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.
The original Star Trek series with Willaim Shatner and Leonard Nimoy may not seem like something worth bringing to BluRay. Footage from that time didn’t have the type of quality that would really make conversion to BluRay very effective, but the folks at MAXON worked with VFX Artist Max Gabl to use BodyPaint3D to remaster the footage by hand.
A key creative challenge was the complete lack of data crucial for visual effects content creation, such as camera type and focal lens that are used to match the virtual camera to the scene. “I quickly realized that successfully bringing elements such as matte paintings of planetary objects from the original series into an HD format and maintaining the visual integrity of the iconic television series would necessitate a 3D software solution that offers stability and customization,” Gabl said.
Read the full release after the break.
The Simpsons has just celebrated their 20th anniversary, and CNN Entertainment published this “Simpsons Comedy Chart” showing the various influences of the brand.
However, in doing so, “The Simpsons” stands on the comedic shoulders of many that came before — and has influenced countless works that have arrived since. Here are just a few of the roots of the “Simpsons” comedy tree and the branches of those it gave life to. (The following, illustrated by the doughnut at the top of the story, is by no means complete, and each member has its own, sometimes overlapping influences.)
via The ‘Simpsons’ comedy tree – CNN.com., via CoolInfographics
While I dispute the “world’s first” part of the claim, LG hast just announced a new 3D LCD TV that works with active shutter glasses to create true full-resolution 3D visuals.
Although full HD 3D images have been developed for contents such as video games, movies and animations, 3D display products with full HD resolution were unavailable in the market. The commercial launch of LG Display’s full HD 3D LCD panel is expected to help to boost development of high resolution 3D contents while allowing users to view true-to-life 3D images.
They’re big on the full HD resolution because several of the existing solutions (like the JVC model) are only half-HD in 3D mode because they use interleaved lines.
via Welcome to LG Display.
The massive laser-based stereoscopic TV from startup HDI, which we covered first here, has just made the impressive transition to manufacturing, putting it on track for an early 2010 release.
October 28, 2009 – Los Gatos, CA – HDI Ltd. announces it has entered into a manufacturing agreement to mass produce their proprietary 100-inch diagonal Laser-Driven 2D/3D Switchable Dynamic Video Projection Televisions. HDI Ltd.’s 2D/3D switchable system delivers a stunningly superior 2D image, with a 50% greater resolution than today’s digital cinemas, and derives its greater-than-high definition stereoscopic 1920 x 1080p “3D” image quality from two RGB laser-illuminated Liquid Crystal on Silcon (LCOS) micro display imagers. At full 1080p HD, the HDI Ltd. screen refreshes at 360 fields per-second on each eye, the fastest refresh rate on any mass produced television or projector.
You can get the full announcement at EnGadget.
Gizmodo is carrying news about two new Stereoscopic televisions hitting the market soon.
First off is the new offerings from AU Optronics (AUO), glasses-free 3D Televisions.
AOU (sic) is also showing a new high-def 3D panel that that can scale from 8- to 65-inches in size. It’s got a 2D/3D switch, and has a higher resolution and greater viewable angle compared to previous 3D TVs that don’t need glasses. Finally, they’ve also got a new 58-inch Ultra Wide TV panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1080. It’s 2.35:1 ratio is designed to present 2.35:1 films without black bars.
Second is the AMOLED television from Samsung:
Another of the treats on show at FPD 2009 is Samsung’s AMOLED 3D TV prototype. The 240Hz panel is just 2.5-mm thick, has a million-to-1 contrast, and Samsung claims its latest shutter-glasses technology reduces the dizziness often associated with 3D.
Looks like FPD2009 is all about the OLED 3D TV’s.
AU Optronics TV and Samsung AMOLED.
Samsung is unveiling a new “world’s slimming” television, the 120hz OLED 40″ HDTV that is a mere 3mm thick. This destroys their previous record of an 8.9mm display. As usual no word on pricing or release date other than “ASAP”.
Akihabara News via Samsung’s 3mm-Thick HDTV – Samsung 3mm thin HDTV – Gizmodo.
A new player has popped up in the 3D Television market, HDI of Los Gatos, showcasing a whole new take on the industry: Laser Televisions.
Now comes the next step, in this 100-inch screen. The colors are richer than anything else, because they come from lasers. The lasers are cheap. They’re low power, consuming just 1W each. Try that with your plasma. And it’s true HD. Not just 1080p, but 1080 Hertz.
Hit the link for the video report.
via Startup unveils 100 inch 3D laser TV – 9/14/09 – San Francisco News – abc7news.com.
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.
A new technology from Kateevas called “T Jet” uses inkjet printers and a micro-dryer to create Gen 8.5 substrates and larger (up to 6-feet a side) to create new larger OLED panels that would be required for those dreamy 50-inch screens.
With the T Jet technology OLED TVs could cost about 70 percent of what it would cost to build a standard LCD TV and even less than an LCD-LED TV, asserted Conor Madigan, a co-founder and the CEO. Such TVs would use a fraction of the power and contain half of the components.
via Bigger OLED-Tv panels coming soon thanks to Kateevas T Jet technology.