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5/16/2018 5:56 PM

HP’s new Android-powered Chromebook X2 offers the option of a detachable keyboard-free tablet or a notebook in one device. The LCD tablet is only 8.2 mm thick and weighs 1.62 pounds. With the included keyboard, the device is 15.3 mm thick and weighs 3.14 pounds. It includes a pen for note-taking and sketching on the 2,400 x 1,600 display. The Chromebook X2 comes with 4GB of RAM (8GB optional), 32GB of expandable storage, and a claimed 10.5-hour battery life. The Chromebook X2 starts at $599 – about $50 less than an iPad Pro.

1/30/2018 11:05 AM

Samsung Electronics introduced what it calls “The Wall” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January -- a modular, microLED-based 146-in. TV. The 4K device is based on self-emitting technology that is designed to rival that of OLED in terms of vibrant imagery, deep blacks, etc. So far, the technology is in early stages and is not available for purchase. 

1/30/2018 10:55 AM

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, Lenovo and Google introduced the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in, one of several such Google-based home-assistant systems created in response to Amazon’s Echo Show. According to several reviewers, the Smart Display stands out from the rest for its functionality and good looks. The HD touchscreen display comes in both 8-in. and 10-in. LCD models, with the former at 1,200 x 800 resolution and a suggested retail price of $199, and the latter at 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and a suggested price of $249. The device rotates from portrait to landscape mode and comes with a handy physical web cam shutter.  

1/30/2018 10:16 AM
Radiant Vision Systems, a leading provider of visual test and inspection systems for lighting and display devices, has announced the release of a new AR/VR lens for Radiant Vision Systems’ ProMetric imaging photometers and colorimeters. The AR/VR lens features a unique optical design specially engineered for measuring the visual quality of near-to-eye displays inside-virtual (VR), mixed-reality (MR), and augmented-reality (AR) headsets. The lens design simulates the size, position, and field of view of the human eye, featuring an aperture at the front of the lens to position the imaging system’s entrance pupil within near-to-eye headsets at the same location as the human eye.

By mounting the AR/VR lens directly to a ProMetric imaging photometer or colorimeter, Radiant Vision Systems is offering what...
11/6/2017 1:01 PM
As usual, Apple announced a new line of smartphones in September, including its first-ever OLED-based unit. The phone’s $999 price tag breaks new ground in terms of smartphone pricing, but the price has not deterred early buyers. The iPhone X went on sale Friday, November 3, and sold out in many major cities in less than 24 hours.

 The phone features a. 5.8-in. screen with almost no bezel, except for a notch housing sensors, cameras, speakers, etc. at the top of the display. This notch has been variously described as a bug or a feature. Since it is theoretically possible to incorporate the sensors into the bezel, as other manufacturers have done, some reviewers surmise that the notch may be an intentional design meant to replace the circular home button (now gone) in visually differentiating the iPhone from other devices.

The OLED display, which Apple calls Super Retina HD,...
11/3/2017 8:02 AM
Blackboard is a new writing device from Kent Displays (maker of the Boogie Board) that is based on the company’s new Liquid Crystal Paper technology.

Like the LCD-based Boogie Board, Blackboard is an easy-to-use tablet that writes and erases electronically. It’s designed for creating notes, lists, sketches, and other ephemeral-type content (although the content can be saved).

11/2/2017 9:35 AM
Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface systems, recently announced its new VideoSmart BG5CT multimedia 4K Advanced HDR video processor for the global set-top-box market. The VideoSmart BG5CT is the company’s sixth-generation video processor technology and part of the multimedia portfolio recently acquired from Marvell. (Synaptics completed the acquisition of Marvell’s Multimedia Solutions Business in September 2017.)

The BG5CT is pin compatible with the previous-generation Android TV SoC (BG4CT) and offers key feature upgrades including advanced...
8/17/2017 12:25 PM

Gamma Scientific’s new GS-1160B spectroradiometer is a compact industrial (benchtop) spectroradiometer/flicker meter designed for fast, accurate, and repeatable display measurements. It features an extensive suite of analysis capabilities for display designers, manufacturers, and engineers in a lightweight package. The instrument is about the size of a mobile phone (204 mm x 90 mm x 45 mm), weighs 620 grams, and is suitable for color and intensity measurement of all display types including LCD, LED, OLED, and quantum dot.

The GS-1160 delivers key display measurement capabilities for color chromaticity, gamma, white balance adjustment, contrast, flicker (VESA and JEITA), and uniformity. Its luminance measurement range is from 0.05 to 5,000 cd/m2, with CIE 1931 and CIE 1976  color chromaticity output, and fast integration time down to 100 µsec.

7/31/2017 11:56 AM
Samsung Electronics America recently expanded its gaming portfolio with the ultra-wide, 49-in. CHG90 display and the 27- and 32-in. CHG70 monitors.

The CHG90 and CHG70 displays feature high-dynamic-range (HDR) picture enhancement technology that has until recently been reserved for televisions and large-format displays. They are designed to show games as developers intended them to be seen, dramatically improving picture quality and gameplay with crisper colors and sharper contrast.

The new monitors all leverage Samsung’s “QLED” quantum-dot technology, which supports 125 percent of the sRGB color space and 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, for a wide range of accurate color reproduction — especially dark reds and greens — that stay crisp and clear even in bright light.

To enhance gameplay visuals further, the CHG70 joins the CHG90 as the industry’s first gaming...
7/31/2017 11:53 AM
Canadian company QuirkLogic recently announced that its digital whiteboard product, which it describes as “a real-time ideation solution,” would be available to the general public in mid-summer. The E Ink-based device, Quilla, enables remote workers and teams in multiple locations to create and collaborate by formulating, capturing, and sharing content in real time.

Quilla was announced in January 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Los Vegas, where it earned awards from both ZDNet and TechCrunch. Core to the product are its E Ink electronic paper display (EPD) and electronic ink technologies, which provide a simple, familiar interface for brainstorming...