At the IDTechEx show, Sharp demonstrates Memory LCD technology that delivers high-contrast, high-resolution displays for outdoor use. They are already being used in the quite popular Pebble watch. These LCD modules embed 1-bit memory in every pixel to enable each pixel to hold state while requiring low power. This delivers an "always on" display that uses little power (only a single supply voltage is required), even when updating images. This helps designers create products with long battery life. It also eliminates sweeping images or "ghosting", because only the part of the image that requires updating needs to be changed. The response time of Sharp's Memory LCDs makes it fast enough to display motion video. Right now Memory LCD is thus a quite good contender for the Smartwatch market, with Android Wear being a possibility also, perhaps Smartphones could use Memory LCD also to design a smartphone with potentially weeks of battery life instead of a day or two.
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GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO vibrates and displays notifications from the Smartphone. Using the dedicated Android/iOS application, users can choose which notifications from which app to vibrate and display. The display is always on using the Sharp Memory LCD technology, provides pretty impressive contrast for indoor and outdoor use with backlight that can kick in on touch and on lifting the wrist. With an amazing 20-day battery life with the always-on display always active, thanks also to the Nordic Semiconductor ARM Cortex-M0 processor, GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO is to be available in May for around $70 on Ebay and Amazon in most of the EU.
You can read more about it at http://www.goclever.com/uk/products,c1/smartwear,c114/chronos-eco,a455.html
Canatu Carbon NanoBud Flexible Touch with CNB In-Mold stretchable, formable, conductive capacitive touch
Canatu shows their latest transparent conductive films and touch sensors for flexible and 3D touch devices. At Printed Electronics USA, Canatu announced CNB In-Mold Film, a stretchable, formable, conductive film optimized for 3D formed capacitive touch displays and touch surfaces in automobile center consoles and dashboards, home appliance control panels, remote controls, smartwatches and portable electronic devices. Canatu’s transparent films and touch sensors are based on a new type of carbon nanomaterial: Carbon NanoBud. Carbon NanoBud is not limited by the brittleness or metal fatigue associated with more traditional indium tin oxide (ITO) and metal mesh structures, and therefore stretchability and 3D forms are now possible.
Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015
Arne Weber takes us on a tour through the factory operation of faytech Tech. Co. Ltd., a touchscreen manufaturer in Shenzhen he has been running with his wife for more than 5 years. This is the second time I am visiting them and faytech has greatly progressed since my last visit.
The video starts on the rooftop of the faytech factory in Hongmen Technology Park. We see a comparison of faytech´s standard 10” touchscreen PC, a high brightness waterproof 10.4” touchscreen PC and an optical bonded transflective 17.3” model for crisp clear picture even under direct sunlight. The tour continues showing the factory highlights: optically bonded resistive touchscreen panels, faytech´s new capacitive 15” touchscreen PC with Intel´s E3800 series and an explanation of their new A20 based embedded mainboard for industrial customers. We also see the equipment that faytech invested in over the last year like a temperature room, a vibration and gluing machine and a dust free clean room improving faytech´s in-house capability of touchscreen and high brightness panel handling.
The tour ends with a ball drop test showing that optical bonded touch panels don’t just have a better viewing angle, reflection and color characteristics but are also far more resistant against damages. You can read more about faytech at http://www.faytech.com
Sony 4K World Cup TVs and cameras, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet, Sony Smart Glass, Sony E Ink SmartBand Talk, Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear, 4K Camcorder with Sony Xperia Z3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Sony Playstation 4 demos, Sony Action Camera, Sony RX100 and more.
Samsung Gear VR 360-degree panoramic video with Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, 4K TVs, curved, straight, Samsung washing machines and more.
Atmel's Automotive Group showcases their cutting edge automotive infotainment user interface demo using Atmel QTouch and Atmel MaxTouch metal mesh curved display technologies, with up to a hundred million lines of code, at least 30 MCU-controlled devices, and some with as many as 100, the vehicle is the ideal application to bring smart, connected devices in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). Automotive technology is quickly becoming an integral part of the digital lifestyle as consumers want to bring their mobile devices seamlessly into their vehicles. The next-generation AvantCar 2.0 showcases connectivity to the vehicle through an advanced HMI console connected to a concept car highlighting car access, car networking, MCUs, audio-over-Ethernet, MHL support and security technologies. The 2.5D (two-and-a-half dimensional) car showcases several of Atmel's automotive technologies in a car access simulation for the Passive EntryGo, LIN communication in a car network and Car Area Network (CAN) communications—all systems that use Atmel MCUs, LIN transceivers and SBCs. Additionally, AvantCar 2.0 demonstrates audio streaming over Ethernet-AVB.
IHS DisplaySearch are Analysts reporting on the TV industry. Here's a 13-minute video talking about the status of 4K (where more than 25% of TVs to be shipped in 2015 will be 4K, where the bulk of TVs at 50" and above will be 4K by 2018). Everybody is doing 4K. Here's a 13-minute video filmed at CES 2015, talking about explosive growth forecast for Quantum Dot LCD getting extremely pure and saturated light for amazing colors. The cheapest 4K TVs were sub-$500 on Black Friday, even top tier manufacturers such as Samsung and LG are also going below $1000 for 4K TVs at decent sizes, seeing entry level, medium level and step-up from many manufacturers. Good 4K is not just the pixels, it's color, fast refresh rates, contrast, requires a good engine, display, amount of memory, reliability, heat management.
The MHL Consortium has outdone itself with their latest technology mega specification, now perhaps setting the spec at a very future proof level (shall we say at least until 2020?), supporting up to 8K at 120fps, with up to 40W for power charge, delivering higher resolution, faster frame rates, support for the upcoming USB Type-C (dual side reversible) connector for up to 8K 60fps output from a phone (wow wow!). For the first time, MHL also introduces a new superMHL connector for 8K TVs (as in the first 8K TV from Samsung shown at CES). The SuperMHL spec is for mobile devices, set-top boxes (STBs), Blu-ray players, Audio/video recorders, HDMI sticks and other source devices to TVs and monitors, as SuperMHL should be included in most future FHD/4K/8K TVs, PC Monitors, MHL has shipped in over 750 Million devices thus far. The new SuperMHL spec is also offering wider color gamut, deeper colors (to reduce color banding), high dynamic range (HDR) supported through signaling and through higher bandwidth.
Dr Al Green, CEO of Kent Displays explains his company’s products and technology at CES. Their booth showcases a number of products including the popular Boogie Boards. Dr Green talks about the next generation of products using cholesteric LCD to ship this year, contrast is improved, the devices are designed for the consumer markets, new models at different sizes and features. The Boogie Board products can write and erase and they can also be made with digitizer technologies to capture the pen strokes to the built-in memory and bean using Bluetooth to any phone/tablet, which can be on the other side of the device. Kent Displays has shipped millions of units each year with volumes increasing rapidly. The display technology is cholesteric LCD, it is made in a roll to roll form and on plastic, its thin, light and sunlight readable. They also preview a new toy called Boogie Board Play and Trace which shows an almost transparent LCD which can be laid over a sheet of paper with pre-printed alphabets or drawings for kids to use as a learning tool. Kent is now shipping their products in retail stores via Costco, Walmart, Amazon and are in 30 countries and their technology is growing fast. Interested hardware makers can inquire about integrating CH-LCD to new innovative devices by contacting Kent Displays at http://kentdisplays.com/