Category: CES

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Blue Ember XLR Studio Condenser Microphone for recording and live streaming

Posted by Charbax – April 29, 2019

The Blue Ember microphone delivers a strong, clean signal with ample headroom, a custom hand-tuned condenser capsule capturing maximum detail, while the tight cardioid pickup pattern helps reduce room and background noise. Ember’s compact, side-address design fits anywhere and keeps a low profile on camera. Bring Blue’s legendary studio sound to creative space.

Cheaper Pico 4K Projectors are coming, powered by TI DLP470TP

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2019

Texas Instruments presents their latest DLP470TP projector chipset that enables cheaper and more compact 4K Projectors, using LED and Laser light sources, this enables 4K Pico Projectors, 4K Portable Projectors like the Optoma UHL55 which I filmed here more affordable Ultra Short Throw 4K projectors are possible too like the ones from Jmgo which I filmed here Most Cinema projectors use DLP, and Texas Instruments here have even further reduced the size, power consumption and price of their 4K Projector solution, their DLP660TE enables projectors up to 5000 lumens, DLP470TE for projectors needing over 1500 lumens while the new DLP470TP goes in projectors that use below 1500 lumens, thus making portable pico 4K Projectors now possible. In this video, TI also shows some of the newest on-table smart interactive projectors such as the Puppy Cube and the Bosch projector PAI, then also TI shows the new concept of the Smart Speaker Short Throw Pico Projector such as the Humax Vision, a new segment to be integrated with Alexa or Google Assistant and projecting onto a nearby wall all the smart speaker information displayed. In this video TI also shows the personal assistant looking like a holographic 3D image floating in space.

Nanosys Quantum Dots HDR color vs OLED, Speed demo vs KSF phosphor

Posted by Charbax – February 23, 2019

Nanosys shows Vizio P Quantum, with 2,400 nits of peak luminance and full DCI-P3 coverage compared with LG's latest OLED display for using with UltraHD 4K HDR content. Nanosys uses AJA Video Systems’ HDR Analyzer tool that uses color science from Color Front to analyze the luminance and color chromaticity of every pixel in a piece of content real time. Looking at BT.2020 HDR10 content graded at 4,000 nits they are able to observe how the two different TV technologies respond.

Quantum Dots deliver the widest color gamut and highest peak luminance for a lifelike HDR content experience, they are also the fastest wide gamut technology. Nanosys shows a wide color gamut speed shootout comparing the response time of Quantum Dots to KSF phosphor, a competing wide color gamut technology. Quantum dots can be switched on and off in a matter of nanoseconds while KSF phosphor takes milliseconds to respond. While milliseconds sounds pretty fast, it isn’t fast enough for Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) displays when it comes to high frame rate content. Quantum Dots respond in perfect synch with the signal for clear motion and near-perfect black levels. In KSF displays, the red component needs time to warm up and cool down over several milliseconds. In the soccer ball example below this slow response time causes a cyan leading edge and a red trailing edge as the ball moves across LED zones on the display.

$1099 Canon Vixia HF G50, 4K camcorder

Posted by Charbax – February 21, 2019

Canon Vixia HF G50 4K Camcorder ($1099 at Amazon.com) features a DIGIC DV 6 image processor, an 8-blade circular aperture, 5-axis image stabilization, a 20x optical zoom in 4K, records up to UHD 4K30 onto Dual SD Card Slots, Contrast based autofocus only (not Dual Pixel AF), Slow- & Fast-Motion, 29.3 to 627mm 20x Optical Zoom in 4K, 3" Touchscreen LCD, Tiltable EVF. There are five assignable buttons around the camera, as well as a joystick, a lens ring, and a custom dial for full control of setting.

$1599 Optoma UHL55 4K LED Portable Projector

Posted by Charbax – February 21, 2019

Optoma UHL55 ($1599 at Amazon.com) is world's first portable "pico class" 4K DLP Projector (on TI's new 0.47" DLP470TP chip) with 1500lumen brightness from a 30,000 hour RGBB LED light source, four HDR10 picture modes, the most compact 4K projector, yet it includes a powerful speaker for portable all-in-one use. Optoma UHL55 runs Android with a built-in 4K HDR media player with USB media playback, supports Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands, Stereo audio through two 8-watt speakers with Dolby Digital decoding and Bluetooth audio input and output, Protective sliding lens cover, Auto focus and auto keystone for easy place and play without needing to calibrate it before each use.

Optoma 4K Ultra Short Throw Laser projector

Posted by Charbax – February 21, 2019

Optoma unveils their 4K UST Laser 3000 ANSI Lumen, 2M:1 contrast ratio projector. With a 0.25:1 ultra short throw ratio, it support HDR, HLG, Android OS, Alexa, Google Voice, it projects at up to 120" also features Nuforce audio sound bar integrated. Nuforce was acquired by Optoma to provide this type of high quality sound bar style audio to their short throw projectors like this one.

USB-IF Standards Group promotes Lapdock and iPad USB Type-C Power Delivery and Display

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 21, 2019

USB-IF Standards Group shows USB Type C enabling the HP Lapdock to use a phone to power productivity on a Lapdock display. And they also show the Latest iPad that uses USB Type C that takes advantage of charging via Type C and Display output.

Kopin Golden-i Smart Glass at CES 2019

Posted by Charbax – February 9, 2019

Golden-i is preparing to revolutionize the world of adjustable/customizable life enhancing smart glasses, at its 8th Generation (I have filmed Golden-i prototype developments since 2011 here and here), the Golden-i team has reached this yet smallest Smart Glass implementation that works with USB Type-C Displayport phones (for now on slightly modified firmwares) to output the full potential of the Smart Phone right into the hands free Smart Glass computing user interface.

INVECAS shows World’s First HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 Chip & IP Solutions for TV, AVR, Soundbar and STB

Posted by Charbax – January 29, 2019

INVECAS Showcases its Chip & IP Solutions for HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 at the 2019 International CES in Las Vegas, Demonstrating the 8K 60Hz Home Theater Experience in Conjunction with Samsung QLED 8K. The three new ICs from INVECAS each support 8K Ultra High Definition video at 60Hz, as well as 4K UHD video at 120Hz, each as outlined in the latest HDMI 2.1 specification. The INV4789 Port Processor IC is ideal for TV designs, the INV4788 Transmitter IC is targeted for set top box and media player applications, and the INV4781 Switching IC is configured for AVR and soundbar designs. The ICs are now sampling to customers. Key Features include:

- 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz as outlined in the HDMI 2.1 specification
- Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
- Support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) modes
- Support for static & dynamic HDR allowing for extended dynamic range and wide color gamut support
- HDCP 2.3 premium content protection

Advanced Dynamic HDR by Technicolor in HDMI 2.1 at CES 2019

Posted by Charbax – January 29, 2019

SL-HDR1 is a HDR standard that was jointly developed by STMicroelectronics, Philips International B.V., and Technicolor R&D France. It was standardised as ETSI TS 103 433 in August 2016. SL-HDR1 provides direct backwards compatibility by using static (SMPTE ST 2086) and dynamic metadata (using SMPTE ST 2094-20 Philips and 2094-30 Technicolor formats) to reconstruct a HDR signal from a SDR video stream that can be delivered using SDR distribution networks and services already in place. SL-HDR1 allows for HDR rendering on HDR devices and SDR rendering on SDR devices using a single layer video stream. The HDR reconstruction metadata can be added either to HEVC or AVC using a supplemental enhancement information (SEI) message.