Speaking of weird experiments, we have an update to last week's item on a wooden plasma TV being developed at LG. BornRich points out that Sweden-based SWEDX has beaten LG to the punch with the "world's first" LCD TVs embedded in natural wood, in 40- and 46-inch sizes and 1080i resolution, no less. Crave apologizes, for we should have known better: In another life, we actually pointed to sylvan products made by SWEDX and other manufacturers earlier this year.
In the cruelly fickle and anorexic world of handheld devices, 0.07 millimeters can be the difference between love and rejection. So for the moment, at least, the Thinner Than Thou Award apparently belongs to Samsung, which has developed an LCD no thicker than a credit card at 0.82 millimeters.
Newlaunches says the new 240- by 320-pixel screen, which is scheduled for mass production in the second half of 2007, obliterates the previous record by a whopping 0.07 millimeters. At this size, every fraction counts: Even the screen's surface measurement comes in two sizes, of 2.1- … Read more
Remember those grotesque photos of that poor mouse with the human ear growing out of its back? We had successfully managed to suppress those memories for a decade until seeing, of all things, a new LCD.
The dual-screen monitor from Korean company Woojin, proudly dubbed the "Tenbuno," looks like the digital equivalent of a genetic mistake. It has a 19-inch LCD monitor (mouse) with an 8.4-inch screen grafted to its top edge (ear). It's supposed to facilitate multitasking, but we think it would probably just contribute to ADHD.
Technological convergence can be a good thing in … Read more
It's a problem that many never think about until it's too late. You buy a flat-panel TV, choose a wall for it, and then it dawns on you: There's too much glare to see the screen where you had planned to put it.
That's where this could come in handy. The Peerless motorized wall mount can hold your TV and turn it 28 degrees from side to side, 25 degrees down and 7 degrees up--all by remote control.
The "X-arm" itself weighs 180 pounds, a heft needed to support flat panels in sizes from … Read more
Once again, I posit the question: why does Asia get all the cool stuff? (I sense I'm beginning to whine about this a bit.) Twinbird, a Japanese company that produces a variety of novelty gadgets, is coming out with a product called Link Zabady...or at least, that's how Engadget has translated it. At any rate, a big thanks to my fellow bloggers for bringing this fabulous gadget to my attention, even if I never get my hands on one. The Link Zabady consists of a splash-proof, 7-inch LCD screen with 480x234 resolution, a transmitter box, and a … Read more
Speaking of expensive TVs, how does $130,000 sound? Same here.
Still, you know you wanted to see what it looked like, as did scads of other Digg readers who tagged this Gizmag post over the weekend even though the item came out awhile back on Engadget and elsewhere. And who could blame them? With 160 diamonds and white gold trim, the Yalos Diamond LCD set by Keymat Technologies is worth a second look--and third or fourth. But at 40 inches, it's a bit small for our taste. We're holding out for 52-incher.
(Photo: Keymat Technologies)
The story of our life: Just when we find a gadget we like--nay, need--it's already sold out. Such is the case with the eStarling Wi-Fi photo frame.
The new version of the live LCD device (whose predecessor also sold out last year) can carry custom RSS feeds from Flickr based on your tags. You can also e-mail your phone photos directly to an eStarling frame on the fly.
This Christmas, Sharp Electronics is going to hunt down its enemies.
Last year, the Japanese electronics giant lost some footing in the LCD TV market, in part because its rivals had moved to a different standard of manufacturing that allowed them to come out with cheaper, bigger sets.
Those days are over, one Sharp employee told me. The company is already making TVs out of glass from its eight-generation Kameyama plant. The sheets of glass from this plant measure 2.16 meters by 2.46 meters. Six 52-inch LCDs can be popped out of a single sheet. The smaller glass … Read more
Gotta hand it to Sony on this one. The once-dominant company in practically all consumer electronics has fallen far from grace, but it still has some life left in the style department.
Sony hired Hollywood director Jonathan Glazer to create a showstopper commercial for its Bravia flat-panel TVs. By many accounts in the blogosphere and elsewhere, he succeeded at least in getting people's attention.
The ad, which features a series of outrageous paint explosions, took 10 days and 250 people to film, according to Sony. The cleanup was almost as bad, requiring the services of 60 people over 5 … Read more