Especially useful during the transition to Windows 8 on Laptops and Desktops, Yifang has developed a digital pen to turn your regular screen into a touch screen. The pen sends signals to a receiver, which simulates touch screen interactions. The units have been mass produced since October 2012. The product sells in Japan, Europe and the United States. The price is $80 and works for screens smaller than 26″.
CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology) shows their latest 4K2K LCD screens, which they are right now manufacturing in their Shenzhen-based 8.5th generation LCD factory. They currently make about 10 million screens per year. Their LCD panels are used by Chinese brands Skyworth, TCL and Hisense among others.
AUO debuts their 5-inch FHD OLED smartphone display with a 443ppi pixel density, as well as they are showing off a full range of smartphone displays from 5″ to 5.7″ adopting AHVA technology with LTPS production process, or Hyper LCD technology, with resolutions of 1080p, 720p, providing super narrow bezel with 1mm-width from display area to touch panel border. AUO is also some of their latest transparent and mirror displays for digital signage applications, for smart vending machines and other. For better touch screens, AUO is introducing One Glass Solution Touch, integrating the cover lens and sensor glass into the ultra slim and light module. The direct bonding manufacturing process simplifies the production procedure of the integration of the touch structure, panel and backlight to provide slimmer and lighter, high optical and anti-glare performance LCD modules.
You can now buy this Skyworth 50E780U 4K HDTV in China for under $1500. It’s for sale right now. $1453 (8999rmb) is just the official suggested retail price, it seems to be sold for as cheap as $1323 (8198rmb) online at taobao (which I think is kind of China’s Amazon).
This 4K display is made by Taiwanese Chimei Innolux, it’s sold by the Skyworth brand, the number 1 TV brand in China (in front of Samsung in China). The only sad thing about this 4K display is that you are only getting a 50″ size, not 55″ nor 65″, I have been talking about my wish of seeing sub-$2000 4K 55″ during 2012/2013, now we’ve got sub-$1500 4K, but for now it’s 50″. I’m seriously considering buying one of these for myself, if I can somehow have it safely shipped to myself in Europe with UPS or some other shipping method, do you think that would be a good idea or will I regret not having at least a 55″ screen size for my 4K home screen resolution? Maybe if I wait another 2-3 months, sub-$2000 55″ 4K screens are going to be broadly available? I am very excited about the possibilities of 4K displays, simply because the demonstrations of 4K at trade shows that I have seen over the past few years have always been the highlights of the shows for me. 4K is way, way more interesting than 3D. I also expect to be able to buy sub-$2000 4K camcorders later this year, maybe Panasonic is working on a GH4 with 4K high bitrate video recording resolution. And I am convinced that YouTube, BitTorrent and other online sources for above 16mbit/s compressed 4K video streaming or downloading can provide for awesome 4K video content online in the months and years to come. So I am not worried about 4K content. I am sure Hollywood already has digitized most of their movies in 4K resolution and it wouldn’t be hard for them to release them all in 4K as soon as the home movies industry decides how to release them, I’d say they should just turn on 4K video-on-demand right now. $20/month for unlimited 4K movie streaming/downloading/progressive-downloading, I’d pay for that Hollywood! To save on bandwidth costs, Hollywood should just use BitTorrent for their 4K VOD movie distribution. All 8 megapixel pictures can already provide for great 4K slideshows today. I would consider placing my 4K display on an adjustable arm that easily allows the display to be used for office use, home cinema use and when raised a bit higher it can be a constant amazing 8 megapixel slideshow display in the living room. I wonder though what will be with the 30fps limitation of HDMI 1.4a that is the 4K interface used by these new 4K displays, I wonder if a firmware update can transform those to a possible HDMI 1.5 with at least 60fps or maybe 120fps support and maybe also higher bitrate if needed. I’m also worried about the built-in ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core M-star processor system not being user-replaceable once faster processors get available, because the solution to the limitation of HDMI 1.4a would be to directly stream all the contents from Ethernet or USB, but if the built-in processor needs update for the user interfaces, the 4K Google TV UI that I am expecting and perhaps especially the video decode performance being upgraded in the future. There, I’d prefer if the ARM SoC platform was easily user replaceable in all new 4K TVs, that I think would make the 4K panels more future proof regardless what happens with the eventual limitations of HDMI. What do you think is the future-proof 4K solution to the current 30fps@4K limitation of current HDMI 1.4a?
You get the full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience on the 24″ Viewsonic VSD241 1080p display running on a Tegra3 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the 22″ Viewsonic VSD220 1080p display running on the OMAP4430 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9. The price of integrating the ARM SoC with Android is perhaps not much more than selling the touch screen display by itself, and with the HDMI input and USB you can connect any Windows 8 Laptop or Desktop to this screen to thus use the same large touch screen to also use Windows 8.
Neonode demonstrates some of their upcoming touch technologies implemented in the car steering wheel for head-up display user interfacing, for touch screens underwater and for expanding the touch user interface to each side of a smartphone. Neonode is used in millions of touch-screen e-readers such as the 2011 Kindle Touch, the 2013 One Laptop Per Child XO-4 Laptop/Tablet hybrid.
Silicon Image showcases the WiHD standard for Wireless HD, full 4Gbitps bandwidth over the 60Ghz unlicensed spectrum. The WiHD consortium consists of Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung, LG, TP Vision and Silicon image and it is an older more established alternative to Intel/Microsoft’s WiGig system which also functions on the same 60Ghz spectrum. Silicon Image here showcases their UltraGig 6400 sub-500mW WiHD processor which they have here installed in some modified Samsung Galaxy S3 and Kindle Fire HD to showcase how such devices can have built-in WiHD support to wirelessly stream the full HD 60fps full bitrate HD signal to a HDTV wirelessly.
Pansonic is showing off their 4K Camcorder prototype, displaying real-time 4K 30fps video to their 20.4″ prototype 4K IPS alpha LCD display, they are also showing playback of recorded 4K video to their 47″ 4K prototype IPS alpha LCD display.
You can stack up to 24 55″ thin bezel touch screen displays, featuring Multi Taction’s 24 infrared camera touch screen technology, each display starts at $26 thousand, used by museums, corporations, restaurants, bars, retail and more.