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.
- I want a Bluetooth remote on my watch for my tablets, yes 50€ Sony Ericsson LiveView is here (armdevices.net)
- Sony Ericsson LiveView update is here, promises improved connections and Bluetooth compatibility (engadget.com)
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.
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?
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.
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
- JVC KY-F4000 - JVC shows new 4k and 8k cameras. (frankglencairn.wordpress.com)
- World's greatest art galleries now on Google Street View (telegraph.co.uk)
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.
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.
- Japan only: Sharp Galapagos 003SH and 005SH rock Android, glasses-free 3D screens! (intomobile.com)
- CES 2011: Hands-On With Sharp's Galapagos 003SH Glasses-Free 3D Android Phone. Surprisingly, It Works! [Video] (androidpolice.com)
- CES 2011: In pictures: Sharp Galapagos tablet (techradar.com)
- 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH First Disney Mobile Smartphone (pocketnow.com)
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.
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:
- Samsung Electronics Buys Dutch Display Company (online.wsj.com)
- Samsung buys Liquavista, dives headfirst into electrowetting displays (engadget.com)
- Samsung acquires e-paper technology firm Liquavista (reuters.com)
- Samsung snaps up Liquavista for outdoor-ready displays (electronista.com)
- Samsung's Liquavista buy-out official: color video e-paper and more in pipeline (slashgear.com)
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.
- NEC LT-W Cloud Communicator dual-screen Android tablet detailed (slashgear.com)
- NEC Shows Dual-screen Android PC (pcworld.com)
- NEC gets official with dual-screen 7-inch LT-W Cloud Communicator (engadget.com)
- CES: NEC dual-screen tab great for packed trains (ces.cnet.com)
- CES 2011: NEC's Android Tablet Twist Is Dual-Screen (informationweek.com)