Guillaume Chansin (@GChansin) is one of the analysts from IDTechEx. We meet him in Santa Clara where the company is holding their annual US event. We talk about what we will see during the conference and why printed electronics can help make better wearable devices. He also explains printed sensors, flexible displays, and why we will not see flexible LCD anytime soon.
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Panasonic LSI shows their dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 based Set-top-box and in-TV solution decoding HEVC 4K at 60fps at 40mbitps, integating also advanced rendering algorithms for colors, shapes, vectors and more. You can watch my previous Panasonic ProXStream video here: http://armdevices.net/2014/04/19/panasonic-ph1-pro4-arm-cortex-a9-with-proxstream1-4k-decoder-and-transcoder/
LG G Watch R with Android Wear, Curved 4K OLED, 98″ 4K IPS, 5K 105″ 21:9, World’s First Flexible 77″ 4K OLED (you can change the display from flat to curved), harman kardon sound, web OS TVs (with Android apps support), DLP LED projectors, 3D TV wall, LG Smart micro-oven and the LG Smart fridge, curved 21:9 PC monitor, LG Smart washing machine and the LG G3 Smartphone (with 2560×1440 display), LG child tracker, LG G Pad 10.1″ 1280×800, LG G Pad 8″, LG G Pad 7″ 1280×800 and more.
When I was traveling in the USA last week, I had the chance to catch up with Sri who gave me a detailed description of what Kent Displays is doing with its latest Cholesteric LCD for writing applications. Kent Displays is famous for its Boogie Board which he said was being shipped in millions of units and they are now using the same technology to build mobile phone accessories where you can eWrite on the cover, this technology can be used to create electronic writing surfaces on laptops, tablets, appliances, educational toys etc. This LCD technology is well proven, they make them in a roll to roll coating factory in Ohio, the displays are very thin, flexible, light, very nicely visible in bright sunlight as you can see here filmed near the San Francisco bay (sorry about the wind), the writing is similar to paper, the 8” display with a small battery works for an impressive 7 years, means charging isn’t even required.
Philips’s new Android ARM powered TVs include OnLive remote cloud x86 gaming. The Philips TV is capable of using most game controllers. OnLive enables the streaming of PC games without having them locally, without the need to install anything, just have an active OnLive subscription at $11.95 per month with the first week trial being free, you can see OnLive’s full list of games here: https://games.onlive.com/games
Henry walks around the Toshiba IFA 2014 booth and checks out their Chromebooks, their Intel Laptops, Intel Tablets, Sports camera, 4K TVs, smart mirrors, and experimental 4K TVs.
HDMI is to be the standard for 4K, supporting 18Gbit/s bandwidth for uncompressed 4K at 60fps, every major 4K TV includes HDMI 2.0 support.
Japanese NHK public broadcast R&D group shows their 120Hz 8K display and camera (at 144Gbit/s through optical) by Hitachi (red/blue/green prism sensors) and Astro (single image sensor) that I filmed here. Japan wants to just leapfrog 4K and go directly to 8K testing 8K broadcasts starting in 2016, with full massive deployments targetted for 2020 where everyone in Japan will maybe be able to receive 8K TV.
Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductors From Cambrios for Touch Screens, Solar Panels, Lighting and Flexible displays
Cambrios CEO John LeMoncheck at IFA 2014 gives an update on the great progress they are making with AgNW transparent conductors for touch screens, enabling flexible touch, thin and light form that is suitable for wearable devices. With the latest launch of thin iPhones and Apple Watch, the race for thin, light, curved, flexible electronic devices has begun and material such as Cambrios ClearOhm silver nano wires are key to enable these technologies. In this video you will see their latest, never shown before 7” single layer touch screen that is highly conductive, transparent, very thin and light and suitable for bezel-less device designs. Apart from touch screens they are also enabling transparent solar cells, OLEd lighting, flexible displays like ePaper and OLED.
Last year, I posted a 48-minute tour at the faytech touchscreen factory.
Here is the latest version (V.2) of faytech´s 7”-12″” Touchscreen Monitor Series has numerous detail improvements including lockable standard connections, a unique cable channelling back cover and mounting frames for machine and wall mount integration. Additionally each model has faster start up and reaction times because of an improved controller chipset.
The series retains its features including: LED backlights, 4-wire resistive touch panel, extra robust components, extended current input (8-36V), VGA+HDMI ports, three video inputs, wall mountable, a high-quality pedestal, and extended temperature range. Each Touchscreen Monitor comes with faytech’s 100% guarantee of no defective pixels, and is suitable for 24/7 operation.
The high resolution support (e.g. 1080p, 1920×1200 pixels) of these faytech touchscreens make them the perfect choice for a wide variety of applications. Some of these include: use as a surveillance monitor when combined with a HTPC or with security cameras; as control panels in the industrial area; in kiosk systems; as cash monitor or information terminals; for machine control; home automation; on farm machinery; on forklifts in distribution centers; wind turbine controls; telematics in transportation systems and in many other areas.
The integrated touch panel is reliable and accurate. The touch function is quickly established via the USB port of your PC, while industrial users can connect the touch function through the serial port. faytech includes touchscreen drivers for popular Microsoft (CE, WinXP, Vista), Mac and Linux operating systems. For Win7 and Win8 operating systems, no driver installation is needed because the MER4485 chipset used in faytech´s in-house designed touch controller supports Login using virtual keyboard and immediate use of windows gestures after Login. This makes starting and using Windows 8 incredibly easy. Embedded systems like e.g. the raspberry Pi are also supported.
Customization is available for project customers (e.g. higher brightness, brightness sensor, IP protection classes, webcam, scanners, printers, capacitive and SAW touch panels, etc.). See more information about faytech products at www.faytech.com