zondag 29 april 2012

This floating movie theater might just be the coolest place on Earth.

For a new film festival in Thailand called Film on the Rocks Yao Noi, an outdoor cinema was constructed in the most unlikely of places: right on top of the water. And it just might be the most amazing place you could ever want to watch a movie.

The amazing venue is called the Archipelago Cinema and is tucked away inside a bay surrounded by towering island rocks and lush jungle plants. It's a natural paradise, and it just happens to be the perfect spot for a floating movie theater. The lagoon itself is shallow enough that it turns into a watery beach during low tide. Once the tide shifts, the ocean once again fills the area.
Using recycled wood and other materials, a giant modular raft was constructed to hold the audience. Viewers relax on large cushions and enjoy the sounds of the ocean as well as the film on the screen in front of them. The rafts are loosely held together and then anchored to the bottom of the lagoon. This allows the ocean to push and prod the structure while keeping it within a reasonable viewing angle of the screen.

Archipelago CinemaThe massive display and projector are secured more firmly to the bottom of the bay, which is probably a good idea considering that these structures house all the important electrical components and wouldn't take kindly to a dip in the ocean. The viewing raft is designed to be portable, and will likely be used for other events in the future as well.

Showings only take place during the evening, and special ambient lighting is used to bring the surrounding island scenery to life. With all the amazing eye candy to be seen, it's a wonder anyone was actually able to focus on the movie playing, but those who attended have spoken very highly of the experience — which only serves to fuel our jealousy even further. Of course, 2012 was just the first year for this amazing film festival, so we can only imagine what wild things the foundation has planned for the future.

donderdag 26 april 2012

Digital signage market to show continued growth in 2012.

The demand for more digital signage in public spaces and installations as well as the declining prices of panels is expected to help fuel the worldwide signage and professional display market, with growth in 2012 set to rise 12.6% from a year ago.

According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, shipments of signage and professional displays in 2012 will reach 17.3million units, up from 15.4m units last year and 13.5m units in 2010.

Deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone were said to amount to some 4.3m units, worth an estimated $3.8billion. IHS predicts that the market will continue to see solid expansion in the years to come, with total shipments predicted to hit 25.8m units by 2016.

According to the report, the top three display technologies generating the largest revenue for signage and professional displays this year will be lcd at $8.3bn, front projection at $3.6bn and led at $1.4bn.

The three main players in the market last year were said to be LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Panasonic.

Build Your Own Billboard.

Baton Rouge, LA - April 16, 2012 - Building your own billboard has never been easier or more affordable, thanks to an
innovative new digital product from Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR). Postr™ is a billboard with a digital component that allows consumers and businesses to post their message in minutes for $25 per day.

Customers can post their message on a Postr™ billboard in Little Rock in three steps: first, visit lamar.com/postr; next, upload an image; finally, enter a message up to 60 characters. Each spot will be in a rotation and will play over 1,000 times per day. Users have the option to change their message up to two times per day, and they can reserve one of six Postr™ billboard locations up to two weeks in advance.

"We are thrilled to introduce Postr™ in the Little Rock area," said Sean Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Lamar Advertising Company. "Postr™ allows customers to post their message on a digital billboard in minutes and complete the entire transaction online. It is a cost effective product that works well for both small business and personal use."

Postr's™ social media component differentiates itself from other media. Once a user purchases a spot on Postr™, they can share the preview on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email.

Postr™ is being introduced in six locations in Little Rock, AR. Lamar Advertising Company has 1,475 digital billboards across the U.S.

Digital signage lights up dowtown Phoenix.

The City of Phoenix faced a dilemma not unusual for large metro areas with significant suburban populations — how do you get people back downtown to revitalize the city center?
For Phoenix, digital signage held part of the answer.

Inspired by other cities that have created entertainment districts, such as L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Phoenix partnered with two of its major sports franchises to create the Legends Entertainment District in the city's downtown area, charged with changing the perception of the city's center.

Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns have collaborated with the city over the last year and change to transform the Jefferson Street corridor in downtown Phoenix into something more bright and vibrant than before.

Combining approximately 7,000 square feet of full-motion LED digital signage with about 55,000 square feet of new static signage, the Legends Entertainment District has created quite a splash in the downtown area, said the district's general manager, Judd Norris, and digital signage has played a major role.

The convention center boasts a mid-size LED display standing just above street level, facing the two sports stadia across Jefferson Street. On the street side of Chase Field hangs a 35-foot-by-73-foot LED board, dubbed the "Big Board," that shows district content and advertising.

There are also three 50-foot towers outside Chase Field and the US Airways Center, each featuring three 13-foot-by-22-foot LED boards, in addition to top and bottom LED halo rings. The towers display 30-second content segments from each facility's respective team, the Legends Entertainment District and content partners, and the bottom halos also feature scrolling tickers.

And there are two massive, 4-foot by 125-foot LED tickers on the Jefferson Street parking garage set between the US Airways Center and Chase Field.
Watch a time-lapse video of the district below:

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and the City of Phoenix have teamed up to create the Legends Entertainment District, which will transform the area around US Airways Center and Chase Field into a dynamic, interactive environment for visitors and fans.

dinsdag 24 april 2012

Urban Echo.

Now that we are familiar with being connected digitally, the physicality of our interactions becomes important again. The globalised communication systems we use everyday exist on a level above our tangible surroundings.

Urban Echo brings some of this communication back to real locations, connecting public places and therefore people, cities and cultures. It extends space beyond our once concrete parameters. Webcams allow you to see into another space, mirrors allow you to see your own space. Using billboard screens and cameras, Urban Echo creates a hybrid of these two things.

Osram’s Kreios G1 wint red dot award.

Bron; www.sign.nl
De Kreios G1 led image projector van Osram heeft de red dot award gewonnen in de categorie ‘product design, licht en armatuurontwerp’. Deze compacte high power led lichtbron is energiezuinig en projecteert een beeld van een speciaal patroon – een Gobo – op muren, op de grond en op objecten. De Kreios G1 weegt slechts 1,5 kilo en kan hierdoor eenvoudig worden bevestigd aan muren, plafonds en vloeren. De projector is 120° kantelbaar en draait bijna volledig om haar as. Hierdoor kan de projector zonder enige aanpassing eenvoudig daar geplaatst worden waar de reclame moet worden geprojecteerd.
Led-technologie De Kreios G1 geeft een kristalhelder, uitgelijnd en homogeen verlicht totaalbeeld en is – in vergelijking met conventionele beeldprojectoren, waarbij voornamelijk gebruik wordt gemaakt van halogeen licht- energiezuiniger. De Kreios G1 kan een conventionele 75W halogeenlamp vervangen terwijl er slechts 24W is vereist. Naast de klassieke glas en staal Gobo’s, en in tegenstelling tot halogeen Gobo projectoren, kan de Kreios door de lage warmte ontwikkeling, ook gebruik maken van kostenbesparende folies. Bovendien is een koelsysteem overbodig.

maandag 23 april 2012

Perch's interactive Displays.

This week, we spoke with Perch Interactive, a four-person firm developing a new kind of interactive projection display for retail environments. The “Perch display” uses projected light and motion sensors to enhance products positioned on tabletop counters. It can sense when and where a product — or the area around a product — is touched, and when it is picked up.

Perch gives retailers the opportunity to “build a life around a product,” says cofounder Jared Schiffman, a graduate of MIT’s Media Lab. “When you see a product on a shelf, you can imagine how it might be used or how it might be worn, but that doesn’t always happen or happen in the way the product creator intended,” says Schiffman. Perch has the ability to give retailers and creators greater control over that experience, he contends.

Imagine coming across a shoe lit up by one of Perch’s displays, as shown in the video. You could press buttons around the shoe to learn more about it: to see what other colors it’s available in, for instance, or to see how it could be styled. When you lift it from the counter, details about the brand, model and price appear. Perch records your interactions with the display and submits it to the retailer, which the retailer could use to improve its system.

The Perch display will be officially unveiled at Decoded Fashion, a fashion and technology conference to be held at New York’s Lincoln Center on April 30.

zondag 22 april 2012

Verlichte vis in Hongkong.

Bron; www.sign.nl
Eind 2011 werd het festival Latern Wonderland georganiseerd in Hongkong. Het ontwerp van CL3 stond bij dit festival in het middelpunt: een enorm verlichtingssculptuur in de vorm van een vis.

De vis bestond uit meer dan 2.000 ledverlichte Chinese lantaarns. Elk kwartier werden festivalbezoekers verrast met een muzikale lichtshow, terwijl de sculptuur tussen de shows subtiel van uiterlijk veranderde. In een aan het festival gekoppelde ontwerpwedstrijd werd dit ontwerp van C3 uitgeroepen tot winnaar.

De geavanceerde verlichtingsarmaturen en controleproducten werden geleverd door Traxon. Met hun hoge lichtintensiteit, weersbestendigheid, aanpasbare pixelpitch en installatiegemak was Traxon ‘s Dot XL heel geschikt voor dit project. De lichten werden geprogrammeerd om te communiceren met verschillende muzikale stukken, speciaal gecomponeerd voor het festival.

Traxon's product reliability and system flexibility were crucial in making this project into the Guinness Book of World Records."

vrijdag 20 april 2012

A Twinkle in the Eye.

You wake up in the morning, rub your sleepy eyes. As you’re getting ready to face the day you put in your contact lens, which will make the Internet and all your files, playlists, GPS, favorite apps, and addicting games literally available with the blink of an eye. Scientists are already at the animal testing phase of the technology that will make this possible. (Yes, but who would want to wear a contact lens if one didn’t have to, might be the counter argument. Around a hundred million people wear contact lenses; so this technology has a significant market of potential early adopters. It would only be a matter of time before it caught on.)

Making this technology functional, comfortable, and safe is the work of Babak Parviz, a bionanotechnology expert at the University of Washington, in Seattle. The idea came to him from morning after morning of putting in his contact lenses. So he’s made it his mission to assemble an energy-storage module, telecommunication and power reception antenna, biosensor module, solar cell module (for additional power), and other highly sophisticated bit parts onto a consumer ready 1.5 square centimeter, transparent contact lens

In this lens concept, an antenna at the periphery collects incoming RF energy from a separate portable transmitter. Power-conversion circuitry provides DC power to other parts of the system and sends instructions to the display control circuit. The display, at the center, might consist of LEDs, which would turn on and off, or LCD-like elements, whose transparency would be modulated by the control circuit. An energy-storage module, perhaps a large capacitor, is connected to a solar cell, which could provide a boost to the lens. A biosensor samples the surface of the cornea, performs an analysis, and provides data to the telecommunication module to transmit to an external computer.

donderdag 19 april 2012

Cinématique: 3D Dance Scenography.

Fascinating use of 3D scenography in this dance performance, Cinématique, developed by Compagnie Adrien M. 3D projection seems to be taking off (we have worked on a number of such projects in my research group 1, 2, 3), and this is an impressive example of what can be accomplshed with seemingly simple geometrical shapes projected onto an empty stage. What really makes the scenography come to life in this case is the performance of the dancers and the ways in which they respond to and at time influence the visuals.

the Digital Sidewalk SignBoard.

Delphi Display Systems’ Digital Sidewalk SignBoard combines a digital LCD display and chalkboard to provide an easily customizable, eye-catching, and portable tool to communicate to walk-up customers.

The Digital Sidewalk SignBoard combines the digital flexibility of a 22-inch sunlight readable LCD display with a traditional chalkboard to join ditial images and text that bring customers into your business. The chalkboard provides the ability to easily convey up-to-the second information that can be changed on the spot - with a personal touch.

The Digital Sidewalk SignBoard display is a combination of hi-bright LCD with a 1,200 nit LED backlight - delivering the brightest and crispest screen, even in direct sunlight. Images and videos are easily updated via a standard USB thumb drive. Add optional speakers and your message can be heard as well as seen.
More about Digital Sidewalk SignBoards

woensdag 18 april 2012

Curved panel gives more depth to 3D projections.

What we're about to show you is decidedly low-tech -- it's essentially a projection screen with a sharp curve at the bottom -- but the resulting effect conveys a more realistic 3D image, for certain applications, at least. The Communications Research Centre of Canada was on hand at NAB to demonstrate a small variety of lab projects, with agency representatives hoping to make an impression on attendees, who will theoretically apply these concepts to actual products, with no licensing fee making its way back to the True North. This particular project employs an off-the-shelf Optoma 3D projector, active glasses and a white screen positioned with a dramatic curve, that essentially works to provide a platform for 3D subjects to stand on.
Believe it or not, the config really does make a difference, enabling a more immersive experience that makes 3D objects appear more realistic, assuming they're positioned in such a way that they're standing on the near-horizontal portion of the screen. Research Technologist Ron Renaud says that such a configuration would be ideal for video conferencing -- it's still no match for an in-person meeting, but it's certainly an improvement over the traditional approach. The demonstration projector wasn't configured to compensate for the curve, which theoretically makes it subject to warping, though we didn't notice any issues at the show. Like all 3D displays, you'll really need to see it for yourself to get an accurate impression of the experience, but jump past the break for an overview with Renaud, and a closer look at the screen.

dinsdag 17 april 2012

AMOLED market grows 160% in Q1.

There are two types of OLED displays – passive organic LED displays (OLED) and active matrix OLED displays (AMOLED).
AMOLED displays provide a very high contrast and brightness together with a wide, almost 360deg, viewing angle. These properties result in thin, light weight and very compact displays.

The AMOLED market has grown rapidly in the first quarter of 2012.
The first quarter of 2012 saw a rapid growth in the AMOLED display market, as more and more manufacturer's look to take advantage of the technology.

It saw a growth of 160 per cent in the first three months of 2012 when compared with the figures from 2011.

According to DisplaySearch, the global AMOLED market was worth $1,488 billion in the first quarter of the year, up from $573.79 million a year earlier.

AMOLED displays are proving popular with manufacturers as they are brighter and clearer that conventional LCD displays, which have been used for a number of years.

The proliferation of smartphones is a major contributory factor in the rapid growth of the market, with high-performance smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note using the technology.

Samsung Mobile Display began mass-producing AMOLED displays for the first time in 2007. The firm currently dominates the market with a 97 per cent share.

OLED zorgt voor nieuwe tv-oorlog.

Foto: LG
Er dreigt een nieuwe tv-oorlog tussen Samsung en LG. Na 3D proberen de fabrikanten elkaar nu te slim af te zijn op het gebied van OLED.

Volgens anonieme bronnen die Digitimes citeert, zal LG nieuwe OLED-tv’s vervroegd uitbrengen in Europa. In principe stonden de nieuwe modellen voor het eind van het jaar op de planning.
Om Samsung te slim af te zijn, wil LG volgens de bronnen al modellen vóór de Olympische Spelen in juli op de Europese markt brengen. Ook Samsung wil de tv’s vervroegd uitbrengen. De twee bedrijven concurreren stevig met elkaar op de tv-markt.

Eerder waren Samsung en LG het al fundamenteel oneens over de beste 3D-techniek. LG zet in op passieve brillen terwijl Samsung kiest voor actieve brillen met een batterij.
De nieuwe OLED-tv’s zullen zeker 3000 euro gaan kosten. Tv’s met OLED zorgen voor betere beeldkwaliteit dan bij een LED of LCD-model. Zo is het contrast veel hoger, zijn de kleuren dieper en het beeld scherper.

Bijkomend voordeel is dat OLED-schermen zelf licht uitzenden waardoor geen backlight nodig is. Hierdoor wordt bespaard op het stroomverbruik. Door het ontbreken van backlight kunnen de televisietoestellen ook een stuk dunner worden.

maandag 16 april 2012

Chassé theater in Breda.

zo 22 apr 2012 - 14:30 tot 16:15 - Jupilerzaal

Sprakeloos! A one man journey in a 3D world
Theater zoals je het nog nooit eerder zag! State-of-the-art-technologie: 3D-animaties, LEDscreens, effectvolle belichting, geluids- en special effects. Hanoch Rosenn neemt je mee op een grootse 3D-tour over de wereld en zonder ook maar een woord te zeggen zet hij een show neer die je sprakeloos achterlaat… Rosenn houdt u op zijn reis op originele en komische wijze een spiegel voor. De geavanceerde techniek in combinatie met de eeuwenoude artistieke ambacht van theaterkunst maakt dat je meegenomen wordt in een wereld waarvan je het bestaan niet vermoedde. Soms tragisch, soms komisch, maar altijd verrassend. Een wereld waarin woorden overbodig zijn, maar die luid en duidelijk communiceert op het meest basale niveau. Theater zoals je het nog nooit eerder zag!

Clear Channel’s Stockholm Underground Network.

Clear Channel has just released a video presenting its digital network in the Stockholm underground.
The network was launched in September last year and includes 120+ screens in the 14 most used stations.

Samsung launches flexible display under YOUM brand.

Samsung's flexible AMOLED displays will be marketed under the brand name YOUM according to information on the company’s Mobile Display site. The electronics titan has teased us with concept videos and product demos of the flexible display technology over the last year. It finally revealed that the panels would be incorporated into commercial hardware in 2012 and has now registered the technology as a trademark under the YOUM logo.

The company said on its Mobile Display site that YOUM would be thinner, lighter and stronger than traditional AMOLED and LCD-TFT screens.

It shows diagrams of the layers that make up the flexible display and how it differs from other display types. The displays use film-based encapsulation ("encap") and TFT layers instead of glass substrates. This makes the displays "unbreakable" according to Samsung.

Samsung has mooted various applications centred on portable devices. With a bendable display the company has suggested you could have a foldable device or a wraparound display.

zondag 15 april 2012

Sharp rolls out high-res IGZO LCDs

Bron; www.engadget.com
Well, a week (or two) is a long time in the technology industry, and despite that joint venture with Sony heading south, it's not all bad news for Sharp. According to a press release from the panel maker, it has begun production of the world's first screens based on IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology. These screens are said to promise twice the detail as existing panels of similar transparency, which also translates into a hefty 90 percent reduction in power consumption, reports PC World. Sharp did kindly share some sample specifications, such as a 7-inch tablet display touting a 1280 x 800 resolution equaling 217 ppi, and a 32-inch 3840 x 2160 screen at 140 ppi, to give you an idea of what we can expect. There's no indication yet as to any devices where we might see them showing up, but as the firm claims it's ramping up production "to meet market demand" we guess we'll find out soon enough...
Apple might use the IGZO displays in the new iPad
Hier de Press Release

vrijdag 13 april 2012

SemanticMap - Vision.

SemanticMap, The Next Step In Public Information and Navigation On The Go is is a Digital signage prototype featuring proximity detection, face recognition and gesture interaction technologies developed in Microsoft Research Asia. The system provides the right amount and detail of map-related information according to the user's distance from the display. Authors:Eric Chang, Pedro Nakazato and Sergio Paolantonio at Microsoft Research Asia

donderdag 12 april 2012

13 inch Toshiba Exite tablet.

Toshiba heeft drie nieuwe Exite tablets aangekondigd. Het betreft versies van 7.7, 10 en 13 inch. De laatste is voor tablet begrippen bijzonder groot. 10 inch is de meest gangbare afmeting voor een tablet computer.
Met deze grote tablet boort Toshiba dus een nieuwe markt aan, namelijk die van kopers die een normale tablet te klein vinden. Veel mensen gebruiken hun tablet overwegend thuis op de bank, en dan is een 13 inch scherm niet snel te groot.
Je hebt namelijk op zo'n groot scherm een beter beeld. De Toshiba Excite 13 heeft een scherp AutoBrite LED Backlit scherm dat beelden in een resolutie van 1600 bij 900 pixels weergeeft. Ook de andere specificaties zijn veelbelovend. De processor is een quad-core Tegra 3 en de camera heeft een resolutie van 5 megapixel. Er is 1GB RAM aan boord, het opslaggeheugen bedraagt 32 of 64GB en er is een SD-geheugenkaart lezer op de tablet aanwezig. Op de batterij kun je 13 uur werken, wat heel veel is voor een tablet met zo'n groot scherm. De standby-tijd bedraagt 7 dagen.
Prijzen en datum van beschikbaarheid zijn nog niet bekend gemaakt.

woensdag 11 april 2012

Tablet groei.

Bron; www.nu.nl / Gartner

Android en Windows

In 2011 stond het Android besturingssysteem op 28,8 procent van alle tablets. Dit percentage groeit de komende twee jaar slechts licht.
Ook de opkomst van Microsoft met de introductie van Windows 8 haalt relatief weinig uit. Deze nieuwe versie van Windows is specifiek gericht op tablets en bedrijven als HP hebben al aangekondigd tablets te gaan maken. De eerste apparaten worden eind 2012 verwacht.
Volgens Gartner zullen er dit jaar 4,9 miljoen Windowstablets verkocht worden. Daarmee heeft Microsoft 4,1 procent van de markt in handen. In 2013 moet dit groeien naar 8 procent.

Groei tabletmarkt
Al met al moet Apple volgens Gartner de komende jaren dus wel marktaandeel inleveren, maar gaat het om minder dan eerder verwacht werd.
Qua absolute aantallen groeit de markt voor tablets dit jaar overigens met 98 procent naar bijna 120 miljoen exemplaren. In 2011 waren dit er net meer dan 60 miljoen. Apple verkocht vorig jaar 40 miljoen iPads en zal er naar verwachting dit jaar 73 miljoen aan de man brengen.
De totale markt moet in 2013 uitkomen op 182 miljoen tablets.

Holographic Greeter captures shoppers.

The virtual aspect of the Holographic Greeter captures shoppers’ attention from the moment they enter the store — engaging their visual and auditory senses. Because the Holographic Greeter is so compelling, consumers are receptive to the wealth of information provided, enabling shoppers to get information and special offers in a very personal and exciting way.

It is a terrific communications tool, especially in high-traffic areas or areas where people are forced to stand and wait. The holographic technology will help make a difference in optimizing your customer engagement and enhancing overall customer communications. By delivering your message 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Holographic Greeter becomes one of your most valuable employees and delivers your customized message at a cost of less than $1* per hour!

dinsdag 10 april 2012

The World's Longest Media Facade - Taman Anggrek (Jakarta, Indonesia).

The media facade is the longest in the world at 1160 feet (350m) long. Located in one of the largest shopping mall 'TAMAN ANGGREK' in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality).

Marco Tempest, the techno-illusionist who has followed up with a augmented reality, Kinect-powered TED talk on the history of storytelling and illusion. The six-minute video, dubbed “A magical tale,” is embedded below.

Tempest combines sleight of hand and digital computers to create a very satisfying performance — he weaves 3D augmented reality into the mix. On the hardware-side, Tempest simply uses an HD video camera and Microsoft’s Kinect, but the software — bit that actually produces the illusion — is really quite complex.

Tempest, working with two software development houses, Onformative and Checksum5, used VVVV to script the six-minute magic trick. VVVV is a hybrid programming environment that allows you to mash together video clips, real-time special effects, and the input from external devices. In “A magical tale,” every special effect is rendered in real time using a desktop PC — the particle effects, the face tracking (and re-mapping), and digital compositing (such as the big, 3D globe that Tempest steps inside); they’re all reactive to Tempest’s movements. The end result is impressive. Embedded below is a “making of” video that illustrates the technology behind the illusion.

Ultimately, Tempest says that “A magic tale” is more about engaging an audience than bona fide illusion. “Magic is a unique tool for pre-visualization,” he says. Instead of a magic trick with sleight of hand, the subject matter could instead be a video game, an interactive and interesting way to teach kids otherwise dull subjects, or even an augmented reality face-to-face Skype chat. It won’t be long until Kinect-like sensors are built into laptops and smartphones, don’t forget.

zaterdag 7 april 2012

Uitwisbare LED.

Tijdens de vakbeurs JapanShop werd deze uitwisbare POP-display LED gedemonstreerd.
De module is 32 cmx14cm groot en kan worden beschreven met een veer, vinger, of stomp voorwerp.
Ook het 'bedrukken' is mogelijk.

vrijdag 6 april 2012

Light Sculpture FOSS collective.

TREE-ON heeft mee gewerkt aan het licht- en geluidssculptuur van FOSS collective voor de cultuurnacht in Breda.

donderdag 5 april 2012

How NFC phones will change your encounters with posters.

Zo gemakkelijk gaat dat.
NFC - Near Field Communications


woensdag 4 april 2012

JCDecaux brengt de Finse ‘eeuwige dag’ naar Amsterdam.

Lapland, het meest noordelijke deel van Finland, staat vooral bekend om z’n ijzige kou, sneeuw en rendieren. Dat Lapland ook in de zomer met zijn natuurschoon en nacht waarin de zon niet ondergaat een bijzondere vakantiebestemming is, laten Onlyinlapland.com en JCDecaux deze week zien op twintig Mupi’s® in Amsterdam. Het effect van het niet geheel ondergaan van de zon in de Poolstreek wordt gesimuleerd met behulp van computergestuurde LED’s, die een fraai landschap achtereenvolgens in een lichte schemer, vol daglicht en wederom een lichte schemer laten zien. Net als in de Lapse zomer verdwijnt het licht nooit helemaal.

dinsdag 3 april 2012

OLED Flexible displays ready for use.

OLED technology promises more in the near future and will certainly make an important contribution in the development of new devices which will incorporate such screens. Use of OLED technology to produce flexible displays will have in time a positive effect on flexible devices. After Samsung announced in 2012 a flexible smartphone called Skin, a true race of technological giants a real technological race of giants began to bring such devices on market. Nokia is another giant who trying to use as much OLED technology among smartphones.

OLED technology has characteristics with more than existing technologies. Among the important characteristics of technology include efficiency, light source, thickness, or viewing angles.
The OLED lighting efficiency was measured and present characteristics of 50 lumens / watt, equivalent to the level of ordinary household fluorescent lamp.

The thickness of OLED screen is very small because doesn’t require a light source (backlight), they produce their own light when the current is applied to organic diodes. The fact that such a screen emits its own light, an OLED screen can display any color of the spectrum.

Viewing angle is a problem for display technologies, a problem that has been solved with the introduction of this technology display. Images displayed on this screen has the same color regardless of what angle they are viewed.

There is the premise that next year will be released mobile devices with flexible OLED. I’m looking forward to launching the first flexible OLED display device.

maandag 2 april 2012

media facades.

I am fascinated by interactive large displays in public places, "urban screens" and the convergence of architecture and technology, especially media facades, and am happy to share a video of a presentation of Thomas Schielke to a group at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Thomas Schielke is a German architect known for his work in the area of architectural lighting and media facades. In the presentation, Thomas talks about how new technologies are influencing what he calls "urban branding", and also provides an overview of related history. If this is an area that interests you, take the time to view the video! = 60 minutes.