maandag 31 oktober 2011

Laser Phosphor Display - LPD - How It Works

Behind the lasers and mirrors, Prysm is turning from a scrappy start-up to a major player. The company is announcing today an additional $100 million in equity funding, bringing their total raised financing to $135M. This latest round of funding comes Partech International and Artiman Ventures along with several global unnamed investors that wish to remain anonymous due to the innovative nature of Prysm’s technology.

The large round allows Prysm to start volume production of its displays as well as build a 150 member global support team. Amit Jain, founder and CEO of Prysm indicated in a released statement today that the funds will be used in part to train personal and support Prysm operations in 11 major worldwide markets.

Prysm, formally Spudnik, started demoing its novel large venue displays in 2010. The technology utilizes laser diodes and a surface-emissive phosphor panel in an affair much like that of a laser printer. Once directed by a mirror, the laser turns the phosphorus red, blue or green thus producing a flicker-free image that’s also void of motion blur. Prysm has built the LPD technology into panels that can be combined to produce a massive display. Best yet, it’s energy-efficient and an 80-inch screen only uses 100 watts; a 225-inch display (yep, they get that big) uses less energy than a hair dryer. Prysm states that amount is less than a third of today’s conventional displays.

Breaking into the display business is tough. Consumers and corporations alike tend to opt for traditional and proven technology rather than betting on upstarts. Despite the big claims of its groundbreaking technology, Prysm will be paddling against the display adoption current for a while. At least now they have the wind of an additional $100 to their back.

vrijdag 28 oktober 2011

Flex komt er aan !

Samsung, Nokia and HP already showed the first samples of flexible displays, the images just as sharp as conventional screens.

After making public the technology used for flexible displays at CES 2011, Samsung go forward and announces launch of new products with flexible display starting with 2012.
I wonder why Samsung made ??this decision suddenly, to produce mobile devices with flexible display. The answer came sooner than I expected. After some market research has been established as 2015 market devices with flexible display is expected to reach 2.4 billion dollars.

Samsung Galaxy Skin is 100% flexible smartphone

Kinetic Nokia Device: a flexible display for mobile phones, which is a flexible display that also receives instructions depending on how you bend.

donderdag 27 oktober 2011

dinsdag 25 oktober 2011

Dragon Projection Mapping.

Het Rotterdamse uitgaanspubliek stond zaterdag 15 oktober 2011 oog in oog met een reusachtige draak, die tot leven kwam op het Witte Huis aan de Gelderse kade in Rotterdam. Een stunt van Bacardi, die hiermee aandacht vroeg voor de introductie van het nieuwe drankje Bacardi Dragonberry.

Hugo Boss & McLaren

This year marks 30 years of the partnership between Hugo Boss and the McLaren F1 team. Celebrating the opening of the new Hugo Boss Milan store, the two companies commissioned a unique piece of projection mapping in the Piazza San Babila. The content was created by Angelsign Studio, for creative director and 3D visual designer Roberto Fazio. Four Christie 20k Lumen devices are providing the horsepower, with the audio design being created by Be Invisible Now!

We see a fair amount of projection mapping here at InAVate, and it would be easy to get jaded by it, but this one is a particularly fine example. The projection is incredibly sharp, and the content has been designed in such a way as to really push the illusion of 3 dimensions popping out of the building façade.

donderdag 20 oktober 2011

A Watch That Imitates An iPhone Interface

Mutewatch responds to swiping, tapping, and pinching just like a touchphone. But its real appeal is a silent, motion-sensing alarm so that you--and only you--wake up naturally.

Mutewatch comes in red, white, or gray and costs $259. Available at the A+R Store and elsewhere. More information here

Meet the Mutewatch from Mutewatch on Vimeo.

Tesco gebruikt Augmented Reality.

Tesco is in the midst of a huge “Big Price Drop” campaign and one of the new elements they’ve rolled out is the use of Blippar’s Image Recgonition / Augmented Reality technology to bring their ads to life via iPhones, iPads and all sorts of Android devices.

The Augmented Reality print ads launch an animated version of the ad, and provide an extra level of interactivity helping you to find the closest store, view recipe ideas related to the products in each ad and other store information.

Interesting idea although I wonder how many people will actually do it?
Is the investment of time worth it for content you can find on the internet (download Blippar, scan your reader over news paper which you were reading)?

The Gadget Show builds an FPS simulator.

Racing simulators are ten a penny, but the closest an FPS player will get to an immersive experience is buying some branded peripherals. Armed with a pre-release level of Battlefield 3, The Gadget Show enlisted a team of design experts to transform a Birmingham studio into an FPS simulator costing £500,000 ($650,000). A four by nine meter video dome surrounds the player as they stand on an omni-directional treadmill that lets you walk wherever you want to go. Ten infra-red motion tracking cameras and a sensor on your gun enables the picture to follow where you point it and a Kinect hack controls your jumping and crouching. The fun doesn't stop there -- 12 paintball markers mean that every time you get shot in the game, you'll feel it. The show airs in the UK on October 24th at 8:00pm, Channel 5. We've got a behind the scenes gallery below (supplied by those lovely people from the show).

dinsdag 18 oktober 2011

OmniTouch projection interface.

Sometimes you just want to make notes on your forearm. Put that permanent marker down though, because PhD student Chris Harrison et al at Microsoft Research have created a new system that allows touchscreen interaction on hairy and uneven surfaces. It uses a short-range depth camera instead of the infrared sensor we've seen on similar devices, which allows it to gauge the viewing angle and other characteristics of surfaces being used -- and it can even handle pinch-to-zoom.

samensmelting van Social Media en Digital Signage.

JCDecaux just sent us a video of their recent Sky Tweet Campaign in the UK.

maandag 17 oktober 2011

HDSDI-Lösung für OPS-kompatible Displays von NEC.

Die NEC Display Solutions Europe bringt ihre neue HDSDI (High Definition Serial Digital Interface) Generation auf den Markt. Es wurde für den volldigitalen Betrieb von Public Displays und Projektoren konzipiert, die die STv2 oder Doppel-Slot Technologie von NEC unterstützen.
Die Doppel-Slot Technologie erlaubt, basierend auf dem aktuellen NEC Standard sowie dem neuen NEC/Intel OPS Standard, eine einfache Integration von Einschubcomputern und anderen passenden Produkten, ohne dass externe Geräte oder zusätzliche Stromquellen benötigt werden.

Das HDSDI Modul ermöglicht einen vollständig digitalen Betrieb und die Verarbeitung und Darstellung von SDI- und HD-SDI-Signalen. Die Datenrate beträgt bis zu 1,485 Gbit pro Sekunde. Für Digital Signage-Anwendungen, bei denen Signale über lange Distanzen übermittelt werden müssen, sei die Lösung daher prädestiniert. Eine integrierte HDSDI Karte biete außerdem eine Durchschleiffunktion mit Equalizing und Reclocking, das heißt es könnten mehrere Displays miteinander verbunden werden, ohne dass Bild und Audiodaten an Qualität einbüßen.

“In Broadcasting- und Digital Signage-Szenarien befindet sich die Signalquelle oftmals in einiger Entfernung zu den Public Displays. Mit unserer komfortablen Lösung können Anwender sogar HD-Signale ohne Qualitätsverluste 100 Meter weit senden”, sagt Thorsten Prsybyl, Product Line Manager für Public Displays bei NEC Display Solutions Europe. “Mit der Aktualisierung des HDSDI Moduls für den Einsatz in STv2 und Doppel-Slot Public Displays und Projektoren bekräftigt die NEC noch einmal ihr Engagement für den OPS Standard, der gemeinsam mit Intel entwickelt wurde.”

Das NEC STv2 1,5G HDSDI Modul ist ab sofort als optionale Lösung zu einem Preis von 1.650 Euro (inkl. MwSt.) erhältlich. NEC gewährt drei Jahre Garantie.

vrijdag 14 oktober 2011

Mitsubishi op Narita Airport.

Mitsubishi Electric heeft een grote opdracht van Tokyo's Narita International Airport binnengehaald.

Het bedrijf is daarmee verantwoordelijk voor Japan's grootste Digital Signage systeem, bestaande uit 340 displayunits, inclusief twee paar 330 inch schermen, een uniek panorama OLED scherm en ongeveer 100 touchscreens.

De installatie zal in maart 2012 van start gaan en tegen de zomer op volle toeren draaien. Narita Airport wil het klantvertrouwen laten toenemen door het inzetten van een gebruiksvriendelijk, dynamisch en duidelijk digital signage systeem.

donderdag 13 oktober 2011

Amnesty lässt Passagiere verschwinden.

Eine digitale Außenwerbeaktion der besonderen Art veranstaltete die Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International am Münchner Flughafen: Mittels Kamera, großem Display und technischer Tricks verschwanden Menschen. Hintergrund der Aktion war es, das Verschwinden von Menschen zu visualisieren.
Jedes Jahr, so Amnesty, verschwinden unzählige Personen, die nie oder erste sehr viel später wieder auftauchen. Das übersteige die Vorstellungskraft. “Für die meisten Bereiche, in denen Amnesty arbeitet, haben wir Bilder im Kopf. Dazu trägt natürlich vor allem die mediale Berichterstattung bei. Was das Verschwinden oder die Entführung von Menschen betrifft, so verfügen wir jedoch meist nur über diffuse Bilder”, sagt Ekki Frenkler, Kreativchef der Mediaplus Gruppe, die die Aktion umsetzte.

Deshalb installierten die Mediaexperten der Serviceplan Gruppe in der Schalterhalle am Terminal 2 des Flughafens München eine Kamera und einen großen Bildschirm. Die Kamera wurde auf einer stark frequentierten Galerie mit Restaurants und Bars hinter einem Monitor so befestigt, das sie die vom Bildschirm verdeckten Realbilder wartender Menschen in der Schalterhalle einspielen konnte. “Mittels Masken aus Bildern der menschenleeren Halle, von der Tageszeit her unterschiedlichen Beleuchtungszuständen, und Bildmischtechniken zwischen dem Live-Bild und den Bildmasken, konnten wir ganz gezielt Personen auf dem Monitor verschwinden lassen”, erklärt Frenkler weiter.

Und so sah die Werbeaktion aus:

dinsdag 11 oktober 2011

Holocubes aangesloten in een netwerk.

Holocubes voor de eerste maal in België in een netwerk opgenomen. Voor Nokia zweefde de nieuwe E5 in de stations van Antwerpen Centraal, Brussel Centraal en Zuid, Gent en Namen

our planet at night.

A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.

HP breidt Digital Signage portfolio uit.

De nieuwe HP Digital Signage Display - de HP LD4220tm - helpt retailers te voldoen aan de behoeften van de shoppers in multichannel winkelomgevingen. Het 42 inch (106.7 cm - diagonaal) lcd-scherm met een multitouch scherm maakt gebruik van geïntegreerde infrarood sensoren voor nog nauwkeurigere aanraakherkenning. Deze technologie verbetert ook de winkelervaring door klanten met hun vingertoppen te laten bladeren of veel voorkomende multitouch gebaren uit te voeren.

Apple TV2 nader bekeken.


zaterdag 8 oktober 2011

Mitsubishi showcase new curved OLED Display at CEATEC-2011.

At the CEATEC-2011 Mitsubishi showcased a “Diamond Vision OLED”, semi-spherical display.
Its diameter is 2,700mm, and the thickness of its convex part is 680mm.
This new model consists of a total of 696 OLED panels, each sized at 32 x 32mm. Sized at 96 x 96mm, the OLEDs forming the aforementioned globe are considerably larger, but the panels share the same pixel pitch (3mm). The OLED display has a brightness of 1,200 cd/m² and consumes 11.2 kW power.

Knowles Electronics Mems Joystick.

With gaming on tablets, the visual experience is often top-notch, but the controls are unfamiliar at best -- even inadequate at times. But adding a traditional joystick is impractical, especially when aesthetics is a key selling point for manufacturers. Chicago-based Knowles Electronics has a fairly practical solution, however, and hopes that some manufacturers will adopt its Mems Joystick. At just 1.6mm tall, the joystick is slim enough for a device to maintain a svelte profile, and the 40 microamps it consumes during normal operation is relatively negligible, according to company reps. Tablets are just the start -- Knowles built a series of prototypes to demonstrate a variety of potential applications.

We took the joystick for a spin on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Atrix, Nintendo 3DS and a pair of laptops. All of the joystick prototypes connected using Bluetooth or USB, and were designed specifically for this CEATEC demonstration

dinsdag 4 oktober 2011

48 m LED wall in the Museum of London.

The Museum of London is renowned for being one of the biggest museums for urban history worldwide. An important objective of the museum is to pass this knowledge on to younger generations and to stir their interest in topics of urban history. For this purpose, among others, the Sackler Hall was redesigned to an information and meeting point where the visitors can also relax. The museum invested £ 20 m in total in the reconstruction.
The elliptic LED (light diodes) wall in the hall with a height of 1.60 m and a diameter of 48 m, installed by the Düsseldorf company curveLED GmbH, is a particular eye-catcher. With this system, changing news and information, but also movie sequences can be shown.

The project’s objective was to make the museum accessible for new generations by construction and education measures. To be more precise, the installation was mounted in the Sackler Hall, were an information and meeting point was established, where visitors can relax. On the LED wall, the visitors find numerous electronic information on the museum’s collections, expositions and resources.

maandag 3 oktober 2011

De nieuwe winkel.

De content maakt het beeldscherm (touchscreen) nuttig voor de winkel van de toekomst.
Zie hier een demo van Adidas

zondag 2 oktober 2011

Video Wall.

Presentatie van Salitec en Orion op InfoComm 2011

zaterdag 1 oktober 2011

IBM THINK Exhibit NYC September 2011

Entering the main exhibit, we're met by darkness and 40 seven-foot screens that will soon come to life, telling stories of space exploration, weather prediction and medicine. The fun-house feel of the 360-degree video presentation give patrons a look into how inspired thinkers have used technology to solve world problems. Sound idyllic? Well, it is. Part of its "Smarter Planet" initiative, one of the vignettes describes how some do-gooders used IBM software to map the rice genome, identifying what was killing crops and helping to end hunger. After the video presentation, visitors can meander through the maze of touchscreens to explore various achievements -- and hopefully leave feeling inspired to give it a go themselves.

Outside the exhibit stands the company's achievement wall -- showing off IBM's humble beginnings as a punch card clock company and ending with Watson. The biggest takeaway is just how many achievements IBM has actually has been a part of -- everything from typewriters and the modern day credit card magnetic strip, to the computing power behind the Apollo space mission.

The set up is there to remind us that technology isn't just about the iPhone 5. It's there to inspire action and change the way we think, really. To pull a quote from the THINK website, "Change is easy. It happens by itself. Progress, on the other hand, is deliberate."

You can come check out the free exhibit in Lincoln Center through October 23rd