Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • Useful Gadgets: Antennas Direct ClearStream 2MAX and 4MAX Indoor/Outdoor TV Antennas

    August 10, 2017

    If you watch enough late-night television or independent local TV stations, you’ll eventually see an ad where George Forman, former heavyweight boxing champion, smiles at the camera and says, “People are always asking me: George, how do I patent my invention?” Now, I’m pretty sure NO ONE has ever asked George Forman how to patent an invention, just as NO ONE has ever asked me for advice on how to become a championship boxer. On the other hand, I frequently get asked two questions – “What model of TV should I buy?” and “I want to drop cable TV. Can you recommend a good antenna?” Lately, my answer to the first question is usually “Buy any TV you like. They’re so cheap now that you can just recycle it at the end of the year if you aren’t happy with it.” (I’m not being facetious: I just got a press release from RCA announcing a 50-inch Full HDTV with built-in Roku software for $499 and I’ve seen basic Ultra HDTV 50-inc..Read more

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  • A New QLED Artifact

    July 27, 2017

    During the week of July 9 I, along with three other media/analyst types, was LG Display's guest in Seoul and Paju for a tour of facilities and interviews with executives. During that trip, LGD engineers showed me a display artifact in Samsung's Q Series of quantum-dot LCD-TVs previously unknown to me and my colleague Pete Putman, who was also on the tour. LGD and Samsung are in a pitched battle to convince consumers (and the media) as to whether the Q Series or LGD's OLED-TV offer the superior image, so the Q Series is what LGD focused on in the darkened lab in LGD's huge Paju panel manufacturing complex. But, as you will see, it is likely that the artifact would be seen on any LCD-TV that uses edge-lighting and one-dimensional (1D) local area dimming. The Q Series uses such a system, with the LEDs distributed along the bottom edge.  (Although the artifact was new to Pete and me, I have since learned that Ray Soneira of DisplayMate described a related artifact discovered in tests a..Read more