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Japan Display's paper-like, color, reflective LCD can display video

Anyone who has tried to view the display on their tablet or smartphone in direct sunlight (which I’m guessing is pretty much everyone) will know that outdoors isn’t the ideal viewing environment for LCDs. E-Ink displays, such as those found in the Kindle, rely on reflected light rather than backlights, which is why they're better suited to outdoor viewing. Now Japan Display has created a paper-like, low-power, LCD panel that relies on reflected light and can display color video.  Read More

LG's Ultra Definition LCD interactive whiteboard

LG has just shown off the world's first 84-inch Ultra Definition (UD) LCD interactive whiteboard, and it's truly something to behold. The technology is being geared towards schools, where teachers could use it as a new method of teaching their students. Gone could be the days of nails on a chalkboard, slamming erasers together to clean them, and dried-up markers.  Read More

MIT’s Media Lab has proposed a new technique for multiple-perspective and glasses-free 3D ...

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

The Portable Scoreboard can be used for all kinds of activities...even mini bike races

How can you possibly keep track of how much you're "winning" if you don't have something to keep score on? The simply named Portable Scoreboard is a scoreboard for the new generation of winning. Whatever your game is, the digital scorekeeper gives you a variety of ways of tallying up - everything from old fashioned push buttons to an open-source build that allows for external sensors and custom programming.  Read More

The Jot is the latest addition to Improv Electronics' Boogie Board line of eWriters

eWriter maker Improv Electronics has unveiled the latest addition to its Boogie Board LCD eWriter lineup. Like the Boogie Board Rip released last year, the new Boogie Board Jot boasts a 9.5-inch Reflex LCD writing surface that doesn’t draw any power to write on and retain an image but, unlike that model, doesn’t pack any onboard storage for your digital doodles.  Read More

Sony's HX850 BRAVIA features a bezel-free monolithic design

Following its announcement at CES in January, Sony’s 2012 flagship BRAVIA LCD TVs have hit stores in the U.S., with other markets set to follow. Coming in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, the HX850 line offers Dynamic Edge LED backlighting with fully local dimming, and W-Fi internet connectivity and 3D capabilities out of the box.  Read More

Onur Hamza Karabey and his prototype liquid crystal antenna

Vehicles such as cars, ships and aircraft need to stay in stable contact with earth-orbiting satellites, in order for on-board functions like GPS, internet access and satellite television reception to work properly. As the vehicles move, their orientation to those satellites changes, so electronically-redirectable phased-array antennas are typically required. According to scientists at Germany's Technische Universität Darmstadt, however, these are "either very expensive or only sluggishly redirectable." That's why doctoral candidate Onur Hamza Karabey is working on a low-cost, fast-performing alternative - a liquid crystal antenna.  Read More

Panasonic's 4K2K display packs around 8.29 million pixels into a 20-inch display

At CES this week, Panasonic unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest, thinnest 4K2K-resolution, 20-inch IPS Alpha LCD panel. The prototype ultra-high definition monitor is only 3.5 millimeters thick, yet has about four times the resolution of a standard HDTV, at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels - this translates to approximately 8.29 million pixels in total, with the "world's highest pixel density of 216 pixels per inch."  Read More

By following a few simple steps, anyone can turn an old LCD into a privacy monitor with co...

Many of us still keep old LCDs that should have been discarded long time ago. There might be a good reason, however, to refrain from disposing of this obsolete equipment. By following a few simple steps, anyone can turn an old LCD into a privacy monitor with contents visible only to the person wearing a pair of special glasses (also home-built), while anyone else can only see a white surface.  Read More

The Turbo Fire EVO Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 packs a 1.7-inch LCD display

Online gamers not wanting to rely purely on skill to outplay opponents now have a cheat-friendly Xbox 360 controller to add to their arsenal. The Turbo Fire EVO Wireless Controller from U.K.-based video game accessory maker Datel packs a 1.7-inch LCD display - sorry, “Combat Command LCD interface” - that makes it easy to fine-tune settings during gameplay.  Read More

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