Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • Trends: Ignore Them At Your Peril

    September 4, 2014

    On August 15, Leichtman Research Group of Durham, NH released its quarterly revenue and subscription numbers for U.S. cable TV providers. And there was a surprise to be found in the calculations. For the first time ever, the number of broadband service subscribers for major cable TV service providers exceeded (barely) the number of cable TV channel subscribers. This happened during the 2nd quarter of 2014 and represents a milestone for pay TV services. (And yours truly predicted it would happen a year earlier, in a DD posted a few years back. Oh well, close enough for government work…) The actual differential favoring broadband subscriptions was small, amounting to about 5,000 more broadband customers. The actual totals for cable TV systems (not including Wide Open West, an overbuilder) were 49,915,000 for broadband, and 49,910,000 for cable channel service. What’s more interesting is that thirteen..Read more

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  • Mirasol Finds a Home

    August 18, 2014

    I may have been wrong. Here's some history. Some years ago Qualcomm purchased an MIT display spinout called Iridigm and renamed the technology mirasol (with a small "m"). At a time before Apple created the consumer tablet revolution, the standard for non-PC media consumption was the eReader, and the standard for low-power reflective displays was (and still is) E Ink's electrophoretic display technology. But as good as E Ink was for reading black-and-white text, it had obvious limitations that encouraged several companies to develop competing technologies. The limitations were that, at the time, E Ink was limited to black and white and refresh time was too slow for video or even smooth animation. Iridigm had developed a remarkably elegant reflective technology that promised to overcome E Ink's limitations, and Qualcomm invested huge amounts of money developing it. The Iridigm technology used optical interference to create color, with the interference changes created by MEMS-act..Read more