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Category: Display Technologies

It’s NOT a Hologram, Folks!

April 20, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made an appearance at Coachella in California last weekend, in spite of the fact that he's been dead for more than 15 years. He performed on stage alongside Snoop Dogg, including a "live" shout-out to the Coachella audience. Putting aside the creepy factor of performing with dead singers, let's talk briefly about the technology. Let me say at the outset that even though I was...

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Samsung Wrist-Slapped for 3DTV Ad Claims

April 9, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has issued a recommendation that Samsung stop making certain claims about its 3DTVs. In a release last week, the NAD made the following statement: Following its review of the evidence in the record, NAD concluded that the advertiser’s substantiation was insufficient to provide a reasonable basis for messages conveyed by the claims – that Samsung active 3D televisions...

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3DTV: New Meaning for “Big Hair”

April 6, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
There's a reason that more cartoons are in 3D than live action content. That's because animated images typically are much simpler than real-world objects, which means that they can be manipulated more easily and precisely. This is important when you are trying to adjust the differences between the left and right views of a scene. The problem gets even worse when you are trying to create a second view from...

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My HDTV Buying Advice [a Slashdot video]

March 27, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Do you ever wonder what I tell people when they come up to me at a party and ask "What should I buy as my new television?" The website Slashdot wondered, and they commissioned a video interview of me that they call "HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to Buy". (The interview was conducted, recorded, and edited by my friend and colleague Robin Miller.)...

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Bed-Sized 3DTV in China

March 19, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
How much is too much? If it's possible to go too far with a television set's specfications, this could be it. China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd is a subsidiary of the electronics giant, TCL Corporation, and earlier this month, the company announced a monster of a 3DTV. [caption id="attachment_1651" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="(Credit: TCL Corporation)"][/caption] This behemoth measures 110" diagonal. It also has 4K by 2K resolution, or 4,096 by...

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Samsung’s New TVs Point to the Future

March 14, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Last week, Samsung announced that its 2012 HDTVs will start shipping this month. While their "fifth generation" Smart TVs have more processing power than ever, what caught my eye were four interface features. If you've followed my writing elsewhere (including this GigaOM Pro report), you may have noticed that I'm very interested in how we will merge the worlds of traditional linear programming, video-on-demand offerings by subscription television services, and...

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What is Apple up to with Its TV Plans?

March 13, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Who is Henry Blodget? According to the "Business Insider" website, he is "co-founder, CEO and Editor-In Chief of Business Insider, a former top-ranked Wall Street analyst, [and] the host of Yahoo Daily  Ticker, a Yahoo Finance video show viewed by several million people a  month.  He is often a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other networks." Clearly, here is someone who spends much of his time learning and thinking...

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Oh Boy! A New iPad!

March 9, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
You may have noticed that there has not been a lot of coverage of the new iPad 3 here over the preceding six months. While many members of the new era media were working themselves into a speculative frenzy over what the unannounced and unspecified product would be, I was content to wait for the facts. And I have to admit that at least from the display perspective, the new...

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Beam Me Up, Samsung!

February 29, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Beam, a new Android smartphone with a difference. In addition to all the features you'd expect to find in a computerized phone for your pocket, it has one additional attraction. The phone includes a 15 lumen projector, built right in. No, this isn't a high-definition display, but the way things are progressing it may not take long to reach that. It's only standard definition (not...

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You Can’t Touch This!

February 9, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Touch is transforming our entertainment experience. Second-screen tablets and smartphones are programming our DVR services, delivering supplementary and interactive social content to linear programming, and becoming content delivery platforms in their own right. And while there still is a place for keyboard in this brave new world, touch interfaces are playing an increasingly-important role in how we interact most naturally and efficiently with some very complex systems. How much do...

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