10/15/2018 11:16 AM
The annual Apple harvest is under way: on September 12, 2018, Apple announced that the iPhone XSiPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will replace the iPhone X. The iPhone XS (5.8 inches) and iPhone XS Max (6. 5 inches) are virtually the same inside. They just come in two different sizes. The iPhone XR (6.1 inches) is a less expensive phone (starting at $749) that comes in brighter colors than the XS ($999) and XS Max ($1099), and has...
10/15/2018 8:54 AM

Still in Kickstarter campaign mode but due to start shipping product soon (according to its maker) is The Looking Glass from Looking Glass Factory. Its inventor describes it as “A Holographic Display for 3D Creaters“ and it is designed to be used by people working in 3D content creation programs such as Maya, ZBrush, and SolidWorks. The display involves a patent-pending combination of lightfield and volumetric display technologies in one three-dimensional display system.  It is designed to provide 45 unique simultaneous views of a virtual scene, as captured at 60 frames per second.

According to a recent article in The Verge, The Looking Glass will be available at $600 for an 8.9-in. model and $3,000 for a 15.9-in. model....
10/15/2018 8:49 AM

Electronic Assembly has developed what it describes as the world’s first OLED display family  with connector pins for easy plug-in mounting. These high-contrast OLED displays can be soldered directly or plugged into socket strips, eliminating the need for gluing procedures or special mounting devices.

The displays feature a flat design (typically 2.4 mm), wide viewing angles (up to 170°), high contrast (2,000:1), fast response times (typically 10 µs), and a high overall luminance (100 cd/m2). The company says that these features, together with an extended temperature range (-40 to +80°C) and a long service life (at least 50,0000 hours), makes the displays particularly suitable for mounting in mobile handheld devices for robust outdoor use.


5/16/2018 5:56 PM

HP’s new Android-powered Chromebook X2 offers the option of a detachable keyboard-free tablet or a notebook in one device. The LCD tablet is only 8.2 mm thick and weighs 1.62 pounds. With the included keyboard, the device is 15.3 mm thick and weighs 3.14 pounds. It includes a pen for note-taking and sketching on the 2,400 x 1,600 display. The Chromebook X2 comes with 4GB of RAM (8GB optional), 32GB of expandable storage, and a claimed 10.5-hour battery life. The Chromebook X2 starts at $599 – about $50 less than an iPad Pro.

1/30/2018 11:05 AM

Samsung Electronics introduced what it calls “The Wall” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January -- a modular, microLED-based 146-in. TV. The 4K device is based on self-emitting technology that is designed to rival that of OLED in terms of vibrant imagery, deep blacks, etc. So far, the technology is in early stages and is not available for purchase. 

1/30/2018 10:55 AM

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, Lenovo and Google introduced the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in, one of several such Google-based home-assistant systems created in response to Amazon’s Echo Show. According to several reviewers, the Smart Display stands out from the rest for its functionality and good looks. The HD touchscreen display comes in both 8-in. and 10-in. LCD models, with the former at 1,200 x 800 resolution and a suggested retail price of $199, and the latter at 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and a suggested price of $249. The device rotates from portrait to landscape mode and comes with a handy physical web cam shutter.  

1/30/2018 10:16 AM
Radiant Vision Systems, a leading provider of visual test and inspection systems for lighting and display devices, has announced the release of a new AR/VR lens for Radiant Vision Systems’ ProMetric imaging photometers and colorimeters. The AR/VR lens features a unique optical design specially engineered for measuring the visual quality of near-to-eye displays inside-virtual (VR), mixed-reality (MR), and augmented-reality (AR) headsets. The lens design simulates the size, position, and field of view of the human eye, featuring an aperture at the front of the lens to position the imaging system’s entrance pupil within near-to-eye headsets at the same location as the human eye.

By mounting the AR/VR lens directly to a ProMetric imaging photometer or colorimeter, Radiant Vision Systems is offering what...
11/6/2017 1:01 PM
As usual, Apple announced a new line of smartphones in September, including its first-ever OLED-based unit. The phone’s $999 price tag breaks new ground in terms of smartphone pricing, but the price has not deterred early buyers. The iPhone X went on sale Friday, November 3, and sold out in many major cities in less than 24 hours.

 The phone features a. 5.8-in. screen with almost no bezel, except for a notch housing sensors, cameras, speakers, etc. at the top of the display. This notch has been variously described as a bug or a feature. Since it is theoretically possible to incorporate the sensors into the bezel, as other manufacturers have done, some reviewers surmise that the notch may be an intentional design meant to replace the circular home button (now gone) in visually differentiating the iPhone from other devices.

The OLED display, which Apple calls Super Retina HD,...
11/3/2017 8:02 AM
Blackboard is a new writing device from Kent Displays (maker of the Boogie Board) that is based on the company’s new Liquid Crystal Paper technology.

Like the LCD-based Boogie Board, Blackboard is an easy-to-use tablet that writes and erases electronically. It’s designed for creating notes, lists, sketches, and other ephemeral-type content (although the content can be saved).

11/2/2017 9:35 AM
Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface systems, recently announced its new VideoSmart BG5CT multimedia 4K Advanced HDR video processor for the global set-top-box market. The VideoSmart BG5CT is the company’s sixth-generation video processor technology and part of the multimedia portfolio recently acquired from Marvell. (Synaptics completed the acquisition of Marvell’s Multimedia Solutions Business in September 2017.)

The BG5CT is pin compatible with the previous-generation Android TV SoC (BG4CT) and offers key feature upgrades including advanced...