Kickstarter is fast becoming the place to go if you have a long shot concept that's capable of capturing the hearts and minds (and wallets) of technology fans. With five days still to go, the Ouya project, which is a $99 Android game console for the living room, has amassed more than $6.5 million, well above it's initial goal of $950,000. More recently, a virtual reality headset called Oculus Rift has managed to attract over $1.1 million in funding in just a couple of days. Yep, it appears the promise of virtual reality isn't dead.
As much as we're in love with the Ultrabook category's thin and light form factor, we're not nearly as smitten over the low display resolution that plagues the majority of first and second generation models. Even larger models like Acer's 15.6-inch Timeline and HP's equally sized Envy both sport 1366x768 screen resolutions, while Samsung's 15-inch Series 9 taps out at 1600x900. Well, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon Vizio's online collection of PCs, including a 15.6-inch Ultrabook model that finally gets the resolution right.
ViewSonic on Monday announced the latest addition to its high-performance line of monitors, the new 27-inch VX2703mh-LED. According to ViewSonic, everyone and their uncle should be interested in this display, including home consumers, small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), and educational institutions, the latter of which will appreciate the monitor's energy efficiency while hoping to sell the former two on the panel's overall feature-set.
AU Optronics Corp., LG Display, and Toshiba Corp. have all three agreed to pay a combined $571 million in damages to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the three were involved in a scheme to artificially drive up the price of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. That's on top of over $550 million collected from seven other manufacturers earlier in the year, which tallies up to over $1.1 billion in class-action penalties.
All-in-one PCs have become quite popular lately, with their shipments consistently growing at a faster rate than that of run-of-the-mill desktop PCs. Despite the impressive growth, vendors don’t seem content with just Windows-based AIOs and have now started experimenting with the form factor. AsusTek’s Transformer all-in-one PC, which dual boots Windows 8 and Android, is a case in point. Then there is the far more unusual Viewsonic VCD22, a 22-inch device that runs Android 4.0 and lacks a battery. But if you think that the VCD22 is the only device of its kind, you’re wrong. Japanese company Kouziro is readying a similar Android-powered AIO/display.
It's fairly easy to find capable Ultrabooks priced below Intel's recommended $1,000 ceiling, something that was a bit of a challenge when the form factor first emerged. Pricing has trended downwards for the past several months, but don't be surprised if some next generation Ultrabook models reverse that trend due to higher quality displays with touchscreen functionality and 3D support.
Everyone knows you 'don't do the crime if you can't do the time,' or in Toshiba's case, if you can't pay the fine. The only problem with that is Toshiba is innocent, or so the company claims, just like every single person serving hard time will tell you. Legally speaking, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco found Toshiba guilty of collaborating with other liquid crystal display (LCD) panel makers to fix prices at artificially high levels, and has ordered the company to pay $87 million to absolve itself of its sins.
One of the many technologies Google talked about yesterday on Day 1 of its three-day Google I/O conference is Project Glass, a wearable computer of sorts that essentially integrates the functions of a smartphone into a pair of slim glasses. A rather exhilarating demo showed a series of stunts captured on video by people wearing the glasses, from skydiving over San Francisco to scaling Moscone Center, and you can't help but get at least a little excited seeing the technology come to fruition right before your eyes. We're not talking 10 years from now, either. In fact, programmers attending the conference have the option of pre-ordering an "Explorer Edition" prototype for $1,500, which will ship out early next year.
The next high definition television you buy might feature an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panel. Sure, OLED displays are comparatively pricey and in short order compared to LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs, but rivals Sony and Panasonic have put aside their competitive differences to jointly develop the next wave of OLED panels and modules for HDTVs and other large-size displays.
Most everyone interested in owning an LCD TV seems to have already went out and purchased one. According to DisplaySearch, worldwide TV shipments tumbled 8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2012, marking the steepest rate of decline since the second quarter of 2009. More telling, however, is the fact that LCD TVs, which dominate the market with an 84.2 percent share of all types of TVs (well ahead of CRT TVs, which sits in second place with a 9.9 percent share), saw shipments drop by 3 percent year-over-year, and by 33 percent sequentially.