With CES 2012 just around the corner, we can expect to see a handful of product announcements trickle out ahead of the convention. Take for example LG's 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel, the largest of its kind in the world, according to LG Display, which announced the TV panel today. LG hopes this will help popularize the OLED TV market.
For every minute that goes by, Samsung sells 120 television sets. That's assuming Samsung's rate of sales is the same as it was in November, a record month for the world's largest supplier of TVs. Samsung said it sold 5.7 million TVs last month, up from 5 million in October and buoyed by a jump in U.S. sales during Thanksgiving weekend.
Intel's Ultrabook form factor is just now getting off the ground, and if the chip maker is correct in assuming this is what Windows users want, chunky notebooks could go the way of the dodo. Also on the verge of legacy are displays without touch capabilities, though only if Windows 8 ends up being a raging success. So, should Ultrabooks employ touchscreen displays?
Sharp, Samsung, and half a dozen other liquid crystal display (LCD) panel makers may have colluded to fix prices earlier in the decade, according to claims brought on by a class action lawsuit. The display makers agreed to settle the case for a combined $388 million, of which Sharp, Japan's largest panel maker, will fork over $105 million.
DisplayLink and AOC today announced the retail availability of the new e1649fwu portable USB 2.0 monitor. The display is built by AOC and powered by a DisplayLink DL-125 chip, hence the hand-holding between these two companies in introducing the display to the public. Lightweight and relatively inexpensive, the e1649fwu provides 15.6 inches of real estate with a maximum resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz, and both the video and power are piped through USB.
One of these days, 3D glasses will be obsolete and a dorky reminder of how things used to be. Kind of like rotary phones. We're not quite there yet, but we're getting closer by the day. LG Electronics is doing its part by expanding its glasses-free 3D monitor lineup with the introduction of its 25-inch DX2500, a 3D display that utilizes parallax barrier technology similar what's used on the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.
After watching Captain Picard solving all those Victorian murder mysteries on the Enterprise’s holodeck, we have to say that staring at a basic, flat-panel monitor is sooooo 20th century. Wasn’t the future of television watching supposed to be way cooler than this by now? Yeah, it was, but don’t worry; those spiffy high-tech displays have only been delayed, not scrapped entirely. A veritable army of hard-working engineers have been laboring day and night to bring flexible phones, holograms you can feel, physical 3D interfaces, and touchscreen, well, everything to your living room, car and workplace sometime soon. And hey, we’ve got actual pictures to prove it!
Acer just keeps on adding to its 3D product portfolio, and one of its most recent additions is the Acer H9500BD projector. The H9500BD projects 1080p Full HD images, and with the included Acer ActiveShutter glasses, viewers can watch content in 3D. If you're lacking 3D movies, Acer says its H9500BD is capable of converting your 2D videos and photos into 3D in real-time.
If thought your video of Uncle Andy barreling down the slopes and skiing face first into a pine tree was hilarious in 2D, do you think it would be even funnier in 3D? Acer's HR274H is supposed to be able to answer that question. It's a 27-inch 3D monitor "featuring new advances in 3D technology," one of which is an innovative chip solution that helps the display convert any 2D content to 3D, Acer says.
The latest figures from NPD DisplaySearch, previously just DisplaySearch (renamed 'NPD DisplaySearch' by its parent company, The NPD Group), suggests 3D adoption is more about price than available content. To wit, NPD DisplaySearch calculated 6.6 million 3D LCD TV panel shipments in the third quarter of 2011, accounting for 27 percent growth from last quarter, and it's because prices have come down.