We have been hearing about flexible displays for years now. It seems that every display company sees these as the future of mobile display technology. Up until now the claims have been mostly vaporware and prototypes only found inside labs. Samsung has announced that they will be showing off a 5.5 inch flexible display at CES 2013.
The display will most likely not be featured in any device releases in the near future, but the 720p prototype will be sure to grab the attention of all who get to see it in person.
We are going to take a chance and say that the display is OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) based, but we could be wrong. We want to hear from you on this whole flexible screen idea. Do you think that we will one day be able to roll up our smart phones and place them in our pockets?
Philips have done some teasing of a customizable LED tech for your bedroom, but now they're back with some teases of other white light - OLED - which enables a whole surface to emit light instead of just a point.
Philips' Dietmar Thomas has said "So for the first time, people don't need a system to spread the light, the system is, so to say, built in". Thomas showed off a prototype for an OLED window that is see-through during the day, but at night is capable of lighting up.
Better yet, Philips say that the products you see in the video are actually made of commercially-available components. Unfortunately, the prices are still high at around $556 for a 3-panel starter kit, which are going to push most people away for now. But, Thomas is confident that within the next five-or-so years, we'll see prices drop to mass market levels, "so everyone can buy OLED systems at Ikea, for example".
Westinghouse are teasing a huge new product for 2013 that we should hear more about in just over a month's time at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Westinghouse are touting a huge 110-inch 4K LED TV, which is much bigger than the 84-inch sets we still can't afford.
Westinghouse aren't providing any more details on the set, but have said that there will be more "surprises" in store. So, if the 84-inch 4K TVs weren't impressive enough, or big enough, it looks like Westinghouse have your back with 110 inches. We should see, and report on, this TV at CES 2013 in January.
What do you think of this size? You'd need a gigantic room to house it in, but oh boy would it look amazing.
Sharp have just announced a beautiful new screen, dubbed the PN-K321. The PN-K321 is built for professionals in mind, sporting a 4K resolution (3840x2160) as well as HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.
Sharp has some bragging rights with the PN-K321 in the way that they claim it is the industry's thinnest frame, measuring in at just 35mm thick. We should expect a price of around 450,000 yen, or around $5500. The 4K-capable 32-inch monitor is to debut in February 2013, so it should be flashing itself around at CES in Las Vegas in January next year.
It's great that we're finally see desktop-bound 4K-capable screens in a decent size, just 32-inch, and not 85-inch like the huge HDTVs lately. At $5500 - it's also priced decently. 30-inch monitors were around $3000-$3500 when they debuted, so this is not that far out from those prices, for a much higher-res screen. I want one, no, three of them.
AOC's latest display, the i2367fh, is a 23-inch monitor sporting advanced high-performance In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. Best of all, it features a bezel surrounding the display that measures just 2mm thick.
The i2367fh has a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio which gives better picture quality, higher definition, and improved color accuracy. Connectivity wise, it features an integrated HDMI port, and built-in speakers, eliminating the need for any form of external audio.
AOC's i2367fh is capable of driving Full HD 1920x1080, with up to 16.7 million colors. A 5ms response time is featured, as well as Screen+ software which lets users split the screen into four different viewing panes - great for security, poker players, or stock traders. AOC's i2367fh is priced at $190 on Amazon, but is currently sold out.
It looks like Sony are really pushing their new 4K TV, the XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV - which is set to not leave first adopters twiddling their thumbs without 4K content when they drop over $20k on a new 4K TV. Ray Hartjen from Sony jumped on the company's blog to address some consumers concerns over the new 4K resolution-specific features that will ship with the new TV.
The new TV will feature three chipsets that will help give the X-Reality PRO picture engine the extra juice it requires to upscale today's programming to close to 4K quality, this includes even your collection of current Blu-rays that you already own. It does get better, much much better - in that the new Sony XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV will include the world's first 4K Ultra HDTV delivery solution.
The new TV will come pre-loaded with native 4K content, and won't be just some flyover demos of a forest, but would be full-length Hollywood productions, available only to those who purchased this specific TV. There's no exact details of what content to expect, or what 4K delivery solution will be deployed, so we'll have to wait a little while longer to find out. Sony's 84-inch Ultra HDTV sports a resolution of 3840x2160, and has been up for pre-order since September for the wallet-busting price of $25,000.
We've already seen LG, Toshiba and Sony all announce 4K TVs, but now Samsung are teasing that they are set to unveil their own 4K set at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas.
Samsung haven't offered much details on the new Ultra High-Definition TV, but we know that it will be an 85-inch set, and the South Korean device maker has branded the display as "the world's largest commercialized UHD LED TV", sporting more than eight million pixels and "life-like picture quality".
No price range or ETA has been unveiled, but if it's anything like last year's CES where Samsung debuted their 55-inch Super OLED display, it might not even reach the market at all. I doubt that, as 4K TVs should explode in popularity next year - let's just hope that next-gen consoles can pump up resolutions to 4K.
If you've been waiting for a new monitor and would like something with an ultra widescreen, well, LG's latest product just might suit your needs. The Korean company have just released their new EA93 ultra widescreen monitor.
The LG EA93 monitor sports a 29-inch IPS panel, with a cinema-inspired 21:9 aspect ratio backed up by a 2560x1080 resolution. LG have included dual 7-watt speakers all while keeping that ultra-slim bezel.
Connectivity wise, we have a DVI-D dual port, two HDMI ports, three USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort and audio in/headphone out jacks. One of the included HDMI ports is MHL compatible so that you can hook up supported mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. LG includes some software that is capable of splitting the screen into four separate quadrants, if that's something you're after.
Japan Display Inc. have some very cool new LCD technology that embraces natural light in favor of the current backlight found in LCDs. The natural light will illuminate on-screen images, but in complete darkness they can't be viewed at all.
The way it works is a light control layer gathers light from the environment, and then reflects it back to the user. Monochrome images are produced by the liquid crystal shutter, combining that with filters to generate color images that look a little like paper.
There are limitations, though, with the 7-inch prototype ready for mass production sporting a 1024x768 resolution but only covers a slither of the NTSC color gamut, 5% to be precise. There's a second prototype that is still being worked on, which covers much more of the NTSC color gamut, ramping it up to 36%. This display comes with a lower resolution of 1024x576 and is less reflective, offering dimmer images.
Both screens have 30:1 contrast ratios and only consume 3 milliwatts when producing images. The refresh rate should be fine for video, too.
Windows 8 is mere hours away, and now we have Dell announcing theri 23-inch S2340T display. The Dell S2340T sports a 1920x1080 resolution, flexible positioning (take that as you will), with an articulated stand, supporting up to 10 points of simultaneous multitouch, all on an edge-to-edge glass panel.
We're looking at a 23-inch, VIS display with LED backlight, a 1920x1080 resolution at 60Hz and a 178-degree viewing angle. Filling out the number side of things, we have an 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity are on offer for inputs.
The S2340T does have one requirement that most monitors don't have: it needs to be connected to a USB3.0 port to enable the touchscreen. The monitor itself provides more USB3.0 ports on-board, Gigabit Ethernet, a headphone port and microphone port. Dell's S2340T needs Displaylink's multitouch driver for functionality to enable, and the S2340T is not Mac-compatible right now, but will be in the future through a drive update.
Dell's S2340T is available right now for $700.
For a while we've been hearing more and more about 4K technology, but it was known as just that '4K'. Well, the Consumer Electronics Associations decision has bought forth an official rebranding of 4K to "Ultra High-Definition".
Sony has said it "lauds the CEA's efforts", but will continue using "4K" for its current products and will brand their future 4K-based devices as "4K Ultra High-Definition (4K UHD)". Sony are set to use their own branding in order to "ensure clarity for consumers and delineate between today's and tomorrow's technology". Sony's full statement:
Just a quick note to let you know that as a leader at the forefront of new display technology such as HD, 3D and beyond, Sony lauds the CEA's efforts to come up with a common language to describe the next generation high-definition technology. However, to ensure clarity for consumers and delineate between today's and tomorrow's technology, Sony will continue to use the 4K moniker for its products and will market its future products as 4K ultra high-definition (4K UHD).
Samsung have just announced that they have inked a deal with streaming music and discovery service Spotify, where they'll see the launch of a new application for Samsung's Smart TV, Blu-ray player and home theater systems later on this year.
Getting Spotify onto the Samsung Smart TV, Blu-ray player or HT system will be quite simple, as all you'll need to do is have your device connected to the Internet and then just download the Spotify app and log-in. Premium Spotify subscribers will get the extra benefits of being able to see all of their playlists and more, and Spotify have also adjusted the application to work on the big screen.
Dan Saunders, Director of Content Services, Samsung Electronics Europe says:
Great music demands great sound quality. With the new Spotify app, people no longer need to fuss about connecting cables from their laptop or tablet to Hi-Fi equipment. Spotify for Samsung Smart TVs and home theatre systems brings Spotify's huge music library directly into your living room.
Ask the Experts: I want to buy a new monitor for gaming and photo editing, should I get a 1920x1080 @ 120Hz screen, or 2560x1440 @ 60Hz screen
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Q: I would be buying a new monitor.
Which would you recommend better?
An 1920x1080 120hz 2ms or 2560x1440 60hz 6ms?
For gaming and photo editing.
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I still haven't had the pleasure of trying out Sony's head-mounted 3D visor, the HMZ-T1, but the Japanese company has just announced the second-gen followup, HMZ-T2. HMZ-T2 will feature most of the same specs as its predecessor, save for a few changes.
HMZ-T2 will include a lighter total weight, redesigned head strap for improved comfort - one of things complained about in the first-gen model, ear buds instead of headphones, plus 24p support as well as a "Clear" panel drive mode for fast-moving content such as games, and action movies.
The original HMZ-T1 cost $799 in the US, but the HMZ-T1 is launching in Japan with a price of 70,000 yen, or around US$894. It was unveiled at IFA in Berlin, and will be teased again at the Tokyo Game Show. I'm really keen to check it out, but the 720p feels really restrictive to me. It would be nice if they sported 120Hz displays inside - but I'm clearly dreaming here, aren't I?
Sony unveiled their 84-inch 4K-capable Bravia TV last week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, dubbed Bravia KD-84X900. At the time of reporting, there was no pricing on the 4K set, nor was there a release date mentioned, but things have changed since then.
Sony have unveiled the pricing on the beast of a TV, set at $25,000. It sounds expensive, but consider two things: it's 84 inches, and it's 4K-capable. Sony won't be pushing this thing out in the coming weeks, rather it will be released sometime in November. Key features on the set:
- 84-inch, 4K LCD Panel
- Dynamic edge lit, LED backlighting
- Three-chip, 4K X-Reality Pro picture engine
- 4K upscaling
- 10 Unit Live Speaker System
- Passive Full HD 3D Capable
- Network connectivity, including the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services
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.