Dr. J. William Doane is a world renowned expert in the field of liquid crystal materials and devices. Together with William Manning he co-founded Kent Displays, Inc. in 1993 and the company is now famous for its Cholesteric LCD based Boogie Board writing tablets that use Dr Doane’s inventions which I have filmed here. Dr. Doane, was the director of the world-renowned Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University from 1983-1996 and led the effort during that time to establish the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM). As an active member of the international science community, he has held visiting appointments and maintained cooperative research programs in several countries. Dr. Doane was instrumental in formalizing the International Liquid Crystal Society and served as the organization’s first treasurer from 1990-1996. Dr. Doane was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1982 and retired from the Kent State University in 1996 after a 31-year teaching and administrative career. Dr. Doane received the first ever presentation of the Slottow-Owaki Prize for Display Education, by SID.
Dr Chris King, is the co-founder of Planar Systems of Oregon, that was spun off from Tektronix. Dr King invented various Thin Film Electroluminescent technologies that led to the creation of the then state of the art flat panel displays, so called EL Displays, that went into laptops, medical equipment, even battle tanks. Dr King was CTO for Planar, also ran the most profitable industrial business unit, championed the cause for various display technologies. Dr. King has been going to SID’s DisplayWeek for 40 years and is currently volunteering for its Pacific NorthWest chapter as well as other committees at SID.
Helge Seetzen, current president of The Society for Information Display (SID), is a successful multi-media technology entrepreneur with deep experience in the university tech transfer space. He currently serves as the CEO and general partner of TandemLaunch – a startup foundry that works with driven entrepreneurs to turn research from the world’s best universities into exceptional consumer technology companies. Under his leadership, TandemLaunch has created over 20 technology companies, accounting for hundreds of jobs, and has commercialized technologies from over 50 international universities one of which technologies he has commercialized is HDR.
About 1000 more people attend the SID Display Week 2018 compared with last year's event which I video-blogged all listed in my YouTube playlist for SID Display Week 2017 here, in this video, after filming of the Ribbon Cutting which opens the SID Display Week 2018 exhibition, I interview SID President Helge Seetzen about the strong growth in the Display industry, many volunteers have joined the SID, one of the largest exhibits, CEO Forum, Women in Tech forum. The inventors of LCD, OLED, Plasma, LCD blue LED, Micro LED, TFT, Active Matrix, HDR, IGZO, Flash memory and so much more, all are attending this event and I will be publishing all my videos from this event in the coming days and weeks, so please check back all my videos in my SID Display Week 2018 YouTube playlist here: YouTube Playlist for SID Display Week 2018
Huawei's Honor group launches the new Honor 10 Smartphone at $399, it comes with a Notch (which I don't understand why, except for copying Apple's mistake), it runs on the ultra fast Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor but they did not include the PC Mode in this one, that PC Mode is only available in Huawei Mate 10 and P20. The very glimmering back side of the phone is a fingerprint magnet, not sure if the effect looks as good if a transparent back case is used. They use an ultrasonic based front side finderprint reader, though I prefer when fingerprint readers are on the back.
Inneos Real4K Optical Adapters are an award winning 18G optical solution that is “designed for deployment”. You can run fiber the same way you install category cabling and then connect Real4K optical adapters wherever you need them. Unlike fixed length optical cables, Real4K optical adapters connect using standard multimode fiber, which can be pulled and terminated in the field. Standard SC connectors and inexpensive optical wall plates make this a better way to deploy 4K video.
They introduce Invisicable technology which is a single translucent fiber that looks like monofilament fishing line. It almost disappears in plain sight because it can be difficult to see against a wall at about 5-6 feet. In addition, it’s so thin that 125 feet fits on a special rubber reel that fits into the palm of your hand. Because it’s so thin, it can also be embedded in dry wall. Not pulled through, but embedded in the surface of dry wall by scoring the wall and inserting the fiber and then painting over it. Feedback at CES, was that this would be “game changing” especially where hiding the cable is important, but pulling through walls not desirable (or not possible in the case of condos/apartments). They introduce three kits with 10’, 125’ and then a complete kits with 300’ of in wall fiber, plus two 10’ Invisicable lengths and wall plates.
Teledyne is a manufacturer of test equipment for hdmi displays. The Teledyne 980 is a laboratory test device for all types of hdmi 2.1 devices. The Teledyne LeCroy quantumdata 980 HDMI Protocol Analyzer module supports deep analysis of HDMI and MHL streams as well as HDMI, MHL and HDCP compliance testing for source, sink, repeater/dongle devices.
The Teledyne LeCroy quantumdata 780E is a handheld digital video generator and analyzer that enables you to run tests on various digital video devices and network distribution devices on site or in the R&D lab. The 780E instrument provides a 7 inch color touch screen for operation and for viewing status of outgoing and incoming video and audio. The 780E is equipped with DisplayPort, HDMI and HDBaseT interfaces. Each digital interface is supported by both an output port and an input port to allow testing of digital video sources, displays, audio devices and distribution devices.
The Teledyne 280 provides testing home cinema systems with resolutions up to 4k at 60hz at 4:4:4
Petfull is a maker of smart devices that cater towards pet owners. The automatic water dispensor can be remotely controlled or be controlled with buttons; the price is $20 for 1,000 pieces. The Dog food dispensor enables dogfood to be automatically and remotely dispensed; the dog feeder is $75 for 1,000 pieces and $150 retail.
The Astro Design VG-879 is a video signal generator and can be used for testing the majority of devices with the HDMI standard, up to 8k 120hz at 4:4:4. The Astro Design VA-1844a is an HDMI protocal analyzer for 8k resolutions such as cables and displays and the unit features a touchscreen for the user interface.