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Thursday
Apr072011

Customer Engagement - It's Time to Combine the Best of Online Purchases with In-Store Shopping

Interactive digital signage offers brick-and-mortar retailers the chance to rekindle their relationship with the growing number of online shoppers.

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Thursday
Mar312011

Display Alliance News 3.31.2011- Tablet Panels, Transparent Displays, Flexible Interfaces and AMOLED Production

57 million 9.7” XGA panels shipping for 2011?
"Panel makers are aggressively aiming to ship 57 million units of 9.7” XGA panels in 2011"
My Analysis: 57 million is a hefty number. I know the success of the iPad would contribute to a large portion of that quantity however, what product will fill in the gap? Manufacturers and retailers still haven't even figured out how to sell a tablet device. I’m smelling a whole bunch of excess.

Bold claims for the transparent display industry
"DisplayBank says that they forecast that transparent displays will reach $87.2 billion in yearly revenue by 2025 (the total display market will be $223 billion). They say that transparent display will surpass non-transparent displays by 2030."
My Analysis: Samsung made headlines today as the first company to begin mass production of transparent displays. I had previously seen videos of transparent displays but I had no idea Samsung was ready to bring these to market.  Evidently they eat up about 90”% less energy than a traditional LCD (LED backlit I’m assuming,) which is a desirable notion. I’m curious to see if the technology succeeds out side of the retail market. I can already envision some unique military applications for such a product. Specs for Samsung 22”  transparent display here.

Control Interface enables a stretchable-like display surface
"A research team at Osaka University has developed a new control interface for touchscreens that flexes the content that’s displayed when you move your finger over the screen."
My Analysis: Evidently the software can be added to any existing touch enabled surface. The technology is applied to google maps in the video, which is admittedly cool. I just don’t know if this will help existing  touch enabled technology or entirely new applications will  be built around the interface

Department of Energies call to action for America's Next Top Energy Innovator
"The process is simple: Beginning on May 2, startups can use a DOE-provided template for their business plan, and if approved, they need only pay $1,000 to score licensing for a patent (normal costs range between $10,000 to $50,000) and negotiate other details (i.e. equity and royalties) on a case-by-case basis with the DOE."
My Analysis: The display world and energy world are one in the same. Many of the same technologies and materials are used to manufacture both display and energy producing products (photovoltaic)  Looks like the DOE is making it easier to develop energy efficient, low impact products. If you have have an energy efficient display product, take advantage of the government assitance and post your product on DA!

Wintek ramps up their AMOLED and LTPS production capacity
"According to new reports, Wintek's AMOLED expansion project will cost between $100 million to $170 million in 2011 (NT$3-5 billion). According to earlier reports, Wintek will transfer their old 3-Gen lines for LTPS and AMOLED production, with mass production starting towards the end of 2011."
My analysis: OLED’s refer to Carbon based electronic devices as opposed to traditional copper/silicon based technologies. Wintek is actively taking steps towards products that offer lower productions costs, lower power requirements and a lower carbon footprint.  We’re happy to see advancements  in OLED technology from Wintek.  Rumours of collaboration with TPK are out there too.

Wednesday
Mar302011

DOOH Study Ties Out-of-Home Advertising to Greater Return on Investment

Want to boost sales? How about double or even triple them? A new analysis of 600 case studies of marketing campaigns, including 43 in the United States, by British media research firm BrandScience has a suggestion: add out-of-home advertising to the media mix.

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Monday
Mar282011

Display Alliance News 3.28.2011- Notebook Reviews, Manufacturing in the US and Battery Powered Digital Displays

15.6” notebooks are by far the most popular size notebook out there. I’m no notebook expert but, for the specs, $470.00 is right on.  Not to mention, the market on 15.6” LED, WXGA replacement screens is around $95.00

Jin at DisplayBlog is a display expert. As he mentioned, the problem with notebook panels is typically the viewing angles. An IPS display could solve this problem. Displays are typically the most expensive element of a display related build. We’ll see if Apple decides to  ramp up their displays on their next generation notebooks.

Manufacturing and innovation- What we have learned to understand about the US’ high tech market is that  innovative ideas are formed here in the states, developed in the states, and manufactured overseas. What we fail to recognize is that manufacturing  is part of the innovation process.  What will it take to bring manufacturing back to the US? Will high profit margin be the only impetus for US based manufacuring. If so, it's bound to fail. Let us innovate for the sake of innovation itself. I found  this interview from Harvard Business School’s RSS to be extremely interesting.

I like this idea. A digital signage display that run’s on 14 hours of battery life and can be easily recharged overnight. Personally, I feel more digital signage (both content and hardware) amazes ppl, the quicker we’ll see it’s development, not just in the city either. I can think of 50 places where a mobile signage display would a big impression. I wonder what factors would impede the growth of such a product. Thanks Sixteen:Nine and ideaLAB.

Thursday
Mar242011

Display Alliance News 3.24.2011

Samsung looking to develop tablet displays surpassing 1080p resolution by 2015

We typically only hear about Consumer grade Tablets such as the iPad but we often fail to realize that rugged tablets have been around for quite a while and are used in a variety of markets. MobileDemand shared their insight on what makes a premium rugged tablet PC.

USB3.0 enables a much higher transferable bandwidth as compared to USB2.0. Toshiba has produced a very nice USB peripheral device here, sporting a 14”, WXGA display.

Buying and transporting college textbooks is a problem.  They are expensive, heavy and have a very short life cycle. I gladly welcome the idea of carrying around a Tablet provided by the University. What a tremendous repair market potential as well.

Wednesday
Mar232011

Wintek's 1 Glass Touch Panels Summon a New Era of Touch Technology

We had the pleasure of meeting a representative from Wintek Corporation last week.  In our meeting, we discussed their newest touch technology called ATT (Advanced Touch Technology-you can view their slide show here). Traditional capacitive touch panel technology combines bonded sub components consisting of cover glass, FPC and the IC.

Production of traditional capacitive touch panel technology requires two pieces of glass (the sensor glass and the cover glass) laminated together. This process often experiences a high yield rate loss because of potential bubbling and particle contamination.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Noventri, a Digital Signage Company, Joins Millions by Participating in Earth Hour 2011

Digital signage solutions provider, Noventri, will join millions that are participating in Earth Hour 2011 in an effort to send a powerful message earth wide about reducing energy usage.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Fusion powers world’s smallest digital signage player from iBASE Technology Inc.

Sunnyvale, California, March 01, 2011 – IBASE Technology (TASDAQ: 8050), a world-leading manufacturer of single board computers and embedded systems is introducing the SI-18 Signature Book – an ultra-compact digital signage player powered by the AMD Embedded G-Series APU.

The AMD Embedded G-Series APU, packs two (2) CPU cores and eighty (80) GPU cores on one piece of silicon. It supports applications DirectX® 11, Direct Compute 11, OpenCLTM 1.1 and OpenGL 3.2 . Also included is AMD’s UVD3 hardware video decoder which handles full HD playback of MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264, WMV9 and VC-1 video streams.

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Wednesday
Mar092011

Modern Contingency Planning: Emergency Messaging with Digital Signs

While it's important to prepare for contingencies before an emergency situation arises, it's just as important to use a digital signage network that is flexible enough to target messaging and provide for remote access and control.

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Monday
Feb282011

Sports Bar and Restaurant Digital Marketing Network Powered by Noventri Digital Signage Solution

V-Spots Digital Marketing Network, a digital signage network launched in sports bars and restaurants, is using the Noventri Eco-Series SF-100e digital signage solution to power the network as well as create and manage ads and video.

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Friday
Feb252011

One Fibre Detachable DVI Extender and Passive Splitter Reduce Costs

Two new products introduced by Sequoia Technology Group that distribute DVI signals from one source to many displays break cost and technology barriers.

Many Digital Signage, Video wall, medical and military applications require a single digital video source to be transmitted to several digital displays using fibre optic extenders and distributors.

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Friday
Feb252011

New Four Sided Gamer Kiosk Tower Installed at South Worcester College

New Four Sided Gamer Kiosk Tower Installed at South Worcester CollegeAs a manufacturer and designer of innovative touch screen kiosk hardware and kiosk software, Kiosks4business designed the gamer tower kiosk for use in Youth clubs. The gamer kiosk houses a games console or other device to protect it against theft or damage during use.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Company Profile: IBASE Technology Inc.

IBASE Technology Inc.
Founded in 2000, IBASE is the brainchild of a group of experienced engineers who have been exposed to the industrial PC sector for many years. Given its specialization in the design, production, sales and marketing of IPCs, IBASE won ISO 9001 quality assurance in December 2001 and ISO 13485 medical certification in February 2009. IBASE specializes in OEM/ODM services tailoring products to customers' requirements. Its product mix covers single board computers, industrial motherboards, CPU modules, barebone systems, network appliance and digital surveillance systems for different applications in the gaming, entertainment, automation, medical, networking and security markets.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Brightview Technologies Outdoor Display

The Brightview Outdoor information publishing system is based on our network based structure, A tough outdoor display cabinet built to IP65 standards allows placement in outdoor areas. Supporting almost all of the current mainstream media file format, which allows businesses, large organisations, operators or chain stores to build a network-based multimedia information publishing platform with the capability of play videos, pictures, text, Flash animation, web and other media information, to provide users with high-quality multimedia information services.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Brightview Technologies Network Easy-Op System

The Brightview EasyOp multi-media information publishing system is based on the LAN or the Internet C / S structure, supporting almost all of the current mainstream media file format, which allows businesses, large organizations, operators or chain stores to build a network-based multimedia information publishing platform with the capability of play videos, pictures, text, Flash animation, web and other media information, to provide users with high-quality multimedia information services.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Brightview Technologies Stand Alone Solution

The Brightview Standalone AD range is a very cost effective solution that caters for the customer that wants a simple to operate yet dynamic digital signage system. It features the ability to display video’s pictures, text and audio files. It has applications in public sector, retail, financial institutions, hotels, hospitals entertainment spots and many more.  Each high specification digital screen is quick and easy to install and is supplied with a power cord, it’s also easy to operate without specialist knowledge, simply Plug & Play, data files are easily changed.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Company Profile: Brightview Technologies-Bloom the Bright Future

Brightview Technologies, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers for a wide range of digital signage solutions. Wall mounted and floor-standing in sizes from 7” to 82” indoor and outdoor, with built-in media players and sophisticated content management software for networks including 3g. Solutions to meet every need and application, products include interactive touch screen kiosks and displays.

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Wednesday
Feb232011

myPod Touchscreen Transaction Payment Kiosk

myPod Touchscreen Transaction Payment KioskThe myPod-t is a touch screen transactional kiosk designed to take payments for products or services retail and other environments.

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Monday
Feb212011

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Friday
Feb182011

Digital Sign Management: Having Confidence in Content Playback on Network Signs is Key to Succeeding

Without the ability to monitor each sign in a digital signage network from a central location to confirm playback, achieving confidence in the performance of the network will be next to impossible.

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