Electronic Visualization for the Next Century

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  • The Cruelest Month, Indeed…

    April 9, 2015

    In T.S. Eliot's 1922 poem The Waste Land, he opens with this verse: “April is the cruelest month…” For many Japanese manufacturers, those words couldn’t ring more true. One in particular is Sharp, who has been struggling with profitability ever since the Great Recession. In a recent news story from TWICE, the company confirmed it will be laying off as many as 6,000 employees worldwide, with 1/3 of those cuts possibly to come from Sharp’s U.S. operations. Sharp’s market share has dwindled considerably over the years. At the start of 2006, the company held a 21% worldwide market share in in the LCD television business, but that was the high water mark – it’s all been downhill since, as Sharp and other Japanese brands had to deal with aggressive marketing and pricing from Samsung and LG, and now Chinese brands are entering the fray. Sharp isn’t like any other CE m..Read more

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  • EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

    February 27, 2015

    There is a company you've probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world's largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I spoke separately with CEO John Parkinson and the technology's inventor and developer Jim Sullivan. When the image captured by a typical professional video camera is re-mapped to Rec.709, at least 70% of the color information is thrown away, Sullivan said. One example: grass green and laser green map to the same RGB values. All the energy that goes into maintaining color fidelity is applied only to that reduced gamut and does not address the loss of perceived fidelity that was inflicted early in the process. Part of what EE LLCs software product, eeColor, does is to compensate for that loss in perceived fidelity by ..Read more