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Tag Archives: Displays

Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Looks Useful, At Least For Some

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Despite the name, the Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator isn’t some kind of Halloween prop. It’s a tiny HDMI dongle that mimics a display and fools a computer into thinking it’s connected to one. This is for people who often remotely connect to display-less machines, and who would benefit from being able to do so at full resolution. You see, many PCs automatically lower the output resolution if they don’t detect a display, some even going as far as disabling the graphics card altogether. But if you’re running software that would benefit from having the GPU chugging along, like cryptocurrency mining software, then the Headless Ghost is especially useful. As a matter of fact, if you have a farm of machines built specifically for that purpose, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t be needing a display for each PC, but that an inexpensive £10 (~$16 USD) dongle will do. It can mimic resolutions ranging from 800×600 to 4096×2160.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

The YotaPhone Has Two Screens And That’s A Good Thing

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Of course, the screens are not identical, that would be stupid. Instead, the YotaPhone allegedly will have a regular 5-inch, 1080p, AMOLED screen on the one side, and a low power 4.7 inch e-ink display on the other. The idea is that you can use the e-ink side for things that don’t really require a bright colourful display, like reading emails or texts. This will help with battery life, while flipping the phone to the other side will let you use it normally, with a proper refresh rate and colours and all. On the inside you have a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor running Android and while we don’t have other prospective specs, the essential feature here really is the dual screen. The company is planning to release an open SDK so that other developers may build applications like e-book readers, and if all goes well the device should sell for around $675.

VIA [ Engadget ]

This Business Jet Ditches Windows In Favor Of A Panoramic Display

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We’re not super crazy about the tiny windows on planes anyway, so we won’t shed a tear at the idea that the upcoming Spike S-512 supersonic business jet is planning to ditch them altogether. But don’t imagine its well-heeled flyers will stare at a blank wall. Instead, the plan is to have large panoramic displays mirror the outside view, through cameras placed all around the plane’s exterior. Not only will the view be more spectacular, it can be replaced with anything else at the touch of a button. Want to catch some Z’s under a calm starry night? No problem.

Not only is it a novel and impressive idea, the company also informs us that shedding the windows will also save weight. That should help it along in getting to its cruising speed of Mach 1.6. That’s 1,218 mph for those of you keeping count, and if you thought a supersonic business jet with panoramic displays instead of windows would cost a pretty penny, you wouldn’t be wrong: the expected price tag will be somewhere around $60 million and $80 million, when it supposedly comes out in 2018.

[ Manufacturer Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]

CST-01 Watch Is World’s Thinnest

E-ink displays are great for a number of reasons, one of which is that their technology can be harvested and used in other products, like the watch above: the CST-01. Measuring a ridiculous 0.80mm thin, the timepiece is about the thickness of a slap bracelet. Built around a stainless steel frame, it weighs next to nothing: 12g, or less than the weight of five pennies. But its physical attributes are only half the story. Since it uses e-ink to display the time, it barely uses any power at all. As a matter of fact

the micro energy cell (MEC) that powers the watch is incredible in its own right. It can be recharged 10,000 times and lasts over 15 years. The watch can charge in 10 minutes and we expect [it] to be able to function for a month between charges.

Charges in 10 minutes? Lasts a month? Is super thin? Weighs nothing? Sign us up! Well… we should probably say, we’re tempted to plunk down the $129 for a Kickstarter pre-order. The campaign is more than fully funded at the moment, with $613k raised on a $200k goal. Which means that if all else goes well, delivery will happen in September of 2013.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Cool Material ]

Sony’s New WhiteMagic Display Technology Adds A Fourth White Pixel To LCD Displays

Sony WhiteMagic Display Technology (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not sure if referring to your company’s new display technology as ‘magic’ is the best approach. It makes me envision Sony’s R&D department as a bunch of wizards in the basement of a castle, flailing their wands about, trying to conjure up new gear and technologies. But that’s exactly what the company has done with their new ‘WhiteMagic’ LCD display technology which in essence adds a white pixel to the standard red, blue and green mix. Resulting in a new RGBW TFT LCD display.

In the past, adding another neutral pixel to this mix would result in image quality being degraded. But the real innovation here is a new signal processing algorithm, developed by the company, which analyzes the image data and makes suitable adjustments to remedy the problem. What you’re left with is a 3-inch VGA res display which reduces the power consumption of the backlight by 50%, while keeping it as visibly bright as a standard RGB LCD. It also facilitates a display that’s twice as bright as today’s LCDs, while using the same amount of power, making them easier to see outdoors in bright sunlight.

[ PR - Sony has commercialized "WhiteMagic" a 3-inch VGA LCD module incorporating the newly-developed ‘RGBW method’ for digital cameras ] VIA [ Fareastgizmos ]

Smoke Machine Pixel Display Art Piece Is Slowly Writing Out ‘The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha’

Smoke Machine Pixel Display Art Piece (Image courtesy Mitchell F. Chan)
By Andrew Liszewski

And today’s award for ‘Display Technology That Will Most Certainly Never Catch On’ goes to Mitchell F. Chan’s The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha art piece which uses rings of water vapor as pixels to spell out Miguel de Cervantes Savaedra’s book of the same name. The rings are generated by an array of ultrasonic transducers in a bucket of water controlled by an Arduino. The sounds they produce are out of the range of human hearing, but produce tiny airborne water droplets which are then propelled upwards using another set of speakers producing subsonic sounds instead.

The video below shows the whole thing in action, but be warned, it’s not terribly exciting. Since it can only produce a single letter at a time, Mitchell says it will take approximately an entire year to spell out the entire book.

[ Mitchell F. Chan - The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha ] VIA [ Make ]

Coca-Cola Decides To Go The Subtle Route To Celebrate Their 125th Anniversary, Turns Their HQ Into A Giant Display

Coca-Cola's 125th Anniversary (Images courtesy Obscura Digital)
By Andrew Liszewski

Coca-Cola took a page from the ‘Go Big Or Go Home’ book to celebrate their 125th anniversary. They hired a company called Obscura Digital to turn all 4 sides of their Atlanta HQ building into a giant 26 story tall projection screen. All in all that amounts to over 200,000 square feet of projection surface. The setup also appears to use multiple projectors on the ground for each side, seamlessly lined up to create one giant animation.

The 2 hour show, which incorporates “transitioning narrative and cinematic pieces” as well as social media elements like photos uploaded to Coca-Cola’s Facebook page, runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in May from 9 to 11pm. And according to the project’s page on the Obscura Digital website, the CO2 footprint of the event “is offset through Georgia’s Valley Wood Carbon Sequestration Project.”

[ Obscura Digital - Coca-Cola 125th Anniversary Large Scale Projection Display ] VIA [ PSFK ]

Microsoft Germany’s 234-Inch Touchscreen Display. It’s Pretty Big… I Guess

Microsoft Cinema (Image courtesy Stereolize)
By Andrew Liszewski

Tradeshows are always a sea of deafening music, product demos and flashy videos. So if you want your booth to stand out and draw in the crowds, you really have to do something unique. So at the CeBIT 2011 show in Hanover, Microsoft Germany called upon a company called Stereolize to cook up what they dubbed ‘Microsoft Cinema’ which was essentially a monstrous, 234-inch touchscreen display.

It towered over the presenters, so we’re just going to have to assume and trust that the touch functionality goes all the way to the top of the display, but at least we know the bottom half supports gestures like flicking and panning. And presumably instead of pinching to zoom, you’d have to give the whole thing a gigantic, open-armed hug.

[ Stereolize - CeBIT 2011 – The largest Interactive Touch Screen – 234" ] VIA [ I Started Something ]

Toshiba’s USB Powered Mobile Monitor Gives You More Screen Real Estate On The Go

Toshiba Mobile Monitor (Image courtesy Toshiba)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not the first USB-powered, portable external display designed to complement a laptop, but Toshiba’s new Mobile Monitor is now officially the one to beat, at least when it comes to size and price.

At 14-inches with a widescreen resolution of 1366×768 it’s actually useful for more than just monitoring a Twitter feed or docking a couple of Photoshop palettes. Of course in terms of color fidelity and contrast you’re probably not going to want to rely on it for color critical work if you are using it for Photoshop, but for a bit of extra screen real estate while stuck on a laptop for on-set work like a photoshoot, it looks pretty slick.

In terms of brightness the Mobile Monitor maxes out at 220 nits, but that requires the use of an optional AC adapter. So if you just stick with a single USB cable for power and connectivity for convenience’ sake, you’ll have to settle for a slightly dimmer display, but I’m sure it won’t be an issue for most users. All in all it weighs in at just under 3lbs, includes a handy carrying case that turns into a stand, and is available now for just $199.99.

[ Toshiba Mobile Monitor ]