Current LCD/LED monitors are very power efficient, but it doesn't stop the constantly evolving IT market from trying out new tech.
The University of Cincinnati has recently announced a new "e-Display design", which includes a massive breakthrough for electronic devices called, Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD). Now, this is where you put your lab coat on... finally, you can be Gordon Freeman!
Got it on? Good, here we go, EFD is created through the collaboration between U of C, Dupont, Sun Chemical and Gamma Dynamics.
Ok, you can take it off now - it was getting a bit warm with it on.
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LCD's have come a very long way - from the original 20ms monsters they were, to now 30", 3D/120hz, Eyefinity/Surround Vision setups... Samsung are another first to the market with 1ms response time.
Samsung announce the P2770FH LCD which is rated at 1ms.
Young Bae, Samsung's director of display marketing issued a statement saying "a prime example of Samsung's leadership in display engineering, and creative professionals and computer gamers seeking the best possible viewing experience will immediately appreciate its benefits."
At the moment there are plenty of 2ms screens - but the Samsung P2770FH is the first 1ms screen to be announced - which is twice as fast as current competing models. Samsung claim that the P2770FH completely eliminates motion blur and ghosting effects.
The cost of LCDs for computer users is coming down all the time. I remember how expensive an LCD was back when most of us were still running CRT screens and today you can pick an LCD up for practically nothing. Samsung is huge in the LCD TV business and the company produces all sorts of LCDs for computer users too. The company has pulled the covers off a new series of displays for computer users called the 31 Series.
The series includes the 20-inch, BX2031, 21.5-inch BX2231, 23-inch BX2331 and 24-inch BX2431 screens. All of the screens use LED backlight tech to save power, provide nice colors, and image quality. The screens also use Samsung Magic Angle tech to make sure full contrast and color is available from all angles. The screens have many of the same features in common, save the small BX2031 that has its own specs like a 1600 x 900 resolution and only VGA/DVI-D inputs.
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It wasn't long ago when display enthusiasts got excited over OLED news, a few demos here and there and just the news of it "will be out in a few years".
Well, Toshiba has slapped that in the face - they have decided to cut OLD plans, the decision was based on a surge in demands for LCD's this year, another contributing factor was the recent financial crisis hurting the earnings for Toshiba.
Toshiba's subsidiary company, Toshiba Mobile Display Corp partnered with Panasonic had invested $190 million in 2008 to set up a production line for OLED at a factory in Ishikawa prefecture. Their plan was to produce 1.5 million OLED screens for smartphones per year - but obviously this won't be happening now.
All staff involved with the now cancelled production and R&D of OLED will be transferred to the LCD panel division - this is a great move, at least the staff aren't just being laid off. The company will now focus on OLED-related R&D for lighting equipment only.
Toshiba are set to show off a 3D TV on Monday that doesn't require 3D glasses.
3D TV's have been out for less than a year from the big manufacturers, all of them require the user/s to wear special glasses to see the 3D content. At the moment the technology involved in the glasses are presented with similar images, then rapidly change between each eye - this is how the 3D effect is shown to your eyes, but because it's going so fast - you don't notice the flicker, you just enjoy the 3D effect, albeit - with glasses on.
Toshiba's new technology throws the glasses away. Exact details of the technology won't be unveiled until Monday - but research by other companies has relied on a filter being placed on top of the TV screen - this filter sends a slightly different image to each eye.
If you watch football games on TV, you have undoubtedly seen the huge video walls that many of the stadiums in pro and college football have giant screens that help fans in the stadium get closer to the action even if they are in the nosebleed section. NASCAR and racing fans that visit Charlotte Motor Speedway will be to see the world's largest HD video wall built by Panasonic.
The screen is set to start construction on October 13 and the schedule will have the screen finished by April of 2011. The gigantic screen will sit trackside between turns two and three. The size of the enormous screen is hard to fathom. It will have a total of 16,000 square feet of space. That is the size of some grocery stores.
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Dell's spankin' hot new 30" U3011 Ultrasharp is now available for purchase in Australia.
We've posted about it shipping in the US last week, but now it's time for some down under love.
Also, feel free to donate 3 of these new Dell U3011 to each staff member of TweakTown for some Eyefinity or Surround Vision hotness. We'll love you forever.
BenQ have just announced the XL2410T - their first 120Hz, 3D-capable LCD monitor which uses an LED backlight. This means it's compatible with NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology, and for those of you (like me) who enjoy the fast refresh of 120Hz.
The screen sports a 23.6" panel at Full HD 1920x1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2ms GTG (grey-to-grey) response time, meaning that the OverDrive technology is being used to achieve a faster pixel response than all other 3D-capable monitors (interesting!)
BenQ also claims it has a 10, 000, 000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio.
Interestingly BenQ partnered with ZOWIE, a professional gaming gear manufacturer, ZOWIE's gamer team joined in during the production development and testing stages. With their assistance, the XL2410T apparently has been designed to offer the best experience for gamers. Especially with FPS titles, reducing input lag.
Video goggles and glasses have been on the market for years now and universally they all have a few things in common. They all block your vision completely for anything going on around you and they all look really silly when you wear them. Brother is more known for printers than anything else, but the company has pulled the wraps off an interesting new product called the AirScouter.
Brother apparently leveraged tech it owns in the printer business to design the AirScouter unit. The device is a projector that is connected to a plain looking pair of clear glasses. Rather than having tiny LCDs like most video glasses today, that little projector shines images directly on the retina of the eye. That sounds very strange to me.
Dell has been shipping 30-inch LCDs for years now and I have been using one of the original 30-inch units and wouldn't give it up for anything. The new LCD is an improvement on the original LCD with a lot of nice new features and a big price tag. This may be the best LCD for gamers looking to play with high resolutions.
The screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio and uses IPS technology. The resolution for the LCD is 2560 x 1600 and it has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio. The dynamic contrast ratio for the screen is 100,000:1 and the screen can display 1.07 billion colors, which is way more than my original 30-inch LCD can handle. The screen has a 7ms response time so ghosting should not be an issue.
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I think that we would be hard pressed to actually consider anything with the Christie name on it to be a value offering. Christie makes some of the best projectors anywhere, but they also tend to be some of the most expensive projectors around. You have probably seen a Christie projector in action at your local theater.
Christie has unveiled a new E-series of projectors that it considers the value line. The new series includes the DHD670-E and the DWU670-E. The projectors share the same basic features, but do differ in one key area. The common features include 1-chip DLP tech with up to 6,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. The dual mercury lamp configuration makes the projectors bright enough for large or medium size conference rooms and other locations
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BenQ and a company called Zowie have announced that they have teamed up to produce a new gaming monitor. BenQ has been making screens for computers for a long time. The LCD is thinner and more power efficient, but there are many who still miss the performance that came from the old CRT screens.
Zowie and BenQ plan to bring new LCDs to market that have the same sort of performance we got from those big CRT screens. The new screen will use the latest LED backlighting tech.
Some interesting stats down under have emerged in relation to how fast homes are adopting new technologies; in this case, digital television.
The federal government's Digital Switchover Taskforce has released figures for the second quarter of this year which show that the amount of homes switching to digital TV have surged during the June quarter due to significant growth in the Sydney and Melbourne markets.
The biggest surge in the quarter was seen in Sydney, where it jumped 10 points to 71%, whilst in melbourne it has risen 13 points to 77% of homes. This is also the same period when the first region in Australia (Mildura/Sunraysia) switched off its analog TV signal, giving pure digital transmission only. 99% of households in this area have made the switch.
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AAXA Technologies has been offering a micro projector that is a bit more than a handful for a while now. The original projector had about 66 lumens of light and the company has announced a new version of the projector called the M1 Limited Edition.
The limited edition version has the same chassis design and is the same size. The difference is that the limited edition version has 75 lumens of brightness. The resolution of the little projector is 800 x 600.
Apple is tossing out several new devices today and updating some of its machines as well. If you are fan of the Apple Cinema Display line, you now have a new size to choose from.
The Cinema Display has been offered in 30-inch size for a long time and Apple has now offered up a new 27-inch LED backlit screen. The screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to the 2560 x 1600 that the 30-inch unit musters.