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Researchers Develop Rubber-Like OLED Display

Organic EL Display (Images courtesy The Mainichi Daily News)
By Andrew Liszewski

A group of researchers at the University of Tokyo, led by professor Takao Someya, have developed an organic electroluminescent display that can be stretched and folded like rubber. The new ‘displays’ were created by spraying a layer of carbon nanotubes with a fluoro-rubber compound that results in a conductive material that also happens to be stretchy. At the moment the 10cmx10cm prototype has a resolution of just 256 monochrome pixels, allowing it to display basic imagery, and it’s good for about a thousand folds before the display starts to degrade.

This new material actually makes me wonder if the ‘soft screens’ that Arthur C. Clarke mentions in some of his later works are not that far off, and I’m sure the NBA has to be excited at the prospect of being able to run advertisements on the actual basketballs during a game.

[ The Mainichi Daily News - Researchers develop EL display that can stretch like rubber ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

IOGEAR Wireless USB To VGA Adapter (Also, My 3,000th Post!)

IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Kit (Image courtesy IOGEAR)
By Andrew Liszewski

Up until recently my computer has been in close proximity to my TV, but now that they’ve parted ways, I’ve lost the ability to easily connect them up without having a VGA cable running between rooms. But that’s exactly the problem the Wireless USB to VGA adapter from IOGEAR solves. The USB adapter pictured on the right connects to your PC or laptop, while the VGA adapter on the left connects to your external display, getting rid of those unsightly cables in-between.

Now the range is limited to about 30 feet but you can push a half-decent resolution of either 1600×1200 (UXGA) or 1680×1050 (WSXGA+). The IOGEAR site also claims you can stream videos up to 720P in resolution, though the range is then limited to about 15 feet, and you’ll need a system with at least a 2GHz CPU. But even with those limitations it seems like a nice alternative to trying to hide cables under a rug, and you can order one directly from the IOGEAR website for $229.95.

And on a side note, even though I find it hard to believe, this is officially my 3,000th post here on OhGizmo! Thanks to everyone who checks out the site every day, I hope I’ve educated or entertained at least some of you. And thanks to David for hiring me all those years ago, and to my fellow writers here at OG! and to all the gadget bloggers who help make this job as entertaining as it is.

[ IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Kit ] VIA [ Jonzee ]

NEC’s MultiSync X461UN For All Your Video Wall Needs

NEC MultiSync X461UN (Image courtesy SlashGear)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking for the ultimate home theater display and don’t mind having to deal with a few seams here and there, you might want to take a look at NEC’s new MultiSync X461UN displays. They’re specifically designed for use in large video walls, where a single LCD display is both impractical, and astronomically expensive. Each 46 inch unit features an ultra-narrow bezel which results in a screen-to-screen distance of just 7.3mm. And since you can combine up to 100 displays (10×10) in a single grid, that gives you a total screen area of about 645 square feet.

Each screen features a native resolution of 1366×768 (WXGA), a maximum brightness of 700 cd/m2 and a “typical” contrast ratio of 3000:1. And since nothing looks worse than a video wall with a different color tint on each display, there’s also an optional SpectraView II color calibration solution available which ensures “color uniformity and fidelity across individual and multiple screens, creating a perfectly matched image in tiled environments.” The MultiSync X461UN should be available sometime in April and has an estimated price tag of $6,000.

[ NEC MultiSync X461UN ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Screen Time Manager Will Force Your Family To Kill You In Your Sleep

600346_p-custom By Evan Ackerman

Here’s a quick and easy way to get everyone in your household to hate you… The Screen Time Manager allows you to ration the amount of time that people are allowed to use display devices, including televisions and computer monitors. Each person gets their own pin, which they have to input into the device whenever they want to watch something. The Screen Time Manager then allows the TV or whatever to be turned on for the amount of time that you’ve specified, whether it’s hours per day or hours per week. If you really want to be a jerk, you can designate blocks of time where nobody can use the TV at all. Nobody but you, that is. Like, you know, when new episodes of Good Eats are on or something.

Although there are no details, it looks like the Screen Time Manager works by simply holding the wall end of the power cord of the display device hostage. This, of course, can be circumvented by unplugging the cord at the other end if possible, or (and this seems much more likely) through violent physical destruction of the Screen Time Manager itself. It’s $90 from Brookstone.

[ Screen Time Manager ] VIA [ RFJ ]

D-Link SideStage USB Monitor

By Evan Ackerman

Unlike most external displays, the D-Link SideStage USB monitor is able to both connect to your computer via USB, and power itself via USB… Just one cable does it all. The SideStage has a 7″ LCD with a resolution of 800 x 480 and can be formatted either horizontally or vertically. It weighs about a pound and a third, and is only three quarters of an inch thick, making it something that you could rationalize carrying around (without the base, of course) to add some extra desktop real estate to your netbook.

The SideStage comes with software that allows it to operate painlessly with most other monitors, and you can designate it as the default display for specific applications. D-Link hasn’t released a price yet (rumor puts it at around $100), but it should be showing up by the end of this year.


[CES 2009] Intel 3D Touchscreen Is Skinny, Smooth, Nearly Invisible


By Evan Ackerman

This transparent touchscreen at the Intel booth was being used to demonstrate how powerful their new Core i7 processors are. The screen was performing all kinds of fancy interactive visual tricks with a framerate readout in one corner that managed to hit 1500 fps (!) on occasion while never dropping below 400 fps.

The screen itself is nothing more than a capacitive touch panel (single touch, boo) sandwiched between two sheets of glass, which allows it to create a sort of glasses-free 3D effect. At first glance I got all excited thinking that this WAS the entire display, but it’s actually just a screen of sorts with a projector behind it. Oh well.

There’s no way this transparent touchscreen is going into production, which is a shame… It’s gorgeous, and would work brilliantly paired with one of those ultra short throw projectors.

[ Intel Core i7 ]

[CES 2009] LG Booth Highlights


By Evan Ackerman



LG Objet 15″ AMOLED TV, 720p resolution, 0.85 millimeter thick (!) and super bright. It’ll be showing up in the US, but there’s no price or timeframe yet.


LG Prada cellphone controlled by matching watch via Bluetooth. 600 Euros for the phone, another 300 for the watch.


LG digital TV chip, watch DTV on your phone in realtime. Works in mobile devices without a significant cost increase, 4+ hour battery life in cellphones. Will be available in LG phones in September, after the US transitions to digital TV from analog.

Microsoft SecondLight Makes Surface More Magical

By Evan Ackerman

This is a demo of Microsoft’s SecondLight table, which takes their totally awesome Surface technology and adds a see-through dimension that looks like black magic. Or semi-transparent magic, I guess. SecondLight is just like Surface, except it uses a display that switches back and forth between transparent and opaque so quickly that you can’t tell it’s not a completely opaque surface. This switching is synced up with a projection system that projects an alternate image through the display surface whenever it’s in transparent mode. In effect, SecondLight is able to project one image straight through another. When you put a diffuse surface (like tracing paper or plastic) on top of the primary surface, the second image that’s being projected straight through appears on it.

There are other advantages to a surface that’s effectively transparent half the time. For example, a camera can be synced to the transparent periods, giving it the ability to look straight through a seemingly active, opaque display. The camera can see the faces of people sitting around the table, and even tell if they’re looking at the table or not. Or, transparent objects can be placed on the table, and alternate images can be projected through them. Designers suggest that “game pieces, such as chess pieces, designed in this way [could allow] animated graphics to be rendered onto their faces and bodies.” Wow.

Any chance we’ll see this built into Oahu? Um, let’s just go with yes, and keep our fingers crossed.

[ PC Magazine ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

“Oahu” Could Be Consumer Version Of Microsoft Surface

By Evan Ackerman

Oh Microsoft Surface, why do you have to be so sexy, and yet so unattainable? If you’ve ever played with a Surface table (at an AT&T retail store, maybe) you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you’ve never seen one, just watch the demo and you’ll get the idea. No matter how sexy it is, though, the price tag of $10k+ is a bit of a turn-off.

A recent Microsoft market research survey asked participants what they’d think about the following device, called “Oahu:”

Oahu is a flat screen that sits horizontally like a table top. You can interact with Oahu by touching the screen, instead of using a mouse, and more than one person can interact with Oahu at the same time. You and others can move objects on the screen with your hands and touch icons to open up programs, games, or music. People using the device can also use their fingertips to expand and shrink objects on the screen. The screen recognizes people’s hand movements and touches and reacts accordingly. You can bring up an on-screen keyboard to input information.

More info, including a price that’s borderline affordable, after the jump.Continue Reading