vrijdag 30 maart 2012

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donderdag 29 maart 2012

LG unveils flexible plastic e-paper display.

Bron; www.engadget.com

LG has made no secret of its fondness for flexible e-paper, but those dreams became a reality today, with the announcement of a six-inch display that promises to "revolutionize the e-book market." The malleable plastic display sports a resolution of 1024 x 768 and can bend at an angle of up to 40 degrees. At just 0.7 millimeters thick, it's about one-third thinner than similarly-specced glass displays, and weighs in at 14 grams -- about half the weight of its glassy competition. LG also claims that the display is super durable, as evidenced by a series of successful drop tests from a height of 1.5 meters. The plan going forward is to supply the display to ODMs in China, in the hopes of bringing final products to Europe by "the beginning of next month." For more details, check out the full press release.

woensdag 28 maart 2012

XQ Interactive Retail solution -DSE 2012

Anne Weiler of iQMetrix demos the XQ Interactive Retail solution.

Interactive display market up more than 10% year-on-year.

Global interactive display sales in Q4 2011 increased by 14 per cent year-on-year according to the new Interactive Displays Quarterly Insight report from Futuresource Consulting, which also provides year end data for 2011.

Bron; www.avinteractive.com
“Last year, the global market ended far in excess of 850,000 units shipped,” said Colin Messenger, senior consultant at Futuresource Consulting, “the year ended with a one per cent volume reduction compared with 2010. Considering the economic pressures, this is a resilient result and there have been a number of strong regional success stories.

“Looking to India, close to 14,000 units were sold in Q4, its strongest quarter ever, equalling the country’s sales for the entire previous year. In Russia, more than 22,000 units were sold – demonstrating robust growth, which will continue throughout 2012, with a number of major tenders in the pipeline.”

Conversely, in the USA there have been challenges to budgets and reductions in funding, resulting in a 19 per cent YoY Q4 sales unit decrease. The US market is forecast to steadily decline, but it will continue to remain the world’s largest interactive displays market.

“Almost 4.5 million Interactive Displays have been installed globally, with the technology taking a secure hold within the education sector,” says Messenger, “and there is still a huge opportunity to be exploited; though – now more than ever – companies operating within this sector need access to timely market intelligence to understand the opportunities and react ahead of the curve.”

dinsdag 27 maart 2012

Nokia Lumia Augmented Reality 'Angry Birds'

Nokia Lumia offers some AR 'Angry Birds' Down Under.
Here, we get some nice interaction with the aforementioned Birds (presumably on their winter sojourn) - along with a dance off against music star Timomatic and a game where you try to help a Kangaroo make its way home.

maandag 26 maart 2012

Mocap Mapping.

NuFormer presents mocap mapping, a first of its kind combination of 3D video mapping projection and live motion capture technology. This brand-new mix allows for engaging interaction between the audience and a 3D character projected onto a building.

This teaser provides you with a first glimpse of this versatile technology.

For this production NuFormer joined forces with motion capture specialist Motek Entertainment. The technical production was a collaboration between NuFormer, Motek and Creative Technology Holland. Music by Studio Rockfish.

NuFormer introduces something new: MOCAP MAPPING - Teaser (2:50 min).

Vuzix augmented reality Smart Glasses prototype.

Bron: www.engadget.comHiding out at Vuzix's CES booth we found a functional prototype for its Smart Glasses industrial class monocular display -- a special lens attached to a proprietary display driver that produces a bright, 1.4mm holographic picture for one of your peepers. Vuzix told us the lenses were the fruit of a DARPA project, and could allow soldiers involved in air-to-surface operations to track jets, check their ordinance and mark targets for destruction. The military / industrial monocle will go on sale in Q3 of 2012 for somewhere between $2500-3000.

Want to look a little more, well, normal while you're augmenting your reality? You're covered -- or at least you will be in 2013. Not only will Vuzix's consumer facing smart glasses offer you the same holographic heads-up technology that'll power its military bound brother, it'll cost you a bundle less, too: between $350-600. The unit we saw wasn't final, but were told the final unit will be able to accept connections over HDMI, and may even be capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D content -- you know, in case the real world wasn't real enough. Hopefully, we'll be able to tell you those fit next year. Ready to see how you'll be gussying up reality in the future?

zaterdag 24 maart 2012

Top 10 Reasons why 3D is NOT a Fad.

Prsentatie van Chris Chinnock.
Senior analyst and Editor for Insight Media

vrijdag 23 maart 2012

Zeiss Cinemizer OLED with head-tracking hands-on.

Bron; www.engadget.com
The Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED has been a long time in the making -- we first heard about the video glasses at Macworld in 2008 -- but the company has yet to push the head-mounted display past the prototype phase. We stumbled upon Zeiss' booth here at CeBIT, where we found a version of the glasses that look mighty similar to the mock-up we saw in marketing materials from 2010, but are now equipped with a pair of head-tracking modules to expand the yet-to-be released marvel's practicality. With head-tracking now on board, the Cinemizer can theoretically appeal to gamers, architects, even educators, who can use the glasses in the classroom.

We took a look at an Inreal CAD app demo that lets the wearer navigate a yet-unbuilt house, walking through virtual rooms (a joystick is used for forward motion, so you won't be accidentally walking into physical walls) as you judge paint colors, furniture placement and try to convince your significant other that there really is room for a 65-inch HDTV. The tracking modules are located behind the ear rests on each side of the OLED glasses, which have seen a slight boost in resolution since we last heard about them, jumping from VGA to 870 x 500 pixels in each OLED panel. Tracking was responsive and accurate -- the experience of walking around a room felt almost lifelike. What's even more exciting than the device's performance is that we may finally see these hit stores in 2012, with a tentative summer ship date. And, while still a pricey addition to your display collection, the Cinemizer lands on the inexpensive end of the Zeiss product scale, ringing up at €649 (about $850), plus another €100 for the tracking hardware. Jump past the break to see it in action.

Under the microscope: a closer look at the new iPad.

Sure, you can take us on our word that the new iPad really is that much sharper than its predecessor -- or, you can opt for a more scientific approach, and peek at that Retina display under a microscope. Our own Richard Lai slid his 64GB WiFi iPad under a USB scope, going far beyond the naked eye for a close-up look at those gorgeous high-density subpixels. As you can imagine, it's impossible to distinguish one dot from the next when you're looking at a cool three million pixels packed tightly within a 9.7-inch slab, but that view clears up quite nicely under a 230x microscope. What you'll see is that those tiny red, green and blue dots are now significantly smaller, when compared to the iPad 2. That means text that's easily legible without a pinch, smooth icons and far sharper pictures. There's a dramatic improvement for sure, but is that new display alone enough to justify the upgrade for you? A quick click through the gallery below should help clear things up.

donderdag 22 maart 2012

Transparent desktop controlled by hands in 3D space.

Desktop interaction has taken a leap into the 3D realm after the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group demonstrated a new computing concept. A transparent Samsung OLED display allows operators to see their hands beneath a display and use them to control on-screen data using movement and gestures. A recently released video shows users moving smoothly between gesture control and a traditional keyboard/track-pad.
Jinha Lee, a PhD student at MIT Media Lab and a research intern at the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group argues that, despite advanced in 3D visualisation, desktop displays have not moved on from 2D interaction.
The new concept uses depth cameras to detect user’s fingers and captures head motion to provide the user with an appropriate perspective.

woensdag 21 maart 2012

MIT breakthrough paves way for woven 3D displays.

Most light emitters, from candles to light bulbs to computer screens, look the same from any angle. But in a paper published this week on the Nature Photonics website, MIT researchers report the development of a new light source — a fiber only a little thicker than a human hair — whose brightness can be controllably varied for different viewers.

Three-dimensional displays could soon be woven from light-emitting fibres barely thicker than a human hair

In a paper published on the Nature Photonics website, the researchers claimed the woven flexible fibres could project different information to viewers’ left and right eyes. The construction method means, theoretically, displays could be made to stretch kilometres.

"The coolest thing about this work, really, is the way it’s made," says Marko Loncar, an associate professor of electrical engineering at Harvard University. "The technology that they used to do it, basically, they can make kilometers of these things. It’s remarkable."

The newly developed fibre has a hollow core; surrounding this core are alternating layers of materials with different optical properties, which together act as a mirror. In the core is a droplet of fluid that can be moved up and down the fiber. When the droplet receives energy, or is "pumped" — in experiments, the researchers used another laser to pump the droplet — it emits light. The light bounces back and forth between the mirrors, emerging from the core as a 360-degree laser beam.

More information here

dinsdag 20 maart 2012

iPad Performance Should Challenge Monitor Makers.

I must say that I felt something of an anti-climax after the Apple announcement last week. After all the hype, there was a thought that there might be something really revolutionary but, in the end, the announcement was the upgraded iPad that we had all been expecting. It would be a mistake, however, to just say it was 'just an upgrade'.

I think, and fervently hope, that the arrival of a 'Retina Display' for the iPad3 could be much more significant. The reality is that the iPad3 has a display that is significantly better than almost all the displays sold by the PC industry, not just in the notebook field, but in the monitor area. Monitors are sold to be the specialist peripheral for viewing content on PCs that are used day in and day out for productivity applications and for the best home computing experiences. Despite this specialist role, only around half of one percent of the current monitor market in Europe is offering performance that can match or beat this new consumer device. The half of one percent is the combined total of 27" four megapixel (2560 x 1440) displays and 30" 2560 x 1600 displays.

The three megapixel display on the iPad is twice as good in resolution as the two megapixel 1920 x 1080 format displays that have been the main focus of the makers of LCDs and monitors in recent years. It also uses IPS technology so that the colours are more consistent than on the commonly used TN displays in desktop monitors. Desktop monitor suppliers are happy to supply, as a mainstream display product, panels that simply change colour significantly when viewed from off-axis. That, to a newcomer to the industry, might seem completely bizarre.

My OLED-based smartphone looks better than any of the LCD monitors that I use.

At a very fundamental level, Apple has been offering products that look significantly better than the monitors that the industry has been producing for years. Apple has been growing its business and profits consistently, while the ASP for monitors has been going down for a long time, and volumes are now declining as well. Even the TV business is talking about the shift to 4K x 2K (or eight megapixels) as the next step in TV. Yet, there have been no monitors available with this resolution since IBM's Bertha (although we did see a panel for monitors from Sharp with this resolution at ISE, so there is some hope).

I know the arguments about viewing distances and fonts, and why high resolution is 'too difficult', but really I cannot accept that the industry and the powerhouse companies are unable to change things.
Unless monitor and LCD makers actually do something to push the software companies and system suppliers to support higher resolution and wide and accurate

maandag 19 maart 2012

Samsung SUR40 digitale tafel.

Samsung heeft een tafeldisplay op de markt gebracht. Dit scherm in tafelvorm is in samenwerking met Microsoft ontwikkeld.

Bron; www.fan.tv
De Samsung SUR40 is een multitouch tafelscherm dat niet alleen met vingers en handen te besturen is, maar dat ook voorwerpen herkend die op de tafel gezet worden. Het scherm kan 52 gelijktijdige aanrakingen verwerken, waardoor er heel veel toepassingen voor te maken zijn. Wat jammer is, is dat Samsung de tafel een vormgeving heeft gegeven die sterk op een monitor lijkt. Hierdoor lijkt de tafel nog het meest op een televisie die op z'n rug is gelegd.
Samsung ziet vooral op de zakelijke markt een behoefte aan zo'n scherm. Verkopers kunnen met hun klanten aan zo'n tafel plaatsnemen in plaats van aan een bureau met PC. ook voor het onderwijs zijn veel nuttige toepassingen te verzinnen. De Samsung SUR40 tafel kost 9000 euro.

vrijdag 16 maart 2012

digital screens help a brand stand out from its competitors.

Steve Cox, marketing director for JCDecaux Airport UK
Video advertising and the changes on the screen capture people’s attention. "Knowing this," he continues, "it's disappointing to see how many advertisers still run static images on digital screens."

The research showed that advertising at airports works and travellers welcome it. Most respondents agreed that other media, such as TV and radio, would be better with fewer adverts. However, when it comes to airports, advertising forms part of the beauty of the space. "Although airports have a specific function, which needs to be efficient, they would be very dull if they were deprived of the colour and dynamism of advertising," Cox concludes. "People see adverts as part of the airport experience. A key part of flying is the exposure to new cultures and new experiences. Airports are the gateways to this, and provide a perfect opportunity to communicate with this receptive audience."

'Airport Stories' shows that airports provide an ideal platform to deliver a message using the latest creative technology to a dynamic and receptive audience: 91 percent of respondents believed that brands benefit from advertising at airports.

donderdag 15 maart 2012

Heropening Holland Casino Scheveningen met 3D Projectie.

Bron; www.www.3dtvmagazine.nl
Via het 3D spektakel over de gehele ronding van het pand kon het publiek live roulette spelen. Maar de projectie bood publiek en genodigden ook alvast een blik op de nieuwe speelzalen, het vernieuwde restaurant, de nieuwe High Energy Zone en de op de derde verdieping gevestigde Top Lounge. Na de show konden genodigden natuurlijk zelf hun geluk beproeven.

Over het vernieuwde casino zeg bestuursvoorzitter Dick Flink van Holland Casino “Mede op basis van de reacties van onze gasten, maar ook door goed te kijken naar buitenlandse casino-concepten hebben we hier het casino van de toekomst gerealiseerd. Holland Casino Scheveningen is samen met de vestigingen in Amsterdam en Rotterdam de blauwdruk voor de vernieuwing die we ook in onze andere casino’s gaan doorvoeren.”
Door de combinatie van spel, restaurants, bars, lounges en muziek hoeven mensen niet te kiezen tussen een avondje casino of een restaurant of club. Na het 3D-spektakel genoten gasten van een live optreden van DJ Ferry Corsten en zanger Ben Hague.

woensdag 14 maart 2012

Surgeons On The Fly.

The idea is that, for long-term space missions, astronauts will have to be able to become their own doctors.
Augmented Reality Helps Astronauts Become Surgeons On The Fly.
Astronauts, especially as they venture deeper into space, will need to be autonomous experts in everything.

CAMDASS (Computer Assisted Medical Diagnosis and Surgery System) is a prototype by the European Space Agency, and it’s the first step in creating a tool that could make any layperson into a medical professional. The system tracks a patient’s body through IR (much like a Kinect works) Meanwhile, the user wears a stereo head-mounted display, and augmented reality software overlays specific instructions onto the patient.

Right now, CAMDASS is designed to work with ultrasound machines, which, if handled properly, can be a useful, noninvasive diagnostic tool for astronauts on the ISS. But it could do more. “A conceptual simulator to extend CAMDASS towards training and surgical procedures (on a dummy) has been designed in the frame of the project,” ESA engineer Arnaud Runge tells Co.Design. Though he’s quick to point out the limitations of augmented reality tech in the face of flat-out experience. “10 years are usually required to become a surgeon apprentice and several more years to gather additional experience. CAMDASS could definitively be a very good surgical assistant but could not change on the spot a layman into a skilled surgeon.”
However, Runge does believe that CAMDASS would be well-suited for more superficial surgeries, like biopsies. And rather than use only in space, it could be very useful if commercialized for telemedicine in remote areas of the earth like Antarctica and the “medical deserts” we find in areas like developing countries.

dinsdag 13 maart 2012

Mogul iPad Stand.

Made of aluminum, the Mogul holds your iPad in either portrait or landscape and easily tilts back and forth to face either the cashier or the customer. Of course, this solves the problem of having iPads stolen out of stores, but I think it extends beyond that. We’re living in the future. These days you can walk into a Burger King and check out an electronic menu on massive LCD displays, or you can tap your phone on a register at Jack In The Box to buy some fries. Times are a’changin. That said, seeing a line of Mogul + iPad combos in a check-out section would get me excited to be in such a forward-thinking, technologically advanced store.

Square Register is everything you need to start, run, and grow your business -- all you need is an iPad.

Mogul vraagt hier om een startkapitaal.

maandag 12 maart 2012

De Nebula.

De Nebula is een interactieve lichtmuur die garant staat voor uren speelplezier, beweging en magische ervaringen voor jong en oud. Zie hoe de duizenden LED lichtjes van de Nebula reageren op aanraking. Beweeg en speel met de lichteffecten die je creëert. De nieuwste technologieën zijn gebruikt om onvergetelijke ervaringen mogelijk te maken die de zintuigen prikkelen; zowel visueel, auditief als tactiel. De Nebula biedt een breed scala aan activiteiten uiteenlopend van tekenen, spelletjes en het oefenen van de motoriek. De Nebula kan volledig worden geïntegreerd in zijn omgeving, waarbij de vloer en het plafond de enige grenzen zijn. Ondanks zijn grootte is de Nebula alleen prominent aanwezig wanneer u dat wilt. Met de Nebula kunt u elke omgeving tot leven brengen!

Meer info hier.

DSE 2012 Las vegas: Almo Pro A/V booth.

DSE 2012: Almo Pro A/V Video Wall

DSE 2012: Almo Pro A/V Features BrightSign's Solid State Media Players

vrijdag 9 maart 2012

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) media installations were designed to allow the public to interact with the science and research happening in this flagship facility. The goal was to utilize breakthrough technology, mimicking the scientific breakthroughs happening simultaneously.

DSE 2012 APEX Nominee Zebra Dog for Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Anything is a multitouch display.

Bron: www.engadget.com

Microsoft research is now showing off a new Wearable Multitouch Projector that turns any surface into a gesture-sensitive display. Using Kinect-style motion and depth sensing cameras in concert with a pico projector and a PC, you can tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom to your heart's content on the nearest flat surface. It's currently a rather clunky, cabled contraption, but the touch input does appear to work pretty well, and the researchers who built it think that the tech can be miniaturized to a more user-friendly size in the future.

donderdag 8 maart 2012

Crown Fountain, Millenium Park - Chicago, Illinois / USA

Here's the Crown Fountain with the spitting TV monitors.

woensdag 7 maart 2012

Kinect Grocery Cart.

Zo wordt boodschappen doen toch weer leuk !!

dinsdag 6 maart 2012

"seamless" collaboration between people, multimedia content, interactive tables and tablets.

The following video is about nsquare's presenter application. It looks like it has potential. It supports "seamless" collaboration between people, multimedia content, interactive tables, interactive touch screens, and tablet devices.

maandag 5 maart 2012

Toshiba Excite 10 LE tablet.

Met een dikte van slechts 0,77 centimeter en een vederlicht gewicht van 535 gram is de Toshiba Excite 10 LE waarschijnlijk de dunste tablet computer die er te koop is. Een prestatie van formaat van de ontwikkelaars van Toshiba om deze tablet zo licht en dun te maken want we hebben hier wel te maken met een 10,1 inch tablet.

Bron; www.fan.tv
Op 6 maart 2012 zal de Toshiba Excite 10 LE in de winkels liggen. Toeval of niet, dat is één dag voordat Apple de concurrerende iPad 3 gaat presenteren.

De dunne lichte Toshiba Excite 10 LE is voorzien van een 10,1 inch scherm dat een resolutie van 1280 bij 800 pixels aankan, de processor is een 1,2GHz TI OMAP 4430 en er is een 5 megapixel camera op de tablet aanwezig die Full HD video kan opnemen. Verder meldt de lijst met specificaties een 2 megapixel webcam, een GPS-ontvanger, stereospeakers, Bluetooth en een microSD-slot.

De koper kan kiezen tussen een versie met 16GB opslagruimte en een versie van 32GB. De batterij zal zo'n 8 uur moeten meegaan. Het besturingssysteem is bij introductie Android 3.2, maar een update naar 4.0 komt later beschikbaar.

zondag 4 maart 2012

Paris terrorised by projected Tiger.

French creative studio Le3 has been terrorising Paris in recent days with its latest art installation, called Golden Tiger. The team is projecting recorded footage of a running tiger onto the streets of Paris from a moving vehicle. The apparent running speed of the beast is controlled by the speed of car, via sensors in its wheels.

A few commentators have pointed out that the project is rather similar to one executed in Brazil back in 2005, but a quick comparison shows a much better quality of projection and smoother animation. Things in street mapping have clearly moved on.

Golden Tiger from le3paris on Vimeo.

zaterdag 3 maart 2012

Brilliant mobile augmented reality.

Volkswagen Canada is using impressive large-scale augmented reality, consisting of several gigantic billboards and posters on bus shelters, to introduce the latest Beetle to Canada.

donderdag 1 maart 2012

NFC enabled poster.

X-Men UK NFC enabled poster.

Near field communications (NFC) poster allowing instant connection to move trailer and Facebook like button.


Organic TFT will lead to better foldable displays.

A group at Osaka University, led by a Professor Takeya, has successfully developed a high-speed organic TFT-driven display with much better performance than has previously been possible. The new breakthrough means it is now possible to combine high-speed display performance with easy film fabrication, something which has so far eluded manufacturers of high-performance organic TFT panels. It's hoped that this will lead to the earlier development of high-performance, flexible displays.

The professor told us: "Our new development concerns the process of printing single crystals of organic semiconductors in a simple way. By making organic semiconductor films from well-formed crystals, we've improved performance by at least an order of magnitude.”