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Category Archives: Displays

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 ]

Sony’s 3mm Thin OLED Displays

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By David Ponce

We’re used to seeing OLED screens in small-ish electronics. But the technology is moving forward by leaps and bounds, and displays getting ever larger. The nice thing about OLED displays is that they don’t have to be quite as thick as their LCD or plasma counterparts. As a matter of fact, Sony’s been caught showing off these gorgeous screens at the Display Expo 2007. While they were announced as far back as CES, it’s nice to see real life pictures of them. The picture you see up there is of the 3mm thin display, which has a maximum resolution of 1024×600.

The other nice thing about OLED is that you can achieve some incredible specs, like a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Yeah, we counted those zeroes, and we do mean a million-to-one. Want to see a picture of a 1,000,000:1 full-HD (1080p, or 1,920×1,080 ), 9mm thin OLED display? A few more details? Keep reading.

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Bring The Northern Lights Home

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By David Ponce

The thing about Northern Lights is that they are a powerful reminder of the beauty of nature; they’re meant to be enjoyed in weather cold enough to freeze the snot on the inside of your nose. It’s a connecting-with-nature thing, or at least that’s what one of my trekking hippie friends tells me. Whatever. For the rest of us that don’t enjoy trips to the North Pole (or thereabouts), you can recreate the Aurora Borealis in the comfort of your own room with the Genso Kukan Aurora projector. It’s been around for a few months, but it’s making the rounds now.

It probably uses an array of LEDs and other optical tricks to create the colorful changing shapes, and project them on your walls or ceiling. The machine is fairly small at 6? x 6? x 4? and should run for about twenty hours on three AA batteries.

It’s available for $61, and comes with its own funky music CD. For a video of a commercial featuring the projector, and links for purchase, keep reading.

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VisionQuest To Make A Splash In Canadian LCD Market

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By David Ponce

It’s no news that the LCD playing field is getting increasingly crowded. Yet, that doesn’t stop newcomers from trying to make inroads in what was a $14billion market in 2006, with varying levels of success. One company that recently caught my eye is VisionQuest. I happen to have visited a friend of mine that owns a Visionquest LCD, and I got curious: the thing is gorgeous! Sleek, sexy and better yet: pretty cheap. It made me want to buy one, but I decided to do some research on the company first, and this is what I found.

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Temporary Printing Machine

By Evan Ackerman

Temporary Printer

Observed today in the Kinetica Museum at the Old Spitalfields Market in London is this temporary printing machine, which uses an array of ultraviolet LEDs moving over a light sensitive surface to create monochrome images. The printed effect lasts between 30 seconds and a minute, so the image slowly fades, creating a blank canvas for the machine to print on again. The software can be customized to print just about anything, and can even be hooked up to a camera to continually print a portrait of whatever the camera sees. A limited edition of 10 interactive pieces is available at an undisclosed price from the designers, rAndom International. Enjoy my shaky video:

Incidentally, this week I’ll be blogging exclusively from London, England. If anybody local has suggestions of gizmo-y places to check out, please post in the comments. Cheers!

[ Temporary Printing Machine ] VIA [ Kinetica Museum ]

Underbed Lift Will Hide Your Plasma Under Your Bed

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By David Ponce

The Underbed Lift, from MK1 Studios has been around for a few years. But in light of recent plasma screen hiding systems, we figured we’d bring you info about yet another alternative. Now, we’re not sure why you’d want to be stashing your brand new 50 inch plasma anywhere, but if, say, the wife really doesn’t want it on her walls, then maybe she won’t object to having it stored under her bead. Yeah, so when you want to watch the game, late at night, from the comfort of your bed, you need only to press a button, and the Underbed Lift mechanically pulls the screen out from under the bed, and raises it up to optimal viewing height.

A 50? panel with Amplifiers, DVD, VCR, Subwoofer, and 7 channels of surround can be concealed beneath a King size bed and a 42? panel and all the same equipment can be concealed under a Queen size bed. Both only take 45 seconds to deploy.

You apparently only need 8 inches of clearance under your bed, and you’re good to go.

We’re not sure how much this costs, since we couldn’t find a price anywhere on the site, but maybe we’re just incompetent.

[ Product Page (With video)] VIA [ Ounae ]

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Gemotion Is A Soft, Bulging 3D Display

gemotionBy David Ponce

At the moment, this technology is being displayed as art, rather than some R & D project, yet we see some promise for consumer applications here. Gemotion is simply a projector screen. But behind the screen, Yoichiro Kawaguchi (well-known computer graphics artist and University of Tokyo professor) installed 72 air cylinders, which move up and down through the orders of a PC to which they’re connected, giving a 2D image a real 3D texture. The PC then synchronizes the projected image with the bulges.

?If used with games, TV or cinema, the screen could give images an element of power never seen before. It could lead to completely new forms of media,? says Kawaguchi.

We agree. In fact, we’d like to see the cylinders miniaturized and embedded behind flexible OLEDs. That way, you could solve at least some of the problems with the iPhone, for instance. In fact, there’s no reason such technology couldn’t be a couple of years away already (if it isn’t already here, and we’re just displaying our ignorance for all to see).

Gemotion will be on display from January 21 to February 4 as part of a media art exhibit (called Nihon no hyogen-ryoku) at National Art Center, Tokyo, which recently opened in Roppongi.

[ Asahi Article ] VIA [ Pink Tentacle ]

Micro Display Designer Glasses

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By David Edney

We’ve all seen the goggles that can project a 50 inch screen in front of your eyes, but no one would be caught dead wearing them. To get more in style with the times, Lumus-Optical has come out with a prototype pair of glasses that have twin micro displays attached to them. They get 640×480 resolution and even come with a teeny projector that goes on the arm. They accept video inputs, but no one knows how yet, because it is undisclosed. They claim they can project an image that is like watching a 60 inch screen from 10 feet away. The Light guide Optical Element technology allows the image to be reflected back on to the lenses so users can still drive while watching a movie. They will hopefully have a demo available by 2007 CES.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Neon Legos: Retro in the Metro

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By David Edney

Well, these aren’t Legos by any stretch of the word, but the principle is the same and represent a leap in sign-making innovation that should have been made eons ago. International Robotics has created individual letters, numbers, punctuation, and symbols that connect together just like Legos. They all are encased in fire resistant plastic casings that connect together to spell whatever your heart desires. After you choose your phrase, you connect it to a special power source and you have a low-voltage, recyclable, neon-sign which lasts for 10,000 hours. That’s a pretty good life for these neon letters, and a good bang-for-the-buck being that they cost less than $5 for a block and $30 for the power cord. The blocks are all connected in parallel so if one goes out the others still work. Of course, this sound fine and dandy until you decide to annoy the crap out of all your customers by alternating colors on each letter, as they are available in various sizes and come in blue, green, and pink.

[ International Robotics ] VIA [ New Launches ]