. I am not sure though how they analyse the video to "guess" the 3D features in the images, do they analyse each static image or do they process frames before and after to determine 3D space based on the motion?

LG Optimus 3D

Posted by Charbax – February 14, 2011

The product manager on LG Optimus 3D presents what may be the most powerful smart phone ever shown thus far. It uses the Texas Instruments OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-core processor, that is fast enough to record 720p 3D video, it includes even the new LG 4.3" glasses free 3D screen, where the 3D effect can be turned on or off.

googleartproject.com – this is why we need Quad HD screens and projectors

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2011

Here's a new project from Google, to digitalize all the worlds art from all the worlds art galleries and make it freely available in ultra high resolution online: http://googleartproject.com

Picasa, YouTube and now also Google Art Project, all cloud services that are ready for Quad HD and beyond!

The usage scenario is something like this, have a slideshow of your favorite art from around the world displayed in Quad HD resolution in your living room sub-$1000 46" Quad-HDTV.

Anyone with a 3megapixel photo camera or higher creates photo content suitable to be viewed on a Quad HD screen.

Anyone filming with upcoming RED cameras or other consumer camcorders to come that record 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K or more, all those deserve to be seen on Quad HD screen, and can be streamed from YouTube even!

Screen and Projector industry, please take this advice: Give up on 3D as soon as possible and make us some Quad-HD, 4K2K screens and projectors at the same cost as 3D!!! All it takes is a new faster processor to process the higher resolution!

Here are some of the Quad HD screens I saw at conferences during the past few years, every time I see content on a Quad HD screen, I am blown away:
JVC 4K2K Camcorder and TV at CES 2011
Samsung 3840x2160p 82″ LCD HDTV at CeBIT 2008
JVC 4K2K HDTV and Projector at IFA 2008

Android Bicycle, In-flight Entertainment and 32″ Touch screen

Posted by Charbax – January 27, 2011

Touch Revolution makes projected capacitive touch screens, and demonstrates here at CES 2011 some of their large capacitive touch screens integrated in demonstration prototypes for training bicycle, in-flight entertainment and just some very large 32" multi-touching fun showcase.

Sharp’s big move into Android phones and tablets

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2011

At CES 2011, Sharp showed their 3.8" parallax barrier 3D screen in their Android powered 3D phone on the Softbank network. Sharp is making the 3D screen that is in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, it allows for amazing 3D screen without the need for 3D glasses. Thus as Sharp is ramping up mass production of that "parallax barrier" 3.8" WVGA 3D screen, they are able to put it in Smart phones as well, which is how they are now shipping in Japan the Sharp 003SH and 005SH (with slide-out keyboard). Sharp is also entering the Tablet market with their new Tablet optimized screens at 5.5" and 10.8" super sharp high resolution LCD screens in the Galapagos Tablets now released in the Japanese market.

Will iPad2 use Pixel Qi 9.7″ Matte to achieve Retina pixel density?

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2011

There has been weird rumors going around some blogs that iPad2 would use a 2048×1536 display.

As Pixel Qi provides 3x higher resolution in reflective black and white mode, that should basically serve the marketing tag line of a pixel density that is "Retina display".

iPad is very heavy at 680 grams. They could significantly reduce the battery weight using a lower power Pixel Qi display, thus saving on the weight of the whole device.

At CES 2011, Pixel Qi announced that they have a manufacturing partner making 9.7" Pixel Qi screen. If that means Apple may be using it, and if Apple only wants to work with LG to make their iPad2 screen, that could mean that the new manufacturing partner would in fact be LG, and that would mean Pixel Qi may have reached out of Taiwan into South Korea as well.

Some bloggers complain about the quality of colors on Pixel Qi screens, describing them to be "washed out". I didn't ask Pixel Qi about their color mode quality, but I believe this is only because the screen coating is anti-glare Matte type which is the only correct way to use this screen 100% outdoors and for e-reading. While iPad1 and most other devices use Glossy type screen those have lots of glare and reflections when used outdoors.

Apple has the opportunity to make of Pixel Qi a mass market screen technology, they have the opportunity to use it for allowing their customers true use reading e-books without the eye straining of a back light, they have an opportunity to launch an iPad2 with 20 hours or longer battery runtime and a significantly thinner design and lower weight.

But if they decide not to, it wouldn't be the first time Apple disappoint. Then Android Tablet makers will have that opportunity but uptake of the technology may not be as fast especially if Apple's marketing continue to make it sound ok for e-reading and mobile computing use to have a regular backlit LCD that is unreadable for ebooks and unusable outdoors.

Liquavista acquired by Samsung

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2011

Does that mean Samsung will not manufacture Pixel Qi LCD screens and feel they need something to compete with those who will?

Watch my video of prototype Liquavista screens filmed outdoors:

NEC LT-W Android Dual-Screen Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2011

Comes with two 7 inch resistive screens, to use with finger or stylus (productivity), 530 grams, it runs an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 384MB RAM, USB host, SD card slot and more. The concept is pretty awesome.