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As someone who has just started using the Philips Hue lighting system, I'm beginning to see the appeal of older things receiving some next-gen paint. The light bulb socket is a popular spot to play around with these days, with a new cool-looking device hitting Kickstarter, known as Beam.
Beam is a normal projector, that fits into any regular light bulb socket, where it draws power from the socket to blast out images onto a flat surface. Beam, if it can raise $200,000 by March 24, will connect wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, as long as you have the Beam app installed. Inside of Beam, will be a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and 8GB of NAND flash storage. The team behind Beam has teased that the projector-cum-light-bulb will be intelligent, where profiles can be set up. For example, you can have it turn on and open YouTube when you walk through door.
The cheapest form of Beam is $349 on Kickstarter, or $399 for the regular model. The team is hoping to begin shipping some models by September.
VESA has just announced the latest version of its Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a specification, which is the successor to version 1.4 which was introduced close to two years ago now. The new 1.4a revision is capable of an insane 8K resolution in laptops, which is 7680x4320.
The new eDP 1.4a standard features a new Display Stream Compression (DSC) standard (1.1), and enhanced segmented panel display architecture. On top of that, some other magic is sprinkled inside of the new display standard, which will allow OEMs to create Ultra HD panels for embedded applications, with support for up to 7680x4320, or 8K*4K. eDP 1.4a is capable of 8.1GB/sec per late, where the GPU-to-display interface is split in two, or even four screen segments. This provides a maximum link bandwidth of up to 32.4GB/sec, which will allow for 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz with 10-bit color.
Now, I'm sure you're why... why mobile/laptops? Well, VR. That's why. We're being teased the future of mobile and laptop displays, with a huge 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz, which is exactly where VR needs to go. Oculus VR is probably rubbing their hands with glee, so we're going to reach out to them now and see if they have anything to say about this news.
Ideum has launched a new line of smart tables that will run either Windows or Android operating systems, and users can switch between the operating systems easily. The tables are available in 42 and 46-inch models, and they support a standard 1080p resolution. The Duet smart tables support up to 60 simultaneous touch points in Windows 8, and 12 touchpoints with Android. The table itself is built with aircraft aluminum and cold rolled steel, and the screen has an anti-glare coating.
The table top is only 2.4 inches thick and has a slim bezel on top. Internally the table features two independent computers that run different operating systems, and users can switch via a hardware or software switch on the table. For Android use the table sports a 2.0Ghz Rockchip RK3288 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to power KitKat 4.4.
The table runs two different processors for Windows 8, depending upon the size of the table. A 3.2Ghz i5-4570R with onboard graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD, powers the 42 inch version. The 46-inch version is powered by a 3.5Ghz i7-4710 with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, but also employs a beefy NVIDIA GTX 760 CPU.
CES 2015 - It wasn't too long ago when 3DTVs were generating a lot of attention from consumers and hardware manufacturers - but that buzz quickly died down in favor of 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) and curved displays.
Samsung announced its SUHDs, while Sony, LG Electronics, and other companies dive into the UHD market.
Some TV manufacturers began rejecting 3DTVs at CES 2013 and CES 2014, such as Vizio and Panasonic, with wasted time and resources invested into 3D research. There is still great appeal for 3D technology among PC users - and gaming - but it doesn't look like TV manufacturers are going to waste their time.
CES 2015 - Still undecided if curved monitor technology is for you? Philips is here to tease you too - unveiling their 34" 12:9 panoramic Curved UltraWide LCD display at CES 2015.
Said to help "envelop users who seek a natural media viewing experience", this screen offers top notch color accuracy, UltraWide Quad HD 3440 x 1440 resolution, a pair of 7 W DTS stereo speakers built-in and a narrow bezel to wrap up an overall sleek design.
Supporting a 60Hz refresh rate with a 5ms SmartResponse time, Philips' new offering uses an AH-IPS LCD panel to display and has a 178 degree viewing angle. A cool and mostly-overlooked feature of this monitor is the ability to use MultiView technology, meaning you can connect two devices to the display at any given time and use them both simultaneously - giving you a feel somewhat like split screen multiplayer gaming on a console.
CES 2015 - When AMD first began talking about FreeSync, NVIDIA were already out in the wild with a couple of G-SYNC monitors. But the one big difference between AMD's FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology is that AMD's technology is free for manufacturers to use, without licensing fees. This means we should see around $100-$200 cheaper monitors based on FreeSync technology, which is great news for Radeon gamers, and gamers in general.
Above, we have a FreeSync monitor from Samsung, at 4K.
Here we have a 1080p monitor with FreeSync.
CES 2015 - Demonstrated through Dell's new UltraSharp 5K monitors, DisplayLink have been using single a standard universal USB cable to provide a stunning 5120x2880 resolution. This new advancement is said to future-proof notebook expansion and is being shown off at the DisplayLink booth over the CES 2015 period.
Thanks to their standard universal "Plug-and-Display" USB 3.0 cable technology, DisplayLink claim in their latest press release that they solve "the 5K connectivity problem and equally enables non-5K PC, notebooks, and tablets to connect to 5K displays."
To prove their point, they're using a stock Microsoft Surface Pro III connected over a standard USB 3.0 cable to a DisplayLink-based docking station, this docking station is connected to a Dell 5K UltraSharp UP2715K 27" Monitor, through the implementation of DisplayLink's latest 5K chipset.
CES 2015 - One of the things I was looking forward to seeing Samsung unveil at CES 2015 this year were 4K TVs, and I was not disappointed at all. The company unveiled its super impressive new SUHD range of 4K TVs, which look and perform delicious from what we saw.
The new SUHD TVs use 'nano-crystal semiconductor' technology, which provide the "highest color purity and light efficiency" according to Samsung.
CES 2015 - ASUS didn't make a fuss over its upcoming PG27AQ display, but it was hidden in plain sight at their CES 2015 press conference today at Caesers Palace here in Las Vegas.
The ROG Swift PG27AQ is a 27-inch 4K display with NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. Better yet, we not only have the 3840x2160 resolution at 60Hz, but this new monitor is based on an IPS panel. This means we might be seeing the best 4K gaming monitor to come from ASUS first, with gamers begging for a 4K 60Hz IPS panel for quite sometime. NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology is just the icing on an already very delicious cake.
Another shot of the new ROG Swift PG27AQ.
CES 2015 - Sceptre is celebrating its 30-year anniversary by showing off 4K ultra-high-definition HDTVs during CES 2015.
The company has new 4K UHD TVs that range from 50 to 84-inches, including SRS TruSurround HD technology, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and 3840 x 2160 resolution.
Sceptre also introduced new 4K UHD displays with touch features, with screens ranging from 50 to 65-inches. In addition, PC gamers can take the 28-inch 4K UHD monitor for a spin, as 4K monitors drop in price and availability continues to increase.