displays

  • Sharp Shows 70-Inch Aquos Quattron LCD 3D TV With “Mega-Brightness” Panel

    Sharp Shows 70-Inch Aquos Quattron LCD 3D TV With “Mega-Brightness” Panel

    Sharp Japan announced [JP] the Aquos Quattron 3D LC-70X5 for the local market yesterday, a follow-up of sorts to the LC-70LE735U that’s been available in the States for a few months now. Just like that model, the LCD measures 70 inches, can produce 3D pictures and offers Sharp’s “Quattron Quad Pixel Technology” for better display of colors. The main selling point of… Read More

  • Marvel At Sony’s Microscopic OLED Electronic Viewfinder

    Marvel At Sony’s Microscopic OLED Electronic Viewfinder

    One of the marquee features of Sony’s new Alpha and NEX cameras, which by the way look excellent, is the new electronic viewfinder. I’ve never been particularly attracted to these things, preferring the mirror-based optical viewfinder on DSLRs or simply the large, bright LCDs on the back of most cameras. But Fujifilm’s X100 (despite its flaws) changed my mind about the… Read More

  • Freestyle AQUOS: Sharp Japan Rolls Out 4 Portable, Wireless, Ultra-Thin LCD TVs

    Freestyle AQUOS: Sharp Japan Rolls Out 4 Portable, Wireless, Ultra-Thin LCD TVs

    Sharp in Japan updated their line of AQUOS LCD TVs with the so-called Freestyle AQUOS F5 series [JP]. The four TVs in that series, sized at 20/32/40 and 60 inches have a few common selling points: they are extremely thin, light (one of them is “portable”), and networked. The 60-inch flagship model (pictured above and below) comes with a UV2A panel with full HD resolution, LED… Read More

  • Photovoltaic Cells In LCDs Could Recycle Wasted And Ambient Light

    Photovoltaic Cells In LCDs Could Recycle Wasted And Ambient Light

    Researchers at UCLA have created a twist on traditional LCDs that would allow displays to reclaim wasted photons from the backlight, or even act as a normal solar cell. Normal LCDs rely on an always-on backlight, but because of the way LCDs work, most of that light never escapes. This inherent inefficiency hasn’t stopped us from getting bright displays, but the power necessary to make… Read More

  • WhiteMagic: Sony Shows Next-Generation LCD For Cameras And Phones

    WhiteMagic: Sony Shows Next-Generation LCD For Cameras And Phones

    Sony announced WhiteMagic today, a “next-generation”, 3-inch TFT LCD screen that boasts 1.23M-dot full VGA resolution. What’s special about the display is that it has two distinct modes: if switched to “low power mode”, power consumption of the backlight is pushed down by over 50% to 125mW, with Sony saying brightness in this mode is still comparable to that… Read More

  • Rewriteable, Non-Electric E-Paper Makes Big Promises, But Is It Really Useful?

    Rewriteable, Non-Electric E-Paper Makes Big Promises, But Is It Really Useful?

    A new display technology called i2R e-paper is making the rounds today. It’s developed by ITRI, a Taiwanese research company that has produced flexible AMOLED and LCD displays in the past. i2R is essentially a plastic substrate with a heat-activated liquid crystal coating: you pass it through a thermal printer and a 300dpi monochrome image is impressed on its surface — until you… Read More

  • Hitachi To Stop Producing TVs By Year-End

    Hitachi To Stop Producing TVs By Year-End

    After Pioneer decided to shut down its TV business in 2009, Hitachi yesterday announced they are ready to stop producing and outsourcing all production of TVs to makers in Taiwan and other Asian countries. And even though Hitachi said they will continue selling TVs in the future, this sounds very much like a long goodbye. Read More

  • Hitachi Develops 4.5-Inch, Naked-Eye 3D LCD Screen With HD Resolution

    Hitachi Develops 4.5-Inch, Naked-Eye 3D LCD Screen With HD Resolution

    Hitachi announced [JP] a new mobile 3D screen today: the IPS-based LCD is sized at a respectable 4.5 inches, doesn’t require glasses to view pictures in 3D and has 400 cd/m2 brightness in 2D mode and 470 cd/m2 brightness in 3D mode. But perhaps the biggest selling point is the fantastic resolution of 1,280×720. Read More

  • Hitachi Wants To Join Toshiba And Sony In LCD-Maker Mega-Merge


    While the nuances of this enormous, enormous business deal are certainly lost on this poor tech blogger, I thought it worthwhile to mention that three major Japanese tech companies are considering merging their LCD production divisions, presumably to compete more effectively against major rivals like Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, and big Chinese OEMs. What would the result be? Probably even… Read More