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Hot on the heels of competitor LG and the announcement of their 84-inch 4K-capable TV, Sony have just unveiled their own 4K beast. Sony's offering has been dubbed the Bravia KD-84x9005.
Quite the strange model number, and it should be a long time before we see disc- or streaming-based 4K services. This means doshing out the kind of money on this TV is going to be mainly bragging rights, or if your PC can handle pushing out the 3,840x2,160 resolution, in playable frame rates. We should expect Sony's Bravia KD-84x9005 in Q4 2012.
I'm more than happy for LG or Sony to send me out one of these TVs, and I'll test out as much high-res stuff as they want. Can you imagine three of these in Eyefinity or Surround Vision? I'm pretty sure I just heard my GPU smash out of the side window of my 800D and run for the hills, rightfully so.
Ahead of the IFA, LG are out of the gate showing off two new IPS-based monitors. The first of which is the EA93, which is a 29-inch, 21:9 radio, ultrawidescreen monitor, with a resolution of 2560x1080. It features a thin bezel that is designed to immerse the viewer in the content.
LG's EA93 is capable of 4-way split screen and has a multitude of connections with dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, as well as HDMI with MHL support. LG also unveiled the 27-inch EA83, which features a 2560x1440 WQHD resolution which features 99% Adobe RGB accuracy.
At the moment, LG haven't unveiled the pricing of these two screens, but we should hopefully hear more at IFA next week. You can expect the monitors to begin shipping this November in Korea, and shortly afterwards across the pond.
Head to your nearest mall and you're sure to see some sort of video wall that is made up of smaller screens showing a portion of the overall picture. Samsung has shown off a 21.6-inch square display, which features a 1:1 aspect ratio and more importantly a 5.5mm bezel so that they can be stacked and installed next to each other to make up a bigger surface.
It's also reportedly much more efficient than slamming a TV onto your wall as they automatically adjust brightness and can save up to 30 percent in power. Along with this innovation, Samsung is unveiling the NL22B, which is a transparent screen in the shape of a case. This builds on the see-through tech presented at CES.
The idea here is that the case can show facts and figures while the merchandise is still visible behind. It would likely be used at that high class jeweler you like to shop so much. Imagine the screen enticing you to buy that $6,000 watch with its cool interactivity and other features.
Both will be shown at IFA, but don't expect them to be for sale, not just yet, anyway.
LG have just unveiled their latest beast of a TV, measuring in at 84 inches, and sporting the wonderful 4K resolution, four times higher than the current standard Full HD resolution of 1920x1080. Sharp still have a 90-inch model, but it doesn't match LG's 4K res.
LG's 4K TV sports an insane eight million pixels per frame, which definitely lets LG use the term "ultra-definition". LG's CEO, Havis Kwon, has said "it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space". LG's competitors, Toshiba and Panasonic, have both got 4K-capable displays out, but they're only available in 20- and 55-inch models.
This 84-inch screen from LG blows those sizes out of the water, and thanks to its 4K resolution, it's plenty future proof. How much does LG's 84-inch 4K-capable cost? Not so bad, at $22,010. Hopefully my wife reads this and orders me one for Christmas.
Those digital picture frames were all the rage a few years ago. Instead of having just one picture displayed 24 hours a day, you could insert a memory card and it would automatically cycle through the pictures. D2M has taken that idea just a bit further with a new product they are pitching on Kickstarter called Instacube.
It's an Android-powered picture frame that shows Instagram pictures at their full 600x600 native resolution. It's operated by a touchscreen and three buttons along the top. Measuring in at 7.5-inches, with a 6.5-inch screen, it will fit most places. Better yet, the cube is themed as the Instagram app icon.
While you will usually have it hooked up to an A/C adapter and located on a shelf, the company is packing in a battery so that it can be taken on the move with you. Only problem is that it needs your help to get into production. As it sits, we only have a proposed spec list and some renders of what it would look like.
You can support it, and find out more, at the Kickstarter page.
Dell have just replaced their UltraSharp U2711 monitor with some seriously slick looking screens, with specs to match their looks. Dell's latest display is the UltraSharp U2713HM and is Dell's first monitor to sport the AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance IPS) panel, which is meant to feature improved color and clarity over other IPS-based technologies.
Dell's UltraSharp U2713HM sports a resolution of 2560x1440, with the company claiming that the U2713HM offers a color gamut of more than 99% sRGB, maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, grey-to-grey response time of 8ms, a 178/178-degree wide viewing angle, as well as an anti-glare coating.
The U2713HM has a plethora of connectivity, featuring four USB 3.0 ports, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI and VGA. All of the connections are on the back of the display, keeping those nasty cables out of sight. Dell also mentions that their U2713HM is environmentally friendly, with the U2713HM's chassis made out of 25% post-consumer recycled plastics, as well as providing a 37% reduction in energy consumption when compared to its predecessor, the U2711.
Oculus Rift VR headsets arrives on Kickstarter, over $1 million in funding, backed by Epic Games, Valve and more
I don't get excited for technology that often anymore, but it looks like I'm going to have to put that aside for now because Oculus' latest project Rift, currently on Kickstarer, will supposedly deliver "truly immersive virtual reality". Oculus Rift, according to the guys and girls behind it "is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever."
Rift sports a wide field of view, high resolution display and ultra-low latency head tracking. The team is raising money on Kickstarter where they can build development kits for the unit, meaning that they can get the Rift into developer's hands, quicker. The team note that VR has been stagnant for quite a while, and in order to provide believable immersion, you'd be looking at $20,000 or more. Oculus want to change that up with Rift, which is designed to "maximise immersion, comfort and pure, uninhibited fun", all while sitting at a price that is affordable to everyone.
Oculus have raised just over $1.2 million from 5,113 backers, and have 26 days to go. I'll be making a pledge in the next few days, this project is looking to be great for the gaming community.
I haven't heard of Nixeus until today, but they're a company who make media players and HDMI cables, and have now stretched out into the high-resolution world of monitors. Nixeus' Vue is the latest 27-inch screen to sport the resolution of 2560x1440.
Vue is based on LG's S-IPS panel, with the aforementioned 2560x1440 resolution, 320cd/m2 brightness, and 1,500:1 contrast ratio. Filling out the specs, we find 6ms grey-to-grey, and a 178-degree viewing angle.
In the form of ports, you can expect VGA, HDMI 1.4, DVI-D and DisplayPort 1.2. 2560x1400 is provided by all connectors but VGA. Nixeus' Vue also supports portrait orientation, for you know, three of these bad boys side-by-side. Nixeus' Vue is due out on August 21, and will sell for just $430.
In these days of high refresh rates, 120Hz is about the best you can get without some trickery in profiles and "overclocking" your monitor in a sense. ASUS have stepped in with a brand new monitor, the ASUS VG2788HE.
ASUS' VG2788HE is a 27-inch monitor, which has broken through the limit of 120Hz most monitor seems maxed at these days. It hits 144Hz, providing an extra 24 frames per second (or images per second) compared to 120Hz. Personally, I don't think you'd see that much of a difference from 120Hz to 144Hz like the jump from 60 to 120 provides, but for 3D it could be a difference that is quite noticeable.
The VG2788HE is compatible with NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 technology, but it comes separately to the monitor. The monitor sports HDMI, dual-link DVI and D-SUB connectors, 2x3W stereo speakers are included as well as a mini-jack output that lets you connect headphones. One of the best things I love about this monitor is that it is capable of not just swivel and tilt, but has height adjustment.
We heard about Samsung's flexible AMOLED technology a couple of months ago now, called "Youm". But it seems that new reports from Korean website DDaily are suggesting the production of these panels could be any day now.
Samsung were rumored late last year to have these flexible AMOLED displays in mass production by Q2 2012. The first production run of these displays won't be too flexible, as the displays will be fixed to a rigid sheet of "protective" glass, at first. DDaily's sources claim that Samsung has an internal goal of mass-producing fully flexible screens by 2014.
Producing some of them now would give Samsung a head start on the competition, as they can get the screen tech working now, and get to work on the devices shrinking down (power sources, chips, PCBs, etc). This means we could see flexible smart devices sometime after 2014. We should see new forms of fashionable technology such as watches, headware, and others. The future is flexible.