Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

  • Stuffing Your Brain With Video

    April 4, 2014

    A recent poll conducted by the Harris organization revealed that 81% of respondents engage in “binge viewing” on a regular basis – that is, watching two or more episodes of a TV program in a single sitting. The survey, conducted in mid-March on behalf of Comcast, included over 2,000 adults nationwide and 200 viewers in each of the top ten media markets. Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. had the highest number of binge viewers among respondents (88%), according to a story on the Home Media web site. Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston also placed well above 80%, with half of the Los Angeles respondents saying they “binge view” at least once a week. Typically, a viewer decides to check out a new series via pay TV on-demand or streaming from Netflix or Hulu, and settles down in a comfortable chair with food and drink. I’ve engaged i..Read more

  • Soneira: New Samsung Galaxy S5 has Best Cell Phone Display Ever

    April 7, 2014

    Friend and colleague Ray Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corp. (www.displaymate.com), has just published the results of his painstaking tests on the display in Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smart phone. Since mere mortals such as you and I will not be able to get a GS5 in North America until at least April 11, it is clear that Soneira's measurements were made on a pre-release unit, but it was a production unit. Soneira's bottom line is that the GS5 has the best display ever put in a cell phone. Although the 5.1-inch display has the same number (1920x1080) of diamond-shaped pixels as the display that appeared in the GS4, this is a very different display. It's brighter, has lower screen reflectance, provideds greater visibility in high ambient light, consumes less power, and has the most accurate colors of any smart-phone or tablet display DisplayMate has ever measured. Samsung has been improving the luminance of its OLED smart-phon..Read more