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— Electronics

MIT develops new glasses-free 3D TV technology

Though 3D movies have been around for a while, the experience of visiting a cinema to catch the latest blockbuster is dampened by unwieldy glasses and the limitation of only one fixed perspective being offered to all. The illusion of depth is present, but this is far removed from the hologram-like, multiple-perspective experience which would truly wow movie-goers. MIT's Media Lab’s Camera Culture group proposes a new approach to 3D images that promises glasses-free multiple-perspective 3D. Perhaps best of all though, MIT's technique uses inexpensive existing LCD technology, clearing the way for the tech to be implemented into TV's. Read More
— Good Thinking

Japanese designers develop colloid bubbles as projection screens

If you ever thought of soap bubbles as small floating movie capsules, you were not alone in your observation. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a system that uses such bubbles as kind of projection screen based on colloidal liquids. The bubbles are made of a thin film, and allow light to create a reflection on one section before passing through other sections. If the reflection can be controlled, then the bubble can be used as a display. Read More
— Science

Lotus leaf inspires Finnish researchers to develop optical display from water and air

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have discovered a novel way to write and present information using only water and air. They used the water-repelling properties of the lotus leaf as inspiration for an experiment with a superhydrophobic (“water-repelling”), dual-scale surface that allows the writing, erasing, rewriting and storing of optically displayed information in plastrons related to different length scales. The research was carried out in partnership with the Nokia Research Center and University of Cambridge and was led by Dr. Robin Ras at Aalto University. Read More
— Home Entertainment

AOC Aire iPlay monitor features in-built iDevice dock

We’ve seen iPod and iPhone docks in all shapes and sizes, most of which are built around the iDevices’ audio capabilities. This offering - the Aire iPlay (e2343Fi) monitor from AOC - sees the focus shift to the video playback capabilities of Apple’s devices. The 23-inch Full HD monitor is the first to feature a 30-pin dock in the base for seamless playback of audio, video and photo content stored on an iPod or iPhone. Read More
— Computers

Apple unveils MacBook Pro with Retina display

Apple has announced the next generation of the MacBook Pro. The new machine packs a 15.4 inch "Retina display" which promises improved viewing angles, reduced glare, and a resolution of 2880 x 1800: four times greater than the previous MacBook Pro. Along with the impressive new display, the latest MacBook Pros come with new performance options, such as NVIDIA's Kepler GT650m graphics card, and refreshed Intel quad core i7 processor. Apple has also announced that these new MacBook Pros are available starting today, and will sell for US$2,199 for the base model. Read More
— Science

Gorilla Glass maker unveils ultra-thin and flexible Willow Glass

Corning announced details of a major new glass design at the eighth annual Display Week in Boston, a trade event hosted by the Society for Information Display. Named Willow Glass, Corning’s new glass is manufactured in such a way that allows it to reach temperatures of up to 500°C (932ºF) while maintaining a thickness of just 100 microns – or about that of a sheet of paper. Read More
— Mobile Technology USB charging cable doubles as smartphone mount

Smartphones are so monstrously powerful these days that it's like carrying around a powerful computer in your pocket. When you start work on your desktop PC, Mac or laptop, however, all that portable power is put to sleep, resigned to being no more than a glorified answering service waiting for a call. Product designer Bill May believes that your smartphone should be made to do more for the often huge cost of the monthly charges. He's created a simple USB charging cable called the that's stiff enough to support the weight of an iPhone or Android smartphone, but can also be bent to mount your mobile device right next to your laptop display or computer monitor. You can then keep your main screen free of virtual clutter and display your feeds and widgets on your smartphone instead. Read More

LG unveils five-inch full HD smartphone display

LG has introduced an impressive new smartphone display that's expected to come to new handsets in the second half of 2012. The panel is five inches across, and features a pixel density of 440ppi with an aspect ratio of 16:9, capable of displaying 1080p HD content. This impressive new display trumps Apple's retina display, as well as the larger screens on phones like the Galaxy Note in terms of size versus pixel density. Read More

Rumors suggest iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch screen

Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at its annual mobile keynote this year and as is the case with any high profile product launch, rumors about the device are beginning to materialize months before the event is scheduled to take place. Most recently, Wall Street Journal sources suggest that Apple intends to upsize the iPhone’s display from 3.5 to 4 inches. Read More