BASF and Philips are working together on a really cool project that uses OLED lighting for the roof of a car. The OLED light can be a light source to illuminate the interior of the car at night. When turned off the light source can also be a transparent solar cell that allows passengers to see out while gathering power. When off the OLEDs are clear so the people inside can see out of the car.
There's a new personal video game system in town, and it goes by the name PlayStation Vita - and what you're about to learn from no less than Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Center is that it originally looked just a bit different than it exists in the wild today. In an interview done with James Gallagher of the official PlayStation Blog, Sogabe spoke on how his 27 years of experience working with Sony on such devices as the original Walkman, Vaio notebooks, and the most recent slim model of the PlayStation 3, lead him to the iteration of the PS Vita you see today - and how its original construction looked a bit different. What you'll find is that the first model, never released, had a 5.5-inch display, on-screen controls, and a full metal jacket, as it were.
The relatively short history of the Art Lebedev line of customizable keyboards is a tragic one when you consider how much we've wanted to get our hands on every single one of these OLED screen per-key boards and their subsequent delays, but now we're really getting down to business here in 2012 with not only the Mini Three and the Aux, but the Mini Six and the long-awaited Optimus Popularis as well. The great thing about these boards of keys is that not only are they customizable in their functions, they are each of them their own OLED display*, this allowing you to show yourself whatever you like to tap. While the original Optimux Maximus has been out for some time (2007), we've been waiting for the full expansion for what seems like an eternity.
Samsung sinking $1bn into its Apple chip facility is only the tip of the iceberg for the Korean company's 2012 investment plans, with a whopping $41.4bn expected to go into incubating new tech and streamlining existing production. Samsung Group will most likely pitch the biggest chunk of its fund into system chips for phones, tablets and digital cameras, Reuters reports, along with OLED displays such as the panel used in the 55-inch Super OLED Smart TV the company demonstrated at CES last week, and which is expected to go on sale by the end of the year.
Without a doubt, the flagship of Samsung's CES presentation this year is its stunning OLED TV, which they've cranked up to 55 inches. The company is calling its spin on organic light-emitting diodes "Super OLED", and after seeing the results with our own eyes, we won't argue. The pictures from the CES floor don't do it justice, but we took them anyway for those of you drooling at home.
Samsung isn't letting LG have all the OLED TV fun: it has a 55-inch OLED HDTV of its own, and it's planning to launch it commercially later this year. The new set has the same smart TV functionality as Samsung's LED and plasma TVs, as well as Voice Control, Motion Control and Face Recognition for navigating media and internet with your voice and waves of your hands.
Sony has axed its home OLED TV plans, ceasing production of domestic-focused sets using the organic light-emitting diode technology, and focusing on LCD panels moving forward. The news - coming as both Samsung and LG prepare to unveil OLED HDTVs at CES 2012 this week - is the latest stage in Sony's huge overhaul of its ailing home entertainment business, Yomiuri reports, short-comings of which are expected to contribute to $1.15bn in losses in the most recent financial quarter.
Toshiba has previewed its CES 2012 intentions, promising to demonstrate the world's thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet at the show next week, as well as 13.3-inch ultrabooks plus slates using OLED panel technology. Details are short and boasts are strong in the company's Japanese press release, but "thinnest and lightest" is a common mantra: Toshiba is looking to corner the market in slimline notebooks and innovative portable tech.
Samsung is eyeing a return to the Japanese TV market, reports in the country have claimed, with a line-up of high-end LCD and OLED sets to grab marketshare as rivals like Sony flounder. The Korean company is considering launching a new Japanese range as early as 2013, the Nikkei [registration req] claims, seemingly targeting the top end of the market rather than getting mired in the over-competitive entry- and mid-level segments.
LG continues its pre-CES 2012 OLED HDTV tease, revealing images and more details of the 55-inch uber-panel set to go on show next week. Having confirmed the cheaper panel late last month, LG is now talking specifics with its 4-Color Pixels and Color Refiner technology: throwing in an extra, white pixel to the usual red, green and blue trio, for more accurate colors, along with improvements in hues and tones through the use of "an LG algorithm."