Philips this week unveiled its new 28-inch 4K Ultra HD display, model 288P6LJEB, which boasts a 3840x2160 resolution. As you've heard a million times before, that's four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p. That translates into more on-screen real-estate to work with, and to entice early adopters to make the leap, Philips has made available its new display for a special price of $600, saving you a couple of Bennies over its $800 MSRP.
Philips just waved a hand in front of professionals looking for a high resolution display and said, "This is the monitor you're looking for." The monitor in question is the Philips UltraClear, a 28-inch panel with a 4K ultra high definition (UHD) resolution (3840x2160) for $1,200. That might not be affordable for the budget buyer shopping a 24-inch 1080p display, but if you're looking to go big, that's a pretty aggressive price tag compared to the crop of 30-inch panels featuring 2560x1600 resolutions.
When you're as big as Intel, you can afford to make high profile acquisitions one after the another, and that's what the Santa Clara chip maker is doing. Some are bigger than others, such as scooping up McAfee for a cool $7.7 billion, as opposed to purchasing an Egyptian software company for presumably a lot less. Now Intel has inked yet another deal, acquiring Silicon Hive, which Intel contracted with last year to provide parallel processing tools for its Atom processors.
Excuse us for being punny, but according to Royal Philips Electronics, LED lighting has a bright future ahead of it. By the end of 2010, Philips reckons LEDs will account for over 5 percent of the global lighting market, more than doubling its 2 percent reach in 2009. That would make LED lighting a $4 billion business.
That figure will seem like chump change once 2015 rolls around, assuming Philips' crystal ball is even semi-accurate. By 2015, Philips predicts LEDs will account for half of the total lighting industry.
At that point, LED lighting will be a $100 billion business, and that doesn't even include LEDs in automobile applications. Architectural lighting drives almost a third of the LED lighting business, though with government promotions and free-falling prices, LEDs have begun replacing traditional light bulbs. In Japan, for example, LED light bulbs now account for 62 percent of the total sales of light bulbs.
Philips Home Control's new DUAL QWERTY remote seems like the kind of thing you'd use to show off your hard-earned success when you have visitors, or maybe you just want something sexy to replace that boring remote, mouse, and keyboard you've been using to control your home theater.
"This new keyboard remote shows that we are on top of the upcoming trend," says Rick Siu, Director Product Management, Philips Home Control. "It was challenging to develop this remote to cater for all these features, while at the same time we wanted the design to be slim, easy to operate, and modern looking. From the enormous interest we have gathered during the pre-launch period, I can honestly say we succeeded with glory."
Sure, Siu is tooting his own company's horn, but from the pics we've seen, the DUAL certainly looks hot. How well it feels and functions is another story, but Philips feels its dual-sided device is the "perfect solution" for couch warriors. The top side features a remote control while the bottom sports a keyboard; alternate input methods include things like pointing, touchpad, and an optical sensor.
Philips has unveiled a new HDTV lineup at its annual Winter Media Event in Barcelona, Spain. The new 7000, 8000 and 9000 series LED HDTVs boast a smarter version of the company's Ambilight technology and can adjust hues based on the wall behind them.
The company plans to sell a 3D upgrade kit for TVs in the 8000 and 9000 series. The kit will contain a pair of active-shutter glasses and a wireless transmitter. A 3D upgrade pack for its unreleased Cinema 21:9 TV is also on the cards. The company now hopes to begin shipping the 21:9 TV during summer 2010. The prospect of 3D on a HDTV with a 21:9 aspect ratio is worth the wait.
We haven't seen a product more aptly named since the PushUp, the tasty treat (not the exercise) from our childhood years. Now that we're all grown up, we prefer to spend our ducats on computer parts than ice cream, and that's where Philips' CushionSpeaker laptop stand comes in.
The name leaves little room for further description, but suffice to say, the CushionSpeaker is exactly what it sounds like. It's a cushion for resting your laptop on your lap and a speaker for blaring out your groovy music, all in one.
What's not so evident from the product's title is that the CushionSpeaker is made from heat resistant material, and the speaker is powered by your laptop via USB. We suppose that's because CushionSpeaker sounds a lot better than HeatResistantUSBPoweredCushionLaptopSpeaker.
There's been a major push this past year in being more energy conscious when it comes to computing, and one way Philips plans to do that is by making sure your LCD monitor doesn't consume more power than it needs to.
Called the Brilliance LCD, the upcoming display will feature a built-in sensor capable of detecting whether or not you're sitting in front of your monitor. Get up to grab a cup of coffee or go powder your nose and the monitor will dim its display, a move Philips says will cut power consumption by half. Once you return, the display lights back up and all is as you left it.
Because not everyone sits the same distance from their monitor, the sensor comes configurable for anywhere between 30cm and 120cm, and is completely independent of the host system's software or operating system.
Vibrating controllers may soon be considered old-school if Philips' new force feedback jacket catches on. The jacket, which was revealed by Philips at the IEEE-sponsored 2009 World Haptics Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, looks to bring a whole new level of immersion to multimedia content.
"We want people to feel Bruce Lee's anxiety about whether he will get out alive, causing a shiver to go up the viewer's spine and creating the feeling of tension in the limbs," said Paul Lemmens, Philips senior scientist.
To accomplish that goal, the jacket makes use of several physical actuators to affect the person wearing it, rather than relying on sound or motion-based vibration. There are sixty-four independently controlled actuators in all that extend from the torso on down to the arms, which are paired in arrays of four. Each array shares its own processor and is capable of being cycled on and off at a rapid rate of over 100 times per second, Philips says.
The concept may be more feasible than you think, at least from a power perspective. Philips claims the jacket can run on a pair of AA batteries for a full hour with twenty of the actuators being continuously triggered.
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Autostereoscopic. Ever heard that term before? Philips hopes you'll be hearing a lot more of it, and yesterday announced a line of Quad Full Autostereoscopic 3D HDTVs during a 3D event in Hollywood.
A Quad-HDTV means it's screen resolution checks in at 3840x2160 (8.29 million pixels), or four times that of the highest HDTV standard, and otherwise known as 2160P. Combined with autostereoscopic technology, the end result is that 3D images can be made to look believable without having to wear those funky glasses or other specialized headgear. Instead, images target a specific eye, but rather than require a strict viewing angle, Philips says its 56-inch HD 3D display has a generous 160-degree viewing angle.
As expected, first-run products won't come cheap with early rumblings putting this TV in the $25,000 ballpark. But Philips isn't the only one pushing 3D technology - Toshiba and Sanyo have both said they're working on competing autostereoscopic displays, which could drive down the price if this technology takes off.