While LG and Samsung showed off their OLED prototypes, Sony was showing off its new 55-inch Crystal LED prototype at CES 2012. Its display sports what it calls "ultrafine" LEDs mounted to each RGB color, equal to the number of pixels, which is all attached directly to the front of the display. Sony says this results in 3.5 times contrast, 1.4 times the color gamut and 10 times faster response time than LCDs.
The "Crystal LED Display" is a self-emitting display that uses Sony's unique methods to mount ultrafine LEDs in each of the RGB colors, equivalent to the number of pixels. The RGB LED light source is mounted directly on the front of the display, dramatically improving the light use efficiency. This results in images with strikingly higher contrast (in both light and dark environments), wider color gamut, superb video image response time, and wider viewing angles when compared to existing LCD and plasma displays, with low power consumption.
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While the white iPhone 4 has continued to elude the public thus far, eBay has been full of them for some time now. However, a one-of-a-kind model showed up today. This prototype white iPhone 4 started bidding at $2,000. It's got a model number of 995-6364LL, and also has the indentifer DF3039 engraved on the front panel. You definitely won't find that anywhere else.
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Sony Ericsson has a nifty new prototype named the Aino, named after a Finnish mythology creature. The smartphone features an 8 megapixel camera, syncs to your PC via 3G or WiFi and (here’s where the nifty part comes in) connects to your PS3, no matter where you are. This version will only show you what content is on it but hey, it’s a start. The Aino comes with a Bluetooth headset, headphones that light up and a wireless dock.
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Miika Mahonen has designed the Nokia Pulse Projector that combines an LED projector and an NXT speaker with Dolby Sound. Relying on Pulse software and Bluetooth connectivity, it can be paired up with a cell phone. The prototype is given specifications of a resolution of 1,280 x 768, a contrast ratio of 1,500:1 and 1,000 lumens brightness. The projector can send images of 15 to 60-inches from up to about 7 1/2 feet away.
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With all the hoopla over the new Kindle DX, we think it is nice that someone has come up with a Braille E-Book. Translation of a 500 page book can double the thickness of the tome, so designers Seon-Keun Park, Byung-Min Woo, Sun-Hye Woo and Jin-Sun Park use EAP technology to change the surface pattern via electromagnetic signals. This is still a prototype but maybe Amazon can make it its next hot product.
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Companies as well as individuals know that security is not always possible with portable drives if lost or stolen. So Fujitsu is developing 2 new technologies to help prevent data disclosure from USB memory devices. One of them is to automatically erase data stored after a fixed period of time. A second ensures that data would only be stored on a specified server. While there is no timetable as to it becoming a viable technology, at least the company is making a concentrated effort to handle the problem.
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The Vertigo is a handy device that will self-heat your food and beverages and is eco-friendly at the same time. Designed by Nicolas Bernal, the outer shell is made from Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT), a material that can handle temperatures up to 150° C and is fire retardant. A sensor-triggered LED lets you know optimal temperature. Best of all, you hand crank it, so the prototype will work when you are lost in the woods, stuck in traffic, or need a caffeine fix.
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Curb your partners/spouses, kids, and neighbors’ bad habits of wasting energy. Peter Russo and Brendan Wypich of Stanford University have created a SmartSwitch. The prototype doesn’t keep anyone from turning one on, but if it is done too often the flipping is more difficult. The device provides tactile feedback with a network connection and brake pad. The SmartSwitch fits into a standard electrical box and can be used for a home or an entire community, unless they have secretly purchased a Clapper.
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Studio FRST has come up with an interesting prototype TV. The 16943 displays video in aspect ratios of both 16:9 and 4:3 so that whatever you are watching is properly framed. At a size of 618 x 840 x 120mm, there is a DVD player slot in the side. Placed on a glass stand, the idea is certainly interesting, especially as it would eliminate some of those annoying bars, and the name obviously fitting, but we are not sure that we could adjust to the jarring shape.
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There is a new guitar in town, sort of. The Chameleon Guitar takes on almost any style with an internal computer. By swapping part of the soundboard it changes the acoustics. For example, adjusting the hybrid instrument can make a classical-sounding guitar turn electric. Amit Zoran and his team from MIT will keep working on the prototype and envision music companies developing their own soundboards and new instruments.
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