Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • Measuring Up With DisplayHDR

    May 11, 2018

    For the past 16 years, the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) has ruled the roost for display connections, pushing aside VGA at first and then DVI on everything from televisions and Blu-ray players to laptop computers and camcorders. It’s evolved numerous times from a basic plug-and-play interface for televisions and AV receivers to a high-speed transport system for 4K and ultimately 8K video. Ironically, HDMI is often the input and output connection for video encoders and decoders that, in theory, could displace it from the market altogether. But there are other players in the interfacing market, and that would be the folks at the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), who developed and periodically update DisplayPort. First launched in 2006, DisplayPort was intended to replace the old analog VGA connector with a newer, 100%-digital version that could handle many times the bandwidth of an XGA (1024x768) or UXGA (1600x1200) video signal. Other forward-looking ..Read more

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  • Useful Gadgets (And They’re Smart, Too!): IO Gear Ultra Long Range Wireless HDMI Link And Amped Wireless Apollo PRO Long Range HD Web Cam

    December 22, 2017

    My last “The Front Line” post talked about how the world of consumer electronics has become heavily commoditized (you can buy a lot of functionality for a few dollars these days) and also how smart these gadgets are becoming (artificial intelligence and machine learning have become increasingly important). The third “leg” of that triad is, of course, wireless connectivity. Without it, most of these gadgets we use today would not even exist, or at the least become largely impractical. Yes, we could install a remote monitoring camera and run power and coaxial cables to it, and we could also run a cable from our tablet to a smart TV to share a video. But that’s just too much work, right? The two products in this review take full advantage of wireless connectivity. And they’ve also got a limited amount of artificial intelligence in that most of the setup and connection required is performed automatically with minimal human intervention. One product lets you strea..Read more