prototypes

Samsung & LG Display showcase OLED & AMOLED panels

Samsung & LG Display showcase OLED & AMOLED panels

The International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) 2008 kicked off in Korea yesterday, and both Samsung and LG Display brought along their latest OLED-based displays for a little screen-quality sparring. LG tried valiantly, with their 19-inch OLED panel, but Samsung's smaller, 14-inch panel fought back with the lower power-requirements of AMOLED while their larger 31-inch full-HD panel won the war of inches.

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Digital Cube Telson UMPC with 3D video camera set for release

Digital Cube Telson UMPC with 3D video camera set for release

Telson's 3D UMPC prototype, last seen in June, could be closer to a commercial release than expected, after new company owners Digital Cube announced their intentions to bring it to market.  With a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor, 512MB RAM and 30GB hard drive, the Telson device's particular talent is its 3D screen and - courtesy of a newly unveiled attachment - 3D video capture.

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Hitachi concept WOOO camcorder can stream HD video on TV wirelessly

Hitachi concept WOOO camcorder can stream HD video on TV wirelessly

Hitachi at CEDIA 2008 showcases a concept digital camcorder that is capable of streaming HD video to a TV display wirelessly. The prototype video camera captures video on its HDD in HD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, and has an SDIO standard IEEE802.11g module to transmit live feed or captured video to TV via an access point.

Sophia Peartree MID reference design: touchscreen, Atom & SSD

Sophia Peartree MID reference design: touchscreen, Atom & SSD

Sophia isn't a name you'll likely be familiar with, unless Mobile Internet Devices are your bread & butter, but you may nonetheless be interested in their Peartree MID reference design.  On show at CEATEC 2008 today, Ubergizmo got some live shots of the lime-green touchscreen device.  The specs are impressive for the size: an Intel Atom CPU, 4GB SSD storage and 5-inch WSVGA display (1024 x 600) display.

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Microsoft Research Codex: dual OQO touchscreen digital book

Microsoft Research Codex: dual OQO touchscreen digital book

Ken Hinckley, of Microsoft Research, has been working on a dual-touchscreen multi-tasking prototype called Codex, taking two of OQO's Model 2 UMPCs and using intelligent software to manage how information is spread between the displays.  Rather than manually positioning different windows on a single large screen, Ken's concept recognizes that, say, reference and in-progress documents are more appropriately separated for efficiency; it can therefore automatically adjust them to fit the two touchscreens.

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Microsoft Spherical Surface to be shown at DemoFest 2008

Microsoft Spherical Surface to be shown at DemoFest 2008

Microsoft will be demonstrating a spherical version of their multitouch-capable Surface system at the company's Research Faculty Summit 2008 DemoFest, according to their own booth map.  The phrasing suggests that Surface, which is currently a flat table that can respond to multiple points of contact (see our two hands-on demos here and here), has developed into a round display that would be more usable by a larger number of people.

ASUS Trinity triple-GPU video card benchmarked

ASUS Trinity triple-GPU video card benchmarked

When they're not pumping out minute variations in Eee designs, ASUS have been taking the time to throw together some interesting prototypes.  Today's example, the ASUS Trinity, is a proof-of-concept video card that comprises three GPUs; basically, it's three notebook versions of the ATI Radeon HD 3850 fitted into a specially crafted CrossFireX 'board.

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