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The Display Industry News Source for 7.19.2012

Old Airport Dot Boards Go On Steroids, Get Interactive "A Brooklyn-based interactive team called Breakfast has used the electromagnetic fot ticker boards that you may have seen at rail stations and airports and turned them into fully interactive windows." via Sixteen-Nine

Smartphone Shoppers Prefer Larger Displays "T-Mobile cited this survey as one reason behind its recent decision to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note, a "phablet" that has a 5.3-inch display with 800 x 1280 pixels. T-Mobile says the larger display makes "enjoying HD content and getting work done easier than ever."" via InformationWeek

The Exceptional iMac G4: Ten years later "With the launch of the flat-panel iMac G4, Steve Jobs declared, “The CRT is officially dead.” But the transition had already been underway: less than a year earlier, in May 2001, Apple had phased out its last modular CRT display, the 17in Apple Studio Display. By early 2002, the original iMac G3 remained the only CRT-bearing Mac left in Apple’s inventory. Interestingly, Apple backpedalled a bit with the release of the eMac (also launched in 2002), which relied on a CRT monitor to keep costs down for educational customers. But after that, it was flat panels or nothing for Apple." via Macworld

Digital Signage Viewpoint: Is the Sun Rising or Setting on LCD Display Sales? "Global shipments of flat panel LCD displays used for digital signage and other public display applications declined in the fourth quarter of 2011, marking the first sequential quarterly decline in three years, according to recently released data from NPD DisplaySearch, a global research and consulting firm specializing in the display supply chain. The decline comes after a two-year period of impressive growth for the public display (also called the "large flat panel display") category. Between 2009 and 2011, this market segment witnessed 65 percent growth in unit volume production, the display market research and analysis firm said." via AV-iQ

Sony’s First Ultrabook Targets the Budget-Conscious "The Vaio T has a 13.3-inch display with a 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. Colors looked a bit dull, and pictures and videos weren’t overly bright or sharp. The lower resolution also means you have to scroll a bit more to see what’s onscreen, but you do get a decent-size touchpad that supports multitouch gestures to help you navigate various pages and switch between tasks. It worked well in my tests as I was able to return to the desktop by swiping down on the touchpad with four fingers and move between Web pages and photos by swiping left or right with three fingers." via All Things D

Intel working on touch-enabled ultrabooks "Chip maker Intel is powering full steam ahead on its ultrabook vision with more than 140 ultrabooks powered by its Ivy Bridge chipset in the works - up from the 110 it said it was working on in May. Of those, 40 will be touch-enabled ultrabooks sporting both a qwerty keyboard and a touch-sensitive display, said Intel CEO Paul Otellini during the company’s recent investor call." via Hindustan Times

Samsung's 75-inch ES9000 flagship smart LCD TV coming to US for $9,999 in August "Samsung is focusing on its luxurious design with a 0.31-inch curved bezel that's clad in a seamless "rose-gold-colored" finish and features a hidden, pop-up webcam. No word yet on detailed specifications, but it has local LED backlighting and is said to have the highest contrast ratio of any Samsung smart TV to-date." via TheVerge

How 3D TVs and other displays work "It isn’t too hard to appreciate how a camera with two lenses is able to record the two (left-eye and right-eye) images necessary for 3D. What’s much more difficult is designing a viewing system that ensures that each eye sees only one of those two images. Over the years countless types of stereoscopic display have been devised." via PC Advisor

Use capacitive sensing to Implement reliable liquid level sensing "Capacitive sensing technology has become the primary technology underlying touch interfaces.  However, capacitive sensing is not limited to creating dynamic buttons and sliders on different appliances for the user interface. There are numerous applications where capacitive sensing can replace traditional ways of implementing specific functions like liquid level sensing, humidity sensing, and sensing of metallic objects. This article will discuss how to implement liquid level measurement using capacitive sensing technology." via EE Times

Projected capacitive touch - ITO layout evolution "As one after another handheld consumer electronics gadgets such as tablets and smartphones emerges in the market, touch panel technology, with its capability to enable smaller devices, lower manufacturing cost and intuitive user experience on small screens, is no longer confined to conventional industrial/commercial applications like kiosks, KTV jukeboxes, machines at production lines, POS and ATM. It is gradually replacing traditional keyboard/mouse as the major interface for man-machine communication and interaction on personal devices. DisplaySearch forecasts that global touch control module shipment will reach 1.4 billion units by 2015 with a revenue totaling US$9 billion. Japan's Fuji Keizai also estimates that by 2016, the market will grow 110.5% from 2011 with a total output at JPY775.3 billion." via DigiTimes

Prime View, Hydis License FFS Display Technology to Sharp "Industry executives pointed out that Sharp needs the licensing to win Apple’s contracts to make Apple iTVs. Apple has applied the technology to iPads and iTVs. ...Liu estimated FFS application will extend beyond smartphones and tablet PCs to laptops and TVs soon." via CENS

In Easy Steps: How to replace the broken iPhone 4/4S screen "Though the back can be removed easily by letting loose two screws and sliding open the cover. However, the screen, as it goes with Apple products, is a  work cut out for a patient and tech-savvy person. But it is not to say that the task is impossible." via News Pakistan

N-trig Single-Chip Solution Brings Pen and Multi-Touch Computing to the Small Screen "While competing solutions require either two sensors or multiple chips to support pen and multi-touch, N-trig is the first company to offer both on a single chip and a single sensor, providing device manufacturers with a compact, low-power solution and paving the way for N-trig to enter the handheld market. The newest DuoSense chipset is optimized for a variety of screen sizes, ranging from 5" handhelds to 11" tablets, and offers an Analog-IC that allows for support of up to 15.6" portable PCs." via MarketWatch


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