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Robohon, Part Robot Part Mobile Phone and All Heart.

Sharp stunned many attendees of the CEATEC tech convention recently with a gadget that has more character than all of DARPA’s terrifying robots put together. A friendly personal robot that is part Swiss Army knife, part mobile phone and all heart.

Robohon may appear to be a mere child’s toy but appearances can be deceiving, he is far more. Combine the functionality of a mobile phone with a walking talking dancing robot and you have an entirely new take on personal communications and personal robotics, a mobile phone with heart.

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The TV Revolutions Roll On, LG to Demo 55-Inch 8K TV at CES 2015…

With the 4K revolution well underway LG is already preparing for the next television revolution, the 8K revolution. Don’t be upset if you’ve just decided to join the 4K revolution for Christmas your TV is not out of date already, LG is simply attempting to gauge public interest in these new 32 megapixel displays.

LG, Sharp and other TV manufacturers have actually had 8K TV’s up their sleeves for the last three years, Japanese TV tech company NHK even have studio video camera’s that can record in the hyper high resolution 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Still we can dream, early adopters can drool and TV revolutions will continue to roll on. CES 2015 it seems is already heating up with pre-show publicity flowing thick and fast.

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The Sharp IGZO Aquos Pad SHT 21 goes on sale in Japan. The IGZO tablet revolution begins…

Sharp has this week spread the IGZO display revolution to the world of tablets, reigniting the display wars once more. With the release of their 7 inch Aquos Pad SHT21 the most advanced LCD technology on the market is ready to take on the world.

Potentially a more dramatic change than the shift to IPS panels Sharp is rolling out their IGZO technology at this very moment. A technology that will eventually improve all displays; LCD, OLED and eInk.

The Aquos Pad SHT21 hits the 7 inch tablet market initially through KDDI (mobile) in Japan.  There is no word yet on pricing for the tablet, although Sharp is rumoured to be aiming for $199 price point for the WiFi only model.

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Sharp’s New IGZO 4K 32-inch LCD monitor, the PN-K321 Mega Monitor…

Sharp has this week announced the latest entrant in the 4K revolution, the PN-K321 32-inch IGZO LCD mega monitor. Part of the new 4K display revolution Sharp’s new monitor is naturally capable displaying 3840 x 2160 pixels, enough resolution to open 4 web pages side by side without overlap or 4 different applications displayed easily without clutter.

As we all know monitors and TV’s are the magic window into our electronic lives; the technology behind this magic is itself going through a number of revolutions. The shift to the higher 4K resolution is happening while LCD and OLD battle it out for dominance. All the while trying to convince us all it’s time to upgrade.

Professional users are the target of Sharps new 4K monster, with industrial lines and a price tag of $5,500 they are also the only potential customers who could afford it initially. Prices will drop of course, once volumes increase.

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Sharps Next Generation IGZO LCD panels…

Sharp’s next generation LCD panels have been previewed at the CEATEC conference, the IGZO generation. Representing a major shift in technology the new panels are powered by exotic alloys that have allowed Sharp to make smaller and more powerful transparent transistors and invisible circuits.

Sharp’s latest breakthrough in display technology is a semiconductor formula, a recipe called IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide). Sharp have applied the new recipe to the common LCD, building the transparent transistors and invisible circuits out of the new wonder material and improving pixel density, power efficiency and picture quality in the process.

In Sharp’s new panels IGZO replaces the amphorus silicon transistors and circuits, producing clear and bright panels with incredible resolutions. IGZO is a far more conductive material, with much higher electron mobility. This allows the transistors and circuits to be made much smaller while still performing faster. IGZO is also more transparent than silicon, allowing lower light levels to be used to achieve equivalent brightness. All round IGZO technology may give Sharp a considerable advantage over older technologies.

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Super HiVision: Sharp’s 8k4k SUPER HD TELEVISION…

Tucked away in the corner of Sharps IFA stand this year was a little glimpse at the future and it’s 8k all the way. The 85″ Super Hi-Vision TV slung unceremoniously on a far corner of the Sharp stand was this surprise. Developed in co-operation between Sharp and Japans NHK, broadcast and technology company this TV is at least two generations ahead of it’s time. NHK are the creators and experts when it comes to the Super HI Vision standards – 8k Super Hi-Vision 7568 x 4096 – and were able to provide the recording and playback hardware. With unprecedented levels of picture detail the Super Hi-Vision picture has a natural 3D depth and feel, ultra realistic textures, zero noise or distortion and colours that jump out at the audience. Welcome to the world of tomorrow.

While a current generation full HD TV will have a seemingly spacious resolution of 1920 x 1280 – 2 megapixel – Sharps 85inch giga pixel monsters resolution of 7568 x 4096 equates to 32 mega-pixels. Even todays high end digital SLR camera’s can’t compete with this, most using the 4k standard – up to 4096 x 3302 – as their maximum resolution. Even Imax sulks away in shame when it sees Sharps monster TV. Imax film is equivalent to a digital pixel resolution of 6,120 × 4,500, Imax digital uses two overlayed 2k projectors, a pseudo 4k resolution, which is actually just a brighter 2k picture. The Sharp and its 8k resolution wins hands down.

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