Dr. Frederic J. Kahn is an early pioneer in Liquid Crystal Displays, He developed some of the original LCD technology for Hewlett Packard calculators. Currently President of Kahn International, he recognized early on the unique physical properties of liquid crystals and their applicability to a broad range of direct-view (flat-panel) and projection displays, as well as to related printing and electronic component manufacturing systems. He has consistently and successfully followed up and built upon that vision with major contributions to the development of commercial enterprises based on information-display technologies.
At the NEC Central Research Laboratory in Kawasaki, Japan, from 1968 to 1969, he proposed and initiated NEC's liquid-crystal-display R&D, including invention of a field-effect color-change LCD. Starting in 1970, at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, he initiated Bell Labs' LCD R&D; advanced the understanding and control of LC molecular alignment on solid substrates; invented and was the first to publicly disclose (June 30, 1971) a vertically aligned nematic (VAN) LCD that reorients in a preferred direction at low voltage and which, after three decades of additional development and invention by subsequent workers, is now used in most flat-panel LCD TVs and high-performance LCD projectors; and invented and developed high-resolution LCD projection imaging devices and systems based on laser-addressed smectic-A LCDs.
While Kahn was a project manager for liquid-crystal displays at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, he led the development of multiplexed TN-LCD technology, which led to HP's first LCD calculator products, including the best-selling HP 12c business calculator, introduced in 1981 and still sold today (2010). He also developed 40-character multiplexed dot-matrix alpha-numeric LCDs for portable computers and a computer-interactive high-resolution C-sized engineering drawing display. As department manager for optical materials and polymers and later for storage physics, he also led optical-fiber, IC-lithography, and erasable-optical-memory programs.
Kahn founded Greyhawk Systems in Milpitas, California, in 1984 and served as VP Technology, with operational responsibility for LC light-valve development and manufacturing, as well as for new systems and applications development based on IR laser-addressed smectic-A and real-time photo-addressed (CRT and active-matrix) a-Si LCD projection technology. Greyhawk's products included 7.5-Mpixel 40-in. D and 37.5-Mpixel 144-in. D full-color displays (Softplot and LAD, respectively), an 8.4-Mpixel professional short-run color printer (Ilford Digital Photo Imager), and a 31.5-Mpixel printed-circuit-board exposure and development system (DuPont Seriflash).
According to Dr. S. T. Wu at the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, "Dr. Kahn has made significant scientific and technological contributions in liquid-crystal alignment, especially single-domain vertical alignment, which laid down the foundation for today's liquid-crystal–on–silicon projectors (commercialized by Sony and JVC), thermally addressed electrically erased high-resolution smectic liquid-crystal light valves, and pitch dilation of cholesteric liquid crystals, just to name a few."
Dr. Kahn has 18 issued U.S. patents and is the author or editor of over 40 technical publications. He has been a Fellow of SID since 1981. In 2011 he received the Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize, the highest honor of the Society for Information Display (SID) for his "contributions to the research, development and commercialization of liquid crystal displays."
He has been General Chairman or Program Chairman of six international display conferences sponsored by SID, SPIE, and/or IEEE. He has also served as an SID International Officer (Secretary) and is currently a member of the SID Display Industry Awards Committee and the SID Display Week Program Committee. His current work includes intellectual property and high leverage consulting activities.
Filmed at the SID Display Week tradeshow.
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Acer presents their new 4K DLP projectors at 2499€ and 2999€ (MSRP, price may vary by location). Bringing 4K projectors closer to being affordable by a larger market. Here we try to look at the 4K quality. Acer V7850 (2999€ MSRP) has 2200 lumen suitable for Home Cinema use with a RGBRGB color wheel for HDR and Rec709 and Rec2020 color accuracy while the H7850 (2499€ MSRP) is brighter at 3000 lumens using a normal RGBYCMW color wheel achieves HDR Rec2020 compatibility. Both have AccuMotion Frame interpolation for smooth sequences when there is fast movement. Both have 1 million to 1 contrast ratio. This is a nice first step by Acer to bring 4K Projectors into the mass market, I hope that by next year there might be some even more compact sub-$1000 4K DLP projectors on the market. It is awesome to be able to see the 4K quality with HDR on a huge 100-150 diagonal inch display on the wall at home.
Measy P300 is a 3D short throw portable smart projector. The projector is Android based can load content from an SD card or from an HDMI output. The price is $500. The P509 is mini projector that can output only 2d Content. The P509 can load content from USB, Microsd or can be plugged in via HDMI. The price is $120. The R9D is an Android 6.0 TV Box with a Realtek RTD1295 processor and support for 4k h.265 content. There is also a bay on the R9d for a 3.5" hard drive. Measy also has other Android tv box with different features and form factors. Measy makes other products such as a wireless HDMI transmitter.
The COI Site Tokyo University of the Arts created uses this high quality reproduction of the Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait and they program features to superimpose using an Epson LCD projector to make it look like the painting comes alive. The effect is very impressive. Perhaps for Tokyo 2020 they should exhibit a whole range of famous Art reproductions and statues and have them all come alive, also using sensors, cameras, artificial intelligence smart conversationals systems, to have all the art pieces talk themselves about who painted the originals, stories about why it was painted like that, funny interactions where the painting can talk to you and react to you walking by. The applications seem endless as when the projector projects white it just functions as lighting on the reproduction, but then when those animations subtly superimprose it can really give the effect of movement in the painting.
Aiptek Pico Projectors: i70 (smallest), AN100 (smart), i120 (HDMI input), iBeamBlock (x86 stackable)
Aiptek demonstrates how they are the world leader in TI DLP pico projectors offering a whole range of innovative portable, pocket and pico projectors including the following for their latest range of pico projectors: i70 world's smallest bright mirroring projector, AN100 an affordable compact 100lumen Android Smart projector, i120 with dual HDMI (input and output), iBeamBlock with pogopins for x86 computer module, tablet touch module, powerback and the 400lumen 720p TI DLP TRP pixel projector. P800 Boombox projector with 360 degree boombox speaker 8 Speakers (40 Watt), 5" touchscreen Smart Android projector with 4 hour battery at 800lumen 1280x800 for an all-in-one outdoor cinema device running on the Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexacore dual ARM Cortex-A15 and quad ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-T624 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash and MicroSD card slot. AN500VT is world's first mobile interactive projector with an ir camera to be used with an IR stick to be able to interact with the projector directly on the wall. Aiptek i400 projects 720p with short-throw 400lumen, wireless and USB projection using their USB based codec for easy display mirroring from Windows/Mac computer or from iOS/Android. Aiptek is looking forward when it might be possible for them to also make 1080p and soon after 4K Projectors once the TI DLP 4K solution can be made to fit into a compact size which should be by late 2018. Aiptek iBeamBlock will have a 500lumen 1080p 0.33" TI DLP module to come. Also driving the LED light from OSRAM, also looking into using up to 2000lumen laser source. Aiptek has been making and shipping the largest amount of TI DLP Pico projectors since 2008 you can watch a whole range of Aiptek videos that I have filmed since 2008 here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Charbax/search?query=Aiptek
The Avegant Glyph is a VR headset with a 720p DLP resolution display in each eye. The Avegant Glyph offers cinematic experience similar to a real movie theater. The displays use DLP technology to project an image onto your eye for the best viewing experience. The Glyph works over HDMI with supported devices. There is a built headset for sound. The price is 549€.
Sony Xperia Touch is the world's coolest Smart Android projector which turns any surface into a 23" touch display using infrared, IR camera sensors, it also works projected onto a wall. Using a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 650 Hexacore dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, 3GB RAM, 32GB Flash. It uses USB Type-C and also has a Micro HDMI connector. It's going to be released soon at about $1500. I have been waiting for a decade asking all the potential manufacturers when they would make this type of product. It's going to be even nicer when this can get integrated into a pico projector the size of a Smartphone, or even integrated into a smartphone.
EC Technology has a pico projector for $50. EC Technology has a mini pc for $75 and mini PC/pico projector combo for $100. EC Technology has a Amlogic s905 Android set top box for $100 plus a keyboard with integrated touch pad for an unspecified price. More products planned for the future. Moq for all units is 50 units or more.
Launching this summer in the USA at $12,999.99, this is Hisense's first short throw 4K Projector system, aiming to display a 100-inch 4K image from just 13-16 inches away from the screen with 2,700 lumen using DLP technology making it usable in the daytime. It is HDR-compatible and includes 5.1 audio surround.
JmGO presents their latest brighter projector the JmGO G3 Pro with up to 1200 ANSI Lumen brightness, can project at up to 300 inches size home theater. Powered by the AmLogic T866, it runs Android, features auto-focus, motorized lens door hiding the lens from dust when not in use, with its built-in hi-fi speakers it can also function as a bluetooth speaker when the projector is powered off. With a Native Resolution of 1280x800, it supports 3D, WiFi, Ethernet, the nice remote control works over 2.4Ghz RF. It has USB3, USB2, SPDIF and Mini-jack audio output and analog AV input through a mini-jack cable.