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/
Konka shows their newest 4K TVs, glasses free TVs, they have luxury 4K 55" for $1800, they also sell a much cheaper half-priced 4K TV. 65" Curved 4K for $5000. Curved OLED. All of Konka's 4K TVs now ship with HDMI 2.0, using an Mstar processor inside they run Android Smart TV UI.
E Ink shows Yotaphone 2 now mass produced Smartphone with curved flexible E Ink always-on back display, 32" 2560x1440 color and black and white E Ink Pearl by GDS for Digital Signage for train stations, bus stops, stores, waterproof and break-proof, E Ink as Electronic Shelf Tags having sold over 30 million units thus far in the past 2 years (100% growth yr/yr) thus potentially selling over 40 million units in 2015 alone if the growth continues at the same rate! Also able to make extremely bright red electronic shelf tags, they also have 4" and 6" Shelf tag displays. Contept E Ink displays hanging on a backpack, Vikaura smart photo frame (now on Kickstarter), clocks, conferencing room system connected to Outlook or Google Calendar and the E Ink Prism moving into Architecture can be laminated on walls, on tables, such as hotel lobbies, transportation centers, public spaces to create different experiences in tile formations, architects and designers can now contact E Ink to design these uses for E Ink in Architecture.
Enplug, winner of CES's ShowStoppers Startup Competition, is the developer of the first public computing platform. Enplug's software turns any display into a public computer, enabling businesses to seamlessly engage with their audience. Businesses with displays of all sizes use Enplug to show interactive and live social media feeds, news, games, and many other apps developed by third-parties. Enplug wants to partner with display and set-top box makers to have its software pre-loaded for free and revenue-share with the hardware maker. It is looking for other display and set-top box makers to work with you can contact them here by phone: +1-855-536-7584 or email: Hello@enplug.com
Silver nanowire company Cambrios talks to IDTechEx about the ramp up of this type of transparent conductive film versus the incumbent technology Indium Tin Oxide ITO which is brittle and resistive over large areas. Cambrios is a 12 year old company that is one of the first to market with an ITO replacement. For more information see www.IDTechEx.com.
Ateko shows drawing tablet 10.1" tablet. Ateko also makes Android HDMI sticks and TV motherboards.
More than 650 million MHL products have shipped worldwide since the first MHL products were released in 2011 (as I filmed my first MHL video in 2011). The global MHL ecosystem includes adapters, automotive accessories, A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, cables, DTVs, monitors, projectors, smartphones, streaming media sticks, tablets and more. A steady stream of MHL 3.0 mobile devices that output 4K Ultra HD video have been released this year, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3, and ZTE nubia Z7, along with MHL 3.0 4K Ultra HD displays from Samsung and Sony. 4K is rapidly growing in popularity and, with these MHL 3.0 smartphones, consumers can capture brilliant photos and videos and then enjoy them in full 4K Ultra HD quality on their new big screen 4K TV. In part thanks to MHL and thanks to the newest ARM Processors from Qualcomm and others, already now there are tens of millions of consumers with 4K Camcorders and 4K video players directly within their smartphone in their pocket!
Felix Ho, CEO of Taiwanese based YFY Group, a diversified conglomerate company owning companies such as E Ink, creating electrophoretic displays, and Arizon, creating RFID inlays, describes in this video their interest in printed electronics. Ho gave a keynote presentation at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA event in Santa Clara, Ca on November 19-20 2014, the world’s largest event on printed, flexible and organic electronics with around 3000 attendees and 200 exhibitors. Before the event, Ho reported, "YFY believes printed electronics will connect and empower everyday objects in ways we never imagined. We have eagerly followed the field for almost 2 decades, and never has the space been more active and relevant than now. We are anxious to see the field's progress, and hope to draw inspiration from the participants at the industry's leading event from IDTechEx." For more information see www.IDTechEx.com