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Flex and Touch, One Screen

Flex and Touch, One Screen I thought this month's lead story would be about the new Kindle... but in the end, the Kindle was relegated to the blog. I've maligned the touchscreen craze in the past, but combining touchscreens with flexible displays could change my mind. Induction solves the problem of making a flexible screen that is also touch sensitive. An article in MIT Technology Review reports that the display was developed by E-Ink and the University of Arizona Flexible Display Center — and that the military will get the technology first. Video shows testing of the new display.

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Rugged, High-performance Surface-mount Touch Terminal
Instruments & Equipment Company

Rugged, High-performance Surface-mount Touch Terminal The TPS-790 series is a rugged NEMA 4/IP-65 rated touch terminal that is available in 17 in. and 19 in. LCD sizes with black powder-coat finish or optional stainless steel enclosure. This product includes a 1.5 GHz processor, 80 GB HDD, and XP Pro O/S. Options include barcode, Webcam, fingerprint reader, RFID, WiFi, and VESA mounting bracket

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Going 3D with LCDs

Going 3D with LCDs Two researchers explain how to turn an ordinary LCD display into a 3D display, just by changing the backlighting. Parallax displays started stereograms, progressed to polarized glasses, and progressed to patterning on the front of the display. But patterning the light behind the display offers some attractive features as well.

A Screen is All You Need

A Screen is All You Need Why pay extra for a keyboard on your next netbook? A netbook is mostly LCD touch-screen with USB ports, memory, and Linux-based operating system. The tablet netbook also includes a magnetized back (so you can stick it to the fridge, or filing cabinet, or car?) Check out the video of the netbook at Demo 09.

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Follow the LED Road

Follow the LED Road Forget billboards — this color-changing floor made from 15,000 LEDs measures 95 sq m. The glass floor was designed by UK-based architect Darnton Elgee's Mari Stassen and built by light-maker Kubic of South Africa. The display uses 134 modular elements, and is destined for use in a large furniture store in Dubai.

Signage in the Round

Signage in the Round Flat billboards work fine for car traffic, but not so well for foot-traffic that goes every which way. A signage design provides LED-based HD resolution in-the-round. Cylindrical displays can be at average eye-height, and use optics to provide the same experience with fewer LEDs — and lower electric bills.

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Entry-level StereoMirror 3D/Stereoscopic Display
Planar Systems, Inc.

Entry-level StereoMirror 3D/Stereoscopic Display The entry-level model of the StereoMirror is now more affordable at an almost 40% reduction in price. The SD1710 shares the StereoMirror's compatibility with graphics cards and software. The viewing performance and comfort of the StereoMirror can now be experienced by even more users. Learn more about the entry-level 3D display.

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Touchscreens at World Mobile Congress

Touchscreens at World Mobile Congress Scratch a blogger and you get snark. The blogger is Dan Tynan at Computerworld, and the subject of the blog is the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. The snark is based on all the 'touch-screen stuff' competing with the iPhone. Increasingly sophisticated graphics, high-quality video, and touchscreens are the wave of future cell phones.

Touch — Not Just for Miniscreens

Solar Cell (phone)s? Both Samsung and China's ZTE displayed solar-powered cell phones in Barcelona. Recharging a cell phone is a hassle, so going solar makes sense. But cell phones use considerably more power than a small radio or a calculator (mobile devices that run off solar cells). Can they be efficient enough to run on solar, or is it another gimmick?

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Wallpaper Displays

Wallpaper Displays Maybe home wall-sized displays won't be used as theaters — but what if they're used like instantly-changeable wallpaper? An article in the UK's Times Online describes a breakthrough in filter technology that could enable large OLED displays to act as programmable wallpaper, with comparatively low power requirements.

Touch — Not Just for Miniscreens

Touch — Not Just for Miniscreens Sure, mobile gadgets benefit from touchscreens, but what about bigger displays? Above 24 in., the average user is sitting a bit farther than arm's reach, and controlling the screen via remote. This DigiTimes article says that Samsung is out to prove me wrong, with a 32 in. LCD with touch-sensitive IR technology.

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Kingbright Ultra-thin SMD Displays Available at Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

Kingbright Ultra-thin SMD Displays Available at Digi-Key From Digi-Key, Kingbright continues to advance its display products by developing the ultra-thin 0.8 in. character height SMD displays that are as thin as 0.12 in. (3 mm). The SMD display's low-profile design, coupled with its vivid and crisp displaying capability, makes handheld testing devices, instrumental equipment, and consumer electronics smaller, lighter, and flashier.

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