Just how much cooler can they make Microsoft's Surface?
Oh, I suppose they could do a nifty holographic 3D interface but that
is for the future. In the here and now, the Surface gives new meaning
reports that at a recent conference they got to look at the SDK, which
allows developers the ability to slide an object around and have it
stop based on friction or what objects it hits. Think about sliding a
photo across a desktop with your fingertips into a folder. The good
thing is if you miss, it doesn't end up on the floor. It takes the
intuitive interface of the desktop as we know it and brings it together
with our most intuitive interface device, our hands. The promise for
this technology for the future is outstanding.
Object Recognition is planned for the future. Users will be able to place physical objects on the display to trigger different types of response, like downloading images from your Bluetooth enabled phone or uploading music to an MP3 player.
Now don't you just want one of these for a coffee table in your living room?
Dell’s newest 22-inch display—one remarkable enough to win attention and awards at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show—retails for $1,200 dollars. Go figure, then, that it’s called the Dell Crystal, although the Dell Diamond works too. Because when you buy this display, you’re buying more marketing hype than functionality. You’re also paying nearly four-times the price of Dell’s $350 SP2208WFP, a carbon-copy of the Crystal’s functionality minus a hunk of Plexiglas slapped over the front.
Dell’s jumbo entry in its Ultrasharp line of monitors, the 3008WFP, performs exactly as the company’s marketing materials promise. This monitor truly “produces darker blacks.” In fact, we think Dell’s underselling the device, because the 3008WFP takes the dark spectrum and covers it with the digital equivalent of a dark sheet. We cranked the device to its maximum brightness and still found ourselves unable to see distinctions at the low end of Display Mate’s grayscales.
ViewSonic’s VLED221wm 22-inch LCD is the first LED-backlit display to grace our Lab, and we were anxious to put the technology to the test. LCD monitors typically sport cold cathode fluorescent backlighting, which can be less than uniform, and because it’s always on in the background, it can impair a screen’s ability to produce a true black. With LEDs, the screen is backlit with a grid of lights that can be turned on and off as needed. Sure enough, the 1680x1050 VLED221wm was capable of a black that exceeded that of any other LCD we’ve tested—but the result was actually overkill.
Virtual reality refuses to die. Every couple of years, some new company enters the market with a new product that they claim solves all the glitches, drawbacks, and weaknesses associated with head-mounted displays. Vuzix is the latest; and like so many before them, they’ve made progress, but their iWear VR920 is as flawed and awkward as any of its predecessors.