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CES 2011: ASUS Press Conference Notes

CES madness started today. I attended the ASUS press conference at the lovely Aria hotel. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen introduced several tablets:

ASUS Eee Pad Slider

The Slider sports a 10.1-inch IPS LCD with a 1280x800 pixel format. Like the name, the display slides up as you push it back revealing a QWERTY keyboard and slides back into slate form when pushed forward. The Slider will be running on Google's Honeycomb Android OS. The 10.1-inch tablet features dual cameras: 5 megapixel on the back with LED flash and a front-facing 1.2 megapixel. It can playback 1080p HD content. Connectivity options include a mini-HDMB and mini-USB ports with a micro-SD card slot. The Slider weighs just 2.2 pounds and is 0.5 inches thick. Pricing isn't official but expect to be around $500 to $800 with availability in the April-May timeframe.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

The Transformer sports the same 10.1-inch IPS LCD as the Slider. What makes the Transformer different is that the display on the netbook/tablet can be detached. The tablet portion of the Transformer will run Android 3.0 and make use of a dual-core Tegra 2 CPU and packs two cameras. Like the Slider the Transformer can playback 1080p HD content. The tablet by itself will run eight hours and 16 hours aided by the battery that's on the chassis. Pricing hasn't been officially announced but will be between $400 and $700 with availability in the April-May timeframe.

ASUS Eee Slate EP121

The Eee Slate EP121 is a powerful 12.1-inch tablet packing an Intel Core i5-470M CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB SSD. The 12.1-inch 1280x800 IPS LCD sports capacitive touch and works with a Wacom digitizer. The Slate EP121 runs Windows 7, has a front-facing 2 megapixel camera with LED flash and outputs video via HDMI. Pricing is around $1000 and availability is expected to be later this month.


The Eee Pad MeMO is a 7-inch tablet running Android 3.0 powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 8260 CPU. The capacitive touch 7-inch LCD sports a 1024x600 pixel format. Other features include: dual cameras (5 megapixel in the rear with LED flash and 1.2 megapixel in the front) and a capacitive stylus. Pricing starts at $499 and will be available in June.

ASUS is serious about the tablet market. The Slate EP121 is seriously powerful with an i5 CPU. Both the Slider and Transformer tablets are unique and should fill the hole left between a netbook and a slate tablet. It is also interesting to see that ASUS has selected IPS as the technology of choice for its displays on the larger three.


Noventri and Clareo Partner To Provide Digital Signage for Dallas BBQ

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Clareo Networks and Noventri Partnership Brings Digital Signage to Dallas BBQ

Clareo Networks provides New York-based restaurant, Dallas BBQ, with Eco-Series SF-100e digital signage technology to power vertical displays throughout restaurant.

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Display Alliance News 1.3.2011

Restrictions on Building Panel Fabs in China can be Changed


Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has allowed AU Optronics (AUO) to set up a 7.5G TFT-LCD panel production plant in Kunshan, China, but its Korea rivals received their own government's approvel much earlier. Taiwan's terms are also stricter in order to keep the most advance production technology on the island. Taiwan panel makers are described as competing with Korea panel makers with their hands tied. But Taiwan's economics minister Shih Yen-Shiang has remarked that if there is a consensus in society that Taiwan makers should be allowed to build even more advanced fabs in China, the MOEA could revise its restrictions on panel generations.

Chimei Innolux LCD Panels with LED Backlights to Reach 50% in First Quarter 2011


LED-backlit applications LCD TVs, monitors and notebooks reached 40% of Chimei Innolux's (CMI) total panel shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from 25-30% in the third quarter, and are expected to reach 50% in the first quarter of 2011.

Qualcomm Gets Approval to Build Mirasol Plant in Taiwan


Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has announced that Qualcomm will construct a production plant for small- to medium-size Mirasol displays at the Longtan site of the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) in northern Taiwan in 2011 with investment totaling almost US$1 billion.

Lower Than Forecast Sequential Growth in Fourth Quarter 2010 Notebook PC Shipments


First-tier Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have downward adjusted on-quarter growth in fourth-quarter 2010 shipment volume from originally projected 3-3.3% to below 3% [...]

Clevo to Increase Notebook Shipments to Brazil


Clevo expects its monthly notebook shipments to rise to 150,000 units during the first quarter of 2011 mainly due to orders from three new channel clients in Brazil [...]

Lord & Taylor Gives NYC Flagship Digital Signage Facelift

Digital Signage Today:

The project, launched in early 2010, featured a redesign of the 650,000-square-foot location on Fifth Avenue. Pro-Motion provided music and digital display systems controlled by a next-generation user interface – while working within strict zoning requirements for this 96-year-old historic building.

Cereal Bowl Pouring on Digital Menu Boards

Digital Signage Today:

The Cereal Bowl restaurant chain recently announced that it has opened its first all-digital restaurant in New Brunswick, N.J. Its digital signage is comprised of four indoor LCD digital menu boards and an integrated POS solution with digital customer-facing displays and remote log-in access.

Global LCD TV Market to Grow 31% in 2010


[...]  total TV shipments in 2010 will reach more than 247 million units, a staggering 17% increase from 2009 and the best growth seen since the start of the flat panel TV transition.

However growth expectations for 2011 will slow to 13% Y/Y.


Display Alliance News 12.30.2010

CPT Chairman Urges Taiwan Government to Loosen Previous-Generation Restrictions on Panel Investment in China


CPT was interested in going to China, but China-based TV vendors have already begun entering the panel industry, along with Samsung Electronics, LG Display and other Taiwan-based panel makers. It is estimated that there are about eight players investing in 5G and above production plants in China currently. Furthermore, based on the Taiwan government's rules, panel makers need to keep their most advanced production plants in Taiwan, which means CPT could only set up a 5G plant in China, which would be uncompetitive. For these reasons CPT has decided to delay any plans.

In other CPT news, the company will set up a touch panel production line in Fuzhou, China with mass production scheduled for May 2011.

ITO Glass Supply to Remain Short in First Half of 2011


ITO glass supplier AimCore Technology expects the shortage of ITO glass to continue into the first half of 2011, and in order to meet client demand, AimCore has started capacity expansion which is scheduled to join production in the third quarter of 2011, according to company president Alex Chiang.

According to the US Geological Survey known reserves overwhelmingly located in China will be exhausted by 2020 at the current rate of consumption. LCD manufacturers are currently developing ITO alternatives.

BOE Signs Loan of CNY10.5 Billion for 8.5G TFT LCD Plant


China-based BOE Technology has announced that its subsidiary Beijing BOE Display Technology has signed a syndicated loan of CNY10.5 billion (US$1.59 billion) for its 8.5G TFT-LCD panel production plant [...]

Securing financial wherewithal to build a 8.5G LCD fab is one thing, acquiring senior engineers with 8G and larger LCD lines is another and more difficult.

Connected TVs Forecast to Account for 21% of Global TV Shipments in 2010


Growth of connected TVs was fueled by the Japanese market in 2010 with strong market growth driven by the Eco Points system, and very high penetration of connected TVs, driven by domestic brands’ strategies and by high levels of broadband access. Emerging markets will play a key role in the future growth of this segment, with Eastern Europe forecast to grow from 2.5 million connected TVs shipped in 2010 to over 10 million in 2014. DisplaySearch findings also suggest that 12% of flat panel TVs sold in China in 2010 will have internet capability.

Google TV has been a flop, but there are other products such as Apple TV, Roku and others that connect TVs to the Internet. Nonetheless, most TV viewing today is a passive lean-back experience and change in our TV behavior will take time.

Compal to Use New Panel Plant for In-House Tablet PC Development


Taiwan-based notebook maker Compal Electronics has announced will spend NT$1.4 billion (US$47.67 million) to acquire Chunghwa Picture Tubes' (CPT's) 4.5G color filter (CF) plant via its wholly-owned subsidiary HengHao Technology, and company spokesperson Gary Lu has pointed out that the plant will be used for Compal's tablet PC products in the short term. With assistance from the subsidiary, Compal will be able to shorten its R&D time for tablet PCs, while strengthen the device's competitiveness.

Princen Internet Diensten Develops Web-based Digital Signage Tool

Digital Signage Today:

Digital signage company Adtraxion Systems, in partnership with online portal provider Princen Internet Diensten, have announced the PG Portal, which the companies say allows customers to publish, maintain and manage digital signage with minimal effort and from any location with Internet connectivity.

Streamlining and simplifying digital signage content management is becoming a crucial component to successful digital signage deployments. Web-based or browser-based tools such as those from Princen allows wider penetration of digital signage.

Verizon Unveils Details of Home Control System


As expected, telephone and FiOS TV provider Verizon is rolling out its own "connected home" home control system, to compete with those from ADT, Comcast and others, and will include some energy management functions such as thermostat, energy readers, smart appliance and smart power strip control.

The goal is to reduce energy consumption through easy-to-measure analytics and controllability in the home. This also means the need for in-home displays with simple informatics.


Display Alliance News 12.29.2010

HannStar Adds Additional Investment in Nanjing Touch Panel Module Plant


HannStar Display has announced it will make an additional investment of US$65 million in a touch panel module subsidiary in Nanjing, China to build up production lines for cover glass and thin glass.

Most notebook PCs, smartphones, some LCD monitors and LCD TVs make use of cover glass to create that edge-to-edge look. Thin glass will become more in demand as most of these display products get thinner and thinner.

Notebook Makers Do Not Rule Out Supporting Upstream Partners to Avoid Labor Shortages


As labor shortages in coastal areas of China in 2011 are expected to be even more serious than in previous years, sources from notebook makers said that they will not rule out the possibility of sending workers to support upstream component partners, who are expected to suffer the most impact from any shortages.

China is the manufacturing center for all things with displays and a labor shortage will impact the global market. Integrators like Quanta Computer and Compal Electronics are highly automated, which alleviates the need for adding more workers when demand spikes.

Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) Agrees to Sell 4.5G Color Filter Plant to Compal Subsidiary


Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) will sell a 4.5G color filter (CF) plant to a Compal Electronics subsidiary for NT$1.4 billion (US$47.67 million), the companies disclosed today.

CPT's CF plant has a monthly capacity of 70K 730x920mm glass substrates per month with most of the capacity for in-house consumption. In-house CF production capability is important to reduce manufacturing costs as CF from merchants are more costly.

Notebook Vendors Seeing R&D Delays for Android 3.0 Tablets


Notebook vendors have expressed concerns about the launch schedule of their Android 3.0 tablet PCs as Google is currently giving priority for Android 3.0 support mainly to smartphone players such as Motorola, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, High Tech Computer (HTC) and Nokia, leaving notebook vendors facing delays in their R&D schedules.

Google is betting that smartphone manufacturers are better poised to develop tablets using its Android 3.0 operating system that is geared for tablets. According to this report, notebook brands will be put on the sidelines. This is a stressful situation for notebook brands since tablet sales have been eating into notebook sales.

China May See LCD Panel Oversupply in the Second Half of 2012


Local and foreign players are scrambling to build next-generation large-size TFT LCD panel fabs in China, which is expected to become the largest LCD TV market in the world in 2011. Digitimes Research senior analyst Tony Huang thinks that oversupply may occur in China in 2011, but that will depend on whether China-based makers can ramp up their production as scheduled.

Currently China has 5G lines, which are limited in production capacity for larger LCD TVs. China will become the largest LCD TV market in 2011 according to DigiTimes and wants to develop LCD manufacturing infrastructure within the country to fulfill local demand. However, if capacity is built too quickly there is a chance for oversupply resulting in a pricing collapse. That's not all bad though since historically lower prices have catalyzed lower priced LCD TVs and demand.

Taiwan Display Industry Not Yet Open to China Investment


While Taiwan-based panel makers are hoping to solicit equity investment from China-based customers so as to secure orders, the display industry was not listed among the industries that will be opened to China investment initially, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

One component of competitive advantage in LCD manufacturing is intellectual property, which is concentrated in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. By locating LCD manufacturing plants in China the aforementioned countries are worried that key technology will be diluted reducing competitive advantage.

Tatung Monitor Shipments Reach High in 2010


LCD monitor shipments of Tatung are expected to set a record high of three million units in 2010, and with orders from Hewlett-Packard (HP), Tatung's monitor shipments could increase more than 30% to over four million units in 2011, according to industry sources.

Tatung is the seventh largest LCD monitor manufacturer in Taiwan and Tatung-branded TVs are ranked third in Taiwan.

HiTi Digital Aims to Set Up One Millions Photo-Printing Kiosks Globally in 2015


HiTi Digital, which makes photo/card printers and related consumable materials, and develops HiTi-branded printing software solutions, plans to set up a retail network of over 10,000 photo-printing kiosks - including those operated by photo studios - around Taiwan in 2011 and one million kiosks around the world in 2015, according to the company.

Touch Screen Shipments on Track for More Than 30% Y/Y Growth in 2010


The mini-note/slate PC category is the fastest growing application for touch screens in 2010, with 6.3 million shipped in the first half. Touch suppliers are very optimistic about this application, with more than 20 million units planned in the second half of the year. There is uncertainty about the timing, as some shipments may be delayed to Q1’11. A majority of the mini-note/slate PC touch shipments are from Wintek, who led in the segment, followed by TPK Touch Solutions.

Mini-note/slate PC touch suppliers top five ranking in 1H'10: Wintek, TPK, EELY, Liyitec, Cando. As tablets become more mainstream in 2011 touch screen shipments will continue to grow. Apple is expected to unveil is next iPad, which will undoubtedly lift the entire tablet market.

Foxconn Acquires Hitachi Dispplay

DisplaySearch Blog:

Hon Hai is part of the Foxconn group, the largest contract electronics manufacturer in the world and the parent of Chimei Innolux (the product of a merger of CMO, TPO, and Innolux), as well as a group of LCD and touch-panel related subsidiaries. Hitachi Displays, a 75/25 joint venture between Hitachi Ltd. and Canon, is a manufacturer of small and medium size LCD panels, focusing on IPS and LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) technologies.

The reports indicate that Foxconn will acquire 45% of Hitachi Displays, reducing Hitachi Ltd’s stake to 30%. There are also indications that the investment plans include a new Gen 5.5 fab using LTPS and IPS technologies to produce smart phone and other small/medium panels.

IPS is the favored wide-viewing angle LCD technology by Apple and is used in the iPhone 4, iPad, Cinema Displays and iMacs.

Making Digital Signage Work in Shopping Malls

Digital Signage Today:

Shopping malls, with their diverse audiences and variety of stores, can be ideal places for digital signage. But in such a crowded, noisy space, it can be hard for the signage to stand out. When deploying digital signage in a mall, it's important to consider: Location, Content, Demographics.


Display Alliance News 12.28.2010

LG Display Ships 1.5 Million iPad Panels in November, Samsung Ships 1.2 Million Units


LG Display is estimated to land orders for 35 million iPad panels in 2011, and Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who is scheduled to join Apple's iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011, will each receive orders for 15 million units.

That puts total iPad shipments in 2011 at 65 million, quite a bit more than the 45 million or so estimated for 2010. The higher expectation for 2011 shouldn't come as a surprise as most in the industry are expecting Apple to introduce an iPad that will work on Verizon networks in 2011.

MSI to Showcase its WindPad Tablet PC at CES 2011


MSI will unveil two new WindPad tablets. The WindPad 100W features the Wintel platform and the WindPad 100A with the ARM/Android platform. They are natively equipped with modules such as G-Sensor gravity detecting devices, an ALS light sensor, and Wi-Fi.

Most IT brands will jump into the tablet market next year. Although Windows 7 is far from optimal as a touch tablet operating system, it is rumored that Microsoft might introduce a tablet-optimized OS during CES 2011. With Apple expected to release its second iPad next year it will be interesting to see the tablet market heat up.

Apple, RIM, HTC to Account for 50% of Global Smartphone Shipments in First Quarter 2011


Taiwan-based makers or handsets or components, based on orders received, have estimated that Apple, RIM and HTC will ship, respectively, 19-20 million, 14-15 million and 8-9 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2011, together sharing more than 50% of global smartphone shipments of 80-85 million units.

The State of Out-of-Home Digital Signage

Digital Signage Today:

[...] digital out-of-home advertising is more effective than ever. DOOH is ubiquitous, with 47 percent of viewers who have seen a digital place-based video in the past month specifically recalling advertisements. DOOH also is effective, with 19 percent of viewers who have seen a digital out-of-home advertisement making an unplanned purchase after seeing an item featured on a digital screen.

Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 Uses Scala Digital Signage in Village

Digital Signage Today:

Scala announced that it powered the visual communications network at the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held in Singapore in August 2010.

To ensure information was broadcast through the entire YOV, 96 Samsung screens ranging from 40 inches to 46 inches were positioned around the campus. Half of the screens were located in the Village Square, the central hub of activity, and the remaining screens were placed in the Residential Zone.

Inside Ryan Phillippe's $7.5M L.A. Home

CE Pro:

According to Realestalker, "apparently Mister Ryan is one of those people for whom luxury means having a flat screen mounted on the wall in just about every damn room of the house."


Display Alliance News 12.27.2010

LG, Samsung to Grow Smartphone Market Share


Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have gained footholds in the global market of smartphones in 2010 with Galaxy S and Optimus One respectively, and will launch many smartphone models to strengthen their market status in high-end and entry-level as well as mid-range to entry-level segments respectively, according to Taiwan-based handset makers.

Samsung will continue to push AMOLED display technology while LG will make use of IPS, for now.

Beyond TCO: Digital Signage

Digital Signage Today:

When considering TCO for screen hardware, think about a.) What type of content you’ll be running on the screen. High-motion video will require a higher Hz rate, and plasma may be a good option b.) Power consumption. Plasma uses more power than LCD which uses more power than LED. c.) Quality. The rule of thumb is to go with commercial grade screens, although I’ve seen many installs use consumer grade screens if there is infrequent use of the network (arenas, etc.).

Chimei Innolux Expands LTPS Capacity


Chimei Innolux (CMI) reportedly has started expanding its LTPS production line as the capacity from the 3.5G plant (originally from TPO Displays) and Tainan plant will not fulfill demand from clients in 2011.

One line of thinking is that CMI wants to become a supplier to Apple's iPad program. According to DigiTimes, the 9.7-inch IPS LCD is manufactured using a LTPS process.

TV Panel Prices Hit Bottom in Fourth Quarter 2010


Panel inventory has returned to normal as a result of year-end shopping and demand for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. CCFL-backlit models are expected to be cleared out, while new LED-backlit models will hit the market in the first quarter of 2011.

TV sales performance now depends on whether or not demand from China in the first quarter of 2011 will be strong enough compared to expectations. If sales do not materialize inventory will rise and prices for LCD TV panels with LED backlights will continue to decline.


Display Alliance News 12.23.2010

DigiTimes "Taiwan Market: Taiwan Mobile Launches Own-Brand Tablet PCs"

Taiwan Mobile has launched an own-brand tablet PC, the myPad P1 in the Taiwan market. The tablet, which is manufactured by China-based ZTE, supports Android 2.1 and is priced at NT$8,900 (US$298).

Many companies will try to duplicate the success of Apple's iPad and many will fail. The iPad is not just pretty hardware. The tight integration between hardware and operating system combined with a robust development platform that thousands of developers are using generates a unique success story that will be hard to follow. The iPhone ecosystem also acts as a catalyst.

Digital Signage Today "Canadian Pharmacy Network Prescribes ScreenScape": ParmaChoice chose ScreenScape for a new community-based digital signage network to educate customers more effectively while they are visiting. ScreenScape is a location-based digital signage network.

Aviation News Today "Austin-Bergstrom To Upgrade Terminal Display": Clear Channel Airports (CCA) will replace the 10-year old advertising displays at Austin-Bergstrom International. Multiple LCDs, a 17-foot video wall, and digital information center combined with mobile apps are part of the new display program.

Digital Signage Today "Digital Signage, Kiosks to Make Big Splash at BIG Show"

The National Retail Federation's BIG Show is hitting New York Jan. 9-12 and as usual should feature a plethora of technology to serve the retail industry. This year marks the show's 100th anniversary, and it is bigger than ever.

Some of the companies at Retail's BIG Show: AML, Christie, Cisco, DT Research, IBM, Intel, NCR, NEC Display Solutions, Phoenix Kiosk, Starmount Systems, Stratacache, and Zebra Technologies.

DigiTimes "LG Display Expects Worldwide e-Book Reader Shipments to Reach 20-30 Million in 2012": LG Display CEO Young Soo Kown shared that the company is optimistic about the global e-book reader market in 2012.

The New York Times "Home 3D is DOA: Majority of US Won't Buy a 3DTV"

Less than 10 percent of consumers worldwide said they would be buying a 3-D TV over the next 12 months, with an additional 15 percent saying they probably will purchase a 3-D capable set during that time. But those global trends don’t extend to North America, where only 3 percent of consumers surveyed said they would definitely buy a 3DTV over the next year, with an additional 3 percent saying they probably will buy one.

In my opinion 3D is unnecessary. Our vision system combined with our brains already process 2D displays in 3D. Then there is timing: there are many that are just transitioning to wide TVs and Blu-ray. 3D effects are terrible with glasses and with them you get headaches. There is also a study that show 3D has negative effects on children's optical system. Oh and 3D is expensive too.

DigiTimes "Clevo Sees Strong Notebook Shipments in Q4'10"

Taiwan-based second-tier notebook maker Clevo expects its notebook shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 to reach a new historical record at 560,000-570,000 units, benefiting from procurement orders as well as returning orders from previous clients. Since the company's notebook business requires shipments of 120,000-130,000 units to break even, the strong shipments in the fourth quarter should allow the company to profit, the company noted.



Digital Signage Management: How to Keep All the Plates Spinning

As digital signage network size and complexity grows, remote monitoring and control become essential. One of my earliest memories as a small child was sitting down with my folks to watch the "Ed Sullivan Show." Many may remember the variety show for the historic appearance of the Beatles and the beginning of the British invasion. Others still may remember the program for the host's famous catch phrase -something like, "We have a really big show" with the word "show" sounding exactly like the drawn out pronunciation of the word "shoe." 

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Display Alliance News 12.22.2010

Digital Signage Today "DC Using Digital Signage for Public Transit Info"

The Washington, D.C., District Department of Transportation recently announced that it has unveiled the District's first multi-modal digital transportation display to provide travelers with real-time information about their transportation choices on one screen.

The first pilot screen was installed at the intersection of 14th and U Streets Northwest in the ground floor window of the Reeves Center. DDOT plans to install dual-sided 32-inch displays with a larger-scale deployment under consideration for 2011.

DigiTimes "HP Raises Q1'11 Notebook Shipment Forecast by 10%"

Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently raised its notebook shipment forecast for the first quarter of 2011 by 10% to 9.4-9.6 million units, up from the original forecast of 8.5-9 million units, as the company is turning optimistic about the China market and the Lunar New Year holidays [...]

Shipments of notebooks will increasingly be more dependent on the Chinese market relative to US and Western European markets. Historically there has been a 40:60 split in terms of shipments with the second half of the calendar year grabbing 60%. Now the split is shifting closer to 50:50 due to the growth of demand from China in the first quarter.

Businessweek "Holiday Windows: This Year the Fun Is Digital"

Starting on Nov. 22, giant snowflakes will dance with bubbles to the sound of bells and chimes on New York's Fifth Avenue, beamed by digital projectors onto the facade of Saks' flagship store.

A picture may be worth a 1000 words but a moving picture is worth even more especially when trying to attract customers in today's economy. The next step in retail digital signage would probably be interactivity where smartphones with certain apps can get information as to whether or not the store has items that are on your shopping list.

Digital Signage Today "DOOH Moving Into Store Window Displays"

Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman — department stores known for their extravagant holiday windows at their New York City locations — are incorporating digital out-of-home elements into their holiday window displays this year.

DisplaySearch via DigiTimes "LED TV Panel Prices See Significant Drop, Monitor and Notebook Panel Prices Remain Flat in 2H December"

Prices for LCD TV panels continue to drop in the second half of December with more significant price drop for LED-backlit models, while prices for monitor and notebook panels remain flat [...]

TV brands have done too great job of promoting LED-backlit LCD TVs because demand for LCD TVs with traditional CCFL backlights is drying up. LED-backlit LCD TV prices will need to come down further to drive growth in sales.

Digital Signage Today "Ontario Shopping Center Adds 70-inch Digital Directories From Vertigo"

The Scarborough (Ontario) Town Centre recently completed a two-year, $62 million renovation that also included digital mall directories and advertising display units from Vertigo Digital Display of Toronto. Scarborough Town Centre is the first installation in the world for nine of Vertigo's "Galleria" double-sided, 70-inch LCD digital directories, according to the announcement from Vertigo.


Display Alliance News 12.21.2010

Planar Announces Availability of EP-Series Digital Signage Displays Streamlines Installation and Reduces Energy Consumption

Screen Media Daily "Planar Announces Availability of EP-Series Digital Signage Displays"

Planar Systems has announced the availability of their new EP-Series line in 46-inch and 55-inch sizes. Each comes standard with a broad range of connectivity options required for commercial applications, such as airports and control rooms.

Planar's EP-Series displays are offered with standard black and glossy white frames and with EP Select™ customization. The industrial metal bezel can be transformed with custom colors or logos that meet the distinct requirements for each installation.

The EP-Series from Planar is less than 2 inches deep and makes use of LED backlights, which reduces weight and power consumption.

DigiTimes "Asustek Internally Aiming to Ship 25 Million Notebooks in 2011, Says Paper"

Taiwan-based notebook brand vendor Asustek Computer, at its global sales meeting, has set its internal notebook shipment goal for 2011 at 25 million units, up 48% from 16.9 million units in 2010 [...]

iSuppli "Tablets Become Epicenter for Convergence"

After decades of discussion, the convergence of consumer, computer and communications is nally becoming a reality with the arrival of Apple Inc.’s iPad and competing tablets, a development that will have massive implications for the technology world, spurring competition not only among varying types of products but also among entire industries [...]


Fifty six iPads were arranged in a 8x6 matrix to form a huge iPhone at London's St. Pancras International Train Station.

Pixel Qi via DisplayBlog: Pixel Qi & Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) Partnership

This alliance started early last sum mer when CPT showed a trans flec tive screen of its own design at a Taiwanese trade show. Discussions between the two com­pa nies at that show made it appar ent that Pixel Qi and CPT should work together to bring stronger prod uct to mar ket faster. A close alliance was formed and the teams have been work ing together qui etly all fall. They have cre ated sam ples of a 7” 1024×600 screens sched uled for mass pro duc tion in early Q2 2011, which will be first pub li cally shown at the CES 2011 exhi bi tion in Las Vegas in early January 2011.

Pixel Qi has an amazing display technology that enables the backlight unit (BLU) to be completely turned off and transform the once transmissive LCD into a low-power reflective display. The ideal platform for Pixel Qi's display technology are ultra-portable notebook PCs and tablets.

DigiTimes "AUO Affiliate Toppan CFI to Set Up Production Plant in Kunshan, China"

With AU Optronics (AUO) getting ready to set up a 7.5G TFT-LCD panel production plant in Kunshan, China, its subsidiaries are also gearing up to follow, and the panel maker's color filter affiliate Toppan CFI will invest US$167 million to set up a production plant nearby.

It is common industry practice to co-locate critical component suppliers nearby large LCD fabrication plants. Major components that improve efficiencies are glass substrates and color filters. China will soon become a region that will challenge South Korea and Taiwan for LCD production leadership due to the huge domestic market potential.

DisplaySearch "LCD TV Panel Manufacturers Developing Unique Specifications for Emerging Markets"

According to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Product Roadmap Report, panel makers are designing for emerging markets like India, Brazil, China, and Russia with lower specifications than for developed markets. Brightness can be in the range of 350-400 nits, versus the 450-500 nits standard, and color saturation can be 65-68% of NTSC versus 72-75%.

LCD TV shipments will reach 200 million units this year and as penetration increases growth will depend more on emerging markets. Even in advanced economies lower-priced LCD TVs are needed to increase broader acceptance.

Kno Tablet Blends Textbooks, Course Materials, Note-Taking

ScreenMedia Daily "Kno Ships Innovative Educational Tablet for Students"

Kno, Inc., the new educational tablet that revolutionizes the way students learn, today announced it has begun shipping its highly anticipated product to pre-order customers. The first Kno tablets will begin arriving on doorsteps this week.


Kno, short for knowledge, is a unique 14.1 touch-screen tablet that blends textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into a more powerful and engaging educational experience.

Kno comes in two packages: a $599 single display model and a $899 dual-display model. I hope gone are the days where students have to lug around heavy textbooks all over campuses. With innovative products like the Kno dozens of electronic textbooks can be purchased at no additional weight.

These e-textbooks are interactive and with a touch-based display a student can make notations using just a stylus and share them. The dual-display version is especially noteworthy: one screen can display an e-textbook while the other can be used as a multimedia notepad. This hopefully will enhance the educational experience.

DigiTimes "Taiwan Market: Proportion of Handset Sales for Smartphones to Rise to 30% in 2010, 40% in 2011"

Smartphones as a percentage of all handsets sold in the Taiwan market, due to promotion by mobile telecom carriers, will increase to an estimated 30% in 2010 and further to 40% in 2011, according to retail channels.

At the same time demand for 3.x-inch TFT LCDs as well as OLED displays will increase.

iSuppli "LED Backlights Used in 20 Percent of LCD TVs Sold in US During Q3"

One out of every five liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TV) sold in the United States during the third quarter used light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting, a dramatic increase from the same period in 2009, as availability of sets equipped with the technology soared, according to the market research firm iSuppli, now part of IHS Inc.

LCD TVs with LED backlights commonly referred to as "LED TVs" will continue to gain in popularity. LED backlights do not use mercury, which is a known carcinogen, compared to CCFL backlights. LEDs are more durable, consume less power and last longer. LED backlight technology also enables TV designs to be thinner.

Digital Signage Today "Digital Signage Goes to the Bathroom"

In the Mirrus Digital Advertising Mirror and the Mirror Image Digital Network, lavatory mirrors display digital advertising until the system's sensors detect someone approaching the mirror — which causes the ad to compact into a corner of the mirror. Lavatory visitors are then free to check themselves out while washing their hands or continue viewing the ad up in the corner of the mirror.

Fascinating application of mirrored-LCDs.

Screen Media Daily "Panasonic and Haivision Partner to Deliver Integrated Digital Signage Solution"

The solution combines Haivision's CoolSign digital signage software platform, pre-configured on a media players with Panasonic's professional grade LCD displays. This bundled digital signage package offers businesses simplified delivery with competitive pricing, a pre-configured CoolSign player license certificate plus a two-year parts and service warranty.

DigiTimes "LG Display Aims to Become Leading Panel Supplier in China, Says CEO"

LG Display CEO Young Soo Kwon, commenting on competitor AU Optronics (AUO) receiving approval to set up a 7.5G TFT-LCD panel production plant in China, has claimed that 8.5G is more competitive than 7.5G and his company will become the largest panel supplier in China.

The race is on to become the leading supplier of LCDs to the Chinese domestic market. In related news "CMI Reiterates Intention to Build LCD Plant in China"

With AU Optronics (AUO) receiving permission from the Taiwan government to set up a 7.5G TFT-LCD panel production plant in China, Chimei Innolux (CMI) has reiterated that it will go to China but is still evaluating when is the right time to do so.

The right time would be as soon as possible. In the world of LCD manufacturing the faster equipment is completely depreciated the sooner one gets to more competitive cost of manufacturing.

Digital Signage Today "I-Display Rolling Out Battery-Operated Digital Shelf Display"

Designed to operate cable free and with the use of standard batteries, the iShelf fits multiple shelving configurations in retail environments and supermarkets and grocery stores. Using its secure and adjustable mounting system the height and angle can be changed to ensure that customers never miss these digital signage sales personnel [...]


Display Alliance News 12.20.2010

DigiTimes "AUO China 7.5G Plant to Mass Product at End of 2012"

AU Optronics' (AUO) 7.5G plant for TFT LCD panels in Kunshan, China is scheduled to begin volume production by the end of 2012 at the earliest, according to the Taiwan-based company. It typically takes 18 months to construct a panel facility and complete test production. When ready, the plant will have a monthly capacity of 90,000 panels, and will continue to expand production based on market conditions.

Major LCD manufacturers based in Taiwan and South Korea are preparing to build large LCD plants in China to serve the growing domestic market, which will surpass that of the US and Western Europe in the coming years. Local manufacturing is expected to reduce time to market and the total cost of manufacturing.

Digital Signage Today "CAYIN Players Powering Digital Signage in Thai Airport"

Taiwan-based CAYIN recently announced that its SMP-WEBPLUS digital signage players are powering 23 LCD screens in Suvarnabhumi Airport, the biggest international airport in Thailand.

DigiTimes "Acer, Asustek, Lenovo to Launch New Notebooks with Ultra-Thin Design in Q1'11"

As Apple's new MacBook Air notebook has seen a strong demand in the channel, notebook brands including Acer, Asustek Computer and Lenovo are all set to follow suit and launch 13.3- to 14-inch notebooks that feature ultra-thin designs and are built around the Sandy Bridge platform by the end of the first quarter...

eCampus News "Purdue and Verizon Partner to Bring 4G to Campus"

Purdue University will join the 38 major metropolitan areas and more than 60 commercial airports that Verizon plans to cover in the first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution Network, which should result in many new opportunities to use smart phones and other mobile devices as learning tools, observers say.

Universities will be a hot bed for Verizon and other wireless carriers to deploy state-of-the-art data connectivity. This will in turn motivate students and their parents to purchase 4G-enabled smartphones and notebook PCs.

DigiTimes "Unity Opto Forecasts Strong Q1'11"

With demand from TV, tablet PC and notebook backlight applications on the rise, LED chip packager Unity Opto Technology expects monthly revenues for the first quarter of 2011 to hit NT$700 billion (US$23.39 million), likely setting a new quarterly sales record despite the period historically being the low season, according to the company. Full-year revenues for 2011 should rise 80% on year to NT$12 billion.

LCD TVs, tablets, and notebooks are increasingly turning to LCDs with LED backlights and the trend will continue. One of the major advantages of LED BLUs is that it is environmentally friendly: no mercury is used. There are many other benefits: lower power consumption, instant on, added ruggedness, lasts much longer, and allows for thinner designs.

DisplaySearchBlog "Slate PC Forecast: What to Look For"

Many brands are trying to mimic the success of Apple’s iPad. What is interesting about the iPad is the unique experience it provides. The popularity of the device is not just in the sleek design. In fact, the device is very simple with only one port and few opportunities for accessories. The OS and the apps truly differentiate the iPad. There is no doubt that the popularity of the iPad will rise as its availability increases in more regions. However, what about competing products?

DigiTimes "TV Panel Prices to Rebound in Q1'11"

LCD TV panel price is still trending down at the moment but has very little room for further decline. Quotes for 32-inch TV panels are around US$150. With TV panel quotes already pushed down to a low level, inventory in the supply chain mostly digested and strong sales forecast in the end-use market, TV panel prices will soon bottom.

There is still uncertainty regarding the health of the largest TV markets. If TV sales do not meet expectations by the end of the year and in Q1'11 for China, high levels of inventory might push LCD TV panel prices further down. What we need are rapid utilization adjustments by leading LCD manufacturers to mitigate a possible over-supply situation early next year.

DisplaySearch "November Large-Area TFT LCD Shipments Reach Record Highs, Up 9% M/M; Revenues Up 6% M/M"

November 2010 shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels were 61.4 million units, up 9% from October, and revenues were 6.9 billion, up 6% M/M, according to the DisplaySearch Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database. These results surpassed the previous record reached in May 2010. Furthermore, they were also significantly better than a year ago, as shipments and revenues increased 19% Y/Y and 5% Y/Y, respectively.

Citibank's strategic design firm Eight Inc. on its environmental and interface design and technology experience, and with Atmosphere Proximity

ScreenMedia Daily "Citibank Launches New 'Smart Banking' Concept"

Citibank has announced the opening of Citi's new flagship branch in New York City. The 9,700 square foot branch is located at 14th Street and Broadway, in the heart of Union Square. Drawing on smart banking technologies pioneered by Citi in Asia, the branch will feature six interactive sales walls and other media walls.

DigiTimes "Notebook Makers to See Slight Growth or Flat Performance in January Shipments"

Benefiting from strong orders, Taiwan-based notebook maker Quanta Computer is expected to see its notebook shipments rise to 4.6 million units in January 2010, while fellow competitor Compal Electronics will see its shipments reach 4.2 million units...

Notebooks will continue to take market share away from desktop PCs but future sales of low-end models are uncertain due to the current and expected future popularity of tablets. Motorola will be unveiling its Android tablet during CES 2011 (read CES 2011: Motorola Tablet Evolution).

DisplayBlog "3M + Acer = All Day Computing And Then Some"

DBEF is the key component that recycles light. When light from the BLU hits the lower polarizer only about 50% of light passes through and the other half is absorbed. A DBEF lets about 85% of the light through but almost all of the other non-polarized light is reflected back to the BLU. That light is then passed back through the DBEF again with about half bouncing back. This repeats until all light is passed through or absorbed. The DBEF passes more light through the lower polar­izer and that results in a brighter LCD.

Acer was able to add more computing power to its TimelineX notebook PCs by incorporating 3M's brightness enhancement film into the backlight of the LCD to save energy.


Display Alliance News 12.14.2010

Digital Media: Keeping It Relevant In A Changing Landscape
David Little:
Suddenly, just having a digital sign located where people congregate isn't good enough. Suddenly, there is competition for the attention of viewers. Suddenly, it's more important than ever to create fresh content that is relevant to the intended audience of the digital sign and to make sure it is timely.
I wholeheartedly agree. The potential audience is pulled into their smartphones, where relevant information is ever-present. Augmented reality apps that present relevant information to the user's current surroundings will make it even more challenging for digital signage.

A Look At DOOH By The Numbers
PQ Media has reported that U.S. DOOH spending grew 14.9 percent in the first half of 2010 and forecast that it is on pace to grow 14.8 percent for the full year to $2.07 billion.
Lyle Bunn:
But growth that is only 14 percent given the inherent advantages of the medium strongly suggests the importance of increasing media planning/placement efficiencies and improving 'content' to better deliver communications outcomes.
DOOH audiences look for relevant content at the right place and at the right time. There are plenty of displays out there: according to NPD DisplaySearch there are one million displays that are deployed in over 260 operational networks. What is needed are real-time interactive displays.

Digital Media: Keeping it Relevant in a Changing Landscape

As mobile media makes inroads into the public consciousness, digital sign communicators can use relevancy and timeliness to cut through the clutter. One open secret about the success of dynamic signage as an out-of-home medium is that often the audience for the signs does not have a whole lot of choice when it comes to selecting what media to consume.

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Flix On Stix

AVT, Inc., formally Automated Vending Technologies, worked with Flix On Stix to develop a unique movie vending kiosk. The Flix On Stix kiosk uses two displays with the bottom display sporting touch capabilities. AVT has other options with dual 20-inch touch displays or a single touch-enabled portrait 32-inch kiosks. Thousands of Flix On Stix kiosks are planned to be installed within the next 90 days.

Flix On Stix, using an in-house developed encryption technology, will download and copy the movie you want to rent onto your own USB thumb drive or SD card. The whole process will take just seconds. One of the many advantages of using Flix On Stix is that the system will provide first-run movies well before they are available on DVD or Blu-ray, or through internet subscription services like Netflix. The movie can be viewed on a PC, Mac, a USB-enabled set-top box or a USB-enabled TV. Fees are reasonable: $1 for 3 days, $2 for 6 days, $3 for 9 days, and $4 for 12 days. The Flix On Stix kiosk is convenient: you don't need to return anything since the movie will cease to work after it expires.


A Display-Centric Experience

Do you remember mobile phones and smartphones before the iPhone? I do. The displays weren't all that good. Post-iPhone the mobile phone industry dramatically shifted and the display became the focus. A good display wasn't just good to have; a good display was essential. The display was the gateway to exceptional experiences and thanks to Apple everyone is focused on the display today. The trend toward better displays were limited to the mobile space at first, but now has transitioned to the tablet market space, again thanks to Apple with its iPad. These display-centric experiences will challenge another industry: digital signage.

When digital signage was in its infancy one of the largest markets was transportation and in particular airports. At that time the largest displays were made with plasma technology. LCDs were catching up but they were generally more expensive. Many airports around the world chose plasma technology, but they shouldn't have. Why? The reason is quite simple: plasma displays don't do very well in bright ambient environments, and LCDs do very well. Plasma displays in airports looked washed out and the experience for the passengers looking for information was less than ideal. A digital signage deployment cannot afford to make that type of mistake anymore. The stakes are higher.

Today digital signage is more widespread and choosing the right display technology is critical. People's expectations of display performance are high. Thanks to multitouch technologies people also expect to be able to directly engage the display to find information.

One of my favorite things to eat are the french fries at McDonald's. Just a few months ago at a local McDonald's I noticed a brand new digital signage display that was added to the side of the regular menu board. The graphics were nice and the matte LCD was a good match since lighting is very bright. The only problem was that it failed to get me to buy more stuff to eat there.

McDonald's chose the right display for the digital signage application but where it failed was that it was just one way and did not allow for any interaction. The graphics moved around and transitioned too quickly for me to get a good look at the items and prices. What most customers do before they order is compare one item to another and ponder what they should get. It takes some time. If graphics move about too quickly it will only stress the customer. If the display was brought down so I could interact with it, comparing one set item to another and maybe even order on it that would have enhanced the experience for me and probably would have increased revenues for McDonald's.

Digital signage deployments must focus on the display and increasingly people need to be able to interact with the display. A display-centric focus in digital signage will go a long way toward providing customers with satisfying experiences.


Display Alliance News 11.29.2010

TrustedReviews: Philips Cinema 21:9 58PFL9955H/12 Review Is 21:9 the next wide? Most if not all film are wider than 16:9 and if you enjoy watch­ing movies more than TV the more theater-like expe­ri­ence from Philips’ 21:9 TV sets might serve you bet­ter. Although a 58-inch TV might be too big to use as a mon­i­tor, a mon­i­tor with a 21:9 aspect ratio would be ter­rific to put up two side-by-side web­pages, doc­u­ments, pre­sen­ta­tions, or really wide spreadsheets. Click here to read more..

Super AMOLED Surplus in 2011? DigiTimes → Phone Arena → Engadget: Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) makes the Super AMOLED dis­plays that go into every Samsung branded smart­phone. Currently SMD makes 3 mil­lion of these per month. Starting June 2011 that num­ber will grow to 30 mil­lion per month. But these aren’t reg­u­lar OLED dis­plays: SMD’s Super AMOLEDs make use of a PenTile Matrix sub-pixel struc­ture pio­neered by Clairvoyante and now Nouvoyance after being pur­chased by Samsung. PenTile Matrix has a 2×2 sub-pixel struc­ture that allows for a visual equiv­a­lent pixel for­mat of 800xRGBx480. As far as I know there is no OLED vol­ume pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy that can cram 800xRGBx480 pix­els into a 3.5-inch panel. Click here to read more..

Toshiba: In Talks With El Araby To Build LCD TV Plant In Egypt TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Toshiba Corp. (6502.TO) is in talks with home electronics maker El Araby to build a new LCD TV plant in Egypt, hoping to tap into potential future demand in the Middle East and Africa, a Toshiba spokesman said Monday. The Japanese national broadcaster NHK cited people familiar with the matter earlier Monday as saying Toshiba had reached an agreement to launch a joint venture with Egypt-based El Araby. Toshiba will invest about Y5 billion through the joint venture to build a new LCD TV-making facility at El Araby's existing plant in Egypt, NHK said. Click here to read more..

LCD Panel Prices Plunging Prices of LCD TVs, either LED-based or traditionally CCFL LCDs, have dropped dramatically in the past year, with LED falling 44 percent and CCFL 24 percent from last October to this October. According to numbers released last week by DisplaySearch, the price drops are attributable to both falling prices of LCD chips and a shift towards oversupply in the supply chain. Click here to read more..

Best LCD TV deals to come after Black Friday NEW YORK ( -- Ultra-low prices for flat screen LCD TVs are typical for Black Friday. But this year, the best deals are expected to come even later in the holiday season and into early 2011. The average price for a 42-inch LCD TV is forecast to be $626 this quarter, but the price is expected to fall below $600 in the beginning of next year before rising again, according to NPD Group. Prices for 52-inch LCD TVs are expected to drop by $120 on average during the same time period. Click here to read more..

AUO's AMOLED project is being subsidized by Taiwan's government Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has approved subsidies totaling NT$600 million ($20 million) - which will go into two projects, one of them being AUO's AMOLED project. AUO 14-inch OLED prototype. AUO are gearing up towards AMOLED mass production in Q2 2011, and they plan to produce small- and medium-size displays using 3.5-Gen and 4.5-Gen lines. AUO are also working towards flexible AMOLED displays. We're not sure which project is being subsidized by this grant. Click here to read more..

Super LCD, Explained Everything is super these days. Super AMOLED. Super IPS. Super PVA. And now Super LCD. So is Super LCD really super? Super LCD is man­u­fac­tured by Sony Mobile Display (SMD). SMD has focused on low-temperature poly­sil­i­con (LTPS) TFT LCDs, but with the par­tial acqui­si­tion of Seiko Epson’s Epson Imaging Devices (EID), SMD has incor­po­rated amor­phous sil­i­con (a-Si) TFT LCD tech­nol­ogy, which is eas­ier and cheaper to man­u­fac­ture. Super LCD sports SMD’s VSPEC III wide-viewing angle tech­nol­ogy (branded as Vistarich) com­bined with a new LCD dri­ver that leads to a con­trast ratio of 800:1 and 160/160 view­ing angles (>100:1 CR). Color gamut is a claimed 100% sRGB. Sony reports that opti­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics are equiv­a­lent to organic EL dis­plays, or OLEDs. Super LCD also fea­tures lower power con­sump­tion, low EMI, and Windows-On tech­nol­ogy. That last bit elim­i­nates the air gap between the panel and the glass cover result­ing in less sur­face reflectance. Lower power con­sump­tion is the result of a higher aper­ture ratio and bet­ter light transmittance. Click here to read more..


Digital Signage News UK 11.29.2010

Amscreen Continue to Thrive

UK indoor Dooh advertising specialists, Amscreen have announced further deals that see the company go from strength to strength becoming one of the UK’s successful Dooh implementers.

The company, run by Simon Sugar, the son of the BBC Apprentice star and former UK Business Tsar, Sir Lord Alan Sugar, has signed several new deals this month including 100 new screens in leading British stationers, WHsmith; motorway service restaurant chain Moto are implementing 100 Amscreen units, and the company have just announced a deal with Sat Nav makers Tom-Tom, who will provide live traffic feeds to their network of 3,000 screens across the UK.

Following the new deals, Amscreen have cemented themselves as the best of the rest behind advertising leaders Clear Channel, Ocean and JC Decaux. With screens in many petrol forecourts, conveniences stores,  in leisure and travel industries, it also has a healthcare sector run by 2009 Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan.

Hello Celebrate the Royal Engagement Using Outdoor Digital Signage

Celebrity news and perennial royal watchers Hello have congratulated newly betrothed Prince Williams and Kate Middleton with an outdoor digital signage campaign.

The magazine is advertising their latest issue which commemorates the royal engagement using 50 JC Decaux outdoor screens in central London.

Upside Advertising – a gimmick Dooh could do without?

UK utility company British Gas have also hired JC Decaux screens to run their latest advertising campaign – with upside down content.

The electricity and gas suppliers are running upside down advertisements in 17 UK railway stations to match their new promotional slogan: “Being without heating or hot water can turn your world upside down.”

While this is a unique approach in the world of digital signage, upside content is a notorious gimmick long ago prohibited in the world of print media. While upside content works when used rarely – the quirkiness causing people to take notice of it – it can soon lead to a plethora of upside adverts as people attempt to copy the sucess, and people will soon get bored twisting their head to try and read them.


A new conductive material for the display industry. All the benefits of ITO and more?

Amid different posts popping up via my RSS feeder, it’s growing more and more evident that there is a developing mineral crisis, and ITO (Indium tin oxide,) a common material used in LCDs, touch panels and photovoltaics, to name a few, is among the list of minerals to be in high demand and low availability  in the near future.

Carestream Health’s solution to the problem may be their new Flexx Transparent Conductive Material. Currently, the most widely used substance in nearly all display related products  is Indium Tin Oxide, ideal because of its electrical conductivity and optical transparency. The only problem is, a Carestream Health sees it, is it’s high cost, relatively low durability and occasional scarcity of product. Using their patented “Silver nanomaterial technology,” Carestream Flexx offers the same visual and conductive advantage of ITO while being easier to manufacture, flexible and “far less brittle than ITO-based films.”

Whether the shortage of ITO is a real problem or not, we’ll see if Carestreams Flexx technology can really improve upon the existing material used in touch and display technology. Carestream tells us,  “The nano-material is coated onto a resilient polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film to create a film that is far more flexible and much less expensive to produce than ITO-based offerings.” If so, this could be an ideal material for the developing OLED phone market. A flexible touch surface would work well with a flexible OLED screen.

Available Q1 2011, we’re interested to see the consumer response to the  newly applied display technology and also, as the years pass by, whether is durability and availability exceeds that of the current technology.

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Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Expands Digital Signage Network by Noventri

Marriott Inner Harbor looks to Noventri once again as they expand their existing digital signage network that is viewed by guests throughout the hotel.

Smithsburg, Maryland, November 9, 2010 – Noventri recently finished a fourth phase or expansion of their digital signage network at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The 490-room hotel decided to expand with additional screens that show daily meeting times throughout the lobby.

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