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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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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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Display Alliance News 11.18.2010

Adtraxion Systems And Philips Public Signage Setting New Standard 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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..


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.


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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Display Alliance News 11.17.2010

People of Lava’s Scandinavia: Android TV Made From Stone 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 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 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 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 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 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 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..


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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