Category Archives: Consumer Electronics

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. Performance criteria were created […]

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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 displays. AUO says they will […]

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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 talk (12.35 minutes) which shows […]

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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 HUD I have seen to […]

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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 display companies are […]

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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 optimism are the maturity […]

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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, and Visby, created IDEA to […]

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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 approach. In essence, it is […]

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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 as well.  On a recent […]

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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 few companies that have […]

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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 has been […]

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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, Hisense, Panasonic, Samsung […]

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