Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • 4K & UHDTV: Once More Unto The Breach, Dear Friends…

    August 8, 2014

    Yesterday, TWICE reported that Samsung, Sony, and LG will partner with Best Buy on a 13-week consumer awareness campaign to increase interest in UHDTV and ultimately drive sales of 4K TVs. The campaign starts tomorrow and is named “Believing Begins Here.” The Consumer Electronics Association had a part in developing the campaign, which will feature in-store demonstrations of UHDTV at 50 Best Buy locations in 11 major markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The timing of this campaign is no coincidence. National Football League pre-season games have already started, and the first NCAA college football games are scheduled for August 28. And as we all know, nothing sells big-screen TVs like football! The demonstrations will take place between 11 ..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