Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • Look Out, HDMI – Here Comes Super MHL!

    March 17, 2015

    Yesterday, the MHL Consortium announced its newest flavor of display interface – Super MHL (or, more accurately, superMHL). MHL, which stands for Mobile High-definition Link, was original developed to enable display connections over Micro USB ports on phones and tablets. You’ll find it most often on mobile devices and televisions from Samsung and Sony. It will also pop up on LG products and there’s even an MHL port on the Pioneer AV receiver I bought a couple of months ago. There have been some clever demos of MHL applications at past CES events. One was to build a “dumb” laptop (no CPU or video card) - just keyboard, touchpad, and display - and use MHL to dock a smartphone into it make everything work. Another demo in the Silicon Image booth featured smartphones being used as video game controllers with the video playing back on the controller screen. Yet another demo showed a Sony Experia phone being used as a remote control with a Samsung TV to select inputs, play vi..Read more

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  • EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

    February 27, 2015

    There is a company you've probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world's largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I spoke separately with CEO John Parkinson and the technology's inventor and developer Jim Sullivan. When the image captured by a typical professional video camera is re-mapped to Rec.709, at least 70% of the color information is thrown away, Sullivan said. One example: grass green and laser green map to the same RGB values. All the energy that goes into maintaining color fidelity is applied only to that reduced gamut and does not address the loss of perceived fidelity that was inflicted early in the process. Part of what EE LLCs software product, eeColor, does is to compensate for that loss in perceived fidelity by ..Read more