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Tuesday
Dec072010

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.

Thursday
Dec022010

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.

Monday
Nov292010

Display Alliance News 11.29.2010

TrustedReviews: Philips Cinema 21:9 58PFL9955H/12 Review
displayblog.com- 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?
displayblog.com- 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
online.wsj.com- 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
dealerscope.com- 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
money.cnn.com- NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- 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
oled-info.com- 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
displayblog.com- 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..

Thursday
Nov252010

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.



Monday
Nov222010

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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Monday
Nov222010

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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Friday
Nov192010

New Advanced Materials Division of Carestream Health Launches Flexx™ Transparent Conductive Films 

Carestream Health’s New Transparent Conductive Film Offers Highly Flexible, Durable Alternative To ITO-Based Films.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Display Alliance News 11.18.2010

Adtraxion Systems And Philips Public Signage Setting New Standard
adtraxion.com- Breda, The Netherlands, November 2, 2010 | MMD, the company behind Philips-branded LCD monitors and public signage solutions, developed a full range of Smart Insert displays which allows the Adtraxion Xs digital signage Player to be inserted discreetly in to the rear panel of the LCD display. Consequently, a unique digital signage solution with exceptional reliability and serviceability has emerged. Thanks to the perfect compatibility of the two systems, this now offers a one stop shop for complete public signage solutions. Click here to read more..

US has significant rare earth deposits
techeye.net- As China tightens its hold on the market for rare earths, the US has been on the hunt for other sources. And just look what it's found - 13 million metric tonnes of the stuff, hidden down the back of the sofa. While most rare earths aren't actually that rare, mining is almost exclusively concentrated in China, which has warned that it plans to limit exports. This week, EU officials plan to plead with the country to change its mind. Click here to read more..

EU will urge China to free rare earth restrictions
techeye.net- The European Union (EU) will urge China to allow more exports of rare earths at a meeting with Chinese officials this week, according to an EU diplomat. Countries across the world have been in uproar over China’s decision to limit the exportation of its rare earths, with the country having a near monopoly over the production of the materials used to manufacture a wide range of technology. Click here to read more..

Mitsubishi to Launch LCD Monitor for Game Playing
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp- Mitsubishi Electric Corp will release an LCD monitor that it claims enables to comfortably play fast-moving TV games Nov 30, 2010. Click here to read more..

Four-channel LED IC for backlit LCD televisions
electronicstalk.com- Austriamicrosystems has launched the AS3696, a four-channel LED driver IC that is designed for edge lighting in LCD televisions. It includes a special control mechanism for 3D effects and extends the company's portfolio of LED backlight unit (BLU) drivers for the next generation of LCD TVs. With a channel-to-channel accuracy of +/-1 per cent, the AS3696 BLU driver IC is a precision LED controller with PWM inputs and internal PWM generators. Click here to read more..

BOE G6 TFT-LCD Production Line Launched
english.anhuinews.com- The mass production ceremony of BOE G6 TFT-LCD production line in Hefei, Anhui's capital city was launched on November.17, the first of its kind in China, which marks a new milestone of LCD industry. BOE G6 TFT-LCD production line has been put into mass production since October, making significant breakthrough of the localization of LCD panels sized from 32 inches to above in mainland China. Click here to read more..

Sharp, CEC-Panda to Build 10G LCD Panel Production Line
tradingmarkets.com- Sharp Corporation and Nanjing CEC-Panda Information Industry Co., Ltd. has begun to make preparations for their cooperative 10G LCD panel production line, which has a total investment of CNY 36 billion and a production capacity of 80,000 pieces per month. Click here to read more..

Philips Healthcare Announces Ocular as Touch Panel Supplier
marketwatch.com- Philips Healthcare division announced today that Ocular LCD, Inc., an industry leader in projected capacitive (PCAP) touch technology, will provide the touch panel assemblies for Philips' next generation patient monitoring device. Phillips will incorporate PCAP user interface panels, designed and manufactured by Ocular, as well as utilize additional enhancements and customization services that Ocular provides. Click here to read more..

Wednesday
Nov172010

Digital Signage News UK 11.17.2010

Ocean Erect Giant Digital Billboard at Birmingham’s Bullring

Big screen advertising company Ocean have won a contract with Birmingham’s iconic Bullring shopping centre to install for the city’s first full-motion outdoor digital signage screen.

The screen has been deployed near the famous shopping centre, home to the city’s Selfridges department store, in conjunction with insurance group Scottish Widows.

Ocean's Display, Picture Copyright Armagard

The UK’s second city was selected by Ocean who struggled to find a location that met with their selective criteria. Chief Executive, Tim Bleakley said: “All Ocean sites have a unique natural pull and the City Centre House Screen is very much in the Ocean family of sites. We are delighted to be working with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership to develop and grow digital out of home advertising opportunities in Birmingham.”

Glasgow Subway Platforms with Unique Digital Advertising and News Displays

Station platforms along Glasgow’s subway system have been targeted with a range of digital displays that combine both advertising and news content – provided by Scottish TV (STV).

Powered by Remote Media’s Signagelive digital signage software platform the displays are operated by advertisers Primesight who have a unique partnership with Scottish TV to run STV news segments.

“We’re delighted to be able to engage with subway travellers using our comprehensive news content,” said David Connolly, senior advisor to STV was reported as saying. “With around 15 million passenger journeys a year, this innovative partnership creates a unique opportunity for STV to connect with an existing and new audience in a brand new environment.”

Glasgow's Metro SignageThe displays are positioned in the public concourse, entry areas and platforms, with five sites currently targeted but more expected next year.

Market Survey Shows Display Mounts and Brackets a Thriving UK Industry

Mounts and brackets in the UK is a £20m business with over 250,000 units sold each year according to a recent market survey.

Software and technology experts InfoComm’s figures suggest that the entire world mounting and bracketing market is growing at seven per cent a year with the Europe market now worth $231m; the UK expenditure on mounts is running at around £21m a year.

Wednesday
Nov172010

Adtraxion Systems And Philips Public Signage Setting New Standard

Companies receive a great deal of positive feedback on compatibility between both solutions

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Display Alliance News 11.17.2010

People of Lava’s Scandinavia: Android TV Made From Stone
displayblog.com- People of Lava → Wired: The Scandinavia is the name of the TV made by People of Lava, which is a com­pany based in Sweden. The Scandinavia is made in Sweden and will come in three sizes: 42, 47, 55 inch. There are two things that make the Scandinavia very inter­est­ing. One is that it is made of metal, glass, and stone. Weight? 90 pounds for the 55-inch version. Click here to read more..

Panasonic’s New 103 Inch 3D Plasma Available for $100,000
geeky-gadgets.com- Today Panasonic have unveiled their latest monster 103 inch PDP Full HD TV but this time with 3D Technology. The Panasonic TH-P103MT2 is based on Panasonic’s earlier 103 inch creation but now incorporates 3D technology with a HD resolution and a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. Its equipped with 4 x HDMI ports and measure a whopping 2,412×871×1,748mm weighing in at 321 KG so dont try and carry this up your stairs on your own. Click here to read more..

Digital Media Delivers Effective Emergency Communications On Campus
keywesttechnology.com- For many of us old enough to recall, news of the event immediately triggered memories of Charles Whitman, the sniper who fired down upon the campus from the University of Texas Tower in August 1966. While the specifics of the two events are quite different, a major, yet easy-to-overlook difference is particularly noteworthy: campus communications. Forty-four years ago, radio and television carried the burden of warning the public about the presence of the sniper. Unfortunately, not many people at universities tune into radio or TV during class. Click here to read more..

Highlights from the DSA Advisory Board Meeting at CETW
digitalscreenmedia.org- Forty-one members of the Digital Screenmedia Association Advisory Board meet last week in New York, the day before Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW), to take stock on where the Association has come and where it’s going. Click here to read more..

Pricing for Large-Sized LCD Panels to Climb in November

isuppli.com- Controlled production helped stabilize prices for large-sized LCD panels in October, but panel prices could rise in November in the face of mounting demand, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. With buyers preparing for the market introduction of new models for this year’s holiday season and the Lunar New Year in February 2011, brands and manufacturers alike are starting to buy panels again after maintaining strict inventory control for several months. Pricing for large-sized LCD panels—defined as those from the 10-inch to the 47-inch sizes—will climb by 0.9 percent when averaged out for the three key panel applications in monitors, notebooks and televisions, iSuppli has determined. Click here to read more..

AUO declines comment on merger reports
digitimes.com- AU Optronics (AUO) has declined to comment on a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report that it is planning to merge with fellow panel manufacturer Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). Click here to read more..

New Wave of Advanced-Generation TFT LCD Investment in China

displaysearchblog.com- Over the past few weeks, two advanced TFT LCD fabs—a Samsung Gen 7.5 in Suzhou and a LG Display Gen 8.5 in Guangzhou—were approved by the State Department of China. Formal approval by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is expected soon. Click here to read more..

Tuesday
Nov162010

Company Profile: Olea Kiosks

Olea Kiosks, Inc. is an industry leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of custom and standard kiosk enclosures. Over 35 years of manufacturing in Los Angeles CA, Olea produces kiosks for Nike, Hot Topic, Fred Meyer, and FedEx. Olea also offers standard off-the-shelf kiosks to meet virtually any budget requirements. With a 35,000 square foot metal and custom cabinetry facility Olea can accommodate any size roll out.

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Monday
Nov152010

A look around the CETW Show Floor (Part 2)

Here's the second part to the previous post.

Olea Kiosks new iPad enclosure. As tablets become commonplace in a lot of retail and retaurant environments, it makes sense to have a protective enclosure for this type of technology.

Season Group had a nice industrial tablet to show when I stopped by. The back of the tablet is not completely flat. It actually had an area that stuck out a couple inches to hold the internals of the machine. All the tablets i've seen so far have been completely flat. For more rugged apllications such as industrial use, I thought Season Group's tablet would be perfect.

Here one of Comark's offerings at the show. Simple, clean and pretty affordable.

I have not typically been a believer of 3D technology. I saw Avatar on the bigscreen and felt a little nauseous by the time I came out. After seeing 3D Fusions HD quality 3D Technology, I changed my mind. Watching close ups of flowers on this screen was amazing. I'm going to find out more about their patented 3D technology for Display Alliance.

Bi-Search had one of the nicer booth's at the show, highlighting some of their banner type displays shown above.

RedDotNet Kiosks really impressed me. They are small and friendly looking. After scrolling around on one for a while, I could see how their design would be a great fit in a lot of retail environments.

Frank Mayer and Associates showed off a lot of their new Interactive Kiosks. I had a chance to check out their new Windows 7 Kiosk which I will be posting a video of on Display Alliance.

Monday
Nov152010

A look around the CETW Show Floor (Part 1)

As expected, CETW delivered some very cool new display Technology. Here's a look at some products that happened to catch my eye while walking around the floor. Pardon the amateur photography and video skills, as well as all who I missed at the show. If I missed your booth at the show, feel free to contact me or sign up here (for free) to post images, videos and general information about the products you showed. Without further adieu, here's what I was able to put together..

Samsung Display had a nice presence at the show. They had many of their digital signage monitors on the walls as you walked into the show room. I enjoyed their video wall playing  a scene from Avatar. It looked good, although I was a little surprised that the wall was put together using difference width bezels. I think it would have had a nicer effect if all the different size dispays had identical bezel widths..

I met with Eric Perkins from Display Devices While at the show. They were showing off their 65" "SunView" ultrabright LCD Displays. When a 65" display is put  on its side in portrait mode, it makes for a pretty impressive display. I particularly enjoyed the sharp, HD city images they were showing on the screens.

Olea Kiosks presented  some of their new iPad enclosures and high end kiosks at the show. I thought the design on their Sephora Kiosk was polished and really nice to look at.

NEC's thin bezel video wall was an impressive sight. Utilizing 9 46" HD displays, the video wall showed off some very crisp images. I had previously thought of thin bezel video walls as "cheating" when it coems to delivering a giant LCD display but with the thin bezel, the display came out really nice.

Ultimedia showed off their kiosk design at the show. I thought the QNomy had a particularly nice design Ill be reaching out to Matt Lepacek to find out more about their hardware and software offerings.

 

Simbioz's design and interactive software really blew me away. They were one of the last vendors I ran into at the show but I'm glad I was able to demo their technology. The display is completely touchless, utilizing two camera's in the top corners of the kiosk. You can imagine a lot of situations where a completely touchless interactive kiosk could be useful. The design, image quality and interactive software is really high quality in my opinion.

NEC's 70" Display. Pretty standard but really nice to watch.

I saw this little guy cruising around the floor when I first arrived at the show. Its a VGO two way audio/visual mobile communications device. It's a really cool idea if you can wrap your head around the idea of a little robot buzzing around your office ready to unleash a high quality streaming conference with your boss 200 miles away.

Here's the SapientNitro Vending Machine utilizing Samsung LCD displays. We're seeing more and more of these touch screen, large LCD vending machines. There nice to look at  and certainly more enticing than your standard glass vending machine.

Friday
Nov122010

Digital Media Delivers Effective Emergency Communications On Campus

A new study from the Platt Retail Institute reaffirms how effective digital communications is in distributing emergency warnings and alerts on campus. In late September, a gunman opened fire inside the library on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

C-nario and AOpen Partner to Provide Digital Signage Solutions for US Small and Medium Business Market

C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, and AOpen, a leading small form factor (SFF) computer system manufacturer and a digital signage solution provider, announced a partnership for the digital signage market. AOpen will integrate C-nario’s C-sign digital signage solution with its Digital Engine platform, and will market the integrated system to small and medium businesses (SMBs) across the United States. The integrated system will be launched at Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW), to be held November 10-11, 2010 at the Javits Convention Center, New York. The system will be displayed at AOpen’s booth (#421). 

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Tuesday
Nov092010

CETW begins in NYC tomorrow, Display Alliance will be there!

We're heading down to the Big Apple tomorrow to attend CETW at the Javits Center (NY,NY.) I'll be joined by Bruce Warila and Eric Primack and between the three of us, we intend to unveil Display Alliance to the exhibitors and bring their products and technology to the masses, through our blog. From conversations with a number of exhibitors, the show promises to deliver some very cool, new display technology. I'm going to hold off on listing all the vendors and industry experts we plan on meeting and showcasing. Since the launch of Display Alliance we made a lot of great connections with experts in the digital signage arena, a long with hundreds of manufacturers utilizing display technology, and we know CETW will be a great a great boost in the exposure of the blog.

We'll be posting images and feedback on Display Alliance while at the show..you can find us in the blogger zone or whever the coolest display technology is being featured. Stay tuned..and contact me (Chris Sava) if you'd like to connect at the show.

Monday
Nov082010

Display Alliance News 11.08.2010

Samsung develops 70-inch LCD panel using Oxide Semiconductor tech
samsunghub.com- Samsung has clinched another world’s first title with the development of a 70-inch LCD panel that uses Oxide Semiconductor technology and supports 3D Ultra Definition (UD) with 240Hz refresh rate. The use of oxide semiconductor technology over the conventional silicon-based TFT tech allows the TV to support 8m pixels resolution, which is four times more than the full HD resolution. Samsung says the next-generation display could support a refresh rate of 480Hz with improved 3D glasses. Click here to read more..

Chungwa Picture Tubes EOL Notification 11.08.2010
displayalliance.com- Click here to view the current list of CPT EOL Displays..

Taiwan LCD panel makers to go to China soon after Samsung, LGD
digitimes.com- With rumors indicating that Samsung Electronics and LG Display have both received approval from the Chinese government for their advanced production plant projects, Taiwan's LCD panel makers believe that they will not be far behind, and the next battleground for the global top-four panel makers will be in China. Click here to read more..

Do LCD Panels Suffer From Burn-In?
panelx.com- Shortly after large screen plasma screens first came to market and started being used for signage there were reports of problems with burn-in. This had also been a problem with CRTs used in similar applications. But what about LCDs? Click here to read more..

Geologists And Tech Industry Leaders Fear Mineral Trade Wars Imminent
techcrunch.com- The price of solar photovoltaic panels could rise steeply if the Geosociety’s predictions about mineral trade wars come true. The group of 17 minerals in the rare earth category go into everything from missile guidance systems and mobile phones, to flat screen TVs, lasers and new energy technology. Pending scarcity— driven by increases in global demand, and China’s near-monopoly on the minerals market— could lead to prices that eat into industry margins, a slow down for clean tech projects worldwide, and diplomatic clashes between supplier nations (China) and buyer nations (U.S., Germany and Japan). Click here to read more..

OEM/ODM hoping for appearance of rush orders

digitimes.com- As shopping centers in the US such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy have already started to promote their latest IT products such as LCD TVs and notebooks for the year-end holidays, some Taiwan-based notebook makers are still optimistic toward the demand from the holidays and are bidding on brand vendors placing rush orders at the end of November. Click here to read more..

Pixtronix and Chimei Innolux Successfully Develop MEMS Display Prototypes
marketwatch.com- Pixtronix, Inc., an innovator in the development and licensing of low power multimedia display technologies, today announced the successful joint development with Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) of its PerfectLight low power MEMS display technology for mobile multimedia applications. The two companies recently completed the development of prototype displays, which utilize the Pixtronix proprietary technology and were built by CMI. These displays will be demonstrated at FPD International 2010, the comprehensive exhibition and convention on Flat Panel Displays, November 10-12, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan. Click here to read more..

Friday
Nov052010

Display Alliance News 11.05.2010

cohenoncontent.com- Here's an interesting conversation between Graeme Spicer, Head of NEC Display Solutions VUKUNET, and Phil Cohen, President/CEO of Care Media Holdings Corporation. Graeme explains NEC's role in the digital signage market and how the launch of VUKUNET was done to help "digital out of home" networks to be successful. Check out Phil's Blog..

JCDecaux Launches New Digital M4 Torch
dailydooh.com- JCDecaux has unveiled its new screens on the M4 Torch with campaigns that demonstrate the flexibility of digital outdoor. With two new product launches from HTC, an evening drive-time campaign from Diageo and multiple creatives from fashion brand UGG, the screens are part of JCDecaux’s continued investment in the medium. The M4 Torch stands of course on the busiest stretch of road between London and Heathrow Airport and provides 1.8 million impacts every week and an audience that is 67% ABC1. Click here to read more..

Cando to invest NT$24 billion for touch panel capacity expansion, says report
digitimes.com- Cando, a subsidiary of LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO), plans to invest NT$24 billion (US$789.1 million) to start constructing two touch panel production plants in the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) by the end of the year in order to produce touch sensors for the second-generation iPad, according to a Chinese-language report on Economic Daily News (EDN). Click here to read more..

Scientists find way to recover touchscreen material indium

techeye.net- Scientists have developed a way to produce microbe-filled capsules that can recover rare metal indium, used in the creation of touchscreens. Health products maker Morishita Jintan Co have worked with Osaka Prefecture University to develop the technology which consists of microbes surrounded by a semipermeable synthetic membrane, writes Nikkei. When placed in a solution containing indium the capsules are able to let metal ions pass through the membrane, before being taken up by the microbes. Indium is a material that is used to create indium tin oxide, crucial to the production of touchscreens and LCDs.  It is widely thought that there is a shortage of the material, with a US Geological Survey putting indium reserves at 16,000 with speculation that with current consumption reserves will be exhausted by 2020. Click here to read more..

LCD panel makers bear advantages in touch panel market, says BenQ
digitimes.com- Compared to touch panel makers, TFT-LCD panel makers have advantages in terms of technology and resources as competition heats up in the touch panel industry, according to KY Lee, chairman of the BenQ Group. AU Optronics (AUO) has transformed its 4G line for touch panel production, including in-cell and binding technologies, according to Lee. Click here to read more..

Touch Screen the Next Step in the Digital Signage Adventure
touchscreenkiosks4business.blogspot.com- Touch screens have been around since the 1970s. Traditionally, touch screen monitors have primarily been used for more durable and industrial devices. They have a great advantage over conventional displays in that there doesn't have to be a separate input device such as a keyboard which saves space. Traditionally their use has been restricted to industrial computing, however, there are other industries where this space saving advantage of touchscreen could prove advantageous: digital signage. Click here to read more..

Thursday
Nov042010

Display Alliance News 11.04.2010

2010 MacBook Air owners reporting logic board and display issues
engadget.com- Early adopters typically run into weird issues when putting their first generation gadgetry to use, and owners of the new MacBook Air models are no exception. Indeed, on the day of its release Apple had to push out a software update to stop the system from locking up while in iMovie -- but that wasn't the end of the woes. Thanks to a YouTube video, we've seen for ourselves evidence of a display flickering in a most unappealing manner, and we're hearing tales of other display issues, kernel errors that occur when the machines are trying to come out of sleep mode, and more. Click here to read more..

From the 70's to Today: A Look At How LCD Monitors Have Changed
displayalliance.com- This blog post will take you back about 33 years ago to 1977 when General Digital, a manufacturer of LCD rack mount monitors, invented the first gas plasma, flat panel, touch screen serial LCD computer monitor and terminal. (Click here for a look at the schematic, an exclusive to Display Alliance). This innovative piece of technology was for military purposes only at the time, and would pave the way for military touch screen LCD monitors to come. Click here to read more..

OOH Advertising: Out-of-Home Advertising Boosts Impact of Other Media, Delivers Sales Lift
keywesttechnology.com- Marketers looking for evidence that out-of-home advertising can improve sales and amplify the effectiveness of their other advertising need look no further than a new study from Clear Channel Communications and MarketShare Partners. The study, "How Out-of-Home Advertising Works," examines the return on investment of using out-of-home advertising as an ingredient in a larger marketing mix. Specifically, the report finds OOH advertising provides a significant, incremental sales lift that equals, or is often greater than, other drivers. Click here to read more..

LCD prices expected to rebound
taipeitimes.com- The price of LCD panels used in televisions is expected to rebound gradually next quarter from near-cost level for most manufacturers after a prolonged downward spiral, US market researcher DisplaySearch said yesterday. That would pave the way for solid recovery in the second quarter, when anticipated rising demand comes to support panel prices, David Hsieh, a vice president of DisplaySearch, told reporters on the sidelines of a TV supply chain forum held in Taipei. Unlike the downcycle that occurred two years ago, the correction this time stemmed from excessive inventories rather than frozen demand caused by a global economic slump, Hsieh said. Click here to read more..

Samsung, Sony In Talks To Make 11th-Generation LCD Panels
online.wsj.com- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. and Japan's Sony Corp. are currently in talks to jointly produce next-generation liquid crystal displays, according to the Maeil Business Newspaper. "(Sony) is looking into plans to produce 11th-generation LCDs through S-LCD, but the details, including the investment size and the manufacturing date, haven't been fixed yet," the local newspaper quoted an unnamed official at the Japanese company as saying. S-LCD, which was formed in 2004, is an LCD panel-making joint venture by Samsung and Sony and is based in South Korea. If the two companies agree to strike the deal early next year, the production of such panels may begin in the second half of 2012, the paper added, citing another industry source. Click here to read more..

Garb Oil & Power Corporation Meets Growing Mandated Demand for LCD-Monitor Waste Recycling Plant
marketwatch.com- Garb Oil & Power Corporation ("Garb") (otcqb:GARB); Garb's first compact LCD-monitor Waste (Scrap) recycling plant, recently introduced to the market, has a strong potential in the United States. It is capable of handling three metric tons per hour of throughput and comes with a full buyback agreement on all throughput produced. President John Rossi noted, "We see E-Waste as a growth industry in the United States. Our Company's first full LCD-Monitor Waste Recycling Plant, which is the first of its kind in the world, has generated significant interest. I attribute this intense United States interest to the fact that 23 states have passed legislation mandating state-wide E-waste recycling. The Producer Responsibility Act mandates that manufacturers must pay for E-Waste recycling. The implementation of this act in 22 states has resulted in 61% of the population of the U.S. now being covered by a state E-Waste recycling law. Click here to read more..                 

Beijing approves Samsung, LG to build LCD plants in China
english.yonhapnews.co.kr- The government of China has approved Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Display Co., the world's two largest makers of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), to build plants in the country, sources in mainland China said Thursday. According to sources in Beijing, an executive meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet, on Wednesday decided to grant approval to the South Korean manufacturers for construction of the new LCD plants. Click here to read more..

Corning Posts Higher 3Q Profit
abcnews.go.com- Corning Inc., the world's biggest maker of LCD glass, said its net income rose 22 percent to $785 million, or 50 cents per share, in the July-September period, as revenue climbed 8 percent to $1.6 billion. The results narrowly missed analysts' estimates. Click here to read more..

NEC Tuner Brings IPTV Content To Public LCD Displays
channelnews.com.au- NEC Australia has come up with a breakthrough accessory for its public LCD displays, allowing users to capture streamed HD video content for use in areas of digital signage, education, corporate in-house information and entertainment. Click here to read more..