One day we will break free of the dastardly incandescent light bulb and its tendency to suck down lots of power. You can get LED and fluorescent light bulbs today but they tend to be expensive and produce an odd color light that most of us don't like. OLED technology has shown promise for lighting and a company called Lumiotec is now shipping an OLED light development kit in Japan.
Toshiba have outed two new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2010, and as expected they follow on from their TG01 Snapdragon-based Windows Mobile handset. The Toshiba TG02 is the most obvious successor, a 9.99mm-thick handset with an expansive 4.1-inch capacitive WVGA touchscreen and a 1GHz processor; the Toshiba K01, meanwhile, has the same 1GHz processor with a 4.1-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Industrial designer Barton Smith's Stream modular computing concept isn't especially new - though we're still yet to see truly modular PCs as he envisages - but what we he hasn't shown us until now is the Locus OS that would run on it. Designed, Barton Smith says, prior to webOS, Android and iPhone OS 3.0, Locus OS is an activity-based platform which organizes widgetized desktops around locations (such as the kitchen or office) and activities (such as travel), flicking between them based on GPS and WiFi mapping. What we like about it, though, is just how clean, slick and natural the whole thing looks.
Video demo after the cut
I like the idea behind OLED TVs with better colors, thinner profiles, and less power needed to run the things. I am not a big fan of the massive price premium that is placed on most OLED sets right now. We have for the most part only seen smaller screen OLED displays on the market, but that is changing.
With the Apple event kicking off in a matter of hours and - all things expected - the iPad tablet issue finally put to rest, do we have time for a few more quick rumors? Jason Calacanis, a guy with a pretty solid tech reputation, has been tweeting about his hands-on experience as an Apple tablet beta-tester; Calacanis claims to have been playing with the tablet for two weeks now, that it has an integrated HDTV tuner and PVR, wireless keyboard and monitor connectivity, front and rear camera functionality and integrated 3G with support for both Verizon and AT&T. Unfortunately there's also a sting in the tail: the apparent battery life of the tablet.
Amazon have tipped an incoming Samsung digital camera that will continue the company's use of OLED preview displays. The Samsung WB2000 is apparently set to arrive in the UK on May 24th 2010, and while full specifications are not yet available, it's expected to have a 10-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom.
When you say board games we all immediately think of games with cardboard and lots of little pieces like Monopoly that have been around for decades. In the future board games might not be what many of us know them as with a new OLED technology that has been developed.
ASUS have spilled the beans on an upcoming ebook reader, and rather than the typical E Ink panel we're so used to seeing, the ASUS DR-570 ereader will actually use a 6-inch high-brightness OLED panel. Right now all we have is a small image - we're guessing it's a render - together with some basic specifications, but even from that scant information things are looking promising.
According to ASUS, the DR-570 will have both WiFi and 3G, as well as being capable of showing Flash video. It'll also have a battery good for up to 122 hours on a single charge, and that's under real-world conditions with wireless turned on and videos being played, rather than solely monochrome text.
What with all the talk about Apple's potential iSlate tablet recently, we've almost neglected speculation about the fourth-generation iPhone HD. Rumors have reignited over in South Korea, however, as newspaper The Korea Times claims to have heard from carrier KT Telecom - Apple's current carrier partner in the country - that the next-gen iPhone could arrive as early as April 2010 complete with an OLED display and video-chat functionality, as well as faster performance and more power flexibilty.
It’s fascinating how news can spread so quickly even on a late Saturday afternoon. Earlier today, Google publicly confirmed on their blog that they’ve handed out a new Android 2.1 powered device to employees worldwide. These very phones now have a name – Google Nexus One phone.
Update 2: More intrigue, as industry insider Eldar Murtazin - who we last heard predicting Foxconn as the supplier for the 4th-gen Apple iPhone - claims the Google Nexus One speculation is off the mark and that the incorrect rumors may initially have been driven by Apple. Full details after the cut.