DisplayMate has revisited their Mobile Display “Shoot-out” and updated it with a huge amount of information, including the shown-above chromaticity diagrams indicating the resulting gamut. Much to my surprise, the Motorola Droid outperforms every other phone (including the iPhone), although the Samsung Galaxy has the widest support. In reality, the Galaxy’s support actually makes the visuals worse by oversaturating the colors.
Figure 1 shows the measured Color Gamut for each of the Smartphones along with the Standard Color Gamut in black. The outermost white curve is the limits of human color vision – the horseshoe is the pure spectral colors and the diagonal is the line of purples. A given display can only reproduce the colors that lie inside of the triangle formed by its primary colors. Highly saturated colors seldom occur in nature so the colors that are outside of the Standard Gamut are seldom needed and are unlikely to be noticed or missed in the overwhelming majority of real images. Note that consumer content does not include colors outside of the Standard Gamut, so a display with a wider Color Gamut cannot show colors that aren’t in the original and only produce inaccurate exaggerated on-screen colors. The dots in the center are the measured color of White for each of the Smartphones along with the D6500 Standard White, which is marked as a white circle.
Smartphone “Super” LCD-OLED Display Technology Shoot-Out.
Start up company Prysm has announced that they are getting ready to make LASER Phosphor Display (LPD) televisions. What are LPD televisions and how do they work? LPD TV uses a laser to scan across the screen of a television excite the red, blue, and green phosphors to produce the picture. The lasers can turn a pixel on or off very rapidly, and there is no back-light needed. The company claims that this is more power efficient that current displays, since they consume 75% less power. Also, they claim that there are no harmful chemicals (i.e. mercury) that are being used. Initially their targeted users will not be the consumer. From the CNET article:
The company is initially targeting commercial customers who can use the displays in retail or public spaces such as sports arenas where many tiles can be used to make one giant screen. Later the company expects to target the residential market, executives said. The image quality will be as good as existing flat-screen TVs and be competitive on price, said Dana Corey, vice president of sales and marketing.
via Prysm preps super-efficient laser phosphor TVs | Green Tech – CNET News.
More 3D TV’s from CES, this time from Toshiba. They’ve partnered with RealD to create a new line of televisions called “Regza”, which will bring HD 3D LCD’s to us in 2010. It is still, however, active stereo, unlike the passive polarized stereo RealD uses in theaters.
The RealD Format is a proprietary version of a side-by-side 3D format that multiplexes a left eye and right eye 3D image stream into a single channel for delivery of HD 3D content to any 3D-enabled display type – plasma, LCD or DLP. The RealD Format uses a unique set of proprietary filters and other technologies making it compatible with today’s HD infrastructure for high quality 3D delivered via cable, satellite, packaged media or the internet.
via Toshiba announces partnership with RealD for 3D teevees — Engadget.
LG opened CES with their Press Briefing, and Engadget has the mammoth press release announcing 39 new LCD HDTV’s that cover the entire spectrum from high-end to low-end.
The top of the line LE9500 Series is LG's first LED 3D HDTV offering, but is also ultra slim with a 8.5mm bezel, has optional wireless HDMI set-back box, Local Dimming, 480Hz, THX Certification, NetCast (VUDU, Netflix, DLNA and just about every other streaming service including Skype). In fact the only bad aspect of the LE9500 is that it is only available in 47 or 55-inch variety. The lineups goes down from there and there’s something for everyone and you’ll just have to click on the press release to see all 39 options. One thing you won't find in the release is the price or availability, which seems to be the trend this year at CES.
In addition to just TV’s, they’ve got a full HD 3D Projector and an interesting Skype-enabled HDTV.
via LG presents 39 new LCD HDTVs, most with NetCast, some with 3D — Engadget.
Magnetic3D will be at CES challenging the glasses-free stereo displays of Alioscopy with three new displays of varying sizes:
- Allura: 3D monitor (22″-55″) solutions for Public Display. These are designed for applications such as Point-of-Sale, Out-of-Home, Digital Signage Networks, and Trade Shows and Events.
- Emersa: 3D monitors (22″-42″) for applications that require close proximity viewing, including presentations, digital prototyping, gaming, and content creation.
- Envolve: 3D touch displays for real time and interactive active 3D applications for commercial use such as slot gaming, kiosk solutions, and way finders.
Details aside from that are lite. They’ll be demonstrating software applications ‘VizCad’, for 3D digital prototyping and visualization, and ‘FuzionCast’, for digital signage.
Magnetic3D via Magnetic 3D to show new glasses-free 3D displays at CES.
LG has set a new record for thin LCD televisions, with a new 42-inch LCD panel with LED backlights and optical film that’s an impressive 2.6mm thick.
The 42-inch panel weighs less than 4 kilograms – making it ideal for wall mounted TVs. Moreover, the new product offers 120Hz refresh rate technology with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution for clear and sharp image.
Not many details right now, but it’s to be on display at CES in Vegas.
via LG announces “world’s thinnest” 42-inch LCD panel — Engadget.
Alioscopy has released a new toolkit powered by Ignition, a real-time interactive engine from Applied Ideas Inc, called the User Generated Content platform that allows users to create 3D models or video for instant playback on their glasses-free 3D TV.
“Alioscopy is constantly offering its customers a way to create and edit autostereoscopic 3D content quickly and efficiently,” said Philippe Roche, CEO of Alioscopy USA. “Along with our preferred content producer and template programs, the User Generated Content tools are a strategic way for us to help our customers further extend their ability to quickly create, customize and edit their own 3D autostereoscopic 3D content.”
via Alioscopy Makes 3D Digital Signage Easier with User-Generated Tools and Templates for Autostereoscopic ‘No-Glasses’ Content | SYS-CON UK.
If you missed the glasses-free stereoscopic monitor from Alioscopy at SIGGRAPH then make sure you check it out in the Autodesk booth at IBC next week.
“We’re excited to bring Alioscopy technology to IBC 2009 with Autodesk, and present the next way stereoscopic 3D entertainment, digital signage and visualizations will be created and viewed—without glasses,” said Philippe Roche, CEO of Alioscopy USA. “With the dizzying growth and popularity of 3D stereo films, we are witnessing an unprecedented interest in stereoscopic 3D. Using Autodesk 3D content creation software and compositing tools with Alioscopy technology and hardware, 3D artists and compositors will be able realize vast new business-to-business (B2B) opportunities in new markets,” added Roche.
They’ll be in booth #7.D21 at the RAI Amsterdam, and are scheduling demonstrations. See the full press release after the break.
Looks like some of the rumors were true, as a new press-release from Sony announces that Sony will be bringing 3D LCD TV’s into the home in 2010, with what appears as some early versions available for Christmas this year.
Sony’s 3D compatible “BRAVIA” LCD TVs incorporate frame sequential display and active-shutter glass systems*1, together with Sony’s proprietary high frame rate technology to enable the reproduction of full High Definition*2 high-quality 3D images, and will form the centerpiece of Sony’s 3D entertainment experience for the home.
In addition to 3D compatible “BRAVIA” LCD TVs, Sony will also develop 3D compatibility into many more of its devices, such as Blu-ray Disc products, VAIO and PlayStation®3, to provide a multitude of ways in which 3D content – from 3D movies to stereoscopic 3D games – can be enjoyed in the home.
Check after the break for the somewhat laughable promotional video they’re using in the campaign.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego’s Calit2 Visualization team have constructed the “NexCAVE”, a 9-screen rig built from LCD monitors for immersive visualization.
Researchers from the group have constructed a three-column, nine-panel 3D display using flat screens from JVC, stereoscopic glasses, and “game PCs with high end NVIDIA game engines.” Dubbed NexCAVE, it’s a much more inexpensive version of the its projector-powered StarCAVE used for data analysis, although its range is more limited — on the plus side, however, since this is LCD, it can be used in bright rooms.
The resolution is only 6000×1500, making it only 9 megapixel, but the cost savings alone make it attractive.
via Nine HDTVs form 3D visualization rig, but only in the name of science.