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  • Has SWAVE Developed a Holographic Display Breakthrough?Has SWAVE Developed a Holographic Display Breakthrough?
    Having followed the development of 3D, lightfield, and holographic displays for some time, I have come to believe that evolving the traditional raster pixel approach to smaller and smaller pixels is not going to get us to where we need to be to achieve high-fidelity lightfield or true holographic images. ...
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  • ASC Facilitates an On-Set Monitor Shoot-out and More!ASC Facilitates an On-Set Monitor Shoot-out and More!
    The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) set up an exhibition in their clubhouse in Hollywood on an afternoon that coincided with the SMPTE 2022 conference. There were several demonstrations of note including a shoot out of grading monitors used for post-production and on-set monitoring.  We first talked to IMAX about a ...
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  • Samsung Display Will Highlight QD-OLED Improvements at CES 2023 Samsung Display Will Highlight QD-OLED Improvements at CES 2023 
    We met with Samsung Display a the SMPTE conference in Hollywood where they were showcasing their current QD-OLED TV vs. a white OLED TV. The QD-OLED TV was the Sony A95K model while the white OLED TV was the C2 from LGE.  While specifics of QD-OLED performance improvements will have to ...
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  • Camera-to-Cloud Solves Some, but Not All Production Needs Camera-to-Cloud Solves Some, but Not All Production Needs 
    Adobe’s Frame.io subsidiary recently announced new capabilities for the Camera-to-Cloud (C2C) service. New is the ability to support C2C without the need for the external Teradek CUBE 655 encoder/recorder/media gateway.  This functionality is now built into the RED V-Raptor and V-Raptor XL cameras to upload REDCODE RAW files directly to the cloud – even up to ...
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  • Porotech announces world’s first “all-in-one” full-color microLED DisplayPorotech announces world’s first “all-in-one” full-color microLED Display
    Enabled by Dynamic Pixel Tuning Technology In the press release below Porotech has demonstrated the ability to create red, green, blue and white light from a single LED device – something that normally requires separate red, green and blue LEDs. This is confirmation of their new Dynamic Pixel Tuning (DPT) technology. DPT ...
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  • John Fan Focuses His Role at KopinJohn Fan Focuses His Role at Kopin
    On September 7, 2022, Kopin announced a new CEO for the company – Michael Murray. As John Fan has led the company since its inception in 1985, we wanted to know more about his plans, so he kindly provided answers to the questions below. I understand you have appointed a new ...
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  • Dynamic Pixel Tuning: Game Changing TechnologyDynamic Pixel Tuning: Game Changing Technology
    A new white paper on Porotech microLED Technology Insight Media has just published a new white paper called Dynamic Pixel Tuning: Game Changing Technology. It describes technology developed by Porotech that can eliminate the RGB sub-pixel arrangement for displays and instead allow a single pixel to be designated any color in ...
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  • 8K is the Perfect Platform for Next UI Innovations8K is the Perfect Platform for Next UI Innovations
    MediaTek sees the TV evolving to become an even more important part of connecting people to new media and evolving online services and experiences. The User Interface (UI) of the future will feature multiple applications running simultaneously, and for that to be an intuitive experience, bigger screens with 8K resolution ...
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  • TrueCut Motion Gets Big Endorsement from James CameronTrueCut Motion Gets Big Endorsement from James Cameron
    Pixelworks issued a press release the other day announcing that James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment will be using TrueCut Motion technology to remaster multiple movies. The initial movies are remasters of Avatar and Titanic which will be released theatrically in 4K/HDR in September and next February respectively. Avatar: The Way of Water ...
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  • Is the VR Industry Settling on a Next Gen Architecture?Is the VR Industry Settling on a Next Gen Architecture?
    Based on recent news reports, it sure seems like the VR industry is moving away from Fresnel lenses to Pancake® optics and switching from glass-based OLEDs or LCDs to microdisplays based on OLED-on-silicon. And major display makers seem to be getting the message too. LG Display used DisplayWeek to showcase ...
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  • Video News from DisplayWeek 2022Video News from DisplayWeek 2022
    We shot a number of videos at DisplayWeek 2022 highlighting developments in 8K, 3D (light field, holographic, eye-tracked and super-multiview), LEDs (SMD, mini, micro) and more. Here is the list. -Chris Chinnock 8K Innolux Shows 9K x 1.3K Display for Automotive BOE Shows 3D, OLED, LCD and EL-QD 8K HYPHY Unveils New Compression Technology LG ...
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  • Boréas Technologies Introduces Latest Award-Winning Haptics for Mobile, PC and Consumer Products During Display Week 2022
    BROMONT, Québec & San Jose, Calif., May 5, 2022 — Boréas Technologies, a pioneer in ultra-low-power high definition (HD) piezo haptic semiconductors, will give a sneak peek of the next generation of touch, haptics and immersive experiences during Display Week 2022. From haptic technology for mobile gaming to advanced touch user interfaces in smartphones, Boréas will ...
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  • Video News from NAB 2022 and CinemaCon 2022Video News from NAB 2022 and CinemaCon 2022
    We shot a number of videos at NAB 2022 highlighting developments in 8K as well as videos at Cinemacon 2022 on projection/display developments. Here is a guide to them. NAB 2022 News Netint has a co-processor for hardware encoding of AV1 streams up to 8K 4:2:0. They claimed that AV1 is not defined at ...
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  • What’s the Best Display Architecture for VR?What’s the Best Display Architecture for VR?
    A new blog on the wearables-era.com web site features an interview with Kopin CEO John Fan. It provides a very nice summary of the thinking of Fan and Kopin and their approach to developing the VR market. The full-length interview is reprinted below with their permission. I want to highlight a ...
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  • Insight Media Videos from CES 2022Insight Media Videos from CES 2022
    Below is a list of videos shot at CES 2022. The production quality is not great (we will work on that), but I hope they offer some insight into the many interesting things I saw at CES. 8K-related videos are linked to the 8K Association YouTube channel while other display-related videos appear on ...
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  • Kopin and Partners Showcase Metaverse Now and FutureKopin and Partners Showcase Metaverse Now and Future
    By Chris Chinnock Kopin used a penthouse suite at CES 2022 to showcase its display and optics technology along with multiple customer implementations of AR and VR designs. They also live streamed a fireside chat with CEO Dr. John Fan along with key partners – all discussing products and prospects for ...
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  • Dimenco-Acer in Big Deal for 3D Displays
    By Chris Chinnock, Insight Media 3D display maker Dimenco has announced that Acer will launch new laptops with its Simulated Reality (SR) technology built-in. This is an eye-tracked stereoscopic display which uses an actively-switched lenticular lens technology. While not a new approach, the solution represents a level of maturity not seen ...
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  • HMDmd and Kopin: A Powerful Partnership for State-of-the-Art Surgical VisualizationHMDmd and Kopin: A Powerful Partnership for State-of-the-Art Surgical Visualization
    According to a recent press release, start-up HMDmd is announcing the availability of their Development and Evaluation Kits (DEK21) – a pre-clinical prototype wearable display designed specifically for use in surgical and interventional medicine applications. Dubbed a “combined reality” headset, the unit presents high-resolution 3D video view of the real-time ...
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  • Kopin Pushes State-of-the-Art with New Military Display SolutionKopin Pushes State-of-the-Art with New Military Display Solution
    Chris Chinnock, Insight Media In the Nov. 18, 2021 press release from Kopin, they announced a production order for displays for the U.S. Army’s Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) System. There are two important takeaways from this news. One is the performance of the display, which is a new milestone, and ...
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  • VividQ and iView Partnership to Realize Real Holographic HUD and MoreVividQ and iView Partnership to Realize Real Holographic HUD and More
    Holographic software provider VividQ and optical modules manufacturer iView have expanded their relationship into a new partnership that will go beyond their current efforts in automotive Head-up Displays (HUDs) (see full press release here). The new partnership will look to expand the use of this innovation engine, coupled with new ...
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  • VividQ and iView announce a New Partnership to bring holographic display to Augmented Reality devicesVividQ and iView announce a New Partnership to bring holographic display to Augmented Reality devices
    Holographic software provider VividQ and optical modules manufacturer iView develop an innovative display solution for next-generation Augmented Reality (AR) devices using Computer-Generated Holography. Holography is a leading display technology for compact AR devices, projecting 3D images with natural depth of field. This joint development targets manufacturers of AR devices such as automotive ...
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  • Jade Bird WaveOptics Partnership to Enable microLED Smartglasses
    Jade Bird Display, a key developer of microLED microdisplays, has partnered with WaveOptics, a major supplier of waveguide optics to create a new reference design for AR smartglasses. Dubbed Leopard, the development kit includes the microLED display, optics, waveguide, electronics, battery and eye frame design to allow ODM or OEM ...
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  • 8K Camera Enables New Multi-Purpose Movie Workflow
    The use of 8K camera for film or movie capture is not new, but their use to create the three-screen content for a ScreenX or 4DX theater is new. According to CJ 4DPlex, the developers of these theatrical formats, the new film GUIMOON: The Lightness Door is the first one ...
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  • Kopin’s Ambitious microLED ProjectKopin’s Ambitious microLED Project
    Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Kopin has announced a new agreement to develop a 2Kx2K full color microLED display in a 1-inch form factor with a 100K nits target. That’s the kind of performance level that many have been saying microLED technology has the potential to achieve, but now there is a ...
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  • Kopin Announces Multiyear Development Agreement with a Leading Japanese Company for Full-color LED Microdisplays on SiliconKopin Announces Multiyear Development Agreement with a Leading Japanese Company for  Full-color LED Microdisplays on Silicon
    Superbright 2K X 2K 1”-Diagonal Full-Color LED Microdisplay For Augmented and Mixed Reality Applications  WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – July 15, 2021 – Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading developer and provider of high-resolution AMLCD, LCOS and OLED microdisplays and display subassemblies announced today it has signed a multiyear agreement with a leading ...
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  • Commentary on Kopin’s 35K Nit micro-OLEDCommentary on Kopin’s 35K Nit micro-OLED
    Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Kopin has issued a press release announcing the development of a micro-OLED display with 35,000 nits of green luminance, which I think is world record for a micro-OLED display, but please let me know if I am wrong. While monochrome green is not the solution for all ...
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  • Kopin Corporation Produces World’s First 35,000-nit HDR Green OLED MicrodisplayKopin Corporation Produces World’s First 35,000-nit HDR Green OLED Microdisplay
    Duo-Stack OLED Structure Brightness over 35,000 nits with low power consumption High Dynamic Range (HDR) 14 bits WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – June 22, 2021 – Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading developer and provider of high-resolution microdisplays, display subassemblies and systems for defense, enterprise, industrial, consumer and medical products announced today it has produced ...
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  • Commentary on All-Plastic Pancake Optics from KopinCommentary on All-Plastic Pancake Optics from Kopin
    Chris Chinnock, Insight Media For context, please read this press release The development of an all-plastic pancake optical solution for a VR headset is a pretty big deal not only for the weight reduction, but as Kopin claims, it actually offers improvements in image quality while lowering costs. Optical systems with large magnification ...
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  • Kopin Corporation Announces All-Plastic Pancake® Optics with Excellent PerformanceKopin Corporation Announces All-Plastic Pancake® Optics with Excellent Performance
    A Major Optics Breakthrough – Enables Super-Compact, Lightweight, Stylish VR Glasses  WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – June 15, 2021 – Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading developer and provider of high-resolution microdisplays and display subassemblies for defense, enterprise, consumer and medical products, announced today it has succeeded in developing all-plastic Pancake® optics with ...
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  • Commentary on Wooptix and poLight SDK ReleaseCommentary on Wooptix and poLight SDK Release
    Chris Chinnock, Insight Media For context, please see this press release As some of you know, light field capture is usually done with an array of cameras or a plenoptic camera (single lens camera fitted with a microlens array capture multiple sub-images). Wooptix has developed an algorithm that can use a series ...
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  • Wooptix and poLight Release SDK to Bring Light Field Capture to ConsumersWooptix and poLight Release SDK to Bring Light Field Capture to Consumers
    June 10, 2021 – Light field technology developer Wooptix® is partnering with optical component developer poLight® to enable a significant advancement in the capabilities of light field-based camera systems suitable for portable device such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, wearables and more. The combination of the two company’s technologies can now enable ...
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  • Webinar Available VOD: The Five W’s of Holographic Displays – Part I of IIWebinar Available VOD: The Five W’s of Holographic Displays - Part I of II
    Avalon Holographics delivered the first of two webinars entitled The Five W’s of Holographic Displays on June 2nd. Part II will take place on June 29 at the 12pm Eastern Daylight Time. View Recording of Part 1 Click to Register for Part II The webinars feature Wally Haas, President and Co-founder, along with ...
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  • DisplayWeek 8K Symposium Short Takes
    The Society of Information Displays (SID) recently had a virtual version of its main annual symposium and trade expo called DisplayWeek. This conference covers a wide range of display topics with some going deep into the display technology weeds. Below we summarize some of the highlights related to 8K displays ...
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  • TCL CSOT Shows New 8K Panels and Technology
    TCL CSOT, the world’s second-largest display panel maker, used the 2021 World UHD video industrial conference to unveil a number of new display solutions including two 8K panels and new backplane technology. The event was held May 8-10th in Guangzhou, China with the theme: “Ultra HD world, more colors in ...
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  • LaSAR Alliance Formed to Advance Laser Scanning
    A new industry organization has been formed called the LaSAR Alliance with the aim of bringing together a community around laser scanning technology and applications in the AR market. According the press release describing their formation, LaSAR’s goal is to provide an environment to facilitate a marketplace for ideas where ...
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  • VividQ White Paper a Nice Primer on Real Holographic Displays
    The term “holographic display” has been coopted by marketing organizations and applied to devices that are not true holographic displays. But there are some companies that are developing real holographic displays – and VividQ is one of them. Their new white paper provides some nice background on what real holographic display consists ...
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  • Better Distribution Methods Needed to Support Large ProAV Canvases
    LED-based video walls are getting bigger and bigger and pixel pitches continue to shrink.  That means these large canvases can have a lot more pixels. 30M, 50M even 100M pixels are not uncommon.  The problem becomes delivering high quality pixels to these canvases over the existing distribution methods. To understand more ...
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  • A Conversation with Kopin’s John Fan, Early Innovator in microLEDs
    John Fan, Founder & CEO, Kopin Corporation Chris Chinnock, President, Insight Media Chris: I recently learned that you were one of the inventors of the monolithic microLED process with patents dating back to the early 1990s. The approach that most of the companies currently working on microLED microdisplays are bonding an LED wafer ...
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  • Insight Media Launches Light Field / Holographic Webinar Series
    Join our Light Field – Holographic mailing list Nov. 23, 2020 – Insight Media, along with key launch sponsors, are proud to announce a new series of webinars to focus on the evolving light field and holographic ecosystem. Webinars will occur on a roughly monthly basis, are free to attend and will ...
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  • Kopin OLED Microdisplay Exhibits Breakthrough 7000 Nits Brightness with Good Color Fidelity
    One of the key debates within the OLED industry is the best way to improve current efficiency as measured in candelas per ampere (Cd/A).  Some say the direct patterning of red, green and blue materials is the way to go while others favor stacking 2 or more white emitting layers ...
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  • Compound Photonics Unveils IntelliPix™, An All-In-One Microdisplay Technology Platform to Enable Next-Generation MicroLED for Real-Time AR
    Compound Photonics has been an innovator in microdisplay technology for decades (under previous names as well).  The press release below shows they are now at the forefront of microdisplay technology for AR/MR applications.  Their focus is on monolithic, very-small-pixel displays for waveguide integration and their new backplane architecture can support ...
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  • Kopin Announces Breakthrough in ColorMax™ Technology for Unparalleled Color Performance in Duo-Stack OLED Microdisplays
    Kopin has developed a new backplane and frontplane architecture for OLED-on-Silicon microdisplays which can be used for AR/VR/MR applications. This new architecture brings together a number of innovations into one platform and offers a number of “firsts” in this display category. This includes: First duo-stack OLED with wide color gamut performance 10-bit ...
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  • Compound Photonics’ NOVA Display Drive Architecture Solves Critical Power and Latency Challenges for AR Integration
    Chandler, Arizona, USA, June 11th , 2020 – Compound Photonics US Corporation (CP), a leading provider of compact high-resolution microdisplay solutions for Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) applications, today, announced multiple customer validations of its NOVA display drive architecture, an innovative software-defined platform, currently implemented in both of ...
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  • Is it Time to Standardize Metadata in the Broadcast Environment?
    The addition of metadata in the capturing, production and distribution of file-based content has been a thing for years that has aided in reducing errors and production time while maintaining creative intent to the end user.  But broadcasts and producers of live content have not used, and in fact, have ...
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  • New White Paper: Motion Grading Comes of Age
    Insight Media has released a new white paper titled: Motion Grading Comes of Age. It can be downloaded for free with a registration. Motion grading is a new concept developed by Pixelworks in cooperation with the content creation community. Called TrueCut® Motion Grading, this tool set allows post-production facilities the ability to ...
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  • UHD Tracker Service Reveals Interesting Trends
    The Ultra HD Forum has spent several years developing a UHD tracking service that they recently discussed in a wide-ranging webinar and panel discussion produced by the DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) organization.  The database tracks over 150 commercial UHD service offerings with 21 fields of data, although not all are ...
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  • Changhong is All In on 8K
    Chinese TV maker Changhong had a special launch event last month in China where it disclosed its plans to launch 5 series of 8K TVs.  These models will launch first in China, but Changhong is a huge TV exporter so expect these to be rolled out worldwide soon thereafter as ...
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  • NAB Show Express – Panel Discussions on 8K Ecosystem
    The 8K Association in combination with NAB Show Express (Register for free) and Broadcast Beat have produced two panel discussions to discuss the state of 8K. The two sessions are: Tools and Strategies for Creating 8K Content Organized by the 8K Association, this segment will discuss the value of capturing in resolutions ...
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  • Volumetric Capture, Monitor and 8K Camera Updates from Canon
    Canon held a virtual press conference to disclose what they would have shown at NAB had it gone forward as usual. While much of the event focused on professional camera updates, I will focus on three items more of interest to Display Daily readers, as the headline suggests. In professional monitors, ...
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  • New White Paper: Motion Grading Comes of AgeNew White Paper: Motion Grading Comes of Age
    Insight Media has released a new white paper titled: Motion Grading Comes of Age. It can be downloaded for free with a registration. Motion grading is a new concept developed by Pixelworks in cooperation with the content creation community. Called TrueCut® Motion Grading, this tool set allows post-production facilities the ability to ...
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  • Dolby Vision IQ Explained
    Dolby Vision IQ is an update that is designed to adjust the picture based on the ambient room light levels, while trying to maintain the creative intent of the content creator. Ambient illumination has the effect of reducing the dynamic range of the display making it difficult to discern dark ...
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  • 8K Association Overview Deck Available
    The 8K Association is a global organization with 22 members spanning the entire 8K ecosystem – content creation to display. Since its founding at CES 2019, the 8K Association has issued an 8K TV technical specification along with an associated 8K TV Certification program. For 2020, we have big plans to ...
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  • These are the next generation TV technologies you’ll be able to buy very soon (part 1)
    The drive for 8K continues unabated, but these new technologies offer a lot more advantages than just resolution, and you’ll be able to purchase televisions that use some of them later this year. 8K was clearly a high-profile TV trend at CES 2020 but fuelling TV advancements are several underlying display ...
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  • AR and AR HMDs continue to improve, despite apparent indifference from the mass market
    AR and VR were pretty big this year at CES. Here’s our look at two of the most promising new headsets that were on show, and what they mean for the immediate future of the technology. Needless to say, there were dozens of companies at CES showing off AR/VR headsets or ...
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  • Samsung Reveals Much at First Look Event Prior to CES 2020
    Samsung ran their First Look event at Ceasar’s just prior to the opening of CES and offer a cornucopia of technology news – some to be expected and some surprises too. Here is a quick summary of first impressions from the First Look event. Jong-hee Han, President of Visual Displays at ...
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  • A New Kind of Light Field Camera from Wooptix
    Many, including myself, think light field acquisition, processing and display is the future of natural 3D visualizations.  One method for light field image acquisition is to place a microlens array in front of an image sensor.  This is the approach used by Lytro in their consumer and cinema-grade cameras.  The ...
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  • Kopin to Show Latest Advances in its Lightning Silicon OLED Microdisplay line-up at CES 2020
    I have just learned that Kopin plans to show their OLED microdisplay line up at CES, including a preview of their latest 1.3” 2.6K x 2.6K display (2560 x 2560 resolution) aimed for next generation AR/VR/XR applications. Kopin also plans to highlight latest advances in their 0.49” 720p and 0.99” ...
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  • Awesome Image from 8K Looking Glass Display
    I visited Looking Glass Factory in their Brooklyn, NY office the other day – specifically to check out their new 32” 8K light field display. I was not disappointed. While some may argue that a 45-view, horizontal-only parallax display is not a true light field display, I am ok with it. Let’s put ...
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  • Yes, You Really Can See 8K in Your Future
    WE MIGHT BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 4K ERA, BUT THE 8K era has already begun. How can that be? For starters, consider what Sonia Chen, Samsung’s director of display marketing, said in June at the 8K Display Summit in New York City. Addressing representatives from the content, broadcast technology, ...
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  • Proceedings Available – Light Field and Holographic Display Summit
    was held Oct. 8-9, CableLabs, Louisville, Colorado The presentations and audio recordings of the panel sessions at the recent Light Field and Holographic Display Summit are now available for USD$ 399. They can be ordered HERE. The event featured two days of in-depth presentations and discussions on the emerging light field, holographic ...
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  • HFR is Not a Dirty Word – At Least it Shouldn’t be
    High Frame Rate or HFR, especially in a cinema setting, evokes some pretty strong emotions in people from love to hate. This debate was stirred up again recently with the release of Gemini Man, a new Ang Lee film. The movie was shot in 4K 3D HDR at 120 frames ...
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  • IDEA Releases Light Field Distribution Documents and Demonstrates Functionality
    The Immersive Digital Experiences Alliance (IDEA) used the 2019 Light Field and Holographic Display Summit to release three new documents that describe how advanced media formats, including full light field data, can be packaged for delivery over commercial networks. The group also proved the format works by showing the same ...
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  • Forget 32K, are you ready for light field displays?
    It will eventually be one of the most transformative display technologies since the invention of the television. The race is currently on to produce the world’s first practical high resolution Light Field display. Adrian, please forgive me for hijacking the title of your recent article: “Forget 8K, are you ready for ...
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  • 8K Live Encoding at IBC 2019
    IBC 2019 saw several innovations in 8K delivery including new options for 8K live encoding and 8K streaming (including 8K/50p down-sampled to 4K and delivered at data rates as low as 14.5 Mbps with impressive image quality – we were told). Currently, NHK is broadcasting 8K content for 12 hours per ...
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  • Innovative TV Designs from IFA 2019
    There were a number of key trends in evidence at IFA this year. Some that I saw included: miniLED backlights Dual-Cell TVs 8K TVs New Picture Modes Transparent Displays Laser TVs Innovative Designs In this Display Daily, I’ll take a look at the last trend mentioned – innovative TV designs. First, it seems clear that picture quality is already at ...
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  • 8K Association Announces Performance Specification for Consumer TVs
    Consumer Facing Logo Program Identifies 8K TV Attributes Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2019 – The 8K Association (8KA), the cross-industry group focused on facilitating the growth of the 8K ecosystem, is pleased to announce that key performance attributes for 8K televisions have been defined as part of the 8KA technical program. ...
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  • MiniLED and MicroLEDs at Touch Taiwan
    At least three companies will be at Touch Taiwan to showcase new miniLED and microLED devices: AUO, Innolux and Lextar.  Here’s a summary of what each expects to show.  Most of the miniLED activity is focused on backlights for improved performance or direct-view applications, while the microLED efforts are direct-view ...
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  • The New Honor TV and Other Chinese Musings
    I have just returned from a trip to China and then I saw a recent announcement about a new TV from Honor. Honor is a Huawei company and a major supplier of smartphones. The Honor Vision is the first TV the company has offered and leverages many smartphone features to ...
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  • Digital Humans are Closer Than You Think
    Well, they are closer than I thought anyway. In talking to possible presenters for the upcoming Light Field and Holographic Display Summit, I was speaking with Digital Domain’s John Canning, who pointed me to a TED Talk (Digital Humans that Look Just Like Us). You might want to view the full ...
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  • Hayden Planetarium and Christie Lead the Way to HDR Domed Solutions
    The New York-based American Museum of Natural History, where the famous Hayden Planetarium is housed, held a press event on July 17 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, along with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the museum. If you have never been there, you need ...
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  • Envisics Shows Impressive Augmented Reality Auto HUD
    After working for a year in stealth mode, holography pioneer and auto head-up display (HUD) developer Envisics showed off their advanced solution at CES 2019.  I missed that demo, but the company invited me to their Detroit office to discuss the technology. What I saw was clearly the best auto ...
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  • A Different Way of Looking at LED Developments
    When considering the trends in LEDs, we often divide our discussion in to categories like microLED, miniLED and Narrow Pixel Pitch (NPP) LED. Let me throw out the idea of discussing trends based upon the final display backplane technology. The four categories I suggest are silicon, transparent, PCB (printed circuit ...
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  • 8K – It’s Not Just About More Pixels
    In preparing for the 8K Display Summit on June 11, one of the presenters, Mark Henninger, the editor of AVS Forum, gave me an abstract that makes a really good point.  While many fixate on the 8K movement as simply more pixels, like the 4K transition, it will turn out ...
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  • The Nanosys View on the State of Electroluminescent Quantum Dot Technology
    By Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Quantum Dots are amazing particles. They can emit light when pumped with higher energy light (photoluminescent). They can emit electrons when pumped with light (photoelectric) and they can emit light when pumped with electrons (electroluminescent). I want to talk about this latter use, ELQDs, in this article. Many Universities and ...
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  • 8K TVs Top TV Line-ups for a Reason
    By Chris Chinnock, Insight Media The latest and greatest thing in TVs are new models with 8K resolution.  That’s 7680×4320 pixels or four times as many pixels as a 4K TV and 16 times as many as a 1080p TV.  Do these new 8K TVs offer a differentiated experience?  Can you ...
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  • Announcing the 8K Display Summit
    June 11, Millennium Times Square, New York City The 8K era has started with 8K broadcasting already underway in Japan.It is still early days for 8K and not all are convinced of the benefits of 8K or that it is inevitable.To discuss these and other issues, Insight Media is organizing a ...
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  • Are Haptics the Next Big Thing for Mobile Devices?
    By Chris Chinnock, Insight Media We have seen a lot of new technology adopted in smartphones and mobile devices over the last five years or so. But I now think the industry is ready to adopt a technology that has not met industry needs to date: haptics. What is bolstering this ...
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  • How Game of Thrones Broke Streaming and Why We Need to Fix It
    In case you have been under a rock lately, the most popular streaming TV show of all time, Game of Thrones, created a chorus of complaints about how dim “The Long Night” episode was. This episode was shot at night and was intentionally graded to be dark. However, an unfortunate ...
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  • IDEA Group Formed for Advanced Display Distribution Standards
    A press conference at the 2019 NAB Show was used to launch the Immersive Digital Experiences Alliance (IDEA).  Its mission is to create a suite of royalty-free specifications that address all immersive media formats, including emerging light field technology.  Founding members, including CableLabs, Charter Communications, Light Field Lab Inc, Otoy, ...
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  • CY Vision Developing Next Gen HUD Technology
    CY Vision (San Jose, CA) is a company that has been quietly developing advanced Head-up Display (HUD) technology but is now ready to start talking about what they have been doing.  In a call with co-founder and Koç University (Istanbul) Professor, Hakan Urey, I learned a lot more about their ...
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  • A Visit to Plessey Semiconductor
    Who is Plessey Semiconductor, you may ask? This does not sound like a display company, but it is.  Based in Plymouth, UK, Plessey Semiconductor is developing wafer-scale microLEDs ideally suited for AR, VR and HUD applications, but with the right mass-transfer technique, may also be suitable for larger, direct-view displays ...
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  • A Tour of the Vuzix Waveguide Factory
    By Chris Chinnock I recently had the opportunity to meet with Vuzix CEO Paul Travers and get a tour of their waveguide manufacturing and AR headset assembly facility in Rochester, New York.  These waveguides are the key optical element in their new Blade AR headsets.  I am aware of only a ...
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  • Glasses-free Displays at CES
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media We met with four companies at CES: Vision Engineering, Creal 3D, Dimenco and StreamTV. StreamTV had a very good location right in central hall next to the LG Electronics booth. They were highlighting their latest large format glass-free 3D displays along with some smaller notebook and phone-sized versions. StreamTV ...
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  • MicroTiles LED Offers Nice Innovations that Could be Disruptive
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Christie has just introduced a new LED-based MicroTile solution that will replace the DLP-based version it introduced in 2010 time frame. Just as the DLP-based version offered a new form factor and design options with leading edge technology, so too does the new LED-based version. To dig ...
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  • VR I Didn’t See at CES
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media At CES 2019, I had a chance to see some of the AR innovations, but there was not enough time to check out VR as well. And I missed a ton of stuff. According to a DigiTimes report, a total of 393 AR/VR firms attended CES 2019, ...
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  • 8K: Here We Go Again
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Apologies for tooting my own horn a little, but I am taking on a new role as Executive Director of the newly-formed 8K Association – in addition to my normal activities of tech writing, event organization and industry consulting.  The founding members of the 8K Association (8KA) are AUO, ...
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  • INT is a New Player for High-Density Displays
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media I recently had a chance to speak with executives from a new company, Taiwan-based INT Tech, which is short for Innovation and Transformation. They are a technology development house that has created AMOLED displays on glass with an industry-leading 2228 pixels per inch (ppi). That’s in the ...
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  • Is Better Supply Chain Coordination the Key to AR/VR Adoption?
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Adoption of VR has been a rocky road.  Early estimates of headset sales fell by the wayside, although they are respectable in the low millions range.  The same can be said of the AR market where early consumer enthusiasm is giving way a belief that enterprise ...
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  • Edgehog Offering Robust Anti-Reflection Technology using Nanostructures
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Edgehog is a Montreal-based start-up that has developed a better mousetrap – i.e. a better anti-reflection technology that is robust and offers low reflectance over wide viewing angles and over the full visible spectrum.  Their claims intrigued us, so we had a nice conversation with co-founder ...
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  • HDRmaster 8K Tool Set Released
    Innovative software for automated quality analysis and dynamic metadata adjustments in HDR video Munich, December 4, 2018 – FF Pictures launches HDRmaster 8K, a new standalone software toolset for Microsoft Windows 8 and 10 with several innovative features for performing quality analysis and essential metadata tasks in HDR productions with up ...
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  • New Standards Emerging to Reduce Complexity of Streaming Content
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has been actively developing a new streaming standard called CMAF (Common Media Application Format).  With 60 participants and 3 years of effort, the group is nearly done with final specifications expected in early 2019.  What it promises to do is to ...
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  • Enterprise Survey: AR Adoption Coming Faster than you Think
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media I had a chance to speak with Geof Wheelwright, the Director of Marketing Communications at Atheer the other day regarding the results of an internal survey they did focusing on the use of Augmented Reality in the Enterprise market.  There were a number of interesting results ...
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  • Display Summit 2018 Proceedings Now Available
    On October 2-4, Insight Media produced its annual Display Summit event at the Harman International facility in Northridge, California. The two main themes were Next Generation Cinema and Next Generation Displays (mostly focusing on the light Field ecosystem). Also, a third session on the morning of October 4th was added ...
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  • Surface Haptics Market Report Issued
    October 26, 2018 – Insight Media is offering a new report titled: Surface Haptics Markets 2018-2027.  The report predicts the market to surpass $11.5 billion (USD) in revenues in 2022 driven by widespread adoption of the technology within mobile electronics and the automotive sector. This report identifies the latest opportunities in ...
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  • Lumenari Developing Wide Color Gamut Phosphor Materials
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media One of the most popular ways to achieve a wide color gamut LCD display is with narrow-band red and green phosphors deposited directly on top of blue LEDs to create the LED backlight unit.  Now, a new company, Lumenari, has developed a new and narrower green ...
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  • iBeam Materials Working on GaN-on-Metal Process for LEDs
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media One of the more interesting presentation at the recent Display Summit (proceedings available soon), was a paper from Vladimir Matias at iBeam Materials.  His company works closely with Sandia National Labs where they leveraged thin metal foil technology used for superconductors to develop a novel microLED ...
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  • White Paper: Evaluating Video Wall Solutions in Retail and Collaboration
    Oct. 1, 2018 – Insight Media has just created a new white paper titled “Evaluating Video Wall Solutions in Retail and Collaboration.” It can be downloaded for free with a registration at this link. In this white paper, we look at some video wall options from the perspective of the buyer for ...
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  • HDR on Projectors can be Tricky
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media You may have noticed that a lot of home theater and some ProAV projectors are now advertising HDR support.  That should mean that they are able to detect and HDR signal and switch into a mode that will properly display the images.  That may sound easy, ...
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  • Media Turmoil and the Future of Displays
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media There has a been a lot of news lately about the rapidly changing media market.  This will have an indirect impact on the future of displays, so I thought I would summarize some of the recent news and maybe add some thoughts on what this means ...
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  • Cable Industry Gearing up for High Bandwidth Needs of Light Field Displays
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media CableLabs, the development group funding by the cable industry, held their summer conference last week in Colorado.  A number of topics were discussed, but I want to focus on their views of display use in the future.  The video below, called The Near Future, Ready for ...
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  • Sony Seeks Kando with New Master Series TVs
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Sony Electronics used a major media event in New York on July 31th to unveil a new line of TVs dubbed the Master Series that will be offered in OLED and LED-LCD models. The TVs are designed to have picture quality that is as close as possible ...
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  • DCI Takes First Step to Define HDR Cinema
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media The Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) group was formed at the beginning of the film-to-digital transition to help develop the specifications and interchange formats needed for an orderly transition. Now, it has released a statement saying it plans to work on specifications for the next stage in ...
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  • microLED Market Opportunities: 2018-2027
    Published July 10, 2018 (by n-Tech Research) Table of Contents Purchase The main objective of this report is to analyze and forecast the commercial potential of the MicroLED market.  In this report, we also provide strategic analysis of the key players in the micro-LED industry which include large global consumer electronics producers, major ...
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  • 8K is Right on Track
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media 8K is right on track. That was the key conclusion of Michael Cioni, SVP Innovation at Panavision in a talk given at the QLED & Advanced Display Summit in Hollywood last week. He based this on an analysis of previous generations of technology from multiple disciplines. Not ...
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  • Vuzix may be Early with a Real microLED Product
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Vuzix, the maker of Augmented Reality smart glasses, is working with Plessey Semiconductor and Jasper Display to create a new display device to drive their AR smart glasses. The development roadmap calls for monochrome devices this summer and full color by the end of the year. That ...
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  • QLED and Advanced Display Summit Announced
    With the support of Samsung Electronics, Insight Media is again organizing a technology symposium in West Hollywood called the QLED and Advanced Summit Conference. The event will take place June 27-28 at The London West Hollywood. Five sessions are being organized: 8K Quantum Dots Display and Mastering Tools HDR Cinema microLEDs Speakers from Samsung and other ...
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  • Nanosys has Broad Presence at SID 2018
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Speakers from Nanosys gave several presentations, conducted a quantum dot workshop and had a booth on the tradeshow floor. They were clearly the most visible and pro-active quantum dot maker at SID this year. Business Conference Presentation Russell Kempt, VP of WW Sales and Marketing gave a presentation ...
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  • Is the Red Hydrogen One Phone the Start of Something Bigger?
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Cinema camera maker Red is going into the smartphone business with the Hydrogen One phone that features what they call a 4V light field display made by Leia. Red disrupted the cinema camera market when they introduced a high-quality camera at much lower pricing than the ...
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  • Crystallin® Micro and Mini LED Application Technology Announced by Light Polymers
    Light Polymers, a nanochemistry innovator specializing in lyotropic liquid crystals is proud to announce its Crystallin technology for emerging Micro and Mini LED display applications. Based on its award-winning lyotropic liquid crystal technology, Crystallin will accelerate adoption of Micro and Mini LEDs in laptops, automotive, desktop monitors and industrial display ...
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  • A Visit with IMAX’s David Keighley
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media I am out in LA for DisplayWeek, but came in early for some extra meetings. One of them was to visit with David Keighley, President and Chief Quality Officer at IMAX, and to get a demo of the new RGB laser projection system. To many, Keighley is IMAX. He ...
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  • DigiLens Announces New Two-Layer AR Waveguide Display for Smart Helmets
    On the heels of a $25 million Series C fundraising round, DigiLens introduces a new waveguide eyeglass display for AR applications-constructed from only two inkjet coated grating layers. It’s thinner, lighter, brighter, and significantly lower in cost.  SID Display Week – Los Angeles, CA – May 22, 2018: DigiLens Inc., the ...
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  • HTM (Hybrid Tone Mapping) Technology White Paper Now Available
    Ymagis Group and Eclair are thrilled to publish a White Paper on the new HTM (Hybrid Tone Mapping) technology, which enables the optimized storage of two or more versions – SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) and HDR (High Dynamic Range) – of a same feature film in a single SMPTE-compliant (Society of ...
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  • Should HDR Displays Follow the PQ Curve?
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media This topic of discussion started as an email thread in the HDR work group of the International Committee of Display Metrology (ICDM) and then sparked a long discussion in the recent face-to-face meeting in Mt. View, California. Per agreement with ICDM, they agreed to allow me ...
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  • Samsung Launches First U.S. LED Cinema Screen along with Post Production Facility
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media I had a chance to visit the first U.S.-based post production facility and commercial theaters in Los Angeles just prior to CinemaCon – both featuring Samsung’s LED technology. These are important milestones for Samsung and the visit highlighted the potential for the technology. It also highlighted the ...
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  • Sony Impresses with 8K CLED Display
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media In its NAB opening press conference, the media were able to get a full briefing on all of Sony’s new equipment for broadcast and cinema production. Most of the event was focused on cameras and other workflow equipment for broadcast production. But not all of it! While ...
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  • Google Releases “Welcome to Light Fields” for Certain VR Headsets
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Google has been investing quite a lot into VR technologies. The latest release is what Senior Research, Paul Debevec at Google VR calls “Welcome to Light Fields”. It is a free app designed to show what light field capture technology can do for VR headsets. The app ...
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  • Can Electronic Viewfinders Match Optical Versions?
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media “Can Electronic Viewfinders Match Optical Versions?”  That was the question that a panel of experts attempted to address at a recent SID-SMPTE joint meeting in New York on March 20, 2018. Speakers included David Leitner, an Oscar-nominated producer, director, and Emmy-nominated cinematographer; Jason Druss, a Product Specialist at ...
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  • PyeongChang Olympics Showcase Next Generation Broadcasting Options (Part 2)  
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media In part 1, I talked about 4K and 8K production but in this part, let’s focus on VR, 5G ATSC 3.0 and more. While VR content was pioneered at the Rio 2016 games, supporters say it is improved in 2018 especially due to the corporate support of Intel, ...
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  • PyeongChang Olympics Showcase Next Generation Broadcasting Options (Part 1)
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media The PyeongChang Olympics in Korea provided an incredible platform for demonstrating the potential of next generation broadcast options. This included 8K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, Virtual Reality, ATSC 3.0 and 5G live broadcasting, plus an amazing drone demo. Unfortunately, the recently held SuperBowl was a big disappointment ...
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  • BitAnimate Shows Value of Stereoscopic 3D in Mapping and Navigation Applications
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media I recently had the opportunity to meet with a Portland, Oregon-based company called BitAnimate to discuss what they are doing regarding the creation of 3D content. I would classify what they are doing as solid engineering that combines their extensive expertise and patent portfolio. The first ...
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  • Micro LEDs Getting Funding, but IP Situation is Messy
    by Chris Chinnock, Insight Media Several micro LED companies received funding recently, an encouraging sign of the continuing interest in this segment. But in a new report from Yole looking at the patent situation, the authors warn that things will be messy – especially for displays that require a mass transfer ...
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  • DSCC and Insight Media Launch 8K TV Report
    February 12, 2018 – Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and Insight Media announce the launch of a new report titled “Outlook on 8K TV”, covering the latest developments in the next stage of TV technology. The report combines Insight Media’s expertise in cinema, broadcast, and ProAV fields with DSCC’s proficiency in ...
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  • DSCC and Insight Media Launch 8K TV Report
    Table of Contents Austin, TX and Norwalk, CT, February 12, 2018 – Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and Insight Media announce the launch of a new report titled “Outlook on 8K TV”, covering the latest developments in the next stage of TV technology.  The report combines Insight Media’s expertise in cinema, broadcast, ...
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  • Light Field Displays are Coming
    If you haven’t been following activities in Light Field displays, here’s a quick update – there is a lot of activity in this area with products likely to be commercialized in 2018. Investments are flowing and standards organizations are getting serious about finding ways to distribute the vast amounts of data ...
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  • Kopin Debuts New 720p OLED Panel
    Kopin used CES 2018 to introduce a new OLED panel, showcase a new headset for video viewing, and provide some insight into how it sees the AR/VR market shaping up in 2018. In OLED microdisplays, Kopin announced a new 1280×720 resolution OLED-on-Silicon panel in a 0.49″ diagonal form factor.  This follows ...
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  • The Voice Wars: Amazon vs. Google at CES 2018
    We are in the thick of writing up what we saw and heard at CES 2018, but I wanted to use this Display Daily column to identify some of my highlights and do a little deeper dive in the war shaping up between Google and Amazon over voice control of, ...
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  • HDR PC Monitor Market Coming
    High Dynamic Range (HDR) is now becoming well established in the TV market, but it is now as well established in the PC segment. Here, HDR-capable PCs and monitors can be useful for gaming, HDR content editing or production, and streaming of HDR movies and episodic content. Here’s a quick ...
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  • BOE, Olightek and Kopin form JV for OLED-on-Silicon Manufacturing
    One of the display technologies that is being used in Virtual Reality (VR) headsets is OLED-on-Silicon.  Recently, a new partnership was formed between US-based Kopin and two Chinese partners: BOE and Olightek.  The three have agreed to form a Joint Venture (JV) to build new state-of-the-art OLED-on-Silicon manufacturing facility in ...
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  • Highlights from I/ITSEC 2017
    The Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. Held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida, USA, I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for ...
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  • 2017 Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) Workshop Summary & Presentation Files
    On Oct. 3, 2017, a workshop on Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) was held at the Rockwell Collins facility in Sterling, Virginia.  About 100 people attended to discuss the latest developments in the light field ecosystem – from content creation, through distribution to the display.  A particular ...
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  • News Appetizers for Thanksgiving
    Yes, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow in the U.S. In thinking about a topic to cover for the day before Thanksgiving, I reviewed some recent news for ideas. Rather than expand on one of the topics, I thought I might summarize a few items I found of interest – and make ...
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  • White Paper: Measuring Resolution in a New Way
    Insight Media has released a new white paper called “Measuring Resolution in a New Way.”  It can be downloaded for free by registering at this link. The paper describes some of the metrology issues with measuring a flat panel display that uses non-RGB stripe pixel architectures along with the difficulty in ...
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  • Is Improved Scaling the Key to the 8K Content Void?
    I have been thinking more about 8K recently. Many will agree that the increase from 4K to 8K pixels will be of marginal benefit for those watching TVs at standard distances on 65” TVs. It will help a bit for larger displays and a lot if you are very close ...
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  • Highlights from the 2017 SMPTE Conference
    As has been the case for several years, the SMPTE conference was held above the Dolby Theater in Hollywood California. There was a record turnout this year and because of the growth of the conference and exhibition, it will move to downtown LA next year. There are always a number of ...
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  • My First Movie on an LED Cinema Screen
    I recently had the opportunity to go see a full length movie on the Samsung LED-based CinemaScreen in a commercial theater. This is the first one installed by the company in the Lotte World Tower in Seoul. I had seen a demo of the system at CinemaCon in Las Vegas ...
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  • Display Summit and SMFoLD Presentations Availalble
    Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) workshop Oct. 3, 2017 Rockwell Collins facility, Sterling Virginia The workshop on Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) was held on Oct. 3rd in Sterling, Virginia.  The workshop provided an overview of the light field display ecosystem, standards activity, and proposals for developing ...
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  • Light Field Ecosystem Workshop Updates
    Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) workshop Oct. 3 Display Summit Oct. 4-5 Rockwell Collins facility, Sterling Virginia The workshop on Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) is set to take place on Oct. 3rd in Sterling, Virginia, followed directly by Display Summit on Oct. 4-5.  The workshop and ...
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  • Advanced Technologies for Projection-based Training and Simulation
    A myriad of advanced technologies all come together to create a projection-based solution for training, visualization and simulation.  At Display Summit, some of these visual technologies will be discussed and explored. For example, increasing resolution is always a key factor in immersiveness and image fidelity.  To get there, one can add ...
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  • HDR/WCG TV Messaging is Going to be a Mess
    I had a feeling that the education and selling of consumers on the idea of HDR/WCG TVs was going to be problematic. After seeing what the major TV brands are saying about their TV products at IFA, it seems inevitable that confusion will reign. It’s going to be ‘alphabet soup’: HDR, ...
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  • How Will Advanced Display Technology Drive AR/VR Adoption?
    That is one of the key questions that will be addressed at the Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) workshop to be held on Oct. 3 followed by Display Summit on Oct. 4-5.  Both will be held in Sterling, Virginia and will feature leading technologists discussing the state ...
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  • Register Now for Display Summit and Light Field Streaming Workshop
    Register Now for Display Summit and Light Field Streaming Workshop Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) workshop Oct. 3 Display Summit Oct. 4-5 Rockwell Collins facility, Sterling Virginia Registration for Display Summit includes access to the SMFoLD workshop The 2017 edition of the SMFoLD workshop follows last year’s event held at the SMPTE ...
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  • Focus on Light Field Displays and Streaming
    Light field displays, volumetric displays and eventually, holographic displays are all in development with the first commercial products coming soon. Such displays require a lot of image points (some call them voxels or volume pixels) and a lot of data. As a result, methods to format, encode and deliver these ...
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  • Is New Leadership Needed for Next Generation Cinema?
    In a previous Display Daily, I claimed that the LED Cinema Era has Started. But what are the ramifications of this new technology entering a space that has so far been the exclusive domain of projection technology? The new LED screen technology will offer HDR capabilities and a wide color gamut. But ...
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  • 8K Connectivity is Ready
    Most industry attention today is on 4K and UHD/WCG, but the 8K ecosystem has been progressing over the year driven largely by NHK in Japan. The plan is to broadcast the 2020 Summer Olympics in 8K/HDR/WCG to special venues and even homes with 8K TVs. While we can certainly debate the ...
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  • The LED Cinema Era has Started
    Last week, the first commercial DCI-compliant theater screen opened using LED instead of projection technology. The LED screens were supplied by Samsung for the high-end Lotte Cinema World Tower complex in Seoul. A 2K DCI-compliant version of the new Spiderman movie was shown on this 4K resolution screen, but we ...
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  • Display Summit Agenda Nearly Complete
    Display Summit will take place Oct. 4-5 in Sterling Virginia at the Rockwell Collins facility.  The focus this year is on immersive displays – projection or LED-based solutions or personal, body-worn types.  The agenda is now nearly complete and can be viewed at: http://www.displaysummit.com/2017_display_summit/agenda/ Presentation and panel discussion sessions will focus ...
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  • Is it Time to Consider Measuring Displays in their Use Case Environment?
    Display performance is always measured in a very dark room, which is important if you want to know the limits of their performance. But display-based products are rarely viewed in real applications in a very dark room. Even cinemas and home theaters are rarely as dark as the testing environment. So, ...
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  • Christie Taking RGB Laser Projection to Mainstream Cinemas
    One of the more interesting pieces of news coming from CineEurope this week was the European debut of Christie’s CP-4325 digital cinema projector. This is the company’s first standalone RGB laser projector that it plans to offer for mainstream theatrical projection – not just the Premium Large Format (PLF) part ...
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  • Nanosys Details the Future of Quantum Dots
    Quantum dot manufacturer Nanosys was at SID DisplayWeek speaking about quantum dots in the Business Conference, presenting papers in the symposium session and showcasing its technology on the exhibit floor while also revealing some future innovation in backroom discussions.  In all, the take away is that quantum dots hold great ...
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  • Location-based VR is the Right Next Step
    This is a feeling I have had for some time, but this was driven home today based on my tour of the brand new IMAX VR Center in New York. This is the second center and the first inside a multiplex (the AMC Kips Bay 15 venue). According the IMAX CEO ...
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  • Which is Better: Higher Pixel Density or Wider Field of View?
    This is one of the key VR headset design decisions that product developers have been wrestling with.  So far, most have chosen a wider field of view leading to images that can look pixelated or have a “screen door effect”.  But with recent hardware advancements, it may be time to ...
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  • New White Paper: Understanding 4K Resolution in Projection Systems
    Norwalk, CT, May 30, 2017 – Insight Media has released its latest white paper titled Understanding 4K Resolution in Projection Systems.  It discusses the changes that are occurring with regards to defining resolution in projection systems.  This is being driven by the wider adoption of so-called “image shifting” techniques which ...
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  • First Metrology Workshop was Well Received
    Metrology is the art and practice of measurement and the International Committee on Display Metrology (ICDM) is devoted to developing display measurement methods. At the SID DisplayWeek in LA this week, the group organized their first all-day workshop on the topic. Over 90 people showed up, far exceeding the workshop ...
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  • What’s the Definition of an Immersive Display?
    I have been talking to people a lot about immersive displays lately. That’s because the next Display Summit will have this as a focus theme. Most people think of Virtual Reality when you say immersive display, but I think the definition should be broader than that. But what should the definition ...
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  • Samsung and Amazon Video to Rollout HDR10+ Video
    What is HDR10+, you ask?  It is the HDR10 standard augmented with dynamic metadata. In this case, Samsung’s dynamic metadata format as approved in SMPTE ST-2094-40. Three other methods for adding dynamic metadata to an HDR10 format are specified in the same SMPTE document. The four are: Dolby (Parametric Tone Mapping) Philips (Parameter-based ...
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  • Display Summit 2017: Expanded Focus and New Date
    NORWALK, Connecticut, and STERLING, Virginia  – April 27, 2017 – Insight Media, the organizers of the annual Display Summit conference, announced today that the event will now expand its focus and move the date one week further out to October 4-5, 2017.  The location remains the same; the Rockwell Collins facility ...
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  • Movie Industry Flat for 2016
    Based on studio presentations at CinemaCon and the release of statistics from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), there were 718 films released in 2016 and the global box office reached $38.6B, an increase of 1%. The U.S./Canada market increased 2% to reach $11.2B, but attendance was flat with ...
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  • LightSpace Back with Volumetric Display
    Some long time readers may remember the volumetric display developed by LightSpace Technologies.  The company never found a solid market for its product and went out of business.  Well, they are back with new models and improved performance.  Is the technology ready for applications now? To find out, we initiated a ...
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  • Theatrical Trends from CinemaCon 2017
    CinemaCon runs this week in Las Vegas, which is always a fun show to attend as there are free screenings and previews of upcoming movies – if you have time to see them.  The show highlights advanced audio-video technology to popcorn machines as well as the business aspects of the ...
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  • Samsung’s TV Launch Event
    Samsung Electronics was planning a TV launch event in New York City on March 14. A major snowstorm forced the cancellation of the media-focused meeting, but they launched the products anyway with a virtual event. Apparently, the Samsung team had considered a webcast of the launch event, but getting people to ...
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  • Training & Simulation Display Summit Conference Announced
    March 13, 2017 – Insight Media is pleased to support the 2017 Training & Simulation Display Summit on Sept. 27-28, 2017, at the Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions facility in Sterling, Virginia.  The event will focus on the latest visual display and pipeline technologies for training and simulation, including advancements ...
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  • Philips to Focus ColorSpark Technology on home Cinema Segment
    About a year and a half ago, Philips Lighting debuted a new LED-based light source for projectors called ColorSpark HLD LED (High Lumen Density LED).  In 2016 this technology rolled out in mainstream projection products in the 3000 to 4000 lumen range.  For 2017, Philips is focusing on enabling projection ...
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  • New White Paper on Optical Aspects of VR Headset Design Released
    February 28, 2017 – Insight Media has completed a new white paper titled, “Understanding Trade-offs in Microdisplay and Direct-View VR Headset Designs.”  It is now available for free download.   REGISTER HERE Most current VR headset designs feature direct-view displays resulting in headsets that many feel do not meet the size, weight, ...
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  • TriLite’s Laser-based Engine Going to Mass Production
    Two years ago we told you about TriLite’s first demonstration of an RGB laser scanning system that it was targeting for large-area 3D without glasses in digital signage applications. (Giant 3D Displays from TriLite). At Photonics West 2017, the company showed a sample of the projector. In addition, they debuted a ...
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  • Lars Borg Explains Dynamic Metadata
    SMPTE organized a webinar conducted by Lars Borg, a principle scientist at Adobe, but who was also very active in the development of SMPTE standard ST-2094.  In the webcast, Borg describes the various versions of dynamic metadata described in ST-2094 and why these will improve the viewing experience for HDR ...
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  • Sony Mobile Projector Review
    Sony asked if I wanted to review their MP-CL1A mobile projector so I said yes.  It is based on the Microvision pico engine which consists of an RGB laser source and a 2 axis scanning MEMS mirror.  Overall, I cannot say I would find this projector useful in any activities ...
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  • Ostendo Develops First Vertically Integrated RGB LED
    Most readers know Ostendo Technologies as the company that developed LED-based light field displays with significant support from the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL). That effort has not received additional funding from AFRL, but the company has continued to work on advanced microLED technology. Now, the company is reporting a ...
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  • A Visit to Trumbull Studios
    Movie visionary, Doug Trumbull, has developed an advanced capture and display solution called Magi. It is based upon images captured and displayed in stereoscopic 3D, 4K and 120 frames per second. It is a solution that can be used in many areas, not just theaters, and he has been working ...
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  • TI Releases New 0.33-inch 1080p Pico Chipset
    If you thought pico projectors and related products were a small backwater in the projection industry, think again.  PMA Research projects sales to reach close to 3.5M units this year, which is not chicken feed in this market.  Mobile smart TVs, pico projectors, smart home displays as well as commercial ...
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  • DigiLens Secures $22M from Key Strategic Partners
    DigiLens, a provider of diffractive waveguide technology for Augmented Reality (AR) and Head-up Displays (HUD), announced they have closed a Series B round of investment to the tune of $22M.  “The round was oversubscribed and met our key objectives of securing investment from strategic partners in the market segments we ...
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  • Summary of Air Force Research Lab Workshop on Advanced 3D Displays Released
    The Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base hosted a workshop in November 2016 that brought together military, government and intelligence users and developers of lightfield and holographic display solutions.  The one-day workshop, hosted by Darrel Hopper, provided insight into the needs and requirements for these advanced ...
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  • New White Paper Discusses QD vs. OLED TV Battle
    A new white paper from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) provides an analysis of quantum dot (QD) TVs vs. OLED TVs. It discusses the technology trends of the two but adds some unique perspective on the manufacturing capabilities of the two technologies – which can indeed be a determining factor ...
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  • Kopin’s New 2Kx2K OLED-on-Si Panel to Advance VR Image Quality
    At CES 2017, Kopin released a new 1-inch OLED  microdisplay panel, branded Lightning, with a resolution of 2048×2048 and a fast 120 Hz frame rate.  Both are firsts for the VR industry and will raise the bar on performance. I and many others have said for some time that resolution, frame ...
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  • Nanosys to Show Color Volume Demo at CES 2017
    To get a jump on our CES coverage, we decided to have a call with Jason Hartlove, CEO of quantum dot supplier, Nanosys, to learn more about their activities, what they will show at CES and their expectations for quantum dot development. One of the key demos Nanosys will be showcasing ...
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  • Do We Need Better Names for Various Quantum Dot Devices?
    I recently wrote a white paper on the various types of quantum dot platforms being used for or considered for display devices (Quantum Dots will Power Display Products to the Next Level).  With all the varieties of potential solutions, that got me thinking.  How are professionals and consumers going to ...
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  • Kopin’s New OLED Microdisplay Foundry Model is Innovative
    Kopin has just issued a press release that states their intention to enter the OLED microdisplay market, offering panels that will serve augmented and virtual reality applications.  At CES 2017, they will announce more detail on the first panel and demonstrate it in novel optical solutions as well.  I will ...
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  • Samsung QD TVs Could be a Game Changer
    Samsung has not officially revealed any details about it TV plans for 2017, which they will unveil at CES.  But a news story in the ET Times of Korea and some info from other sources suggests the company’s new TVs will offer some impressive gains.  So impressive, I suspect their ...
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  • Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) Workshop Summary Released
    Insight Media and Third Dimension Technologies organized an all-day workshop on Oct. 28, 2016 in conjunction with the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual technical conference in Hollywood, California.  Over 100 people registered for the workshop with about 80 in attendance. Overall, the workshop was very well received ...
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  • Rockwell Collins Shows Multiple AR/MR Demos
    Rockwell Collins showed several mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality (AR) applications at I/ITSEC 2016 that were good. In the mixed reality camp was a new product they call Coalescence. This is a commercially available Oculus rift headset and tracker system which has been enhanced with a small set of ...
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  • IRYStec to Optimize Your Display to the Ambient Conditions
    A display’s performance is measured in a dark or dim room, but the display’s performance does not often account for the fact that it will be viewed in dark room, normal ambient illumination and in bright light.  For example, as ambient illumination goes up, the perceivable black level rises, darker ...
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  • Creating Derivatives from the 4K/120/3D “Billy Lynn” Master
    That was the topic of discussion I had with Ben Gervais, the technical supervisor on “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”, a film directed by Ang Lee and captured in 3D, 120 frames per second and 4K resolution. But the film will only be shown in this format on a few ...
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  • Is the Era of “CompCine” at Hand?
    The term “CompCine stands for Computational Cinematography, a term SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards, Howard Lukk used to describe a new category of image capture at the recent Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) workshop held at the SMPTE conference last week. It describes a style of ...
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  • Insight Media Releases Technical White Paper on Quantum Dot Technology
    White paper details how quantum dot technology expands TV’s color range and enhances HDR NORWALK, Conn. – November 14, 2016 – Insight Media announced today the release of a new white paper that delves into the science behind quantum dot technology as it pertains to displays. Insight Media’s Chris Chinnock authored ...
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  • BBC Describes Gamut Compression Method
    One of the important topics covered at the SMPTE conference was conversion from one color gamut to another. This is particularly important when content is encoded using XYZ or BT.2020 coefficients. Such content may be played back on displays with a variety of color gamut support so compressing the original ...
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  • First “True 8K” 120fps Dome Demo
    That was the headline that enticed me to fly to Toronto and the annual Giant Screen Cinema Association International Conference and Trade Show (GSCA). This event is all about the latest planetarium, IMax and other larger format curved screens – primarily in a dome or partial dome configuration. It attracts ...
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  • Are VRcades the Next Big Opportunity?
    There is mounting evidence that VR is not necessarily an isolating experience, but one which can and will become very social. Virtual Reality Arcades or VRcades may indeed be one of the next big ideas that drives VR into the mainstream. Clearly, the availability of reasonably-priced VR headsets from Sony, HTC, ...
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  • ASC Announces Plan to Evaluate Theatrical Performance Parameters
    Cinema technology is advancing rapidly including higher contrast, wider colors and higher frame rates (as seen in yesterday’s Display Daily – Ang Lee Shows the Future of Cinema Display). Solutions offering a range of these parameters are entering the market and will evolve. But from a creative point of view, where ...
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  • What we Learned (or Didn’t Learn) from IFA Press Days
    The press day at CES is 1 day long – at IFA it’s two days. Bob Raikes and I attended this year and frankly, it is too much and the value is marginal. And even if something useful is revealed, it is high level or a summary of what is ...
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  • The Importance of Color in the Home Theater Market
    September 13, 2016 – Insight Media has released a new white paper entitled, “The Importance of Color in the Home Theater Market.” The projection-based home theater experience depends upon many factors including the quality of the projector, screen, audio system, cabling, and playback devices.  But just as importantly, the experience depends ...
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  • Key Trends in the Training and Simulation Market
    September 13, 2016 – Insight Media has released a new white paper entitled “Key Trends in the Training and Simulation Market.”  In this paper, we discuss some of the key trends that are driving developments for visual displays, mainly projectors, in the training and simulation market.  This includes trends in ...
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  • Comparing Dolby Vision and HDR10
    Insight Media has released a new white paper showing the similarities and difference between HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The analysis shows that HDR10 is really a subset of the more comprehensive Dolby Vision HDR solution. The white paper takes a methodical approach by comparing the differences of HDR from content creation ...
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  • HDR Production Needs Monitoring Tools – Tektronix has a Solution
    Capture and production of HDR content is a hot topic of discussion – and we expect a great deal of developments at IBC shortly. But how do you know you are capturing signals correctly?  That’s where waveform monitors and rasterizers come in – and Tektronix has two new models that ...
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  • A Day with Charles Poynton
    I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Charles Poynton, a renowned mathematician and video expert. The informal workshop took place in New York with just a few others, providing a great opportunity to listen and discuss hot button issue around High Dynamic Range (HDR). Poynton prepared a thick ...
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  • New White Paper: Visual Resolution of Display ScreensNew White Paper: Visual Resolution of Display Screens
    Aug. 18, 2016 – This new white paper, written by display metrology expert Michael Becker at Display Metrology & Systems (DM&S), is designed to explain and illustrate the meaning of luminance modulation as the basis for the perception of visual information and for objective visual performance evaluation and rating of ...
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  • JDI Adopts New Backplane Simulator Tool from Silvaco
    We don’t often talk about Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools for displays, but they are essential to be able to model new designs and new processes.  Probably the premier supplier of backplane modeling tools is Silvaco.  According to Amit Nanda, the VP of Global Marketing at Silvaco, “one or more ...
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  • Quested Provides Perspective on ITU-2100 HDR Spec
    The chairman of the ITU-R subcommittee responsible for the recent release of IUT-2100 is Andy Quested, who is also an employee of the BBC. We had a chance to speak with him recently to gain his perspective on the new document. We caught up with him while he was attending the ...
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  • Insight Media Releases New White Paper: Summary of Products Using Sub-Pixel RenderingInsight Media Releases New White Paper: Summary of Products Using Sub-Pixel Rendering
    July 19, 2016 – Insight Media has completed a new white paper that discusses various methods of sub-pixel rendering and provides details on products that use these techniques.  Such products include smartphone, tablet,, notebooks and TVs.                             The paper provides some insight on how sub-pixel rendering works -including it advantages and trade-offs. Popular ...
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  • Incom Fused Fiber Optics Powers Lytro Light Field Camera
    Fused fiber optics provider Incom has told us recently that they are a key component supplier to Lytro and their new cinema light field camera debuted at NAB 2016. What are fused fiber optics and why are they important for a light field camera, you ask?  I was curious too, ...
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  • A New Way to Create Projected HDR?
    With High Dynamic Range (HDR) TVs offering 600 to 1000 cd/m² of peak luminance and various levels of black, many are concerned that the experience in the cinema is starting to lag behind the home experience. IMAX and Dolby offer HDR cinematic experiences, but a solution for mainstream theaters is ...
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  • Sony’s Canvas Display – Best of Show at InfoComm 2016?
    I can’t really crown Sony’s CLEDIS display my best of show winner, as I have only been here one day and have not seen all the cool stuff yet – but this one will be hard to top. It truly is a new display category, as it is the first ...
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  • SID’s Display Week Opens with Lots of Quantum Dot News
    I have not had a chance to spend much time on the show floor or paper sessions, so I don’t have the full perspective of SID’s DisplayWeek yet. It is my turn to write a Display Daily column, however, so I will focus on one hot topic at SID: quantum ...
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  • Display Summit China Identifies Projection Industry Successes and Challenges
    The Insight Media produced event, Display Summit China, has just concluded here in Yixing, China. I can’t speak for what the Chinese participants took away from the event, but I had some clear expected and not-expected take aways that I want to share below. Compound Photonics used the event to publicly ...
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  • Highlights of NAB 2016
    I recently attended the Future of Cinema Conference and NAB to learn more about UHD, HDR, WCG, VR and more. And did I get an eye and ear full…. One of the highlights was the Lytro Cinema camera. This is a monster at nearly 7 feet long (>2m) that can capture ...
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  • Technicolor and Vubiquity Lay Groundwork for HDR Channels in 2016
    HDR content for consumers has so far consisted of a few movies and episodic TV content specifically mastered for HDR and delivered over a small number of OTT services and via the newly released Ultra HD Blu-ray format. But more HDR content delivered via conventional video delivery platforms is coming ...
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  • Aixtron Deposition Tool Enabling OLED TV Production
    To reduce the costs of OLED TV production, producers need to move to Gen 8 size substrates at a minimum. To get there, Aixtron has developed and is now doing demonstration runs on it new OLED deposition tool fully capable of processing Gen 8.5 substrates (2250 mm x 2250 mm). The ...
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  • Lattice and MediaTek Want to Drive 4K Video over USB Type-C
    USB is probably the most ubiquitous wired connector worldwide and the addition of the new Type-C version is opening it up to incredible new capabilities. With 24 contact points and 10 configurable conductors (see pin out diagram below), it can deliver 4K 60 fps video. This allows your mobile device ...
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  • Third-Gen Volumetric Display Coming from Holoxica
    Holoxica is a Scottish company which has just received €1.28million from the European Commission’s Horizon2020 SME Instrument to develop its third generation holographic display. It will be aimed at providing volumetric display of slice-based medical images from CT, MRI and ultrasound devices. Three years ago, we wrote about Holoxica’s second generation ...
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  • Sony Shows Latest HDR/WCG UHD TVs
    At a special Sony press and installer meeting in New York in early February, we had a chance to get some updates and demos of the latest Sony UHD TVs sets. Picture quality was compared in a nice side-by-side demo and pricing was released. The demo was nicely done. It consisted ...
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  • Laser Light Farm Concept Offers Good ROI, Says Power Technology
    Power Technology Inc. (PTI) has introduced a “laser light farm” designed to provide light to power multiple cinema screens (Power Tech Distributes Light). The light is delivered by fiber optics to each projector head from a central location, where all the RGB lasers are housed. It is an interesting concept ...
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  • Insight Media Releases New Report: High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut Ecosystem News from CES 2016Insight Media Releases New Report: High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut Ecosystem News from CES 2016
    January 25, 2016 – Insight Media has released a new report titled: “High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut Ecosystem News from CES 2016.”  It is offered for free with a registration. The 77-page report provides detailed news from extensive interview before, after and at CES 2016 covering HDR/WCG news from ...
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  • Power Technology Unveils World’s First Multi-Projector Laser Light Source: Illumina Light FarmPower Technology Unveils World's First Multi-Projector Laser Light Source: Illumina Light Farm
    press release LITTLE ROCK, AR, January 21, 2016 – Power Technology, Inc. (PTI), laser experts in the photonics industry for 45 years, have released the world’s only multi-projector laser light source today. Unlike traditional projectors with lamps or lasers inside single projectors, the Illumina Light Farm allows a single source of light ...
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  • Insight Media Releases New White Paper: The Status of Wide Color Gamut UHD TVsInsight Media Releases New White Paper: The Status of Wide Color Gamut UHD TVs
    Insight Media has produced and releases a new white paper called “The Status of Wide Color Gamut UHD TVs.”  It is offered for free with a registration. The 57-page white paper provides an overview of the complete wide color gamut (WCG) and high dynamic range (HDR) ecosystem covering content production, distribution ...
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  • HDR and WCG to Become Mainstream
    I spent almost the entire time at CES looking at the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) ecosystem. One tutorial white paper on these technologies, along with a table of current and announced UHD TVs with these features, has just been published. A second report with the ...
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  • Insight Media Releases New White Paper: Better Pixels for Professional Projectors Insight Media Releases New White Paper: Better Pixels for Professional Projectors 
    This white paper will provide an overview of a range of video enhancements that are emerging now in the consumer TV and professional AV industries.  These are collectively called “better pixels” as they will improve the viewing experience – in some cases, quite dramatically. The objective of the paper is to ...
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  • The Perception of Motorcycle HUDs May be About to Change
    New motorcycle Head-up Display (HUD) technology has just been introduced at CES that may indeed begin to change the perception of the utility of such devices. Driving this is new waveguide display technology from DigiLens that was debuted in a motorcycle helmet from BMW. BMW plans to commercialize the wide field ...
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  • Dolby Discusses Strategy in Analyst Meeting
    Dolby Laboratories invited a number of industry analyst to spend the day with them in San Francisco showing off technology and discussing their business. It was an open and informative day. First, Dolby is doing well. We met in the company’s new headquarters building on fashionable Market Street in downtown San ...
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  • Displays Remain Vital for Training and Simulation
    I have just returned from the I/ITSEC 2015 trade show, North America’s big event for training and simulation. As expected, solutions continue to become more complex and more realistic, and displays play a key role – from collimated Level D flight simulators to virtual and augmented reality headsets. The other major ...
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  • ITRI Reports Breakthru in OLED Lifetime
    Taiwan-based ITRI has reported the development of a new OLED device architecture that significantly increases the lifetime of RGB OLED displays. The new structure, called a Plasmon-Coupled Organic Light Emitting Diode (PCOLED), boosts the lifetime by 27 times, compared to the conventional blue fluorescent/red & green phosphorescent structure. The figure below ...
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  • Insight Media Releases New White Paper on Sub-pixel Rendering and ResolutionInsight Media Releases New White Paper on Sub-pixel Rendering and Resolution
    Why Counting RGB sub-pixels isn’t the Best Way to Measure Resolution The advent of sub-pixel rendering technologies is stirring up controversy as to the meaning of resolution in a display. Traditionally, pixel resolution has been counted as the number red, green and blue sub-pixels that are needed to create a full color ...
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  • NEC New York Partner Showcase features Power Technology’s Illumina Cinema Laser SystemNEC New York Partner Showcase features Power Technology's Illumina Cinema Laser System
    Each year during New York Digital Signage Week, NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, hosts a partner showcase and open house to highlight NEC’s technology and their partners for upcoming product offerings. This year, one of the featured products is an ...
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  • QD Vision Discusses Developments and CompetitionQD Vision Discusses Developments and Competition
    Quantum dot developer QD Vision has received a new round of investment led by Tsing Capital and BASF Venture Capital totaling approximately $22 million from both existing investors and new investors. The funds will be used to advance R&D efforts and support commercialization of new products. Quantum dots are semiconductor materials. ...
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  • Quickly develop HD 1080p pico display applications with new TI DLP® evaluation moduleQuickly develop HD 1080p pico display applications with  new TI DLP®  evaluation module
      Quickly develop HD 1080p pico display applications with new TI DLP® evaluation module Smallest DLP Full-HD chipset, evaluation module and reference design are available now through TI.com The new Texas Instruments DLP®LightCrafter™ Display 4710 evaluation module (EVM) is a tool that allows developers to quickly assess the DLP Pico™ 0.47-inch TRP Full-HD 1080p display ...
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  • We Need a Definition for a High Dynamic Range DisplayWe Need a Definition for a High Dynamic Range Display
    I am at the SMPTE Fall Conference in Hollywood, where I am learning all about the ecosystem for High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Frame Rate (HFR), among other topics. That means ways to capture, process and produce, encode, deliver and display such content. This of ...
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  • TI to Bring 4K DLP to the MassesTI to Bring 4K DLP to the Masses
    Texas Instruments has had a 4K 3-chip DLP solution for some time, but it’s a big, 1.4” device that allows high brightness 4K projection at a hefty price. Meanwhile, Sony has made great headway offering a line of 4K projectors at more reasonable price points for the home and commercial ...
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  • Insight Media Releases White Paper on Technology Behind the ColorSpark HLD LED Solution for ProjectorsInsight Media Releases White Paper on Technology Behind the ColorSpark HLD LED Solution for Projectors
    High Lumen Density (HLD) is a new LED solid state light source developed by Philips Lighting and branded under the trade name of ColorSpark. This technology breaks through the étendue limitation of current LED projectors that have limited their light output. HLD technology now allows projectors to reach the 3000 ...
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  • SpectraCal Seeks to Solve HDR Monitor Evaluation NeedSpectraCal Seeks to Solve HDR Monitor Evaluation Need
    A number of companies in Hollywood and beyond are already developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. But do they have accurate and calibrated HDR displays to master on? That’s the problem that SpectraCal is seeking to solve with its latest display evaluation software, CalMAN v5.6. To be clear, CalMAN v5.6 is ...
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  • New Technologies Solving an Old ProblemNew Technologies Solving an Old Problem
    By Bob Mathes, AV/Video Sales & Marketing Manager, Draper, Inc. A seam in a projection screen viewing surface has never been a popular subject, but it has been a fact of life for virtually every screen manufacturer (and their customers) for decades. Although Draper has improved on our seaming techniques over ...
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  • Masterpiece Paintings Reproduced with Incredible 3D Printing ProcessMasterpiece Paintings Reproduced with Incredible 3D Printing Process
    Canon held their special EXPO in the Javits Center in New York last week. Over 9,000 people attended the cavernous exhibit. There were so many different aspects of Canon on display, it was a real tour de force. The event is held once every 5 years and is a showcase ...
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  • Insight Media Releases White Paper: The Death of Dedicated AV DistributionInsight Media Releases White Paper: The Death of Dedicated AV Distribution
    “The Death of Dedicated AV Distribution” is a new white paper from Insight Media that describes how new IP-based distribution technologies are now poised to sweep away more dedicated forms of AV distribution.  With new IP-based hardware acting as the interfaces for sources and displays, conventional 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ...
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  • 3M to Propose Changes to New BT2020 Color Standard at SMPTE Fall Event3M to Propose Changes to New BT2020 Color Standard at SMPTE Fall Event
    The new UHD TV specification calls for an expanded color gamut called BT2020. But no current TVs can meet the specification because the red, green and blue primaries are specified without a tolerance. And, since they are located on the spectral locus, only laser sources can produce the full color ...
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  • Business as Usual for Sharp ProfessionalBusiness as Usual for Sharp Professional
    That’s the message that Gary Bailer, Sharp’s Director of Product Management, Information Display Products told us in a phone interview.  “It is important to communicate this message to our customer base following a lot of misinformation that has spread as a result of the acquisition of the Sharp assembly plant ...
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  • Netflix has Very Ambitious PlansNetflix has Very Ambitious Plans
    Netflix has grown by leaps and bounds from a distributor of DVDs to a major content creation and distribution powerhouse. It is leading the pack in the distribution of UHD content and now looks like it plans to become the largest producer of content, powering past rivals HBO, Showtime and ...
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  • Light Polymers Develops First Liquid-Crystal-Based Remote Phosphor Flexible Film for LED LightingLight Polymers Develops First Liquid-Crystal-Based Remote Phosphor Flexible Film for LED Lighting
    Light Polymers is introducing the world’s first liquid-crystal-based remote phosphor flexible film.  In LED lighting, a remote phosphor film moves the blue-to-white-light converting phosphor material from the LED itself to the substrate that is located a short distance from the LEDs.  This has many benefits in terms of efficiency improvement ...
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  • Infocomm Issues Draft Standard for Contrast on Direct View Displays – But is it Right?Infocomm Issues Draft Standard for Contrast on Direct View Displays – But is it Right?
    InfoComm has issued (July 9, 2015) a new draft standard called “Direct View Display Image Systems Contrast Ratio”. It can be reviewed here. But some believe the system contrast specification for watching movies is just plain wrong – and they have posted a video showing side-by-side examples to prove the point ...
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  • Scalable Display Technologies Announces Grant of Additional PatentsScalable Display Technologies Announces Grant of Additional Patents
    Industry leader expands its protection around multi-projector displays Cambridge, MA – June 15, 2015 — Scalable Display Technologies, the leading provider of software for multi-projector display systems, today announced the issuance of two new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Scalable continues to invest heavily in research ...
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  • AptoVision is the Silicon Driving New 4K AV over IP ProductsAptoVision is the Silicon Driving New 4K AV over IP Products
    Ever noticed that development of key communication silicon leads to whole new categories of connectivity?  Consider Silicon Image (now Lattice Semiconductor) and the HDMI and MHL interfaces.  How about Valens and the HDBaseT ecosystem?  Now we have AptoVision providing FPGA-based chipsets to drive video, audio, Ethernet and more over conventional ...
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  • Special Report Offers from Insight Media
    SID-DisplayWeek, Display Summit (www.displaysummit.com) and InfoComm have all come and gone.  Insight Media and Meko were there to cover it all in special reports and conference proceedings.  Below are some special offers that provide a wealth of information on these events.  It is the next best thing to being there. SID-DisplayWeek ...
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  • White Paper: Survey Results on a Breakthrough Technology in Solid State Projectors ReleasedWhite Paper: Survey Results on a Breakthrough Technology in Solid State Projectors Released
    A survey of 300 people was conducted recently to compare the images of four different unmarked projectors using different solid state lighting technology.  The survey examined if a new LED-based light source developed by Philips Lighting would be bright and colorful in a normally lit room and if the images ...
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  • SID Wrap-up Interview on TWiT TVSID Wrap-up Interview on TWiT TV
    Scott Wilkinson interviews Chris Chinnock from SID to get a summary of key innovations introduced or demonstrated at the event.  Topic covered include quantum dots, electronic holographic displays, light field display, high density displays, AR, VR, wide color gamut, cutting edge displays, etc. http://twit.tv/show/home-theater-geeks/258  
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  • “Internet of Display” …Are you Viewing Your Information Through a Straw?“Internet of Display” …Are you Viewing Your Information Through a Straw?
    Most of you have probably heard of the term Internet of Things (IoT) which refers to the fact that millions and soon, probably billions of devices will be connected to information via the Internet.  Recently Andrew (Drew) Jamison at Scalable Displays has been chirping about what he calls  the “Internet ...
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  • Mobile LCD Backlight Technology and Market Study Now Available
    May 27, 2015 – A new report titled “Mobile LCD Backlight Technology and Market Study,” is now ready for delivery by Insight Media. The backlight of an LCD display can represent 25% of the cost and it has a tremendous impact on the power consumption as well. Any involved in ...
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  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) is Coming, but How Will it Impact Your Business?High Dynamic Range (HDR) is Coming, but How Will it Impact Your Business?
    By now you have probably heard the buzz about high dynamic range, or HDR.  But you may also be wondering if this is something you need to know more about, how it might impact your business and when.  This article may help a little in answering these questions. First of all, ...
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  • New Technologies Driving Innovation in Professional Display Markets
    HDR, BT2020, VR, AR, LED, Laser, Laser-Phosphor, QD, HLD, UHD, 4K, 8K.  If you know what are these terms mean and how they will impact your business – you are ahead of the curve.  If not, then you have a great opportunity to learn all about these technologies and how ...
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  • Options for Wired Infrastructure Multiply Creating New Opportunities
    It used to be that organizations would set up multiple wired infrastructure networks to handle phone, data, video, audio, control, security, KVM, etc. Now, multiple options are emerging that can allow one or two networks to do all the stuff of multiple networks in the past.  That is creating lots ...
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  • Can LEDs Challenge LCDs for Indoor Signage?
    Indoor stand alone and video wall displays have been dominated by LCD technology having successfully vanquished CRT and Plasma display options.  But now, fine pitch LED in tiled or modular formats under 2mm are in the market today and offer compelling images – even up close.  Can LEDs make a ...
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  • Insight Media Announces that Display Summit has been Approved for 12 InfoComm Renewal Units
    May 26, 2015- Insight Media is pleased to announce that the company has been named an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) Provider.  This will allow the more than 9,000 professionals holding InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist credential to earn renewal units towards their certification by attending the upcoming Display ...
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  • 2015 Report on NAB and Technology Summit on Cinema Available
    Insight Media and Meko analysts attended the 2015 Technology Summit on Cinema and NAB events in Las Vegas recently.  This new report covers much of the leading edge news from these two shows.  The nearly 50-page report is available now for $199.  It includes many original by-lined news an ...
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  • 360-Degree Capture of NBA All-Star Game360-Degree Capture of NBA All-Star Game
    Thought the capture of 180- and 360-degree video content was a recent phenomenon driven be the capabilities of the Oculus Rift and Samsung GearVR?  BigLook360 did their first production way back in 1999 and just recently shot the NBA All-Star game in the format.  Content should be ready for viewing ...
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  • Digital Cinema Market Innovating to Stay RelevantDigital Cinema Market Innovating to Stay Relevant
    The cinema has represented the highest quality movie experience for a long time, but can it maintain this dominance going forward?  Large flat panel TV and home theater projectors offer stunning images and sound quality, so how can the theater differentiate the experience enough to entice consumers to leave the ...
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  • Corning’s New Iris Glass to Enable Thinner TVsCorning’s New Iris Glass to Enable Thinner TVs
    In the flurry of news from CES, we did not get a chance to delve deeply into an announcement of a new glass called Iris that was revealed by Corning (Corning Stays Ahead in Display Glass). In a conversation with John Bayne, general manager and vice president, Corning High Performance ...
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  • Mobile LCD Backlight Technology and Market Study Released
    February 18, 2015 – Insight Media is now offering early access to a report that is being put together right now.  Titled “Mobile LCD Backlight Technology and Market Study,” early access customers will get a 15% discount off of the price.  The report is due to publish sometime in March, ...
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  • The End of PrivacyThe End of Privacy
    I read an article or saw a news report on this topic the other day and it just sort of hung around in my brain, fermenting to generate an editorial elixir. That probably sounds more intoxicating than what you will read below. The premise is that our expectation of privacy is ...
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  • D-ILA Projector with BLU-Escent Technology White Paper Available
    JVC has completed a white paper providing more details on the technology inside the BLU-Escent DLA-VS2500 and DLA-VS2300 projectors. The white paper can be downloaded by clicking below:     The White Paper provides details on the architecture of the projector as well as key features and benefits for the training, simulation and visualization ...
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  • What’s More Important: Color Accuracy and Contrast or Brightness in Conference Room Presentations?What's More Important: Color Accuracy and Contrast or Brightness in Conference Room Presentations?
    Insight Media has published a new white paper titled: What’s More Important: Color Accuracy and Contrast or Brightness in Conference Room Presentations?  The impetus for this paper was the release of the BenQ Colorific HC1200, a projector that is optimized for color accuracy and high contrast, rather than traditional brightness measurements. Historically, ...
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  • A Look at the FX (Visual Effects) IndustryA Look at the FX (Visual Effects) Industry
    While not a display-centric industry, visual or special effects are in all kinds of media we consume today, so I recently took the opportunity to take the pulse of this industry in a conversation with FuseFX CEO, David Altenau. First of all, I thought the terms special effects and visual effects ...
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  • Changes in the Digital Signage WorldChanges in the Digital Signage World
    Digital Signage is an important part of the display industry with many installations around the world. One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about digital signage is large screens. Actually the bigger the better. And yes, these displays still exist and boast not only high brightness but ...
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  • Chaos and Opportunity in the Entertainment IndustryChaos and Opportunity in the Entertainment Industry
     The term “Evolve or Die” may have even more meaning today than when uttered to the broadcast industry some years ago by the FCC Chairman. Things are so ripe for rapid change now that we are likely to look back on this period someday and gasp at the changes set ...
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  • Touch Gesture Motion AdvancementsTouch Gesture Motion Advancements
    The Touch Gesture Motion Conference held October 28-30, 2014 in Austin, Texas, exemplified how far human computer interaction has come and revealed new prospects for the future of user interfaces.  The conference organizers stated that the 2014 Touch Gesture Motion (TGM) event was the tenth similar event covering these topics.  ...
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  • Transparent Conductor Markets Report ReleasedTransparent Conductor Markets Report Released
    A new report on transparent conductor for the display, solar cells and other market segments is now available from Insight Media offering detailed forecasts.  The report finds that the global market for transparent conductors (TCs) will generate $4.6 Billion (USD) in 2019, with non-ITO TCs accounting for $1.8 Billion in ...
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  • Rooting for the Roots – Taking the Right RouteRooting for the Roots - Taking the Right Route
    Many among us consider today’s rapid changes and significant number of high end innovations in entertainment and entertainment technology, among other businesses and industries, to be in a state of upheaval and disruption. That is not necessarily a bad thing. In particular, we are seeing growth in the ways that content ...
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  • A Shift is Upon UsA Shift is Upon Us
    While the world of content creation and distribution is going through a major upheaval, it is the way we interact with it that will signify the most profound change in the coming years. If the proposed Comcast – Time Warner Cable or the AT&T – DirecTV deals are approved or if ...
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  • The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) Makes White Paper Available to MembersThe Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) Makes White Paper Available to Members
    The Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA) working in conjunction with Insight Media and other industry experts, has completed a white paper that is now available for its member companies.  Titled, “Laser Illuminated Projector Systems – Technology Ahead of Regulation”, the report is a comprehensive summary of the state of regulatory ...
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  • 2014 Touchless Human-Machine-Interaction Market Report Released2014 Touchless Human-Machine-Interaction Market Report Released
    Insight Media is excited to announce the availability of a new report titled,” Touchless Human-Machine-Interaction Market Report.”  This report analyzes over nine touchless Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies and eight market applications.  The report forecasts the touchless HMI market will reach $42.6 Billion by 2020. Gesture control, voice recognition, eye tracking, proximity touch, ...
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  • Insight Media Updates Web SiteInsight Media Updates Web Site
    Insight Media (Norwalk, CT) has updated its web site, www.insightmedia.info,  to give a fresh look and streamlined information about its products and services.  The move follows its divesting of the newsletter operation and a refocus on its other core services such as market research , consulting, marketing support and events. ...
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  • Augmented Reality is Eying Vertical MarketsAugmented Reality is Eying Vertical Markets
    When we take the term ‘Augmented Reality’ at face value it describes a device or service that ‘enhances reality by adding something to it’.  In our CE-driven world of mobile addiction, most associate the term augmented reality with a method of providing additional visual information to the user by means ...
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  • Is Home Theater Coming Back?Is Home Theater Coming Back?
    The traditional home theater market served by the custom install community has not been a very happy place for a long time as the great recession really was not good for business.  But new signs of life are now emerging to suggest a turnaround may indeed be underway or possible ...
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  • Mobile Displays and their Effect on the IndustryMobile Displays and their Effect on the Industry
      Mobile devices have, to a large degree, been carrying the positive development of the CE industry in recent years. The high consumer demand for mobile devices offset the lackluster needs for PCs and TVs. From a display perspective that meant that large size displays where replaced with many more smaller ...
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  • The End of ITO Dominance is in SightThe End of ITO Dominance is in Sight
    Indium Tin Oxide, or ITO, is a key material for making displays.  It is a transparent conductive material that applies voltage to the clear aperture in the LCD and provides the transparent electrodes for touch screens as well.  Alternative solutions by a number of companies are in development, and these ...
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  • Neuroscience Altering the Way Moving Images are ProducedNeuroscience Altering the Way Moving Images are Produced
    One of the human factors that has always been extremely relevant to display technology is the way that images are  perceived in the brain. In addition to the art and technology of producing static and moving pictures, the neuroscience of perception has slowly caught up in film and video production. ...
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  • Insight Media Sells Publishing Operation to MekoInsight Media Sells Publishing Operation to Meko
    Insight Media (Norwalk, CT), well known as the publishers of display-related news on its www.display-central.com news portal, has agreed to sell its publishing and advertising operation to Meko, a UK-based news and market research consultancy that has covered the display industry for 20 years.  Operation of the Display Central news portal, Display ...
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