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Category Archives: Displays

TWISTER Alternate Universe Machine

TWISTER

By Evan Ackerman

If somebody were to say to me (as people are wont to do), “Quick! Imagine a machine that transports you to an alternate universe!” I would probably picture something that looks (and sounds) almost exactly like TWISTER. TWISTERTWISTER stands for Telexistence Wide-angle Immersive STEReoscope, which means that while you’re not technically transported to an alternate universe, the machine creates one all around you. In 3D. Without any of those annoying and inconvenient accessories like glasses.

TWISTER is comprised of a four foot tall cylindrical array of 50,000 LEDs. The LEDs spin around the viewer 1.6 times per second (or at about 22 mph), creating one continuous 360 degree panorama. The cool part is that as it spins, the LED array draws a slightly different image in front of each eye, which causes you to see things in 3D. This is called binocular parallax… If you cover one eye, and then cover your other eye, you’ll notice that the world looks slightly different out of each one. This is how you perceive depth, and is what TWISTER replicates.

Needless to say, you can’t get the effect through your monitor, but here’s a video of TWISTER in action:

The cameras inside TWISTER reveal its purpose: making long distance 3D telephone calls. I would love to start speculating on other uses for one of these, but the fact is that it’s ginormous and pretty dangerous looking. I mean, what if you accidentally cause a resonance cascade or something? Talk about alternate universes…

[ TWISTER ] VIA [ Pink Tentacle ]

Eizo Releases 24.1 Inch Monitor, World Keeps On Turning

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By David Ponce

Either Eizo‘s got some magic in its monitors, or we can’t read specs anymore. See, the company has announced they’re releasing a 24.1 inch monitor called the CG241W, from their ColorEdge series. It’s supposed to be the cream of the crop, aimed squarely at professionals and their fat wallets. But here’s where we’re disconnecting: the specs don’t seem out of this world.

[The monitor] sports a widescreen 1,920 x 1,200 resolution panel and a 178-degree viewing angles. Even better, it offers 300 cd/m2 brightness, 850:1 contrast ratio, and is optimized by the company so it features the most accurate look right out of the box.

As for inputs, it’s got a slew: DVI / VGA inputs, multiple USB 2.0 ports, VESA compatibility and much more.

So, is this enough to justify the $1,718 price tag? It’s got a fancy hood around it, but surely that’s not enough to convince anyone to take a $2k bite out of their budget. There is the possibility that there are more details that we’re not aware of, seeing as the product page is in Japanese. If anyone stumbles on gold there, let us know. Meanwhile, we can tell you that the monitor comes out next month.

One more picture and links after the jump.

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Sanyo’s LP-XL50, A Projector With A (Really) Short Focus

LP-XL50

By David Ponce

If you’ve ever set foot in a classroom, you’re aware that now and then, when the teacher is making a presentation, he’ll walk right into the projector beam. This casts unsightly shadows on the screen… and this is apparently enough of a problem for Sanyo to warrant an entirely new product: the LP-XL50 projector. This device has the dubious but rather cool distinction of being able to project an 80 inch, 2,000 lumens image from a scant 8cm away. It uses an ultra-short focal lens, coupled with a new propriety optical engine. Additionally, there’s a a pair of VGA inputs, component, S-Video, and composite connectors, and a built-in two-watt speaker.

Rumored price is ¥600,000 ($4,931), to be available sometime in December.

VIA [ Akihabara News ]

eStarling Digital Photo Frame Accepts Email, Hooks Up With Flickr

estarling photo frame

By David Ponce

Digital picture frames are a dime a dozen. Well, not really, they can get expensive, but the point is they’re usually all the same. The eStarling 2.0 Wi-Fi Photo Frame however adds a couple interesting elements: WiFi connectivity, its own email address and Flickr. So this means that in theory, once you’ve set the frame up, you can email pictures to it, and they’ll instantly display. It only accepts incoming email from addresses you specify, thus reducing your chances of displaying some random Goatse at a polite dinner party. You can even hook it up to a Flickr photo feed, and it’ll automatically update itself with pictures of whatever fetish you’re into.

Other specs are pretty standard, like the fact that it’s got a 7 inch LCD and accepts MMC/SD/MS/CF memory cards.

Of course, these 7 inches don’t come cheap at $250. But hey, this is about as interactive as digital photo frames are going to get these days.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ SciFi Tech ]

Pioneer To Offer HD-licious 20,000:1 Flat Screen TV Line

pioneer hdtv

By David Ponce

HDTVs are really starting to kick into the mainstream, and people are paying attention. One of the most important specs to look at when shopping for a new HDTV is the contrast ratio: the deeper the blacks, the clearer and sharper all the other colors will look. So that’s why we’re excited to hear about Pioneer’s Project Kuro line of high quality flat screens that boast up to 20,000:1 contrast rations, and what they claim are “black levels that are 80% deeper than before”. This is true 20,000:1 contrast, not its puffy cousin “Dynamic contrast”.

The line will include 10 different models, with resolution ranges from 720p at 16,000:1 all the way up to 1080p at 20,000:1, and sizes ranging from 42 inches to 60 inches. No word yet on price, but the lower end models will hit market in June, while the 1080p should come out in September.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Crunchgear ]

Sony Announces Gaudy Go!Cam For The PSP

sony Go!Cam

By David Ponce

The recently announced Go!Cam is a 1.3 MP camera that hooks up to your PSP. With a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo it can record up to 2.5 hours of video, or take up to 40,000 photos. It swivels 180 degrees so you can take pictures/video with the PSP facing either way.

The real question however, is why on earth Sony went with the chrome: it doesn’t match the PSP’s black, and makes it look like a pimp-ish parasitic cyborg took control of your PSPs brains. Of course, what do we really know about color arrangements? Perhaps chrome is the new black. We do know that the Go!Cam will retail for €50 (~$68), and hit European regions (PAL) on May 16.

Only serious problem with this is that you need to be running Firmware 2.80 onwards, making it a choice between your beloved homebrew… and this chrometastic monstrosity.

[ Read More ] VIA [Gizmologia ]

LG LCD Feat. Cirque Du Soleil

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By David Ponce

Partnerships in technology are a little like partnerships in rap songs: they just happen, and they don’t always make sense. With that in mind, we should just take it in stride that LG is releasing a new LCD screen that is inspired and named after a Cirque Du Soleil show. It’s called “XCanvas Quidam” and the TV comes in six different sizes. LG chose the name to represent the television’s blend of technology and art. Whether or not that makes an ounce of difference to the end user is probably beside the point here.

Aside from being a little overpriced (32-inch ($1,600) and 42-inch ($3,300)), the TVs do offer auto-adjusting brightness, which can be a nice feature for those of us too lazy to fiddle with image controls.

[ Read More ] VIA [ Crunchgear ]

PanDigital’s 15 Inch Digital Picture Frame

pandigital 15 inch picture frame

By David Ponce

At which point does a digital picture frame become a small LCD screen with a fancy border? We’re thinking that 15 inches is pretty darn close to that zone, so we’re wondering about this latest offering from PanDigital. It’s an everyday digital picture frame, with a 1024×768 resolution and integrated 6-in-1 media reader (SD, XD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro/Memory Stick Duo, Compact Flash, MMC), as well 256MB of internal memory. But it’s pretty big for a picture frame, at 15 inches. Sadly, there are no connections for a PC, though these would of course be unsightly on a wall.

It’s $300, which is really quite a bit for something we could technically hack together ourselves for half the price. Sure, it might involve a few holes in the drywall, and endless hours of bickering with the other half over the apparent destruction of her living room, but you should really never pay for something you can do yourself.

[ Manufacturer’s Website ] VIA [ Crave ]

Portable LCD Screen For The Xbox 360

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By David Ponce

As inelegant as the Compact TFT Monitor EX looks, it’s probably as pretty a portable Xbox 360 system is ever going to get. Developed by Hori (makers of the Onimusha sword controller and the Final Fantasy X-2 gun controller), the monitor is simply a 12.1 inch LCD monitor that straps to your Xbox, and lets you play wherever you’re able to find two electric outlets. Yeah, that’s one outlet for the console, and one for the screen itself, but it is able to output in 720p and gets its signal from the 360 via analogue RGB.

It’s not all that expensive, at 36,750 yen — or about $302 and it probably weighs a hefty bit, but if you’re keen on playing a few games in the boarding area of a random airport, lugging all this stuff around is just about your only bet for now.

VIA [ Crunchgear ]