Dyson Digital Motor Version 4.0

It took Dyson seven years and US$42 million to develop version 4.0 of the Dyson digital motor. Kyle VanHemert, Co.Design:

It’s one of the smallest, quietest high-powered motors in the world, accelerating from zero to 92,000 rpm in less than 0.7 seconds, thanks to its super-efficient electromagnet-based design.

Fifty five robots will manufacture 4 million digital motors per year at the Dyson West Park factory in Singapore.

HTC One

Vlad Savov, The Verge:

First up, the 4.7-inch LCD display is truly a worthy successor to the One X in being bright, crisp, and beautiful, no matter what angle you look at it from. It’s optically bonded and comes with a full 1080p resolution, giving it the pixel density (468ppi) crown [..]

The HTC One, with a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3, features the smallest 1920×1080 display and hence the highest resolution of 468 ppi. Add stereo speakers to the mix and the HTC One looks to be great for multimedia playback.

Combined with the state-of-the-art display is what seems a remarkable camera: UltraPixels that work like the Foveon X3 and a multi-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) based on the built-in gyroscope for both the front and rear cameras. Myriam Joire, Engadget:

Basically you’re looking at a 1/3-inch 4 megapixel BSI sensor with large 2µm pixels capable of gathering 330% more light than the 1.1µm pixels usually found in phones. This sensor is mated with a 28mm f/2.0 autofocus lens which is slightly recessed for protection and equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS), just like Nokia’s Lumia 920.

HTC got off the ridiculous megapixel bandwagon that’s been hoodwinking consumers into thinking more is better. The HTC One sports less, but larger pixels that take in more light: A simple solution to a vexing problem of low-light photography.

Update 2013.03.11: Unlike the Xperia Z with terrible viewing angles, which is quite surprising for Sony’s top-of-the-line smartphone, there is nothing to complain about the display in the HTC One. An additional confirmation from David Pierce at The Verge:

Its 4.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 display (that’s 468 ppi) is the sharpest I’ve ever seen. […] the screen is tack-sharp, colors are fantastic, blacks are impressively deep, and it looks great from any angle.

Why Doesn’t Anybody Copy Apple?

Perhaps it is more than a bit difficult to copy Apple. Horace Dediu:

It’s complex, it’s subtle, it defies explanation but it’s not magic. It’s a process that requires a degree of faith and fortitude. It’s collecting but ignoring data and trusting judgement when data tells you to move in a different direction. It’s a lot of willful rejection of conventional wisdom. It’s asymmetric approaches to competition. It’s art as much as science. And most of all, it’s a lot of mind-numbing polishing while trusting that only by doing great work is survival even possible.

Innolux: Plans for 4K LCD TV Panels

DIGITIMES:

The president said Innolux has already begun cooperating with China-based TV vendors to release a number of Ultra HD TVs by the May 1 holidays in China, including 39-. 50-, 55-, 58- and 65-inch units. He also said Innolux aims to put out other sizes in the future as well including smaller sizes in an effort to popularize the products among consumers outside of those who can afford high-end TV products.

Small, and affordable, 4K TVs are on the way.

LG TV + webOS

Horace Dediu:

As long as LG sells TVs as content terminals they might not obtain much value from webOS. If, on the other hand, LG were to use webOS to re-define their televisions to be something else entirely, namely software execution devices, sold differently and hired to do a different job than a TV, then webOS becomes not only necessary but potentially a source of great prosperity.

Great insight. Let’s hope LG does something exciting with webOS and not just another jazzed up content terminal.

Report of the MIT Taskforce on Innovation and Production

Twenty one MIT scientists formed an initiative called Production in the Innovation Economy or PIE two years ago. The purpose of PIE was to study how innovation and production are related to each other in the U.S. Today PIE shared what they found. Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Co.Design:

The synopsis ends with a strong argument for the power of proximity. “If we believe that they have a real chance, it’s because what’s held manufacturing in the United States in the last resort–even as so much turned against it–was the advantage firms gain from proximity to innovation and proximity to users,” write the authors. “Even in a world linked by big data and instant messaging, the gains from co-location have not disappeared.”

Dell Wireless Dock

Dell:

Designed for use in offices, meeting rooms and classrooms, the Dell Wireless Dock offers quick and easy connectivity to displays, projectors, networks, speakers and other peripherals for unparalleled connectivity and convenience. The new dock supports up to two external displays with both DisplayPort and HDMI, features ample peripheral connectivity via three USB 3.0 ports and facilitates easy collaboration with a front Audio In/Out port for voice over IP at speeds of up to 4.6 gigabits per second.

Based on WiGig.

Upcoming Motorola Products Below Google Standards

Chris Welch, The Verge:

Google’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette today said that products in Motorola’s pipeline are “not really to the standards that what Google would say is wow — innovative, transformative.”

Perhaps a good kick in the butt will get Motorola going again.

Update 2013.04.16: Shara Tibken, c|net:

“What I’d advise to do with Motorola is wait and see with the next generation of technology,” Schmidt said. “It’s very, very impressive.”

Less than two months ago Pichette wasn’t impressed with what Motorola had in the pipeline. Now Schmidt is very impressed. Which is it? Schmidt can at times exaggerate so I’ll go with Pichette.

Apple Pre-Announced iPad Sales

David Hsieh, DisplaySearch:

[…] Apple had planned to sell 40M iPad minis (7.9”) and 60M iPads (9.7”) in 2013. However, the reality seems to be the reverse, as the iPad mini has been more popular than the iPad. We now understand that Apple may be planning to sell 55M iPad minis (7.9”) and 33M iPads (9.7”) in 2013.

Does DisplaySearch know something no one else knows? No. Just to be clear: No one outside of Apple knows Apple’s iPad sales plans. And only a few inside Apple know.

via John Gruber. Matthew Panzarino:

DisplaySearch estimated those numbers from what it saw as a shift in a specific split of component orders. In fact, these estimates based on a single component (TFT LCDs).

Since the LCD is a component used by both the iPad and the iPad mini, it is theoretically possible a market research firm could accurately estimate iPad and iPad mini production. The only problem is market research firms like DisplaySearch do not have full access to actual LCD production data to state what Apple’s iPad sales plans are. The best a market research firm can do is provide an highly educated guess. I should know; I used to work at DisplaySearch.