Televisions are our window to a world of entertainment in our living rooms, a hotly contested territory for technology manufacturing companies. In the build-up to the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas the battle between manufacturers to control that territory is heating up. LG’s latest attention getting salvo is their 88-inch 8K OLED television, the largest and highest resolution OLED television seen to date. With 32 million pixels crammed into this massive display expect a razor-sharp image and an astronomical price tag to go with it.
8K is still a few years away from entering the consumer market, with everything from cables to camera to capture the content still under development. Here at Highpants we can’t wait to see the next generation 8K PlayStation running on a television such as this. Many people may question the need for so many pixels but as Apple showed with there Retina displays there is a smoothing and sharpness improvement when the pixels pass the perceptible limits of the eye. Combine that with the enhanced brightness of the extra pixels and you have one hell of a sharp and bright display.
LG are the only manufacturer producing large format OLED displays at the moment so it should come as no surprise that they are demonstrating leading edge displays such as this at CES 2018, a show that is building up to be as impressive as always. Continue reading LG Shows Off 88-inch 8K OLED TV…
Here at Highpants HQ televisions are one of the many windows to the digital world, let’s just say we see a lot of flat panels in the course of a day. In the spirit of improving the fidelity of information we view it was time for an upgrade. So with the old 55-inch LCD TV looking a little long in the tooth we set out to find the best damn TV money could buy, without requiring a mortgage of course.
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Nowhere does the relentless march of technology move so fast as the action packed world of gaming. The current leading edge of gaming is a double edged sword; one edge of the blade is the new PS4 Pro while the other is the incredible LG 55B6T OLED TV. With the release of the PS4 Pro and recent price drop of the LG B6T OLEDs this is a technology combination that is now accessible to many.
The 4K PS4 Pro is providing compelling content for all of those starved next generation TV’s out there and with it Sony may have stolen the gaming lead, even against the mighty PC gaming rig. The PC 4k gaming market is still a mess and Microsoft are months away from their 4k Xbone so for now it’s all PS4 Pro. It is hands down the best gaming experience in town. A big statement that I back up with one simple fact, the PS4 Pro is delivering the goods now.
Continue reading The Future of Gaming is Now: The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro + LG 4K OLED!
LG this week officially won the race to release the first 55-inch OLED TV this week, the EM9600U. The next generation can now be ordered with a delivery date in March 2013. Officially the EM9600 will be released first in South Korea, late February, the rest of the world will see the TV in March.
The cost of this privilege isn’t to be taken lightly; reports vary from $10,035 in South Korea to $12,000 USD in Australia, it all depends on what part of the world you live in.
Construction of the TV is pure high end. The use of carbon fibre as the backplate for the display allows the super slim 4mm profile, also helping to keep the weight down to 10kg. The electronics for the television are be housed in the TV’s base or optionally a set top box is available.
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Samsung has recently given us all a brief insight into the world of tomorrow, discussing upcoming display technologies with the Wall Street Journal. A world it seems that will soon be built on plastic. With many properties that make it superior to glass; lighter, thinner, flexible and cheaper, plastic is the next inevitable step in display technology.
Samsung has been developing plastic display technology based on flexible plastic substrates for a number of years, as have many display manufacturers. On show at the moment are the latest OLED displays built on to plastic substrates. This technology will also be on show during the upcoming expo season starting with CES in Las Vegas, January 2013.
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Are we on the brink of a major technology shift, display and electronics technology is shifting from metallic wires to plastic -polymer electronics- with surprising results.
Research scientist at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have demonstrated an amazing form of OLED display material that can be stretched up to 45%. Not quite ready to be rolled up into a ball and bounced around the room this hardy little stretchy display is a breakthrough on the road to fully plastic electronics built into everything clothing to coffee tins.
The OLED display demonstrated by the researches was able to be twisted and stretched then return to its original shape all while still operating unaffected. A number of breakthroughs were made in producing this stretchy little patch of plastic. The use of carbon nano-tubes in the polymer electronics gives the display flexibility and negates the need for metallic wiring. The polymer also acts as a framework for the carbon nano-tubes to form around, simplifying the manufacturing allowing roll to roll manufacturing.
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TDK maker of many amazing things has just announced the beginning of production of the first transparent screen for mobile phones. Designated the lyrical name UEL476 TDK has opened the see through doors to the future.
Built using Organic Electroluminescence – O-EL -materials, which are very similar to the organic compounds found in firefly’s. With an O-EL display a slight electrical charge is used to light up the organic compund that makes up each pixel or dot on the display. Unlike an LCD display the TDK small screen doesn’t require a back light, the organic compound itself emits the light. Sitting behind each LCD panel is a flurescent or LED light source that is coloured by the LCD panel as light passes through. This type of display would be very difficult to turn into a transparent display. The O-EL or OLED displays on the other hand are perfect for this.
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The latest technology for displays has been on show for Display Week, part of the 49th Annual SID conference. The conference is a chance for the display industry to break records and get some attention. Many deals will be done in seedy back rooms, deals and decisions that will affect next years models of tablets, smart phones and TV’s. With the whole display industry watching on all of the big players lay their cards on the table to see who’s got the best hand.
And so it was all of the largest players in the display industry were present with their latest technology, LG, Samsung, Toshiba, E-Ink, Sharp and Sony were just a few of the big names. If anything SID can be accused of having too much vaporware, technology that never actually makes it to market for one reason or another. This is a common by-product of such leading edge technology being on display, on the positive side it is interesting to see technology develop over the years till it finally turns up in a market ready form. This year E-Ink displays are the new stars of the display world, turning up in everything with a flat surface that can fit a screen. The other obvious trend was for increasing resolutions, this was even applied to the E-Ink displays. There were a number of 10 inch displays with 2560 x 1600 resolutions, the magic 300 dpi barrier has to be passed to achieve this resolution and many companies achieved this goal with many kinds of displays. E-Ink and Epson’s e-Paper, LG’s AH-IPS, Samsung’s PenTile displays, and Toshiba with the record 367dpi 4 inch LCD display, all displays that passed the 300 dpi mark.
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This week scientist from the University of Toronto announced the development of a new production process for OLED panels. OLED are the next generation display that will replace Plasma and LCD TV‘s. While they are prohibitively expensive at the moment new advancements are changing this more every day. Many of the best mobile phone screens on the market are OLED with the Samsung display really popping due to OLED’s nature. Even current OLED screens are brighter with better colours than LCD, deep blacks and more vibrant colours. With new developments every day OLED’s time to shine is nearly here.
The developments involve a process that deposits a single-atom thick layer of chlorine onto a sheet of indium tin oxide. This layer replaces 2 to 3 layers that would be required with the old process, reducing the total number of layers required to make the OLED panel from 6 layer to 3. By reducing the number of layers each panel becomes cheaper to produce. The new design of the new OLED panel also has the advantage of being twice as efficient as previous OLEDs. “Our Cl-ITO eliminates the need for several stacked layers found in traditional OLEDs, reducing the number of manufacturing steps and equipment, which ultimately cuts down on the costs associated with setting up a production line,” says the University of Toronto’s Professor Zheng-Hong Lu, who led the research.
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