Atlantic Technology to License H-PAS® Bass Technology to SpeakerCraft

The agreement will result in the development of several new SpeakerCraft products expected to come to market starting later this year and beyond.

IOGEAR USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer Supports 59 Memory Card Formats

IOGEAR USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer Supports 59 Memory Card Formats

Majority of Buyers Prefer Bigger LED Backlit TV's

TV buyers have shifted away from LCD towards backlit LED over the last quarter. 40-42-inch sets are now the preferred size (source: isuppli).

In Q3 2011, over 50% of buyers opted for TV’s based on LCD or cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). In contrast, in Q4 of 2011 the pendulum shifted dramatically in the direction of LED. Moreover, 81% of buyers who had previously expressed a preference for CCFL purchased LED models. LCD and plasma both hovered around the low 20% in Q4.

CCFL is a long tube placed behind the LCD (which does not emit any light itself). The CCFL is illuminated and the liquid crystal turns on or off to allow light to pass through or to block it. Because it’s a tube, the entire unit must be on or off. LED sets overcome this limitation as they are installed in arrays and can be turned on and off selectively to provide what is referred to as “local dimming”. Local dimming improves picture contrast as the LED’s can be turned off in dark areas of a scene, whereas CCFL’s are always on. Budget sets will use edge-lit LED’s while higher end models will arrays of LED’s behind the LCD. LED’s do not have a on 1:1 ratio with pixels, so dimming can only be achieved in “blocks”. Organic LED (OLED)

The improved picture quality is an obvious reason for the rapid change. A reduction in price disparity between CCFL and LED has also helped to sway buyers toward LED. The price differential has dropped from over 30% to about 13% over the course of a year. Substantial promotion of LED by retail stores and the media has no doubt had an effect on buying decisions.

32-inch TV’s used to be the most commonly purchased size, but this has now increased to 40-42 inches. Reduced prices mean that larger sets can be purchased for the of a 32-inch set a few years ago. The shift to HD has no doubt driven consumers to larger sizes, as they try to replicate the theater experience at home. Compared to a 4:3 aspect ratio picture, the picture height of a 32-inch 16:9 aspect ratio picture is almost 4-inches smaller (19.2 vs. 15.69-inches). Stepping up to 40-inches results in a 19.6-inch vertical size.

Planar Launches First Thin Video Wall Solution Targeting Large and Growing Wall Coverings Market

Planar Systems, Inc. announced the introduction of Planar® Mosaic™, the only video wall system providing three flat panel tiles, including a new square LCD, and unique features designed specifically for the global architectural wall coverings market, expected to be $26 billion in 2015, according to the Global Industry Analysts.

"Planar is changing the rules, creating a new category of thin architecture video displays."

Combining one-of-a-kind video wall expertise with nearly 30 years of display innovation, the Planar Mosaic video wall solution was developed in direct response to a growing trend in the architecture and design industry, and unleashes architectural expression.

A large-scale prototype exhibit of the Planar Mosaic video wall system will debut February 16 through March 30 at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, New York, in conjunction with video artist, Yorgo Alexopoulos.

Planar Mosaic is the only video wall system that allows designers to integrate three different LCD tile sizes and shapes-including a truly square LCD tile measuring 21.6 inches on the diagonal.
 

BenQ launches next-generation LX60ST and LW61ST education projectors featuring mercury-free blue core light engine

Units Consume up to 90 Percent Less Light Source Power; Feature SmartEco Advanced(TM) Technology, Ultra-High 80,000:1 Contrast Ratio, and Instant On/Off

AMX Introduces Intuitive Solution Empowering Teachers to Notify Of Emergencies, Improves Student Comprehension

Multipurpose System with Teacher-Worn Pendant Transmits Help Signal, Amplifies Teacher Voice; New Feature of AMX Unified Campus Solution

HAI Omni-Bus Lighting Control Introduces Advanced 110V Compatibility to Control CFL, LED, Electronic Low-Voltage, Halogen, and Incandescent Lighting

HAI Products will be available for demonstration at the 2012 International Builders Show, in Booth W5153, in Orlando, Florida, February 8-11, 2012.

Google working on home entertainment device

The company behind the Web’s most popular search engine is working on a home entertainment device, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. And reports say that device will stream music wirelessly in people's homes.

Google plans to test 252 of the devices in its employees’ homes in Mountain View, Calif., where it has its headquarters; in Los Angeles; in New York; and in Cambridge, Mass. The device uses wireless home networks and “requires testing outside the laboratory environment,” the filing said.

The device isn’t ready to ship yet. The company says it’s still in the “prototyping phase.”

Google is looking for promising gushers other than its gangbusters search advertising business, which accounts for nearly all its revenue.

 

Definitive Technology's Product Line Now Updated In D-Tools System Integrator (SI) 5.5 Software

Leading loudspeaker manufacturer's product information in D-Tools System Integrator™ 5.5 Software is now completely updated and available to current SI users.

BrightSign Solid-State Media Players Bundled with Wovenmedia's Cloud Video Publishing Service

Network-enabled Controllers Deliver Full HD Quality, High Reliability and Significant Energy Savings

i Display Announces a New Android Based Media Player That Enables Playing Content on Any Screen Size and from Any Location

i Display, an innovative interactive digital display company, announced today, during the ISE show the launch of the new Android Media Player specifically designed for the retail market needs. The i Display's Android based Media Player enables retailers to play their media, content and applications on any screen size and from any location in 1080P full HD quality.

Videotel Inc. Announces They Will Exhibit for the First Time at Infocomm12 in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 13th-15th

Videotel, the nation's leading provider and manufacturer for the unique auto on, auto start, and auto repeat industrial DVD player. Videotel additionally offers a full suite of commercial media players backed with 30 years of experience and innovation.

Numonics Corporation Announces CLEVERTOUCH Interactive Touchscreen Overlays for Professional Displays and Consumer TV's

CLEVERTOUCH is a touchscreen overlay that transforms a flat panel display or TV into an interactive touchscreen to control a connected PC or digital media player. It is the latest innovation from Numonics Corporation a pioneer in the development of digital presentation devices for industry and education.

Planar Launches First Thin Video Wall Solution Targeting Large and Growing Wall Coverings Market

Planar Mosaic offers unprecedented flexibility to position LCD tiles, including a new square video tile, into arrays never before imagined

75-Inch LaserVue TV Receives 2012 Most Efficient ENERGY STAR® Award

World's only laser TV from Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America boasts one of the lowest watts-per-inch ratios in the industry

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