The cat and mouse race between Samsung and LG continues, with LG Display looking to best Samsung's 22-inch transparent LCD from just a couple of weeks back with a transparent screen of its own. The company is showing off a huge 47-inch IPS LCD panel which as well as being transparent is capable of Full HD resolution.
Talk of an e-paper based iPad has rumbled around since the reveal of the first-gen model, but so far Apple has proved unwilling to move beyond its multi-purpose IPS LCD display and consider either monochrome or color e-ink panels. According to a freshly published patent application by the company, however, they've at least given thought to the merits of electronic paper; in a submission titled "Systems and Methods for Switching Between an Electronic Paper Display and a Video Display" Apple describes a layered display sandwich which would combine traditional LCD and e-paper screens.
If you've ever wondered how exactly your LCD monitor works down to the pixel, then you don't want to miss an excellent clip from EngineerGuyVideo that literally breaks it all down for you. The five-minute video is very informative and easy to digest---kind of similar to what we're trying to do with our new SlashGear 101 series.
Samsung has announced that it has begun mass-production of 22-inch transparent LCD displays, with two models - capable of either black & white or color images - in the first range to be offered. Rather than a traditional backlight, the 1680 x 1050 displays (which have 500:1 contrast ratios) use ambient light to illuminate them; Samsung has boosted transparency to 15-20% (over 5% in normal panels) so that sunlight is enough to make the picture visible.
I work in my office most of the time with a gigantic LCD that lets me get all sorts of stuff on the screen at one time. I can hardly work on a screen under 24-inches without getting frustrated at having to move windows around all the time. I really don't like traveling and having to work from a laptop with the tiny screen I am forced to use.
Another week in the history books and another Week in Review for you to check out. We started the week last week with the alarms not working on older OS versions of the iPhone. At least the alarms were an hour early and not an hour late. The only fix for me was updating to the latest version of the OS. Terminix and its ad agency created a billboard in Dallas last week using thousands of live roaches. The board was designed to warn people of the germs roaches carry and to set an example to all the roaches watching of what can happen if they come into your home.
A company called Evoluce has unveiled an interesting and large display called the I-Voluce 46-inch gesture control display that has integrated 3D-sensing technology inside. The screen is 46-inches and has full HD resolution. The coolest part about the display is that the thing can be controlled using gestures from up to four meters away.
When it comes to cutting the wires tethering your desk to your computer, we can shed most of them today. You can get a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard for instance. One of the remaining wires that can be hard to cut is the cable for graphics running to your LCD.
Those down-breakers are at it again, this time with the BRAND new iPad 2, this one of course being the 16GB Wifi version - the one yours truly also got today. This lovely device with a first step that would make any breakdown newb shudder in their boots - heating the iPad 2 up with a heat gun! This is of course to break down the effectiveness of the glue that holds the front panel to the back, they then using a simple plastic opening tool to pop the front on. There were no clips at all, just a whole heck of a lot of really well-placed glue.
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! There were big goings on this week in the tech world with a new tablet and lots more so let's get to it. The Kinect was hacked into a 3D scanner for turning the person it scans into a 3D foam bust. The pieces it makes are like foam puzzle pieces.
There have been a few 30-inch LCDs on the market for a number of years with one of the most popular for the professional graphics pro being the Apple Cinema display. NEC has announced a new 30-inch LCD that it is aiming right at that big Apple screen. The new NEC offering is called the PA301W and it comes in the PA301W-BK and PA301W-BK-SV models. The difference is that the latter version also ships with SpectraView calibration software and a sensor for calibration.