During this week's Microsoft TechForum, Craig Mundie, a senior advisor for Microsoft, said that the company is looking to take the Kinect to new heights including TV's and laptops. "My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this", as he pointed to a Surface tablet.
The company was showing off a bulky, but very large display that featured a Kinect built into its bezel at its recently opened "Envisioning Center" along with many more Kinect integrated screens. The Kinect's being shown off were much smaller than the current model, but no one would comment on if they are version 2.0 or not.
Before you can expect to see a Kinect in your ultra-thin smart TV, or even in your laptop or desktop monitor, things will have to get much smaller and some new technology will have to be created. The Kinect sensor does not work in daylight. "It turns out it's infrared so when you go out in the sunlight the sun is a big infrared source that drowns it out," Mundie explains. "There's a whole bunch of problems, not just miniaturization, in designing the sensors so they actually do what you expect them to do in all of the environments."
Something we will be getting more into this year is 4K Ultra HD technology, this is the next-gen of PC and it's some seriously hot stuff. The Windows blog got their hands on a 55-inch 4K-capable Ultra HD TV and ran some DirectX 11 games on it.
They tried Max Payne 3 with an AMD Radeon HD 7970 and saw some great details from the game. The one thing to remember here is the insane amount of pixels being pushed from the 4K Ultra HD TV set. At 1280x720, you're barely scraping 1-megapixel of information at 0.91 megapixels. The standard now, 1920x1080, pushes 2.07 megapixels - but 4K? An insane 8.2 megapixels... a huge, huge jump. That jump requires some serious GPU horsepower.
The TV being used was set to just 30Hz, so the maximum frames per second will be 30. The 4K display wasn't the only one being used, with the GPU driving 3 other displays, too. There's a video on the site which you should check out, too.
Ask the Experts: I want to buy a new monitor, but would I need a new GPU if I bought a 120Hz monitor?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Drugsh wanting to know if he should buy a 120Hz-capable monitor of no.
Q: I am looking for good 27-inch monitor for gaming and movies... since I'm using Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 XT GPU, I am very confused between 60Hz or 120Hz monitors... but my real question is, can the HD 7870 XT provide 120 frames per second?
I can't afford a better GPU, so it really worth a 120H monitor upgrade? Which monitor should I go for in both segments?
A: You can view the answer to Drugsh's question right here.
LG's 55-inch OLED HDTV is set to ship next week, with the South Korean electronics giant seeing 100 local pre-orders of their OLED screen. Shipments will begin filtering out to consumers next week for around $10,000.
Considering the company sold 300 of their 84-inch Ultra HDTVs in Korea last month, these 100 pre-orders aren't stellar. LG also mentioned that they plan ton sell as many as 15% more HDTVs this year than they did last year, where they're going to continue to push their Smart and 3D features.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Bryan in the US wanting to know about the benefits of using a 120Hz-capable monitor.
Q: Hello. :D
First this my Gaming PC:
- Intel core i5 3570K
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Z77
- Corsair H80
- 7870 or GTX 660 (coming soon on 2 weeks)
- Samsung MV3V-4G3D/US DDR3 2x4GB 1600MHz
- Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
- Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
I have a question about is necessary use 120Hz (1920x1080) monitors for more smooth movements and better peformance for gaming over 60 FPS without activate V-Sync.
And so if using their monitors improve on Full-HD movies. (all formats)
I seen on many forums but don't sure about buy a 120Hz monitor or 60Hz monitor and 60GB SSD.
PD: Not interested in using 3D, just a Full-HD monitor with more frequency than 60Hz.
A: You can view the answer to Bryan's question right here.
VESA have officially updated their DisplayPort Dual-Mode 1.1 standard which paves the way for better performance, higher resolutions and increased interoperability when using HDMI and DVI ports through a cable or an adapter.
When using Dual-Mode, DisplayPort will be capable of outputting an additional HDMI/DVI-compatible signal alongside its expected DisplayPort link. What this will allow is connectivity for HDMI and DVI-capable devices without the need for cables or converters featuring active electronics. Current DisplayPort Dual-Mode converters/adapters are limited by an output maximum of 1080p @ 60Hz with 24-bit color.
This update to DisplayPort Dual-Mode would allow HDMI 1.4 to be quite versatile, handling deep-color, 3D 1080p @ 60Hz and 4K UHD (2160p) @ 30Hz, all through a single cable. These improvements are thanks to a near doubling in the Transitional-Minimized Differential Signal (TMDS) rate, which has been ramped up from 165MHz to 300MHz.
Acer were teasing some deliciously high-res displays at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas, where the company showed off a 15.6-inch display featuring a 2880x1620 resolution.
Apple's Retina models of the MacBook Pro family sport 2880x1800 pixels, so Acer are getting very close. Acer's panel has a 16:9 ratio compared to Apple's 16:10 panel. There's no concrete information on whether the display uses an IPS panel or relies on another panel technology, but AnandTech have said that the display looked great in person, with great viewing angles and better colors than TN-backed screens.
RumorTT: Apple's Thunderbolt monitor supply running short at third-party retailers, signals possible refresh coming
If past history is anything to use to predict the future, then it is pretty likely that Apple is getting ready to refresh its line of Thunderbolt monitors. Traditionally, before Apple launches a refreshed line of products, supply dries up at third-party retailers and then the Apple store.
Amazon, MacMall, and J&R are all out of stock, according to AppleInsider. Furthermore, the Thunderbolt displays have typically used the same, or similar, technology as the iMac line of computers. The iMacs recently underwent a redesign, and the rumor says that the Thunderbolt monitors will likely receive a similar update.
"Think of the Thunderbolt display as an iMac minus the computing hardware," Djuric, from iFixit, explained.
However, they may not use the same technology, since the iMacs are still heavily constrained, mainly due to a difficult to construct screen. One estimate places it at only 100,000 displays produced between LG and Apple per month.
CES 2013 - Sharp have used the Consumer Electronics Show this year to push their new Igzo 4K monitor, where Gizmodo have had some eyes-on experience with it and have loved it.
They've reported that the viewing angle is "absurdly good", the clarity is "nuts" and the resolution "makes even very small type readable". This kind of technology really requires a user to look at it to get a sense of scale and quality, and is really hard to translate into words.
Igzo tech is something worth mentioning here, as it is great for getting a display thin and very power efficient. This is the technology that allows Sharp to not just have the ability to show them off at tech shows, but to reach mass production so that you and I can buy one.
CES 2013 - We knew Westinghouse were going to show off their 110-inch 4K-capable TV at CES, at the time the pricing wasn't unveiled, but now we have some details on that pricing.
Westinghouse will be selling their 110-inch 4K TV for $300,000 - yes, $300k. It sports close to 180-degree viewing angles, and beautiful colors, reports Engadget. The unit on show was an engineering test model, so the back of it was naked and showing all of its wrinkles and dangly bits - well, cables and circuit boards, but whatever.
For $300,000 you do get a huge TV, custom installed through special order which will be by the end of Q1 2013.
CES 2013 - If there's trends that happen at each CES, over the years we've seen it begin from 1080p, to 3D and now 4K. TVs are always huge business at CES, and this year is no different with Sharp showing off some split-screen web browsing abilities on their Smart TVs.
Sharp says that all of their upcoming TVs will sport dual-core processors, perfect for this split-screen web browsing ability and that the browser itself will be arriving on all of Sharp's 6-, 7-, and 8-Series sets. Sharp haven't talked about their Ultra HD 4K TVs having this split-screen-capable browser, but it would be strange to not see it.
CES 2013 - Something quite astounding shown off at CES 2013 was from AMD where they had a dark room called the AMD SurRound House. The SurRound House was filled with TVs and looks like it's quite incredible to experience.
Bill Herz, Chief Multimedia Technologist at AMD, lead people into a room that was filled with 10 "windows", or 1080p-capable TVs. These TVs when added up are pushing a resolution of 10,800x1920 - I'll let you sit there for a minute thinking of that resolution - which is 20 megapixels of imaging. The resolution is pumped at 30 frames per second, which is 600 megapixels per second.
It's not all just about video, either, as audio is an equal part of the SurRound House experience. There were four speakers per TV, providing 32 channels of audio showcasing discrete digital multi-point audio. The audio is to lead the visual experience, telling your brain where to expect to look based on the audio.
CES 2013 - I know I've said it a few times in the last few hours - but wow, are we seeing a push with 4K. Now we have 3M showing off their 84-inch multi-touch table that sports an Ultra HD 4K-capable panel.
Last year we saw the 46-inch 1080p-capable model, but this year we're seeing a near double in size and huge jump in resolution. The new 84-inch screen sports the ability to handle simultaneous inputs - up to 40 at once. This is double the amount of concurrent touch inputs that the old model was capable off. The Verge reports that 3M expects to increase this number to 100 though before it hits the production stage later in the year.
3M have also switched from the ITO-based sensors to a new "wire-based" solution which the company says has allowed them to reach a huge size all without "degrading touch performance". Usually large screens have bad input lag, which we're slowly seeing companies fix.
CES 2013 - Check out the following picture. It was taken by a camera about a half-inch from the screen. As you can see, text on 1080p at 55"+ is somewhat blurry.
Now, check out the following. Different TV, same picture and roughly same screen size. Only difference? 4K resolution.
That's pretty impressive, right? You can clearly see the difference between the two and how 1080p, when stretched to a large screen size, becomes blurry. But why should you care? Why should you buy a 4K TV? The simple answer: you shouldn't. Now, you're probably saying "Why not?!?!" and the answer is simple.
There really is no 4K content available, no 4K player, or other way to get it to your TV, other than streaming very limited selections from the internet. The problem with that is it will take about a day to buffer and you better hope you don't have a data cap. The only reason to use a 4K TV is if you're gaming on a PC or otherwise pushing pixels with your PC.
All of the content right now is just upscaled 1080p. This will likely be when 1080p first came out and there was about one movie made for the first several years. And think about this: what will the new 4K cameras cost and who will be buying them for a limited audience of 4K viewers?
CES 2013 - Sony really are loving their 4K gear at CES, as we talked about earlier, but they also had a huge announcement for this years' CES. That announcement is 4K and OLED in one, gorgeous TV.
Sony's new 56-inch 4K-capable OLED TV sports a native 3840x2160 OLED panel, with a prototype on display in the CES halls. Sony are showing off their own "oxide semiconductor TFTs" and "Super Top Emission" technologies, but aren't talking much else about what cranks along inside the set.
There's no mentions of contrast ratios, refresh ratio, thickness, power draw or any of the other things that number whores like myself love. We shouldn't be too surprised by this announcement - but the 4K and OLED world are moving along quicker a lot quicker than I thought it would twelve months ago.
CES 2013 - Gorilla Glass first launched in 2007 and has since found its way into over a billion products - yes, it has grown incredibly quickly in just a handful of years. Gorilla Glass 2 launched which sported the same amount of protection, while using 20% less material.
Gorilla Glass 3 sports a new Native Scratch Resistance tech, which dents and deforms rather than cracking and splintering like other screens do - I'm looking at you, iPhone. Damage is said to be 40% less visible and features a 40% increase in its structural stability. This will give users with GG3 a safe haven from things in your pocket scratching your GG3-based screen, or help it not smash from a drop.
CES 2013 - Ultra HD 4K TVs are all the rage this year, and will continue to be so until 1080p becomes the VHS of yesteryear - the quicker, the better in my opinion. I'm a resolution whore, and Toshiba have come out teasing their new L9300 series of Ultra HD 4K TVs.
The L9300 series is lead by the 84-inch model, but the series also includes a 58-inch model, as well as a 65-inch set. Toshiba's range of Ultra HD 4K TVs sport their own CEVO 4K Quad + Dual Core Processor, which converts standard 1080p content up to the 4K resolution, all without any artifacts.
The included dual-core processor is capable of grabbing 1080p content, upscaling it to near-4K, all without losing too much of the image quality, if any at all. Toshiba's new L9300 range of TVs also use the company's new Cloud TV platform which gives users access to features like Skype calls, personal messaging, family event calendar and streaming news.
Well, I can safely say this is something that I didn't see coming - but kinda wished would happen. According to a very vague post over on the company's Samsung Tomorrow blog, the South Korean electronics giant are teasing the world with what seems to be a translucent portrait TV.
Samsung also teases "a true innovation of TV design is coming up with a unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design". Nothing more than this is shown to us, but this is enough to get tongues wagging, that's for sure.
Samsung usually teases prototype designs at CES, where they've previously unveiled a 55-inch OLED and 70-inch 4K Ultra HD display. Could Samsung release a portrait TV? Could it have wireless display options for Galaxy smart devices which would throw the image from your smart device up to a huge TV? Could this be the future of multi-monitor gaming in portrait? That's how I roll, and I love it. Give me some super low latency, 120Hz TVs and I'll yell "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY".
Ask the Experts: I just upgraded from my Dell 27-inch monitor to an LG 42-inch TV and experience lag - why is that?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Jeff in the US experiencing lag on his recent upgrade from a Dell 27-inch monitor to an LG 42-inch HDTV.
Q:I recently upgraded My Dell 27 Inch monitor for an LG 42 inch 1080p TV. This did not make my wife very happy but then again she doesn't Borderland 2. It seems to work fine with all the extra stuff turned off but there is some game lag.
A: You can view the answer to Jeff's question right here.
It looks like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month is going to be huge for Ultra HD (4K) tech, with LG announcing that they are going to be showing off their 55-, 65- and 84-inch sets at the trade show.
These sets all sport FPR passive 3D technology built-in, and we'll also see the South Korean company unveil a 30-inch 4K monitor, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen destined for smartphones, a 7-inch 1920x1200 tablet display and finally, a new QSXGA panel which provides us with 2560x1700 pixels crammed into laptop-destined screens of just 12.9 inches.
We should also expect some new monitors, with the company set to unveil a 23.8-inch monitor which will enter its Neo-Blade Series. This screen will be a 13.3-inch laptop screen with a tiny 2mm bezel. We'll also see a 4.7-inch mobile screen with a 1mm thick bezel. LG are also expected to do some tweaks to their OLED displays where we should see an ultra light and thin design which weighs just 3.5kg and is just 4mm thick.
Google TV hasn't quite taken over the world, but it looks like more TVs are going to be released next year with partner LG stepping up to the plate announcing new sets.
The South Korean electronics giant have current Google TV-powered sets in both 47- and 55-inch models but will expand this range to offer five different sizes. The new sizes will be 42-, 50- and 60-inch options. LG haven't stopped there, either, they've also updated the design of the TVs, too, giving them a thinner bezel and new support legs.
LG's new TVs will ship with Google TV 3.0, as well as built-in OnLive support. LG will bring their new Google TV 3.0-powered TVs to CES 2013, so it'll only be a few weeks until we get some hands-on time with them.