Sony’s Crystal LED Integrated Structure (CLEDIS) technology uses ultrafine LEDs an a special surface mounting structure to create 18-in. by 16-in. panels that are used to construct very large displays. Each pixel is 0.003 mm2 with the surrounding area being more than 99% black. This provides a high contrast ratio. The displays have a 180-deg. viewing angle and run at 120 frames/s. A 32- by 9-ft. version will be available in 2017.
3D never really took off because of content, but one of the complaints was always the need to wear glasses to get the effect. 3D virtual reality glasses take this to extremes, but there have been many working on 3D displays that do not required glasses. KDX was showing a HDTV with this technology. Of course, the photo does not do it justice, but the 3D effect was visible from most angles—not just viewing it from the center. While the 3D effect is not as good as with glasses, it is more than adequate for casual viewing and would be ideal for digital signage applications.
Curved HDTVs were hot in years past at CES, and the trend continues. What makes Samsung’s CF791, 32-in. curved display stand out is its size and curvature. It makes images easier to view, and a single display provides enough for most PC users. More than two would be lost from your peripheral vision. It can be used for watching movies, but it is more impressive as a PC monitor.
Okay, I had to include at least one OLED HDTV. They are thin, bright, and (at this point) expensive for big displays, although significantly less than in the past. This is LG’s 4K Signature OLED display. Again, photos do not do it justice. It supports high dynamic range (HDR) video. The Picture-on-Glass technology essentially puts the OLEDs on a glass substrate, allowing extremely thin displays. That does not include the electronics, but that can often be hidden. Even though LG wasn’t the only company with OLED technology, that does look to be the wave of the future. Now if we can just get content to drive these impressive displays.
Nanoleaf Aurora panels are not displays, exactly. They are more like flat LED light bulbs. The color and intensity can be controlled and the panels are designed to link together. The floor-mounted versions were for demonstration only, as they aren’t that durable, but providing a glass or plexiglass cover easily remedies that issue. The panels can be combined to cover large areas.
Texas Instruments’ (TI) DLP technology was hiding everywhere, from augmented reality glasses to tiny projectors like these. Vivitek Qumi Q8 (left) and the OU Smart Beam Laser NX (right) take advantage of TI’s latest chipsets. The Qumi Q8 has a 1080p resolution. It also has built-in Wi-Fi support for streaming or mirroring information from iOS and Android devices. It is even possible to use it with flash media instead of requiring a PC. The NX has a 720p resolution. It can also be controlled by an app and supports Miracast, Apple Airplay, USB, and HDMI inputs.
This portable display from KinoMo was hiding in the lower floor of the Sands Convention Center, and it garnered quite a following. It is designed to deliver 3D images with a holographic effect. They appear to float in the air, but the stop-action shot on the right highlights what is happening. The image in the lower right is one of the devices when it is turned off. The display will typically be used for specialized advertising, but there will be plenty of takers even for this more limited application space.
The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show was host to many of the latest display technologies, but we found a few that most people overlooked.
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