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Right now, Ultra HD monitors are out of most consumers' reach as they are priced too high. 4K-capable displays range from nearly $1000 to close to $5000, depending on what you are after.
NPD DisplaySearch is now reporting that the industry will ship around 2 million Ultra HD monitors by the end of the year, with display makers paving the way for "affordable" 4K monitors at around 28 inches by the middle of the year. Normally cheap means crap quality, but Samsung and LG are both diving into the "affordable" 4K race, which should have users excited.
So if you're in the market for a monitor with a massive 3840x2160 resolution, you might want to wait a few more months as there should be more monitors to choose from.
NEC has been making projectors for a number of years. The company makes a wide range of units that have features suited to specific uses. One of the best projectors for people looking for a big image that don't have a huge room is a short-throw unit. These projectors are able to throw big images from closer to the wall or screen than normal projectors.
NEC has added two new units to its M Series of short throw projectors. The projectors include the M332XS and the M352WS. These projectors differ in a few key areas. The M332XS has 3300 lumens of brightness while the M325WS offers 3500 lumens. The two projectors also differ in resolution with the 332XS offering XGA resolution and the 352WS offering WXGA resolution.
Both of the projectors use DLP tech and have a special ECO Mode to save power and extend the lamp life. The M332XS has a 0.6:1 throw ratio while the M352WS has a 0.48:1 ratio. The projectors also have a variable audio output to allow external speaker volume be controlled by the projector remote.
For well over a year now, AMD has been touting it's DockPort technology previously known as "Lightening Bolt" technology, and today we got a much closer look at big red's low-cost alternative to Intel's Thunderbolt technology. AMD has posted a video on YouTube that gives us a closer look into what exactly DockPort really is.
DockPort got official recognition as an official DisplayPort standard at CES 2014 by VESA,one of the standards governing bodies. AMD's DockPort appears to be an amazing Tunderbolt-like connector that will allow multiple connectors, devices, and monitors to all be synced off of the same single DockPort docking station. The ability to simply purchase an HDMI, USB 3.0, or any other connector module, and connect it inline with every other port is something I have been waiting for for a long time, and will definitely change the way we connect our devices.
"AMD's versatile DockPort connection opens up a world of possibilities, like a portable hub where you can charge, transform, accessorize and otherwise connect your device in an all-in-one solution, reducing cable clutter and bringing data and display connectivity to your notebook or tablet via a single, DockPort supported DisplayPort link," AMD said in a statement.
LG Electronics grabbed headlines when it announced its 55-inch curved OLED HDTV in 2013, which originally sported a $14,999 retail price tag. Early into 2014, LG decided to issue yet another price cut so the TV can be found for $6,999 at major North American electronics e-tailers.
Prior to the 2013 Christmas holiday shopping season, LG cut the TV's retail price from $14,999 down to $8,999 to draw interested buyers with deep pockets. It's no surprise to see the price drop even lower in early 2014, but seeing it slide down to $6,999 in such a short amount of time may be all that is needed to entice some consumers to pull the trigger.
LG's price cut will also make it more competitive with Samsung's rival OLED HDTV that started with a price tag of $8,999.
Digital stores saw great success in 2013, and the digital storefront also reached bigger high-definition screens with increased resolutions. Stores are able to broadcast dynamic digital content, including mall maps, in-store coupons and promotions, and customer potentials.
This so-called "hybrid shopping concept" is popping up in higher-end retailers and shopping malls, and is becoming more affordable, but a recent blog posted on Forrester revealed a few additional details. Digital storefronts were not disruptive, guests were able to interact with the digital storefront but didn't seem interested to engage product brands.
The Westfield San Francisco Centre shopping mall, located in downtown San Francisco on Market Street, teamed up with eBay to unveil a large digital storefront (image in story). Visitors tend to be interested in anything tech-related in San Francisco, so it's possible digital storefronts can be successful in select markets.
Just a few hours away from the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, TV viewers will have the ability to watch the game in standard definition, high-definition, and ultra-HD (4K). FOX Sports will use six Sony 4K cameras to broadcast the game in UHD, utilizing five F55 and one F65 cameras, which will be used for the FOX "Super Zoom" technology.
The cameras will be position down each sideline and in both end zones, along with one located above the field, providing overall field video.
"It's all about the clarity of the replay and giving viewers the best possible look at a play, and that's what we can do with these cameras," said Jerry Steinberg, FOX Sports SVP of Technical Operations, in a statement. "Since we're starting with such a high-resolution image, we can zoom in multiple times on a shot and still get a completely clear picture with zero pixel degradation. You see everything in extreme detail, in fact with an extra amount of detail you wouldn't see in a traditional replay."
Traditional HD became popular among TV viewers largely because of the NFL and other professional sports events - and UHD should also likely follow the same path to success.
Just four days away from Super Bowl XLVIII, to be contested on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, leads to retailers providing good deals on high-definition TVs. Wal-Mart, Target, and other brick and mortar retailers have in-store ads, while online e-tailers also have a variety of different sales available.
The Vizio 60" E-Series is available from Best Buy and Target for $800, for example, while Sears has a 50" ST60 plasma 3D for $1,000. Other similar deals are available through popular B&M retailers and online, so consumers should be able to find the deals they are looking for prior to Sunday.
Samsung has confirmed it is working on a new AMOLED QHD (2560x1440) smartphone panel, according to Korean media, was announced during the Semiconductor and Display Technology Roadmap Seminar.
Better yet, we don't even have this new QHD panel in devices yet, but the South Korean giant also revealed it is working on a new AMOLED UHD panel - yes, Ultra HD, or 3840x2160. 4K displays, on smartphones. If a 4K display was baked into a 5-inch display, we would be greeted with a Retina busting 820 pixels per inch (PPI).
We should be expecting Samsung to unveil its Galaxy S5 soon, which should feature the new AMOLED QHD panel.
It looks like AMD is preparing an impressive "native" 16-core processor, with all sixteen cores sitting on the same die. This technology will reportedly surface sometime after 2015.
All of this will begin in AMD's server processor range, with its multi-core Opteron processors for high-end servers using multi-chip-module (MCM) technology. These chips use two six- or eight-core dies onto the same piece of substrate to create a 12- or 16-core solution. This tech will roll down to the consumer side of things, where we should expect a new 16-core processor from the chipmaker sometime in 2015-2016.
As this year continues, AMD will release an Opteron processor codenamed "Warsaw". Warsaw will feature 12 or 16 cores on AMD's Piledriver architecture, and should arrive toward late 2015. The company should also be capable of making a 32-core, multi-chip-module for high-end servers by slapping together two 16-core dies onto a single substrate. 32 cores aren't far away!
CBS plans to use six Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras to broadcast Super Bowl XLVII, able to capture video up to 500 frames per second, providing a very clear, HD picture.
During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, many high-definition TV manufacturers showed off UHD providing a whopping 3840x2160 resolution to TV viewers.
"We're using an unprecedented array of technology," said Ken Aagard, CBS Executive VP of operations, in a statement. "This year, we'll be using an innovative native 4K camera replay system we're calling 'Heyeper Zoom,' and given the right moment, we're hoping we can show something that will be really special."
Professional sports were credited with helping usher in the HD craze years ago - and the Super Bowl and other events could help push 4K - or 8K technology - into the forefront. UHD technology remains extremely expensive, and only a small number of consumers will watch the Super Bowl next month in 4K, but look out for sudden TV purchases in the January-February time frame in the years to come.
Broadcasters plan to show the 2014 World Cup in 4K UHD as well, setting the bar for future HD broadcasts.