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Outside of wireless power, having a display that can actually recycle energy might be the other holy grail of consumer electronics energy. Now, researchers from UCLA have created a new technology that may bring this dream into reality. The new technology uses photovoltaic polarizers in order to turn ordinary LCDs into ones that could be powered by sunlight and their own backlight. This technology allows the displays to convert ambient light, sunlight and their own backlight into electricity. The energy-harvesting polarizer for LCDs (something called a polarizing organic photovoltaic) can potentially boost the function of an LCD by working simultaneously as a polarizer, a photovoltaic device... Read more...
It's got to be hard being a company like Lenovo. Pumping out notebooks, laptops, desktops, and even monitors. Lots to keep track of, and lots of people to impress. Sounds like a modern-day celebrity, but in fact it's a technology company. In a bid to toss a bone in the direction of Lenovo's lucrative business partners, the company has just revealed a new monitor series that's tuned for small biz. It's the "LS" series, and it's designed to complement the company's ThinkCentre Edge desktop line. The 21.5-inch LS2221 wide and 23.6-inch LS2421p wide monitors are the ones being revealed, and not coincidentally, the company also used this opportunity to reveal the Edge 71 desktop -- one that'd go perfectly... Read more...
Readers may recall rumors of a double-pixel density iPad from earlier in the year. According to the Korea Times, Apple may indeed be testing new hi-res displays. The Times claims that the iPad 3 will feature a Samsung or LG LCD display with 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, which would quadruple the number of pixels in the iPad 2, and that Apple is currently quality-testing them. This conflicts with earlier reports that there would not be a good enough yield for Apple to move to a new display. Testing of the new screens is expected to be completed sometime in Q3. That could rain on the parade of those expecting an iPad 3 in September or October, as there would, of necessity, be some production ramp... Read more...
NextComputing has a thing for producing some pretty outlandish desktops. Most of them are built for field use. We're talking seriously rugged machines, designed for serious, serious workloads and unthinkable environments. But there's always been one major problem: power. You still needed whatever your destination was set for to have a power outlet. But clearly, the company's thinking beyond that limitation. A new teaser video showcases a new product, with what appears to be a built-in LCD as well as a built-in battery pack. Any guesses as to how many minutes (hours?) this thing would last? We're hoping to hear more about it soon, but for now, the video below is a must-watch.... Read more...
Looking for a new LCD? How about one you can reach out and touch? AOC's got a new one headed your way, with the e2239FwT 1080p HD monitor being the latest on the block. It's a touchscreen, 22" monitor with a piano black bezel and a fairly respectable price tag. It's just $299, and is shipping now at TigerDirect CompUSA and Amazon. As for specs? There's a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920x1080 resolution, 10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and a 5ms response time. There's also a built-in SRS speaker bar, two side-mounted HDMI ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. The full specs list is below. AOC Launches Touch Monitor for Desktop Computers and Notebooks 1080p HD monitor adds intuitive touchscreen functionality... Read more...
Let's face it: HDTVs just aren't as white-hot as they used to be. And moreover, those who wanted an HDTV, have probably purchased one by now. Of course, the 3D craze is in full swing, but are sales really proving that people are flocking to replace their 2D 1080p set with one that supports 3D? Sharp, along with loads of other companies, is having to make some tough decisions, with the latest surrounding their LCD business. The company just announced that they'll be restructuring the LCD business in particular, with the "aim of optimizing its production system for LCD panels." What's this mean? Well, it may not be as negative as it sounds at first. The company's Kameyama Plants #1 and #2 have... Read more...
Nothing like a notebook update to get your gears turning when considering an upgrade. Maingear has just announced a fairly major update to their notebook line, and of course, it has to do with NVIDIA's newest GPU selection. The Alt-15, eX-L 15, eX-L 17 and Titan 17 notebooks can now be ordered with GeForce GTX 560M and GeForce GT 555M graphics card options, and they'll also boast wide gamut LED panels supporting 95% NTSC color. The additional boost of the GeForce GT 555M on the Alt-15 and Alt-17, as well as the powerful GeForce GTX 560M on the eX-L 15, eX-L 17, and Titan 17 offer gamers more choices for less money, or so says the company. The MAINGEAR Alt-15 and eX-L 15 will both offer the optional... Read more...
Companies have been pushing out new consumer notebooks at a rapid-fire pace these days, and it's about time another market got a few new ones as well. Dell has just busted out a new line of rugged computing solutions, with an aim to please law enforcement and military customers first and foremost. Along with new hardware, the company's introducing the Dell Mobile Video Evidence Management solution that serves as a secure, end-to-end solution for mobile video capture, transmission, storage and retrieval. The new rigs provide enhanced performance, increased battery potential and anti-glare LCD displays. The new solutions include the Latitude E6420 XFR and semi-rugged Latitude E6420 ATG are designed... Read more...
Like it or not, 3D has sunk its teeth into the industry, and it's not going anywhere soon. RealD and Samsung are the latest to link up surrounding 3D; the companies have just announced a license agreement for full resolution 3D panels to be used in PC and TV monitors. You may know RealD from those 3D flicks you've seen in the cinema, and Samsung...well, no introduction necessary. The license agreement will make available to CE manufacturers new panels that have jointly developed 3D display technology, which delivers Full resolution 3D images to each eye utilizing RealD 3D cinema glasses. That's pretty important; a lot of TVs have to cut the resolution in half to deliver 3D. Jointly developed... Read more...
LCDs are nice and all, but are they the future? Probably not. Sony is pushing towards a future filled with glasses-free 3D, and one that's flexible. At the SID Display Week conference this week in California, the company revealed a new flexible color e-paper display, which is one of the thinnest (and largest, by screen size) flexible displays that we have seen. It's a 13.3" panel, and one that bends. Bending displays could have all sorts of uses; automobiles, advertising, and funky tablet form factors of the future. The panel had a 1200x800 screen resolution, a reflectance of 10% and a contrast ratio higher than 100,000:1. Of course, a trade show demo doesn't mean that a commercial version is... Read more...
Earlier in the month, HP announced a number of new business and consumer notebooks. Now, it's time for the company's desktop line to get a bump of their own. This evening, HP has revealed a newly refreshed line of desktop PCs, including redesigned Pavilion consumer desktops that have seriously stepped up in the style department. These machines have a glossy, black front panel layered over a metallic base, not to mention sliding front panels to hide ports, and select models have a valet tray integrated into the top and equipped with USB ports. You'll also find Beats Audio and HP LinkUp on select models, and of course, Intel's newest Core CPUs are here. The Pavilion p7 series is the bargain choice,... Read more...
There's no question that pixel density is one of the hot new things. Ever since Apple introduced the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, companies have been pushing the pixel envelope, so to speak. In general, the more pixels you fit onto a space, the higher the pixel density. Too high, and fonts are hard to read, but images and multi-media appear exceptionally crisp. Too low, and things just appear "pixelated." LG Display is one company that's working hard to take their displays to a new level in terms of pixel density. This coming week, the outfit will showcase a full line-up of Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) products at SID (Society for Information Display)’s Display... Read more...
Another day, another new monitor. But this one's no ordinary LCD. Acer's new 27" HN274H is the first 27" 3D monitor to support HDMI (dual-link) 3D, bringing a new level of sterescopic support. It's equipped with a 1920x1080 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 2ms response time, and a built-in IR emitter. That last bit means that you can connect the monitor a set-top box or Blu-ray Disc player via HDMI and use it as a television. The £499 price tag is definitely steep, but that's the price premium you'll pay for 3D on your LCD. Acer unveils the world’s first 27-inch FHD 3D monitor - HN274H with NVIDIA 3D Glasses London, 27 April 2011 – TV broadcasts, movies, gaming, photography... Read more...
Another week, another new monitor, and this time it's coming from Acer. The company's new DX241H isn't just your grandma's monitor, though -- it's a "Web Surf Station." What's that mean? It means that this is the first monitor that'll let you surf the web and enjoy multi-media without the need of a computer. It's a bit like "Instant On" for netbooks, but this is on an LCD. ncluding both wireless and wired connectivity options, the Acer DX241H ensures seamless access to available networks for instant Internet access, and with a 24" panel, it should fit nicely into most workrooms. Without even needing a PC, you can launch an internal web browser to surf away (though don't expect too many advanced... Read more...
When we heard Asus was coming out with a P-IPS display, we were a bit taken aback at the thought of Asus getting into the high end monitor game. But as the old cliche goes, there's a first time for everything, and the PA246Q ProArt 24-inch LCD monitor is Asus' first foray into the professional display market. Every other monitor Asus has come out with has been of the TN variety, some of them very good, but there's a clear divide between what you get with an IPS panel and a TN display. The former boasts better viewing angles, much improved color accuracy, and in recent times have even proved up to the task of gaming... Asus PA246Q ProArt 24-Inch LCD Monitor Review... Read more...
When we heard Asus was coming out with a P-IPS display, we were a bit taken aback at the thought of Asus getting into the high end monitor game. But as the old cliche goes, there's a first time for everything, and the PA246Q ProArt 24-inch LCD monitor is Asus' first foray into the professional display market. Every other monitor Asus has come out with has been of the TN variety, some of them very good, but there's a clear divide between what you get with an IPS panel and a TN display. The former boasts better viewing angles, much improved color accuracy, and in recent times have even proved up to the task of gaming. The latter is usually lighter on the wallet, though. There are many kinds... Read more...
As far as displays go, this is about as cutting-edge as we've seen in recent memory. Display wars have transitioned from slimness to far more subtle things; things like screen resolution, pixel density, and transparency are coming into play. There are even flexible displays, so that curved surfaces could one day be used as televisions within smaller apartments and homes. Samsung has always been a major player in the modern display game, and the company is seriously upping the ante by becoming the world's first to mass produce a transparent LCD panel. The company plans on shipping it in the future, with production to start this month. What makes it so special? Transparency. It'll be a 22" transparent... Read more...
Remember Chumby? Of course! These guys are back with a new platform and device, and while it doesn't look too different than the Chumby displays that we have seen in the past, the new Chumby 8 is both bigger and "better." This new one has an 8" LCD touch panel, complete with over 1500 free applications and a personalized stream of your favorite apps in addition to serving as a digital photo frame and music player. It doesn't work much differently than the Chumby of the past, but the 8 provides a new industrial design (available in black or red), an 800x600 resolution panel, two USB ports, an CF/SD card slot, support for a web browser, revamped user interface, compatibility with Internet Radio... Read more...
The onslaught of mobile monitors has calmed somewhat of late, but there's still a very real market for them and still lots of demand. While Mimo made a name for themselves by creating a stockpile of 7" and 10" USB monitors for those needing just a little more screen real estate on their laptops, Toshiba has just introduced one that's even larger. Literally. It's a 14" USB-powered mobile LCD monitor, and it ships with a nice, foldable case that makes it easy to travel with. It relies on DisplayLink's USB technology, and it weighs just 2.8lbs. There's a widescreen panel with a 1366x768 screen resolution, and being under an inch thick, it's all set to slip into most laptop cases and carry-on bags.... Read more...
Is this the start of a wild and unforeseen trend? Things in the television world tend to follow a pretty distinct path; when one company began to phase out CRT tube displays, it didn't take long before others did the same. Before long, LCDs were not only all of the rage, but the only option on store shelves. Same with 3D. Just a few years ago, 2D TVs ruled the shelves; after Sony and a couple of others began to seriously push 3D panels, the rest of the major TV companies began to follow suit. Now, it's tough to find a television that's not at least 3D-ready. Is the LCD HDTV the next to go, or is Mitsubishi simply operating on their own here? The company has just published a press release that... Read more...
Over the years, we've seen some pretty unusual notebook designs. There have been large ones, small ones and ones with tilting/swiveling screens. A few have even shipped with two LCDs, and Lenovo even created one with a slide-out LCD. But by and large, the general notebook design has remained constant over the years. Is it time for a major overhaul? Possibly, and Samsung Electronics may be the company leading the charge. At FPD China 2011, Samsung introduced and showcased a 14" see-though LCD panel. That's right: it's an LCD panel that you can see through. It's obviously a prototype for now; Samsung's not ready to ship these in commercial products. But still, the idea is terrific, and if Samsung... Read more...
The world's supply of LCD monitors is growing, yet again. AOC is the latest to give the world one more option when it comes to selecting an LCD, with the company launching their AireLED Series. That includes a stockpile of 12.7mm-thick monitors with an embedded Screen+ feature and a DVI-D input with HDCP compatibility. The Aire Black LCD is coated in a glossy black, and it features one of the world's slimmest display panels. The Screen+ feature in particular enables the screen to be split into four self-contained work areas. The Aire Black LED monitor comes in 20-inch (e2043Fk, $129), 22-inch (e2243Fwk, $149) and 23-inch (e2343Fk, $179) screen sizes, and is now available at national retailers... Read more...
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