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Jun272012

The Display Industry News Source for 6.27.2012

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Philips unveil the modular Living Sculpture 3D OLED system and the interactive OLED mirror "After teasing us for almost a month, Philips finally launched their new modular 3D OLED system, the Livingscrulpture 3D. It's a kinetic system based on modular OLED blocks. The rectangular Lumiblade panels are placed on rods that can change their height - thus easily creating 3D surfaces. The system consists of base plates, each one holding 16 OLED panels (4x4). The OLED themselves are rectangular, 76x76 mm each (including the frame, the active area is 61.4x60.5 mm) and the color temperature is 3,000K. The typical luminance per OLED is about 1,500 cd/m2. The base panel size is 316x316 mm. You can find the data sheet here. Of course this thing ain't cheap. Philips told us that each base plate wil cost about €700 (so that's about €43 per OLED, which is actually a good price for an OLED panel). A square meter will cost about €7,000. Together with the new system, Philips also launched their new web site - The New Art of Light." via OLED-Info

Dell Updates as Industry-leading Supplier of Displays Portfolio with Focus on Exquisite Performance and Value "Dell today announced the immediate availability of new displays that combine performance and value to enable customers amazing viewing experiences. The six new displays join Dell’s industry-leading portfolio of solutions, which has once again ranked #1 in flat-panel display market share in North America[i], and #2 in flat-panel shipments worldwide[ii], according to DisplaySearch." via Dell

Samsung, LG's key display technologies leaked by Israeli firm "According to the prosecution, the indicted employees photographed circuit diagrams of yet-to-be-released 55-inch AMOLED television panels when they were let into Samsung and LG's manufacturing factories to check defects of inspection equipment from November of last year to January of this year. ..."It is very likely that the stolen technologies have been given by the Israeli firm to foreign rivals," a prosecution official said. "This may expectedly deal a massive economic blow to the entire nation and can cause a sea change in the landscape of the global display market."" via Yonhap News Agency

A look inside Leap Motion, the 3D gesture control that's like Kinect on steroids "Leap Motion's not the household name Kinect is, but it should be — the company's motion-tracking system is more powerful, more accurate, smaller, cheaper, and just more impressive. Leap CTO David Holz came by the Verge's New York offices to give us a demo of the company's upcoming product (called The Leap), and suffice to say we're only begrudgingly returning to our mice and keyboards. The Leap uses a number of camera sensors to map out a workspace of sorts — it's a 3D space in which you operate as you normally would, with almost none of the Kinect's angle and distance restrictions. Currently the Leap uses VGA camera sensors, and the workspace is about three cubic feet; Holz told us that bigger, better sensors are the only thing required to make that number more like thirty feet, or three hundred. Leap's device tracks all movement inside its force field, and is remarkably accurate, down to 0.01mm. It tracks your fingers individually, and knows the difference between your fingers and the pencil you're holding between two of them." via The Verge

Small- and medium-size panels more profitable, says industry sources "Panel makers are focusing on producing small- and medium-size panels due to increasing global demand along with declining prices for large-sized panels. Sources noted that more than ever there is strong demand for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks. As a result, Japan-, Korea-, Taiwan-, and China-based panel manufacturers such as BOE and Tianma are all competing for small- and medium-sized panel orders to meet the growing trend." via DigiTimes

Capsule Review: Toshiba's 14" USB Mobile LCD Monitor "While notebook hardware has steadily improved over the years, outside of the recent MacBook Pro with Retina Display there haven't really been any moves forward in improving desktop real estate in some time. In fact, for productivity-oriented users this continues to be a major reason for sticking with a desktop setup (if not a desktop system): more monitors, more space to work in. This fact of life has resulted in a bit of a niche market in the form of small, USB-powered screens." via AnandTech

Latin American Defence Procurement Pushing Ahead Despite Global Recession "End-users in Latin America are extremely price conscious, in many cases even preferring to buy second-hand platforms and domestically refurbish and upgrade them. There is an increase in the popularity of modular platforms, and demand for upgrade components and packages will remain high. “Governments in these under-developed countries look favorably on defence procurements with clear domestic industrial and technological benefits,” concluded Ball. “In order to foment incentive, companies should enter the market via partnership with local companies or by establishing a domestic manufacturing base.”" via Defence Talk

Medication Kiosks Offer Efficient Healthcare Option "Phoenix Kiosk, a leading provider of kiosk software and services, believes medication kiosks can aid consumers in their need for efficient health care services. Kiosks are already serving a vital role in the medical field. Patients can test their blood pressure at health kiosks, check-in for a doctor’s appointment and use computer-assisted kiosks to learn about health problems. Medication kiosks are a logical next step in user-friendly health care." via Phoenix Kiosk

Video Conferencing Display System Sizing and Location "As video conferencing systems become more widely installed, there are often questions about what size monitors and how many are required. While fixed Telepresence systems make this choice easy, most video conferencing systems come as a base unit (generally a small box the size of a mini-PC), and a camera and a table-top speaker. The selection the video displays and mounting/positioning is generally left to the customer or an integrator. The challenge is that often the resulting placement and room set-up leave much to be desired. To best understand the placement, distance and positioning of video monitors in a meeting space, a basic understanding of how humans see and use video is required. Using simple trigonometry it is possible to define the variables to assure optimal positioning and impact of a videoconferencing system. This white paper will review those factors and then cover basic room set-up. It will also discuss how the new 4K displays may enhance the room video experience." via Unified Communications Strategies

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