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Tuesday
Sep282010

display alliance news 9.28.2010

Take a look at your new textbook
engadget.com- We had a chance to go hands-on with the device as well as speak to some members of the team developing the Kno, and while it's clear that there are major bumps in the UI and user experience, it seems like the company is aware of them. What we saw today was clearly unfinished, with a lot of laggy, stuttery behavior in the interface, a crash or two, and some very inaccurate finger tracking, but Kno says it's hard at work on eradicating those issues. Even with the UI fixes, it's a hard sell at "under $1000," but Kno is putting together partnerships with publishers to make that a little easier to swallow, as they say ultimately it will be less expensive than buying regular old text books. Click to read more..

Optrex Introduces First Standard Passive Matrix LCD with Advanced Black Nematic Technology
advancedimagingpro.com- The passive matrix monochrome LCD market remains a significant focus for Optrex, quoted Optrex America President & CEO, Cynthia Ferrell. While some LCD manufacturers have decided to exit the passive LCD market, Optrex continues to support it with new developments such as Advanced Black Nematic technology. Conventional passive matrix displays offer limited performance, such as brightness of less than 100 cd/m2 and contrast ratio of less than 80:1, which are not acceptable for some applications. As a result, Vacuum Florescent Display (VFD) technology has been prevalent in many automotive and certain industrial applications. However, LCDs utilizing ABN technology can achieve performance equal to or better than VFD. They provide a true black level by dramatically reducing the light leakage, resulting in contrast ratios of up to 1000:1, super wide viewing angles, and no performance shift over a wide temperature range. Click to read more..

Wellypower ships 1 million office-use light bars per month, says report
digitimes.com- CCFL lighting maker Wellypower Optronics is benefiting from the commercial market for office-use T5 light bars and is shipping one million units per month including both CCFL and LED light bars, according to a Chinese-language Economic Day News (EDN) report. Click to read more..

HP Sells $4 Million Worth of Computers Each Hour, 2 Sold Every Second
techcrunch.com- At TechCrunch Disrupt this morning, HP’s Executive Vice President for the Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradleyshed light on the massive number of devices being sold through his group, which Bradley says is in charge of a $40-plus billion revenue stream flowing through the company. Bradley says that HP is selling $4 million worth of computers in his group every hour, with 2 computers sold each second. As we wrote earlier, Bradley also sees a lot of potential in the tablet market, estimating that tablets will be a $40 billion market over the next few years. Click to read more..

Wintek looks for a strategic partner for AMOLED production
oled-info.com- There are reports that Wintek is looking to start producing AMOLED displays, and plan to seek a strategic partner to lower the costs associated with such a program. Wintek will use the old production line of Windell in the Taichung Industrial Park, Taiwan. Click to read more..

Diodes Incorporated's Versatile 9-Channel LED Drivers Improve LCD Backlighting Performance with 93% Efficiency and 1% Channel Matching
marketwatch.com- Diodes Incorporated, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today announced two 9-channel LED drivers with internal charge-pumps for backlighting small-LCD screens, keypads and LED lights. Click to read more..

Tuesday
Sep282010

iPhone 4 Retina Display versus Samsung Galaxy S Super OLED Shoot-Out

displaymate.com- This article objectively compares the display performance of five leading smartphone LCD and OLED displays based on extensive scientific lab measurements together with extensive side-by-side visual tests, incisive evaluations and comparisons – iPhone 4 – Samsung Galaxy S – Motorola Droid – iPhone 3GS – Google Nexus One. Click here to read the article..

Monday
Sep272010

display alliance news 9.26.2010

Nascar Fans To Get World’s Largest TV
A 16,000 square foot, 165,000 pound giant tv, running 720p, will be showcased in Charlotte as Panasonic and Charlotte Motor Speedway team up to launch the behemoth. Image and article sourced from Crunchgear.

Panel makers looking to increase netbook panel prices

digitimes.com- Amid recently tightening supply for netbook panels, TFT-LCD panel makers are considering increasing prices as they have already dropped to cost levels and panel makers are looking to transfer their capacity to higher profit products such as tablet PC panels. Panel makers noted that prices for 10- and 11.6-inch panels have already dropped to below cost, making them lose money. Hence panel makers now will only produce when they receive orders, and some panel makers would rather lower utilization rates than produce netbook panels. Click to read more..

Hitachi to roll out super thin 1.5mm LCD in 2011

techeye.net- Hitachi has developed a touch panel LCD in time for the huge adoption in the smartphone and tablet market which it boasts is 30 percent thinner than existing models on the market. The touch panel portion of the display is just 0.1mm - down from the standard 0.5mm. It has done this by ditching glass substrate. The overall panel is down to 1.5mm - less than the current 2mm. Hitachi is planning to get these anorexic panels into full production in the second half of 2011. Read more here..

China’s iPhone Demand Outstrips Supply

geeky-gadgets.com- Apple started selling the iPhone 4 in China on Saturday, and it seems like the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4 was another sucess for Apple, with massive crowds outside the Apple retail store in China. According to the Wall Street Journal, the demand for the new iPhone 4 is so high, that China Unicom are unable to meets demand, as they had received over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4, and more than 40,000 buyers received their iPhone 4 in China on launch day. Click to read more..

Samsung: in 2009, nobody was interested in OLED displays, now we can't make enough
oled-info.com- In the beginning of 2010, things started to change as Samsung Electronics started to use AMOLED in their own phones: "Now our sales representatives are apologizing to our buyers for the lack of products to supply". Samsung expects that the new 5.5-Gen plant will begin mass producing in July 2011. The new plant will increase Samsung's AMOLED capacity ten-fold: from 3 million displays a month to 30 million. Click to read more..

HannStar sells 6G CF plant to Sintek
digitimes.com- With demand for touch panels continuing to increase, HannStar and Sintek are adjusting their capacities in order to give Sintek more capacity for touch panel production. Monthly in-house capacity of CF at HannStar's 5.3G plant was about 90,000 substrates, but the company is installing new equipment at the plant with a goal to add extra capacity of 50,000 CFs per month by the end of the year, making up the volume of supply originally from Sintek. Read more here..

Thursday
Sep232010

How To Deliver Remarkable Value

If you are considering the free option of publishing something on Display Alliance, the following is the most valuable advice on this site:  

Unless your PR / marketing person thoroughly (underlined ten times) understands your products and customers, don’t turn over the task of posting on this site to him or her.  

To inexpensively win the search engine game (to rank near the top on the left side of Google), you have to be capable of creating something that is uncommon, remarkable and extraordinary.  You have to try to create something that the community wants to share and promote for you... 

A gentle warning: If you expend too much energy promoting your company and brand, your effort to deliver remarkable value will come across as a disguised advertisement.  Be subtle when promoting your brand, services and products.

So what will the community share and promote for you?  Humans will share (and sometimes rabidly share) stuff that is uncommon, remarkable and extraordinary.  Here are some tips that will help get you there:

Solve a problem.  Find a concise way to describe a problem, and then describe the solution.  Make sure you include URL links, images and possibly even a video. 

Share an experience.  If you have been in the same business for more than ten years, share an interesting experience that teaches those that are just starting out how to (you fill in the blank)…

Tell a secret.  Everybody has one.  Tell the world something relevant they did not know.  

Promote your customer’s customers.  Here’s a way to obtain a valuable SEO link for you, for your customer, and for your customer’s customers all within one post.  Post a short case study on how one of your customer’s customers is benefiting from your product or service.

Use humor.  People share funny stuff.  If you know how to create or select items that are both funny and professional, attach your name and post it here.

Take a picture.  Consider this: Google’s (and Bing’s) search results almost always feature text, images and video results.  If you share a remarkable picture and name it correctly, people will link to your post and your image/photo will be prominently featured within Google’s Image Search results.

Hire an illustrator. 
 There is a decent illustrator (artist) in almost every town.  Find an illustrator that can draw some compelling and/or humorous illustrations (under your direction) that depict relevant challenges that your customers (not you, your customers) are often confronted with.  

Shoot a video.  Some people would rather watch a video than read the same message as text.  Teardown and repair videos are always popular on YouTube.  Just like images, video (when there is one) always comes up in Google’s mixed search results.

Publish a statistic.  New facts, figures and statistics are often data points that are shared on Facebook and Twitter.  If you are sitting on some interesting statistics, by all means, you should consider sharing them.

Predict the future.  Some people are excellent at divining the future by connecting the dots, which often involves researching or tracking multiple (and possibly converging) industries.  If you are confident about your vision for the future, predictions that are delivered with authority can travel far and wide.

Un-press release. 
 Who reads press releases?  Industry media and your competitors do.  When you post on Display Alliance, you are the industry press.  Unpack your press releases and fold them into your own interesting news stories.  Display Alliance gives you the ability to legitimately tell a news story that delivers far more value than a press release.

Consider controversy. 
 Oddly enough, lots of people like a good, old-fashioned controversy (diversions).  If you know how to tactfully (it must be done tactfully) kick a bee’s nest, this is one place where you can do it. 

Be simple and concise.  Don’t write a novel.  Anything longer than a page is probably too long.  The best posts are smart posts written for time-starved people.  Use bullets and bold headlines above and at the beginning of your paragraphs to make your posts skimmable.  Long posts can always be broken into separate posts which can be delivered on different days of the week or month.   

Use graphs and diagrams.
  Simple graphs and diagrams are one of the quickest ways to communicate complex messages.  When you can reduce something complex to a simple graphic, you have delivered value that readers will often share.

Boil ten hours down to sixty seconds.
  The value of a post on the Internet can often be tracked back to the time the author puts into it.  A post that takes ten hours to assemble, but sixty seconds to read (due to great writing and powerful graphics), is going to be valued and shared by its’ intended audience.

Be subtle.  Who is that generous man or women?  When you give generously to the community (your target audience) by posting stuff that is uncommon and remarkable, all you need is a discrete link and/or a short bio at the end of each of your posts.  Once you have accumulated trust (goodwill) and authority (demonstrated knowledge), people will seek you out, and they will be receptive to your follow-on commercial messages.

Thursday
Sep232010

display alliance news 9.23.2010

Consumer grade flat-screen TV prices to plunge for holiday season
money.cnn.com- An historically large oversupply of LCD TV panels is causing television prices to fall right in time for the holiday shopping season. The forecasted price plunge stems from an enormous surplus of LCD panels that has accumulated over the first nine months of the year. Shipments of the panels rose to 52 million in the second quarter, but only 38.7 million TVs were actually shipped to retailers, according to iSuppli. Click to read more..

Sony gets investigated over patents
theinquirer.net- The accusations about patent toe-stepping come from Chimei Innolux, one of the biggest LCD manufacturers in Taiwan, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, and Texas based Innolux Corporation, all of which appear to be related companies and are complaining that Sony has ridden roughshod over their patent rights on gadgets ranging from Sony's televisions to its games console, the PS3. The complaint has just been acknowledged by the ITC, which said that it will investigate in relation to "certain liquid crystal display devices and products interoperable with the same". Click to read more..

Toyoda, Epistar joint venture enters LED market with better pricing advantage
digitimes.com- TE Opto, the new joint venture between Toyoda Gosei and Epistar will be able to provide LED chips without worrying about patent infringement issues due to patent support from Toyoda, and the joint venture will be able to provide pricing about 20% cheaper than those from Japan-based suppliers. Read more here..

Digital signage going into gas pumps at the manufacturing plant
digitalsignagetoday.com- Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Outcast Media have announced an exclusive partnership to offer content and advertising on factory-installed, large color screens integrated directly into fuel dispensers. According to Gilbarco, more than half of the 140,000 convenience stores in the United States feature their gas pumps. Under the new partnership, Outcast will be the exclusive third-party provider of media content and services for Gilbarco’s Applause Media System, leveraging the scale of Gilbarco’s distribution network to access gas stations and consumers. Click to read more..

AUO’s first LCD manufacturing facility, in partnership with TPV technology, may come to  South America

eeherald.com- AU Optronics aand TPV Technology have established a joint venture for LCD module plant in Manaus, Brazil for panel module assembly and sales business. This JV is the first production base in America for AUO to offer customer in-time services and support after establishing manufacturing sites in Europe. The joint venture company brings together TPV's business infrastructure in the South American market and AUO's technology in TV panels. The joint venture will be named "Brivictory Indústria de Eletrônicos Ltda"with the capital of US$ 16 million. AUO and TPV will own 19% and 81% of the shareholding of the joint venture company, respectively. AUO and TPV will contribute the capital investment proportionally. Click to read more..

Program launched by Stena for growing need in recycling LCD screens
prnewswire.com- By the year 2015, it is estimated that the EU's need for the recycling of flat screens will have multiplied to a dizzying 750,000 tonnes per year. The Stena Metall Group is now launching a closed process for handling LCD screens. "Today's recycling of electronics is very much about finding new ways to recycle large quantities of electronic waste quickly, complying with the legislation and with clear environmental and health benefits. Our new process for LCD recycling is a good example of this," says Staffan Johansson, managing director for GRIAG Glasrecycling, a part of the Stena Metall Group. Click here to read more about LCD recycling..

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Wednesday
Sep222010

display alliance news 9.22.2010

Mirror TV Touchscreen Lets You Watch News, Control House, Shave
cepro.com- Like other Ad Notam offerings, the product is geared towards point-of-sale displays, but there’s no reason why this unit couldn’t find a nice home in a bathroom – perfect for watching the morning news, setting the GOOD MORNING mode on the home control system, and Twittering friends about your cool new toy. And shaving. Ad Notam will offer the mirror-touch-PC-TV in a variety of sizes up to 82 inches. The 17.3-inch model will retail for about $3,500. Read more at cepro.

Lighting market to push HighBright-LEDs into next manufacturing phase
edn.com- Following a boom in the 1980s that consisted primarily of TV remote applications and low-end indicators, LEDs (light emitting diodes) are experiencing another growth period that began in the 1990s and is going stronger than ever, driven by LCD notebook and TV backlighting applications. There's been a wild ramp-up in production, leading already to shortages in the equipment and materials used to manufacture LEDs, and predictions of more to come. Read more at edn.

European Union to no longer impose 14% tariff on imports of LCD panels larger than 19”
focustaiwan.tw- The WTO issued a ruling on July 23 saying that the EU had violated its obligations under the 1994 WTO Information Technology Agreement by imposing a 14 percent tariff on imports of the LCD panels, which Taiwanese, Japanese and U.S. manufacturers said should be considered information technology products, entitled to zero-tariff trade under the agreement. The EU has imposed zero tariffs on imported large-size, high-end flat panels since the ruling, according to the ministry. read more at focustaiwan.

TPV to consolodate various offices into one headquarters near Taipei
digitimes.com- In regards to whether TPV and AU Optronics have plans for more cooperation, TPV chairman Jason Hsuan did not comment directly on the subject but pointed out that since TPV does not have its own panel capacity, it needs to work with others. He noted that Chimei Innolux (CMI) is also a shareholder of TPV. TPV expects shipments for LCD monitors and LCD TVs to combine for 70 million units, which should meet market expectations of 55 million LCD monitors and 15 million LCD TVs. Read more at digitimes.

Flextronics plant uses Lean manufacturing to produce redbox kiosks

selfserviceworld.com- International manufacturer Flextronics this May joined with its customer Coinstar to announce its manufacturing plant in Creedmoor, N.C., had built and shipped 25,000 redbox kiosks to locations all over North America. Since then the plant has built and shipped a couple of thousand more of the devices that had a hand in changing the way consumers obtained, paid for and returned movies and video games. And right around Labor Day redbox reported it had rented its 1 billionth DVD. Read more at selfserviceworld.

Tuesday
Sep212010

display alliance news 9.21.2010

Taiwan market: BenQ aims at top position for LCD monitors and projectors in 2011
digitimes.com- BenQ aims to rank top-three for LCD TVs, LCD monitors and front projectors in the Taiwan market in the second half of 2010 and aims to become the leading vendor in the LCD monitor and front projector markets in Taiwan in 2011, according to Robert Dung, managing director of BenQ Taiwan. Read more at digitimes.

Looking At Panel Specs Carefully…
panelx.com- Following the blog ‘Building an LCD display system’ it was suggested that I comment again on the topic of specifications. Back on 3 September 2010 the topic of very high contrast ratios was addressed, this time the issue is that a single specification should not be considered in isolation and all the specs need to be reviewed in the context of the intended application. Read more at panelx.

First OLED Display over 100”
displaysearchblog.com- At CEATEC JAPAN 2009, Mitsubishi Electric unveiled a 155” large-scale organic light emitting diode (OLED) display called Diamond Vision. Mitsubishi recently announced it will start selling the Diamond Vision OLED on September 21, 2010. This will be the first large-scale OLED display system available. The 2009 demo system was built by tiling full-color passive matrix OLED displays, each 96 × 96 mm with 16 × 16 pixels. There were 720 tiles total—20 rows × 36 columns—resulting in a 1920 × 3456 mm display with 320 × 576 pixels. The commercial systems are assembled by connecting larger tiles, called standard modules (384 × 384 mm), with 128 × 128 pixels, weighing eight kilograms. The design allows the systems to be scalable, enabling them to form different sizes and shapes, for example, against rounded surfaces. The system depth is 99 mm, enabling it to be installed in limited spaces such as narrow paths and station concourses. Read more at displaysearchblog.

TPV confirms to build Taiwan R&D centre, HQ
reuters.com- Top global PC monitor maker TPV Technology Ltd (0903.HK) will set up a global operating headquarters, R&D centre and plants in Taiwan, its chairman said on Monday. Jason Hsuan, chairman and chief executive of TPV Technology Group, told reporters on the sidelines of a business event that the company was looking for a location not far from Taipei. Read more at reuters.

India LCD TV Market – growth Opportunities
toadhillreviews.com- On the back of rapid economic growth, India has witnessed a dynamic change in consumer electronics industry. One electronic gadget that has brought new revolution in Indian Electronic Industry is Television Set. Today, India is fast emerging as the key driver in the global television market both as a manufacturer and consumer. The Indian television industry, growing at a steady rate has attracted a number of global companies like Samsung, LG and Sony. Access to superior technology, greater spending and sustaining power differentiates the foreign firms from the domestic ones, thereby resulting in highly intensified market. Read more at toadhillreviews.

System-level approach yields optimized LED backlight design
ledsmagazine.com- LEDs are very quickly becoming the LCD TV industry’s backlighting technology of choice, and are being incorporated into increasingly larger screen sizes. There seems little doubt that LEDs will be the mainstream light source in all LCD applications due to slim design, low power consumption and the fact that LEDs enable high display performance. System design teams must understand how to optimize LED backlight systems to win in what will surely be a competitive marketplace. Read more at ledsmagazine.

Friday
Sep172010

display alliance news 9.17.2010

Adtraxion Converts Samsung LFD Monitors Into Digital Signage Players
displayblog.com- Netherlands-based digital signage solutions provider Adtraxion Systems has devel­oped soft ware that converts Samsung’s Large Format Display (LFD) monitors into Adtraxion digital signage players. Read more at displayblog.

Why Aren’t ProAV Integrators Doing DS Yet?

sixteen-nine.com- Right now, the IT channel (and even the HomeAV channel) are integrating more DS networks than the ProAV market is in almost every country in the world. Sure, we sell lots of DS displays — and some even for DS applications, but the real money’s in the content distribution and generation market (media players, the network infrastructure, the ad-based content and the after-sales support and service contracts). Read more at sixteen-nine.

How To Build An LCD Display System
panelx.com- While it is not possible to cover the incredibly large range of potential LCD display applications there are a few basic elements and principles that are easy to summarize. Read more at panelx.

LG Elec says cut 5.8 mln T greenhouse gas emissions
af.reuters.com- LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday it had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5.77 million tonnes in the first half, mainly by introducing new products that are more energy efficient. LG said that by mid-year it had achieved 95 percent of its full-year emission reduction target of 6.1 million tonnes by launching more energy-efficient air conditioners, washers and light-emitting diode (LED) type LCD flat-screen TVs. Its manufacturing process led to cuts of 130,000 tonnes of emissions, it said. Read more at af.reuters.

Large-size panel prices to remain flat in 4Q10
digitimes.com- Large-size TFT-LCD panel prices are expected to remain flat in the fourth quarter of 2010 and may start increasing in the first half of 2011, according to Taiwan-based panel makers. Read more at digitimes.

VEGAS TIX 4LESS: Manufacturing Resources International (MRI) 70-inch LCDs
displayblog.com- Atlanta-based Manufacturing Resources International (MRI) installed dual-70-inch LED backlit digital signage LCDs in an out door ticketing booth, the VEGAS TIX 4LESS brand by Vegas.com, on the Las Vegas strip. The 70-inch displays allow cus­tomers to view available shows, events and prices. read more at displayblog.

LG CEO steps down
techeye.net- LG has replaced its CEO after a record loss.  And it's keeping it in the family. Koo Bon-joon, the younger brother of LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo, will replace Nam Yong, who offered to resign from the top job at a board of director's meeting.  "Nam Yong offered to resign as CEO to take responsibility for the flagging performance and pave the way for a new CEO to prepare for the coming year and beyond," LG said in a statement. Read more at techeye.

AUO and TPV to Establish Joint Venture for LCD Module Plant In Brazil
digitalsignageuniverse.com- HSINCHU, TAIWAN  – To provide closer services to customers and to develop the emerging market, AU Optronics Corp. has announced to establish a joint venture LCD module plant with TPV Technology Limited, being the world's largest ODM LCD TV maker, in Manaus, Brazil for panel module assembly and sales business. If the investment plan is approved by the relevant regulatory authorities, the joint venture will be the first project for AUO to advance into the emerging market with its strategic partner. It also demonstrates the new business model of supplying the international brand customer from the local plant. Meanwhile, this JV is the first production base in America for AUO to offer customer in-time services and supports after establishing manufacturing sites in Europe. Read more at digitalsignageuniverse.

Thursday
Sep162010

Why Touch Screens Are the Ideal Interactive Medium for Kiosks

Kiosks are information points that are often in the public sphere and because of this they have to be durable and withstand high traffic usage.  Because the general public includes everyone, kiosks have to be very user friendly and easy to use, so that the computer novice can access the information as easily as a computer whiz kid, and this is why touch screens are perfect for using with Kiosks.

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Thursday
Sep162010

Kiosks and Digital Displays for Crafting Retail Outlets

Crafting is big business, with many people choosing to craft as their main hobby in one form a or another. Not only are their numerous websites and books showing you things to make and places to buy your supplies, but there are also craft fairs and exhibitions. In a resent online survey hosted by smartgirl.org, it showed that Arts and Craft were the forth most favoured hobby out of 12 listed pastimes with girls aged between 9 to 21; showing that crafting is a growing sector in the hobbyist market place.

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Thursday
Sep162010

Tourist Information Kiosks

Updated on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Registered CommenterKiosks4Business

A tourism kiosk is a great tourist information point to for holidaymakers. Tourist Information Kiosks can be a resource to lots of information about local attractions and events that will be held in the local area. Tourism can not only give information about tourist attractions, but they can also send holidaymakers event Alerts or event reminders directly to their mobile phone, so that they don’t miss holiday events that they would enjoy. Tourism Kiosks or Tourist Information Kiosks can help holidaymakers to have an extra special holiday.

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Thursday
Sep162010

Funeral Parlour Kiosks can help bereaving families arrange funerals for their loved ones

Arranging a funeral for a love one is probably one of the most difficult times that a person goes through. Not only is it emotionally difficult, but at this time when people are bereaving, they have to navigate the minefield of arranging the final send off, which at that time feels like an uphill struggle.  A free-standing kiosk in the actual funeral parlour and a portable funeral kiosk for home visits can be a valuable tool to help family at these distressing time to arrange the funeral ceremony.

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Thursday
Sep162010

Gaming Kiosks in Pubs and Inns

Updated on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Registered CommenterKiosks4Business

With public houses and bars finding it more and more difficult to make a profit in today’s tough economic climate, publicans are finding innovative new ideas and ways of getting the paying customers into the pubs and bars and keeping them there by laying on the creature comforts of home down at the local.  Pubs have been providing Sky sports channels and music for many years now but if you go into a pub today you’re quite likely to find free Internet access also.  Ideal if you have a web enabled phone or ipod.   Pubs have had various gaming platforms providing arcade action, quizzes and slot machines.  One of these new incentives is to provide entertainment by means of proving gaming consoles for customers to play on with their friends whilst enjoying a pint.

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Thursday
Sep162010

Unmanned Café Kiosks for More Efficient Customer Service 

You have no doubt heard of an Internet Café where the customers have access to Internet enabled computers and browse the world-wide web at leisure whilst supping their chosen hot beverage. An unmanned café is similar to an Internet café in that it relies on computers as the main feature that makes it stand apart from other cafes. However, the kiosk-maintained café has a small desktop kiosk set into each table so that the customer can order their food and drinks at the table via a touchscreen. Are unmanned kiosks maintained cafes a glimpse of the future of Cafes and fast food outlets?

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Thursday
Sep162010

Telehealth – What is it and do you need it?

In very simple terms Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Such telecommunications technologies as kiosk, internet or website, SMS text messages, television or radio. Telehealth offers the health and medical professions a means to make health information available to a wider audience on a range of telecommunication media devices.

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Thursday
Sep162010

display alliance news 9.16.2010

46-inch MultiTouch Cell Advanced
displayblog.com- The MultiTouch Cell Advanced is a 46-inch LCD billed as “the first mul ti touch dis play designed for retail and digital signage applications.” The Cell Advanced sports a depth of 12 inches and weighs 82 pounds with stan dard VESA mounts. MultiTouch demon­strated the Cell 46 Advanced at IBC 2010 in Amsterdam. The chassis is made of alu­minum and requires zero maintenance. The Cell Advanced is stackable up to 14 units, fea tures a 1920×1080 pixel for mat, a direct-lit LED back light and is expected to last more than 60,000 hours. Read more at displayblog.

Free Digital Signage Training
dailydooh.com- Ingram Micro and its Ingram Micro CONNEX, technology solutions are, on Sept.23/10, offering DOOH consultant Lyle Bunn’s prestigious SPEED program to any and all Ingram Micro resellers, at no cost. The SPEED program, which is comprised of eight modules (3 hrs, total), teaches current and future resellers of digital signage the nuances of digital signage technology and project planning. The program will cover technology, objectives, timelines, budgets, and define key elements of a digital signage initiative leading to technology selection, deployment, growth and successful operations. It will be further customized to offer an increased hardware and network focus to give the IT and AV reseller the most relevant content. Read more about the seminar at dailydooh.

Diodes Incorporated Announces Process Platform for Next Generation High Voltage Rectifiers
marketwatch.com- Diodes Incorporated, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today announced the development of a proprietary process platform for the manufacture of next generation high voltage rectifiers. Named DIODESTAR(TM), the process has been developed at Diodes' wafer fabrication facility in Oldham, UK and has just delivered its first device, a high efficiency 600V, 8A rectifier targeted at LCD-LED TV power supplies. Read the press release at marketwatch.

LG Announces World's Largest LED Backlit TV
highdefdigest.com- At 72 inches, the LEX9 is huge, feature packed, and 3D capable.
There's a world that exists past sixty inches. It's a world dominated by DLP televisions and all types of projectors. It's not a place where LCD sets go often, but LG is going there in a very big way. Read more at highdefdigest.

Videocon d2h launches world’s first Satellite LCD
indiainfonline.com- Videocon d2h unveiled its new range of Satellite LCDs, a revolutionary breakthrough in LCD technology which receives signals directly from the satellite, without the use of any Set Top Box (STB), giving consumers freedom from wires, additional contraptions and multiple remotes. Read more at indiainfoline.

Development Simulator Speeds Validation of Future Infotainment Solutions
prnewswire.com- The simulator uses seven high-definition Christie projectors – similar to those used in movie theaters – to display a virtual roadway and landscape on a 360 degree series of large theater-style screens.  A vehicle body with a reconfigurable interior system with multiple LCD screens is placed in the center of the screen area.  The LCD screens are used to mock up future interior electronics layouts developed by GM's design staff.  Reconfigurable LCD screens provide maximum flexibility for designers and engineers to test concepts within hours of development. Read more at prnewswire.

DIY: Add LED Backlighting To Your LCD Monitor Or HDTV
crunchgear.com- It’s relatively easy to find a dead LCD these days even without diving into a dumpster. Most of the time all that’s wrong is the backlighting mechanism went out, too, leaving a perfectly good LCD behind. So why not rip out that old CCFL and replace it with a swanky LED strip. This instrucible gives just about all the details you need. Of course this project might not be for everyone. After all you’re opening and modifing an electrical device. But I can’t think of a better way to learn the trade than actually doing it so I say you do it anyway. What’s the worst that can happen anyway? It’ not like you’re going to eat the CCFL bulb. (Don’t. It contains mercury and will kill you.) Read it all at crunchgear.

China market: HannStar Display unveils extra-slim touch panels
digitimes.com- HannStar Display has unveiled an array of extra-slim touch panels in 3.8-4 inch sizes for smartphones, 5-12.1 inch sizes for MID devices and tablet PCs, 17.3-inch panels for notebooks, and 21.6-inch models for all-in-one PCs in Shenzhen, China. Read more at digitimes.

Wednesday
Sep152010

display alliance news 9.15.2010

Samsung Visual Display President will deliver keynote speech at CES 2011
samsunghub.com- Samsung has confirmed that Samsung Electronics’ Visual Display Division President, Boo-Keun Yoon will deliver a keynote speech at the upcoming CES exhibition. Yoon, who also addressed a keynote this year at the recently concluded IFA 2010 will be the second Samsung executive to give a keynote speech at the CES, which is said to be the world’s largest consumer electronics expo. Read more at samsunghub.

LCD Enclosure Manufacturer, Armagard – Launch New 46” Enclosure
armagard.co.uk- A new 46 " LCD enclosure has been launched by leading outdoor digital signage enclosure manufacturers, Armagard, to meet customer demand for protecting this increasingly common digital signage size in outdoor and harsh environments. Read the press release on displayalliance.

Corning CFO to Present at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Investment Conference
marketwatch.com- Corning Incorporated Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer James B. Flaws will address investors at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Investment Conference in San Francisco today. He will provide revisions to the company's third-quarter expectations, insight into LCD panel makers supply chain inventory, and an update on other business performance. Read more at marketwatch.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Selects Portable eBeam Solutions From Luidia
prnewswire.com- Luidia, Inc., the award-winning developer of eBeam portable interactive whiteboards and display solutions, and Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., known for award-winning, high-quality, high-definition presentation and display products, today announced a partnership through which Mitsubishi will sell eBeam Edge products and Mitsubishi projectors as bundled packages. Read more at prnewswire.

Smartphones and tablets drive small and medium sized LCD TFTs growth
techeye.net- Rising sales of smartphones and tablet PCs in 2010 will contribute to the growth of small and medium sized TFT LCD panels and enable it to expand at its fastest pace in years, according to analyst outfit iSuppli. TFT LCD panels are set to rise by 28.1 percent in 2010 to 2.3 billion units, up 28.1 percent from 1.8 billion in 2009. iSuppli reckons this will represent the highest level of growth for the market since 2007, when shipments rose by 49.8 percent. The figures below represent iSuppli’s forecast of global shipments of small and medium TFT LCD panels. iSuppli defines small/medium displays as those having a diagonal dimension of less than 10 inches. Read more at techeye.

Large-size panel shipments up 2% in August, says WitsView
digitimes.com- Large-size TFT-LCD panel shipments totaled 51.79 million units in August 2010, increasing 2% from 50.87 million units in July, according to WitsView. Overall large-size panel shipments in the third quarter were expected to be affected by the worse-than-expected demand in the end market due to high inventory levels. Read more at digitimes.

Tuesday
Sep142010

display alliance news 9.14.2010

$35 Android Tablet Not Really From India
crunchgear.com- Oh boy.. turns out that the much advertised $35 “Indian Tablet” isn’t actually from India. The reality is that the tablet is made by a Chinese manufacturer named Hivision, and sold as the Speedpad. It was originally seen at CeBIT this year, and Hivision said it would sell for around $100. The truth was uncovered by the Indian website Android OS, where the author was able to find evidence showing the design to actually made in China. This completely disproves the press releases from the Indian government claiming that the tablet was developed by some of India’s top engineering colleges. In the above picture, that’s the Indian Android Tablet on the left, and the Hivision Speedpad on the right. Read more at crunchgear. Watch the video on displayalliance.

Digital Signage Benefits: It's Good to be Green - Even for the Bottom Line
displayalliance.com- Replacing traditional signs -whether motivated out of a concern for the environment or simply to communicate more effectively- makes good business sense. To the uninitiated, that statement may be a bit surprising. But for those with experience communicating with both digital and printed signs it should quickly become apparent why the reasons to do the green thing and select digital signage as a communications medium is also a sound business decision. Read David Little's full article on displayalliance.

Smartphones and tablets to push innovation in LCD market, says iSuppli
digitimes.com- Global shipments of small- and medium-sized TFT LCD panels, which are advanced types of displays used in sophisticated mobile devices like smartphones and tablet PCs, are set to rise by 28.1% to 2.3 billion units in 2010, according to iSuppli. This will represent the highest level of growth for the market since 2007, when shipments rose by 49.8%. Red more at digitimes.

Sharp's Payoff Delayed
online.wsj.com- Just as Sharp went big, the market for flat panels went small. The Japanese company took a gamble on the most advanced liquid-crystal-display plant in the industry. It was a bold move to produce the largest and most high-end televisions at a production facility in western Japan. The plant went fully online just this summer, just in time for a glut in big screens.That oversupply is a product of too rapid expansion by the industry, inspired by a pickup in demand and flat panel prices last year. Consumption in the U.S. and Europe hasn't lived up to expectations. The supply of large panels like those Sharp makes outstrips demand by 12%, says DisplaySearch. Read more at online.wsj.

Sony Unveils Plans to Realign LCD TV Manufacturing Operations for Europe
tradingmarkets.com- As part of its on-going initiative to enhance its manufacturing efficiency to improve the profitability of its liquid crystal display (LCD) TV business, Sony Corporation announced that its relevant European subsidiaries have agreed with Ficosa International and Comsa Emte, both headquartered in Spain, to sell the Barcelona technology center, which manufactures LCD TVs for the Europe region, to Ficosa and Comsa Emte. Read more at tradingmarkets.

LG outs IPS based monitors
onlygizmos.com- Apple introduced the IPS (in-plane switching) LCD technology with the iPad launch earlier this year. While they followed up with the Retina display later, the IPS technology brings wide viewing angles (upto 180 degrees) to an LCD display. It seems that LG is now taking the IPS technology beyond Apple’s lineup (note: LG manufactures displays for Apple) and has introduced its own lineup of monitors with the technology. To begin with LG has 4 LCD monitors in this series (IPS206T, IPS236V, IPS226V and IPS2321P) ranging from 20 inches to 23 inches. The feature set in these monitors are a mixed bag ranging from integrates speakers, HDMI to D-SUB (VGA) and DVI but the model nos itself tells you what LG would be selling this to you as! Read more at onlygizmos.

AUO expected to see profit in 3Q10 despite dropping panel quotes
digitimes.com- Although large-size IT and TV panels are seeing their recent quotes drop to cost levels, causing the related makers to reduce their utilization to minimize their losses, Taiwan-based panel maker AU Optronics (AUO), which has a LED TV panel penetration rate of about 40%, is still expected to see strong profits in the third quarter, according to the market watchers. Read more at digitimes.

Standard Industrial TFT Display Sizes 4.3” and Smaller – and New Display Trends
dtslcd.com- One of the questions that I often hear is “Where is the TFT industry going?” That can mean a lot of different things depending on who is asking the question, but for the sake of this entry I will focus on what it means to a typical commercial/industrial user. I think this is a question that is really looking for two answers: 1) What products have at least one alternate source, so I won’t be stuck on an island if it goes away; and 2) what products will be around for at least 5 years, once my production starts. With that in mind I took an unofficial poll of several key suppliers to the U.S. commercial markets to see what sizes are now available as standard products. The list that I created below is all products that have at least two suppliers, so a second source is an option. See the full list at dtslcd.

Tuesday
Sep142010

LCD Enclosure Manufacturer, Armagard – Launch New 46” Enclosure 

A new 46 " LCD enclosure has been launched by leading outdoor digital signage enclosure manufacturers, Armagard, to meet customer demand for protecting this increasingly common digital signage size in outdoor and harsh environments.

Built to the same Armagard high standards, the new 46” LCD enclosure is manufactured from mild steel and is waterproof to IP65, temperature controlled and able to withstand impacts and vandalism.

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Monday
Sep132010

Digital Signage Benefits: It's Good to be Green - Even for the Bottom Line

When it comes to digital signage, take an environmentally friendly approach to communications makes good business sense. Going green with digital signage isn't simply a matter of reducing the environmental impact of your messaging. Replacing traditional signs -whether motivated out of a concern for the environment or simply to communicate more effectively- makes good business sense. To the uninitiated, that statement may be a bit surprising. But for those with experience communicating with both digital and printed signs it should quickly become apparent why the reasons to do the green thing and select digital signage as a communications medium is also a sound business decision.

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