Nintendo's 3DS handheld console is a hit, at least in Japan where customers waited in line to purchase the next-generation game player, Bloomberg reports. There were around 2,000 anxious gamers waiting outside Yodobashi Camera Co.'s store in Akihabara, Tokyo, all wanting to get their mitts on the console that had sold-out on preorder and at other electronics stores. Fans had begun lining up 10PM the night before it went on sale.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said it was another record year at the box office, with movie receipts reaching an all-time high of $31.8 billion, up 8 percent from 2009. This is the fourth time in five years that box office revenue has grown, setting records in three of them, according to John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners. Playing a big role in this continued growth is the emergence of 3D.
The hype surrounding OLED technology has somewhat settled down in recent months, instead giving way to LED-backlit LCD displays that are cheaper to produce. Lest you forget completely about OLED, however, Sony this week announced a pair of OLED monitors designed for professionals. The 17-inch and 25-inch monitors are part of Sony's new reference-grade BVM-E series and are supposed to be on par with CRTs in color accuracy. Put your drink down before hitting the jump and taking a peek at the price tags.
Wednesday marked the release of LG's Cinema 3D TV in Korea. According to LG, it's the world's first 3D TV officially certified as "flicker-free," which was granted by Intertek and TÜV, two certification agencies in Europe. The reason this matters, says LG, is that it virtually eliminates dizziness and eye fatigue that some people have experienced with other 3D displays.
Acer's trying to play all sides of the field with its new P5403 projector, Sporting an SXGA+ (1400x1050) resolution, Acer says the P5403 is equally adept at displaying spreadsheets as it is at beaming highly detailed images, and it can do 120Hz 3D as well. Advanced lamp technology with illumination of up to 3500 ANSI lumens and a 3000:1 contrast ratio means the P5403 shouldn't choke on text-heavy presentations, and with an optimized 5-segment color wheel, Acer promises high color accuracy.
HP went back to the drawing board for its TouchSmart series and came up with something new for the redesign. Unlike previous generation models, the latest additions boast a 60-degree reclining display, which is a step in the right direction in making these all-in-ones function more like a traditional monitor. The new line is represented by the TouchSmart 610 Consumer PC and TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC, both of which sport a 23-inch HD display that tilts forward up to five degrees.
LED-backlit televisions are all the rage, but plasma displays aren't dead, folks. Far from it, in fact. According to DisplaySearch, who always has a finger on the display industry's pulse, plasma TV panels finished off a "great year" by hitting a record high in the fourth quarter of 2010. What the bezel?
Apple intelligence site 9to5Mac.com posted pictures of what it claims is the iPad 2's LCD screen, "fresh out of China." While 9to5Mac couldn't say whether or not the new screen will run a higher resolution or is a "Retina" display, the site did say that "it is definitely higher quality in terms of its build."
It's also both thinner and lighter than first-gen iPad devices and has a smaller surrounding frame. Other than that, there's isn't any new information to go on, just a handful of pics to gawk at, including comparisons of first- and second-generation iPad LCD screens.
In an extremely short press release, LG confirmed plans to introduce the LG Optimus 3D at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 14. According to LG, this the first 3D smartphone in the world. That's wonderful and all, but what about 3D content? Here's what LG had to say:
"The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue --one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device," LG said. "LG's most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing, and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere."
Phandroid posted a picture of the upcoming device courtesy of an un-named tipster. According to the tipster, the LG Optimus 3D will ship with a dual-core processor, multi-channel RAM, a front-facing camera, and a screen larger than 4 inches.
There's a reason why today's multi-feature cell phones are called "smartphones," emphasis on 'smart.' Many of these devices have more in common with a PC than they do a telephone. App installation? Check. Bright, luscious displays? Check. Webcams, QWERTY keyboards, and pico projectors? Check, check, and, um, well not just yet.
Integrating pico projectors into smartphones on the mainstream level is the next logical step, but it's a step that's still a ways off. According to DigiTimes, those in charge who produce pico projectors say the necessary R&D still isn't up to snuff and you aren't likely to see any kind of mass adoption until 2013 at the earliest. In case your calendar's broken, it's barely 2011.
It would be easy enough to integrate a pico projector into a smartphone, but the logistics don't make sense, These devices draw too much power, which is just one of the problems. Underpowered lumens and subpar picture quality are two other issues holding the technology back. And while we're listing out cons, you can throw price into the mix.
There are a few smartphones with pico projectors already built in, however these are exceptions to the norm, and they're not the slickest looking devices.