Curved OLED TV Display Performance

Edward F. Kelley, SID Information Display:

All these results show that these TVs, especially in their theater modes viewed from the frontal direction, are almost “perfect” with respect to luminance, color gamut, gamma, and black levels, as Dr. Soneira describes.

Kelley compared the LG 55EA9800 and Samsung KN55S9CAFXZA 55-inch curved OLED TVs. Raymond Soneira described the LG 55EA9800 “visually indistinguishable from perfect”.

Nervous System’s Kinematics

Nervous System:

Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Kinematics combines computational geometry techniques with rigid body physics and customization. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body.

In other words, Nervous System’s Kinematics let you 3D print big flexible stuff. Check out the Kinematics video.

Touching Screen Almost Equally Satisfying as Touching the Real Thing When Shopping Online

via John Gruber. Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe:

New research out of Boston College indicates that consumers feel a deeper affinity for products they touch on a screen than those selected using a laptop touchpad or a mouse.

When consumers participating in the study reached out and touched an image on a touchscreen, the experience nearly rivaled their feelings of touching merchandise in a brick-and-mortar store, according to the measure of satisfaction used in the study.

I expect interactive touching of high-quality photos of products for sale will be everywhere, and soon.

LG 105UB9

LG: The LG 105UB9 is a 21:9 105-inch curved TV with a pixel format of 5120×2160. The 105UB9 sports a total of more than 11 million pixels. LG calls this display CinemaScope, which is fitting as I can imagine how cinema-like it’ll be in my living room. LG will be showcasing the 105UB9 at CES 2014. Note this isn’t a curved OLED; it’s a curved LCD.

What’s The Best Smartphone For Photographers?

Jackie Dove, Macworld:

But the essence and value of a camera comes down to how well it shoots, how easy it is to use, how automatic its features are, and whether it captures pictures you’ll want to share with family and friends to enjoy for years to come. From that standpoint, the best smartphone cameras for shooting—which provides the basis for special effects and video—are those of the Apple iPhone 5s, the LG G2, and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

What’s surprising is in the low ambient light test the LG G2 came out on top. The LG G2 automatically beautifies and posterizes faces making them look quite nice without having to mess around. But that also means image editing is limited.

There is no clear winner, but it also means everyone will continue to focus on improving the camera subsystem in their smartphones. I still have another year of a two-year contract on my iPhone 5 so I’m looking forward to what Apple, LG, and Samsung have in store next year when the iPhone 6, G3, and S5 come out.

Amazon Studios to Shoot and Deliver 2014 Original Drama and Comedy Series in 4K Ultra HD


“As a premium original content creator, we’re excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series next year,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “All of the pilots and series we produce next year will be shot in 4K. That includes our first ever drama series that we will greenlight next year—we think customers are going to love watching these series in the highest resolution ever available to consumers and we can’t wait to deliver it.”

Anyone wanting to watch 4K streams from Amazon will need a fast broadband pipe, about 15 Mbps according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. But I recommend 50 Mbps.

“The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut.”

via John Gruber. Dan Lyons:

“The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut,” says the Qualcomm employee. “Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It’s not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won’t benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it’s like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it.”

The “It’s not that big a performance difference right now…” is inaccurate. Mike Ash, again via John Gruber, points to huge improvements in object creation and destruction speeds in 64-bit mode versus 32-bit mode:

Adding it all together, it’s a pretty big win. My casual benchmarking indicates that basic object creation and destruction takes about 380ns on a 5S running in 32-bit mode, while it’s only about 200ns when running in 64-bit mode. If any instance of the class has ever had a weak reference and an associated object set, the 32-bit time rises to about 480ns, while the 64-bit time remains around 200ns for any instances that were not themselves the target.

In short, the improvements to Apple’s runtime make it so that object allocation in 64-bit mode costs only 40-50% of what it does in 32-bit mode. If your app creates and destroys a lot of objects, that’s a big deal.

I’m not a programmer, but I take this to mean iOS apps that take advantage of the A7 CPU’s 64-bit architecture are faster, now.

McLaren to Incorporate Military Windshield Wiper Technology

Valentina Palladino, The Verge:

The system is expected to use high-frequency sound waves, similar to ultrasounds used by doctors to scan unborn babies, to create tiny vibrations on the screen that would bounce off rain, debris, and insects. Not only does this improve visibility, but it also eliminates the windshield wiper motor in traditional cars […]

No more having to buy expensive windshield wiper blades every year.

LG G Pad 8.3

David Pierce, The Verge:

The tablet is well made and even sort of beautiful, but you’re only ever supposed to care about the display. Even the microSD slot (a much-appreciated feature for a tablet with just 16GB of internal storage, even though you can’t actually write to it from the Google Play Edition model) is hidden underneath a port flap, and all buttons, ports, and speakers are painted the same black or white as the G Pad itself. All LG wants you to see is the G Pad’s 8.3-inch, 1920 x 1200 display.

It’s one of the better screens I’ve seen on a tablet, big and crisp and colorful. It’s not particularly bright and can thus be hard to see outdoors, but for virtually every other use case it works beautifully. Touch response is good enough that the operating system feels like it’s moving underneath my fingers, and even though it’s not technically as sharp as the Nexus 7’s smaller, same-resolution screen, it’s very nearly as good to my eyes. A display this good makes me want to use the G Pad 8.3 more.

The 7-inch 16:10 Nexus 7, the 8.3-inch 16:10 LG G Pad, and the 7.9-inch 4:3 iPad mini. What is the optimal size and aspect ratio for a tablet? I don’t think there is one definitive answer. Instead there are many answers and they all depend on what you want to use a tablet for. This is what I use my 9.7-inch 4:3 iPad (3) for: read, write, draw, and occasionally watch TV shows and movies. I read some e-books, PDF documents, but most of what I read is content off of webpages using either Instapaper or Readability. (Yes, I hate ads, chrome, links, etc. that unnecessarily slow down everything.) I read in portrait orientation about 90% of the time, but reading in landscape orientation is doable. The iPad is great for reading.

The second thing I do is write, which is what I am doing right now. I prefer writing in portrait mode, but when my iPad is propped up using the Incase Origami Workstation and I want to listen to music at the same time I rotate it in landscape mode. The main reason for that is pushing the Home button in portrait mode isn’t very comfortable. If I’m not listening to music, I turn the iPad upside down.

The third thing I do is draw. I want to draw more but just don’t have the time for it. Drawing might be too sophisticated a word for what I actually do; doodle would be a more accurate description. I am currently testing the Pencil by 53 and about 80% of the time it’s a joy to use with 53’s Paper iPad app. In my opinion the 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPad is perfect for drawing. And if you draw a lot and you’re in the market for a new tablet, I would recommend the larger 9.7-inch iPad to the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

Finally, I watch TV shows and movies on the iPad. It’s either Netflix or Amazon, but more on Netflix because I think there are more movies I want to watch on Netflix than on Amazon. Watching movies or TV shows on the iPad isn’t a great experience. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. No one I know watches TV in SD anymore. Actually, scratch that: I do know one good friend who does, but he’s an anomaly, I think. He watches in SD because he wants to record as many TV shows into his DVR as possible. Sports is the only exception; for sports it is 100% HD even for him. For my friend the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio would be a perfect fit for SD. I watch in HD whenever I can and that means black bars on top and bottom. If it’s a movie that can mean really thick bars top and bottom. If I watched a lot more TV and movies a 16:9 tablet would be best and the 16:10 Nexus 7 and LG G Pad would be very close to best.

So, is the LG G Pad for you? It depends on what you want to do with it. But what seems to be evident is the display is superb.