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Tag Archives: Displays

Buying A New TV? Now You Have To Decide Between LCD, Plasma Or A Crystal Ball

Holoart Crystal Display Ball (Images courtesy the Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

The next time you’re out shopping for a gigantic new flat-screen TV to impress your friends, don’t forget that sometimes big things come in little packages. Sure, a 100+ inch monster taking up 80% of your living room would be eye-catching, but what if you flipped on the big game and it magically appeared like a hologram inside a 3.9-inch crystal ball sitting on your coffee table instead? That would be impressive too right?

Well probably not, but at the least it’s oozing with novelty charm. That’s probably why the Japan Trend Shop recommends it as signage or advertising for stores, pubs or even a reception desk. It’s got a basic video-in connection so it can actually display video from a DVD player or other source, not just static images. But, the whopping $4,909 price tag is probably going to produce more spit-takes than sales.

[ Holoart Crystal Display Ball ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Moneual Lab’s Dual Screen PC Case

Moneual Lab's Dual Screen PC Case (Image courtesy Moneual Lab)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve transitioned to a high-performance laptop, or like to keep your computer tower hidden away, Moneual Lab’s newest case won’t be of much use to you. But if you still prefer to have it sitting on your desk right next to your monitor, then their DSPC, or Dual Screen PC case, which they unveiled at CES will be most useful to you.

Technical details are a bit sparse on the Moneual Lab website at the moment, but as you can see the tower-style case sports a tall and slender LCD display which can be used as a second monitor to display widgets, tickers, toolbars or other apps that don’t require loads of screen real estate. I’ve no idea what the resolution is, but according to a CES press release the DSPC case will tentatively be available in Q3 of this year for ~$1,500.

[ CES 2011 Innovations Honorees - Moneual Lab's DSPC Case ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Sony’s Rollable OLED Display

Sony's Rollable OTFT-driven OLED Display (Image courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m still a bit bummed about Canon’s recent announcement that they’re officially throwing in the towel on their SED display technology, but life goes on, and it looks like OLEDs are shaping up to be a suitable replacement, and then some. Today Sony announced they’ve developed a “super-flexible 80 μm-thick 4.1-in 121 ppi OTFT*1-driven full color OLED display” that can actually be wrapped around a cylinder with a radius of just 4mm, and even stretched, while still playing full-motion video! If you’re interested in the technical aspects of how the display was created, I’d recommend checking out Sony’s official press release, but the rest of us will probably be content to just ooh and aah at the video I’ve included below.

If you happen to be in Seattle on May 27 while attending the 2010 SID symposium you’ll apparently have a chance to see the display in person, but as for the rest of us, it’s easily going to be a few years before this technology even begins to trickle into consumer products. But, it’s clearly yet another nail in black and white e-ink’s coffin.

[ PR - Sony Develops a "Rollable" OTFT*1-driven OLED Display that can wrap around a Pencil ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Medea Wraps Their Vodka Bottles With Scrolling Pixel Displays

Medea Vodka (Image courtesy Medea Spirits)
By Andrew Liszewski

It definitely comes across as a gimmick more than anything, but Medea Spirits’ Vodka bottles now come wrapped in a blue LED scrolling pixel display that can be programmed with up to 6 messages, each up to 255 characters in length. I guess it’s a bit slicker than just hanging a gift tag on it, and while the built-in battery will last up to a year, you can only get about 40 hours of scrolling display time with it. And apparently the programming mode is extra battery hungry, so make sure you plan out exactly what you want to say ahead of time. ~$40.

[ Medea Vodka ] VIA [ Luxist ]

Butterfly Displays Offer Vivid Color, Long Battery Life

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By Evan Ackerman

This is a prototype e-reader from Qualcomm called Mirasol. Apparently, this vivid color display (which doesn’t use a backlight) consumes less power than a monochrome e-ink display:

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Flyfire Creates Giant Dynamic 3D Display With Self-Organizing Micro Helicopters

Update- Apparently Flyfire is a secret still, since it looks like MIT has pulled the video, plus the website, just an hour or so after we posted this. Weird…

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By Evan Ackerman

The problem with true three dimensional displays (displays that you can walk around) is that they require pixels to be floating in space. This has been done with lasers and plasma, but such technologies are super expensive and limited in many ways. MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory in collaboration with ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) has hit upon the idea of creating huge free form three dimensional displays out of individual “smart pixels” made up of micro helicopters carrying LEDs:

Gigantic 3D displays made up of swarms of micro helicopters that can be released into any open space… How awesome is that? More, after the jump.Continue Reading

[CES 2010] Hands-On With Light Blue Optics’ Light Touch

Light Blue Optics' Light Touch (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Remember the I-Tech Virtual Laser Keyboard? It was a little pod-like device you sat on your desk that projected a red virtual keyboard you could actually type on. Well the Light Touch is basically the same idea, but with about 5 years of technological advancement behind it. Instead of just a red keyboard you get an actual full-color, WVGA 10.1-inch virtual touch screen which is powered by the company’s Holographic Laser Projection technology. No DLP here.

Light Blue Optics' Light Touch (Image property OhGizmo!)

The touching part functioned well enough, I mean it was no iPhone, but the infrared technology it was using even allowed for parts of the GUI to be dragged around. However, even in their subtly darkened booth the projected display was kind of washed out, particularly when compared to the results seen from 3M’s and other companies’ latest crop of pico projectors. But the Light Touch is really just a proof of concept anyways since the company has no plans to produce the device themselves, but will be licensing the technology to other OEMs.

[ Light Blue Optics ]

[CES 2010] Panasonic’s 152-Inch 4096×2160 Ultra HD Plasma Display

Panasonic's 152-Inch 4096x2160 Ultra HD Plasma Display (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve got a device capable of pushing a 4K signal, might I suggest picking up one of Panasonic’s lovely 152-inch, 4092×2160 Viera plasma displays? I’ve no idea what one of these would set you back, but I’m going to file it away in my ‘you probably can’t afford it and probably never will’ drawer. Unless I can find a booth giving away 152-inch tote bags that would let me discreetly slip this out of Panasonic’s booth.

[CES 2010] Kodak’s Giant Multi-touch River Of Products

Kodak's Giant Multi-touch River (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

A lot of times at CES a company’s booth can be just as fun to play with as their products. And that was definitely the case with Kodak who had this massive interactive multi-touch display featuring a virtual river of products at their booth. Their various devices would come down a waterfall and then slowly drift their way down the river, but at any point you could grab one, drag it to the side, and pull up additional product information.

Kodak's Giant Multi-touch River (Images property OhGizmo!)

You could also simply touch the river at any point to get a cool ripple effect (isn’t that a pre-requisite for virtual water?) and at one point I must have counted 14 people interacting with the display at once, with absolutely no slow-down. It’s not always easy to make devices like printers or digital photo frames exciting, but given the crowd around this setup Kodak definitely found a way!