Even we bloggers aren’t always gifted with the latest and greatest. Sometimes we have to buy it ourselves and wait just like everyone else before we can get our hands on the gadgets we so desperately crave. Gaming is a great way to relax the mind, unwind, and scrub off some stress. A big, beautiful display does wonders for us nerds and gamers a like. But looks aren’t everything. To a gamer, the more pixels they have means the more they can see. Until display port came along, hardware for connecting monitors and displays was rather large. HDMI lessened the footprint though we still had the problem of what do when multiple monitors were needed. Enter display port and ATI’s Eyefinity cards. The magic of Display Port is that its small and versatile. One look at the card above while slightly comical is a testament to how beneficial the new found size reduction actually is. Of course, being able to daisy chain Display Port connected monitors doesn’t hurt either. If I had my choice, I’d get a card capable of Display Port — with one million ports. Eh, ’tis fun to dream…
At what point does thiness cross the line from novelty/cool to being “too” thin/small. While I know that one day, TV’s will be a mere film sprayed onto any surface we want, current technology isn’t quite there yet. The next best thing of course being super slim variations. I also understand that you have to start somewhere. But the the needle tv isn’t anywhere near my “gotta have it” list with a disappointing 5,000:1 contrast ratio. At least the 120 Hz refresh is promising. Again, I know that within even a year, a TV of this size will boast specs 2-3x as good. So why buy this one? As much as I like being able to be a part of the elite few with the latest gadgets and electronic toys, there are times when it’s just not worth it. Spray on TV’s that I mentioned above are still a ways off as is the technology that would allow any device to automatically detect these “video films” and allow them to broadcast to the respective TV films. Now that that is a cool slim TV.
You see, being on the cutting edge of “thin” isn’t necessarily the cutting edge for those who actually use each respective device to their fullest potential. Case in point: the thinnest computers are never top performers when specs are concerned. Instead, they are often “pretty” looking or mere bragging points for manufacturers to claim their device is a whole .00001mm slimmer than the competitor, thereby giving them an excuse to charge an extra $100. I don’t hate thin. In fact I want gadgets, tvs, and electronics as a whole to shrink and morph into all kinds of objects. My head runs wild with the possibilities. We’re just not quite there yet.
Anyone else feeling the same or is this near-invisible-when-viewed-from-the-side-TV blocking your rational thought?
Take any mind blowing, wallet raping, eye melting gaming rig or big screen you can think of and throw it out of your mind. AMD’s up and coming new hotness, graphics cards packin’ the DirectX11 moniker have some truly impressive muscle under the hood. How much muscle? Well, lets start with the fact that the new cards will support Display Port technology allowing you to daisy chain monitor after monitor via USB. Even better is that the new DX11 AMD cards also support running said daisy chained monitors as one monitor. And the icing on top you ask? The example shown above (more pictures inside) consists of 6-30″ Dell monitors corralled together and pumping out an astonishing 7680 x 4800 quintuple HD resolution. *Jaw drops…drool trickling out…speechless*. The possibilities are enough to make any geek lose their vocabulary for long spans of time. Gaming, PC use, TV, etc. The list of uses goes on.
The lucky folks of Maximum PC were able to physically see this visual monstrosity in the flesh pushing XPlane 9 and Far Cry 2 at full resolution at a respectable 12-20 frames per second. Another batch of lucky folk at HotHardware had the privilege of seeing an upcoming DX11 game, Dirt 2, demoed at 7680 x 3200 and noted “respectable frame rates” were displayed. Now, looking back at the earlier 12-20 fps figure isn’t very reassuring as 12-20 is hardly “acceptable” in the gaming world. Though at 7680 x 4800/3200, pretty much any other set up would choke, die, and subsequently explode.
As promised, a few more pics to gaze over just after the click.
While many display/monitor manufacturers focus on the more common features of said product such as resolution, brightness levers, contrast ratio, etc., Phillips seems to have a certain fascination with their in house added feature - ambilight. While this feature doesn’t really do anything to improve the image of your TV, it is marketed as a feature that helps you emerse yourself just a tad more than if you were watching the same thing on a plane flat screen. The extra colors are supposedly that extra touch that just throws you and your eyes over the edge. Personally, I don’t understand the point of it, but I digress. Since ambilight is one of Phillips key features, it makes sense that it “evolves” with the other products in their line up as well as crosses borders into other product lines. Introducing the Phillips “Lightframe” computer monitor.
We’ve all been there - you see a new phone or gadget that you have to have as long as it comes in some other color other than charcoal black. Your dreams and aspirations are crushed however when the sales guy comes back and announces to you that charcoal black is indeed the only color. You think to yourself of all the great times you and that gadget would have had. Such unpleasant and life altering occasions will soon be a thing of the past thanks to Kent Display’s new “Electronic Skin”. What does this Electronic Skin do for you the user? I’ll give you a hint: “Rainbows”.
While eye candy lovers drool over such technologies as FED and SED (which are sadly pretty much dead) and OLED still requires a heft toll be taken on your wallet, LCD’s still enjoy supreme reign in the mobile display world. Hitatchi realizes that 480 x 360 just doesn’t pack the “WOW” factor that it did even just 1-2 years ago. Hitatchi however still sees a market for higher quality, higher resolution LCD screens for mobile devices. Just how much better will Hitatchi’s mini-LCD’s be?
While mobile device manufacturers are currently infatuated with touchscreens, the real deal and way of the future is held in flexible displays. With flexible displays comes a much wider range of applications for slappin’ a display on to as well as a much greater durability that current displays just can’t match. Riding the flexible AMOLED wave of the future, Samsung is using SID 2009 in San Antonio Texas as the location to unveil their 6.5-inch AMOLED flexible prototype. Whether or not you like “The Sound of Music”, you can’t help but be entranced by the awesomeness that seeing such a display brings to your mind. Where would you put an AMOLED flexible display?
If you can recall a year or two ago, (I know, reach deep into the depths that is your mind….I’m just kidding you ‘ol bear trap you), SED technology was a TV technology with a bright future ahead looking to become the dominating standard, if not at least a worthy competitor to OLED, and the now defunct FED standards with it’s extremely nice image quality. Then drama, greed, and confusion took place as various partners dropped support and funding. The most recent casualty being FED as Sony has picked up their cards and moved on. Though currently, there hasn’t been much said in the way of SED tv’s or the technology. However, Canon itself appears to be giving the tech second look with two recent patent filings. Patent No. 20090111350 and No. 20090108727 are two recent patents filed on April 30th by the electronic giant, Canon, regarding SED technology. The first dealing with the downsizing of SED electric fields and the second detailing of how to increase picture quality. If the technology were dead, why would they be patenting things related to it? One can only assume that we can expect to see a resurgence in SED TV technology and hopefully even get SED TV’s into the hands of mere mortals in the not too distant future. The images that SED displayed to the world in the past were nothing short of jaw dropping and impeccable. Maybe if we all cross our fingers hard enough, we can finally see SED materialize into something that we can all enjoy.
If you’re in the market for another graphics card to power a second, third, fourth, or more monitros, OWC would like you to reconsider. Today they announced the immediate availability of their USB powered display adapter that is essetially an “external graphics card” that will allow you to easily and quickly attach up to 6 additional monitors at resolutions up to (1600 x 1200) to your computer via USB. While adding a ingle additional monitor is easily achieved without a USB adapter, many individuals lack the cash or equipment needed to run more than two monitors at a time. With OWC’s adapter, mulitple monitor layouts and multi-tasking are now more easily accessible. Included in the box you’ll find:
- USB to DVI adapter
- DVI to VGA adapter
- DVI to HDMI adapter
- 4′ USB Cable
- CD-ROM with user guide and software
- One Year Warranty
You’ll notice the adapter doesn’t yet support full HD (1920 x 1080) and is more a limitation of the current USB 2.0 bandwidth and technology as opposed to the adapter. If Blue-ray movies, gaming and other applications that demand hi-def are a must, you might be better off saving for a more ellaborate multi-monitor set up. However, if 1600 x 1200 is enough to make your eyes drool and get you through the day (which for most users it is more than plenty, then give OWC a bit of your time and money. Speaking of money, the privilege of outputting video through USB will cost you a cool $99.
If you are a current Nokia 5800 owner and have a certain beef with the current resistive touchscreen your fortunes may be on the up and up. It is being reported that the next iteration of the popular Nokia handset will sport a more accurate and easily navigated capacitive touchscreen. According to sources at a Taiwan handset component supplier, Nokia is ordering up two million touchpanels for their new 5800 handsets that are set to ship between May and June. Some purists and golden oldies still have a thing for the resistive screens of years yore, but with the popularity of Apple’s iPhone, Google’s G1, and I’m sure even Nokia’s N97, capacitive touchscreens are becoming more and more common (a good thing) as they are all around better for the majority and are more suited for finger tappin’. Perspective Nokia handset buyers, is this enough to woo you over the fence? If all goes well, look for Nokia to incorporate capacitive panels in an increasing percentage of their line up.