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Sony has just unveiled its new line of Bravia TVs, with a mix of 4K and 1080p sets that are sure to impress. One of the stand outs from this is the new X9000C from Sony, a new 4K TV that is just 4.9mm thick.
The new X9000C is just 4.9mm thick, making it thinner than most of the smartphones on the market. This gave Sony the huge headline of "the world's thinnest 4K LCD TV" which I'm sure it's going to use to its advantage. Sony's Creative Center Toyko Senior Director, Daisuke Shiono, the X9000C series uses the "Floating Style" suspension design. The company has also stuck to its "seamless" design concept, as you can see in the image above.
Sony's new TV is powered by its own 4K image processing chip: X1. Sony's X1 processor uses elite light-control technology that can "let the audience see the chiaroscuro more significant picture, as if the reality of light and dark portions of the visual effects".
Netflix has said that the third season of House of Cards was filmed at 6K, even though it streams at a maximum of 4K to its own video streaming service.
The master copies that Netflix has of the third season were provided in 4K, but the company is having the production house store huge 6K masters as an archive. This means we might see a 6K release of House of Cards, and other content in the future. The 6K master copies are absolutely huge, weighing in at 5.5TB per episode, compared to the 4K episodes which are 2.5TB each.
With 4K TV adoption still not ramping up, it would be nice to see Netflix offer these 6K episodes in the future. Especially as we shift past 4K, and into the world of 8K and beyond.
GDC 2015 - NVIDIA has announced the latest Shield, designed for your living room. The new Shield is "incredibly thin" which has Ethernet, USB connectivity, HDMI, and more.
The new NVIDIA Shield is the world's first 4K-capable Android TV, with 4K decoding and H.265 and 10-bit video processing. The video on the NVIDIA Shield is "absolutely gorgeous" according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. The new NVIDIA Shield is capable of 4K at 60FPS, not 4K at 30Hz on most other devices. This is thanks to the incredible Tegra X1 processor inside of the Shield, something NVIDIA unveiled at CES earlier this year. We have 256 GPU cores, 3GB of RAM, and more. That's twice the power of the Xbox 360, with 1/5 the amount of power required.
NVIDIA also announced a beautiful remote to go along with the Shield, with just a few buttons on the front of it for simplicity. There's bi-directional Bluetooth, with voice control and a microphone on the top of it. A one-click, one-touch voice search button is also baked onto it. There's a Bluetooth receiver inside, so you can plug in your headphones directly into the remote, which is a very nice touch.
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.