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Computex Taipei 2013 - Ok, so here I was at Computex thinking that I saw it all with a few multi-monitor setups, but we walked into the Sapphire room at Computex and they had a mind- and wallet-blowing 18-monitor setup.
The 18 monitors were running from three FirePro W9000 graphics cards, and it truly is a sight to behold. Seeing that many monitors setup together running from a single system was glorious, and makes me jealous of it. How do you think gaming would be on that many monitors? It would be hard, but it would look truly incredible and you'd probably get 3 FPS, too.
Computex Taipei 2013 - The halls of Computex are filled with some truly wonderful things, and one of those things was at the Intel stands of Nangang today. It was an interactive bus shelter, which is just a huse touchscreen-capable advertisement.
You can see how it works in the video above, and better yet, it is controllable from anywhere. This means an advertiser could tweak their advertisement, all from their smartphone, tablet or PC. The display was responsive, and we did ask how strong it was - and it's not that strong. The one thing I have a problem with is its strength in the real-world, one random act of violence or an accident, and thousands of dollars of tech goes down the drain.
We should see Intel's new technology in train and bus stations, airports and other places in the near future.
Computex Taipei 2013 - If any of you follow my posts or content, you'll know that I'm a huge resolution and refresh rate lover, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a 4K monitor. ASUS unveiled their new 4K-capable monitor last week, but we snuck into the Nangang halls today to hopefully capture it, and voila - we did!
You can see it in all of its high-resolution glory, and I was even lucky enough to talk to an ASUS rep who confirmed we can expect a price of around $3999 US, and it should be available some time after July. You can expect at least a couple of us here at TweakTown to have these on our desks in the near future, and plenty of 4K content to come in 2013!
ASUS has shown off a 31.5-inch 4K monitor ahead of Computex. This monitor is a professional-grade display pumping out a resolution of 3840x2160 at 140ppi. The monitor is a mere 35mm thick, which, according to ASUS, makes it the thinnest 4K display on the market today. ASUS has managed to shove speakers into that slim frame.
The monitor supports VESA wall mounting and features an impressive 176-degree viewing angle. The monitor will be made available in North America at the end of June, but pricing is still unannounced. ASUS is widely expected to display the display at Computex next week alongside a 39-inch version.
One of the TweakTown staff was browsing the latest Kickstarter projects and came across Lightpack, an awesome open-source project that projects colored light onto the wall behind your monitor or TV. The color is matched to what is currently being displayed on your screen, so it visually expands your screen size and aids with eye-strain commonly associated with viewing screens in the dark.
Since the device is open-source, many cool features can be added by the developers at large. Plugins can be developed that make the lights change color to notify of an incoming Skype call, unread e-mail, or even that a spell has been recharged in World of Warcraft. Overall, the system is really quite awesome.
For the makers out there, Lightpack has released the designs for the PCB, bill of materials, and other needed files and designs so you can build your own at home. For the less electrically-inclined, Lightpack is offering up pre-built units if you support the Kickstarter campaign. It's almost completely funded, needing just under $10,000 more by May 31.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
LG have just announced their curved OLED HDTV will be reaching Korean living rooms in the coming months, a perfect display for some multi-monitor PC gaming, in my opinion.
LG Korea have announced through a press release that pre-orders for their curved 55-inch OLED HDTV will go on sale in South Korea for $13,515. The 55-inch curved OLED display is just 4.3mm thick, and is a $3,600 premium over their standard, non-curved display.
I'm a huge fan of high-resolution displays, and simply cannot wait for 4K to arrive just that little bit cheaper - I really want 4K 120Hz-capable displays - I'm dreaming, I know. But it looks like Apple could be pushing forward with 4K, refreshing iMacs, Cinema Displays and MacBook Pros with the high-resolution goodness.
Rumor has it Apple is moving toward 4K thanks to the new Intel Thunderbolt release, which the chipmaker showed off during a demo called "Thunderbolt Technology Update". This is basically the second-generation Thunderbolt technology, which is capable of pushing "4K video file transfer and display simultaneously". Marco Armanet, co-founder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper, has said on his blog:
This could enable the first generation of desktop Retina displays: it wouldn't surprise me if the first standalone Retina display was a 23" panel with exactly 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), run logically as 1920 x 1080 (1080p) at 2X, and driven by upgraded Thunderbolt ports in the next generation of MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.
Sony have just announced their 55- and 65-inch 4K-capable TVs, which will be made available as of April 21. The two new sets are the XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A and will sell for $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.
Sony's new 4K-capable LED TVs sport passive 3D, an edge-lit display, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Sony had hoped to have reached a "more accessible price range" with their line of TVs, and it seems they have hit that point. Considering I paid just $1000 less for my Samsung 55-inch 1080p-capable TV, this is quite a heartbreak for me.
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.