Mirroring your computer onto any HDMI display with Airtame wireless dongle

Here’s yet another option for wirelessly mirroring your computer screen to another display, but don’t worry: This one is rather impressive. Airtame, the creation of a group of Danish folks, is an HDMI dongle that links your PC — be it running Windows, OS X or Linux — to whatever display it’s plugged into over WiFi. Installation is a breeze: All you need on the PC side is just the software, and from there you can choose which dongles to beam your screen to. Yes, dongles, because you really can beam one PC to multiple screens, thus beating Miracast. We also played a game on one of the laptops, and the response time on the remote display was surprisingly good.





Matchstick’s Firefox OS adapter – Media to your TV for $25

Looking for a streaming media stick that’s more accessible than Google’s Chromecast? You might have found it. After a few teasers, Matchstick has revealed the first Firefox OS-based media sharing adapter. The self-titled gadget lets you “fling” video, websites and other content from Firefox (naturally), Chrome and supporting apps to your TV. While the hardware should be a bit more powerful than Chromecast, the real allure is a completely open platform — you can tinker with the software and even build your own hardware if you’re the entreprenurial sort. A low price will help, too. Matchstick hopes to sell its stick for $25 this February, and that’s assuming you don’t back the upcoming Kickstarter project — get in early and it will cost $18. Even if Matchstick doesn’t get as much app support as Google’s device, it may be worth a look.


Epson 3LCD Laser Projectors

Epson has caused quite a stir at CEDIA Expo with the launch of its Pro Cinema LS10000 and LS9600e 3LCD projectors with reflective laser technology.

The LS10000 is a 4K model, while the LS9600e is a wireless 1080p projector. Both use a laser light source to deliver “unprecedented Absolute Black contrast ratio and one of the industry’s largest colour gamuts,” says Epson.

The 4K unit can project images with up to 1500 Lumens of colour brightness and the same for white brightness, while the Full HD one delivers 1300 Lumens.

Advantages of the laser light source are said to be rapid warm-up and cool down, high-speed contrast control for bright and dark scenes, and up to 30,000 hours of use. The ‘Instant On/Off’ function means pictures appear on screen or shut down with virtually no wait, says Epson.

Bright 3D Drive is designed for greater brightness when viewing 3D content, and both projectors can handle Full HD 1080p in 2D and 3D.

Operation is said to be “whisper quiet”, and on the LS9600e a WirelessHD transmitter connects up to five HDMI devices simultaneously. It also has MHL connectivity to display content from compatible smartphones and tablets.

Both models have 2.1 x power zoom, power focus, lens shift up to 90 per cent vertical and 40 per cent horizontal, as well as a lens position memory that can store up to 10 settings for 16:9 or 4:3 projection areas.

Epson says its new Pro Cinema projectors will be available in the US this autumn for prices “below $8000″.

Also new from Epson are three 3LCD Full HD/3D projectors: the Home Cinema 3600e ($1999), Home Cinema 3500 ($1699) and Home Cinema 3000 ($1299).


Samsung 105-inch Curved UHD 4K TV

Today Samsung announced the availability of its biggest curved screen TV ever. First shown at the 2014 CES, the 105-inch UN105S9W UHD 4K TV sells for $119,999.99 . Unlike Samsung’s other curved models which incorporate the HDTV and UHDTV standard 1.78:1 aspect ratio, this one uses an ultra wide panel with 2.37:1 aspect ratio. More details after the break.

The UN105S9W can be ordered this week at It joins the other S9 flat UHD 4K models which are available in 85- and 110-Inch screens. The UN105S9W is a full array LED backlit LCD with local dimming using Samsung’s propriety UHD dimming and Precision Black technology.

Due to its wider aspect ratio the native screen resolution is 5120 x 2160 making the UN105S9W the highest resolution TV (with over 11 million pixels) available.

The UN105S9W comes with the floor stand, however the LCD panel can be detached and mounted to a specialty wall mount (price and model number TBA).

Each 105inch TV will be made to order.


LG’s Swarovski-encrusted OLED TV

There are few things that scream class more loudly than coating a piece of consumer electronics in gold. Except, perhaps, for doing the same thing, but with Swarovski crystals. That’s the truth-bomb that LG has just deposited into our laps, having announced it’s bringing an OLED HDTV with such glittery detailing here at IFA. Why? We can’t even begin to answer that question, but LG claims the 460-crystal pattern “turns a cutting-edge television into a work of art.” There’s no word on a price, but LG says this TV will go on sale in Europe this year — we’d rather forego the crystals to get OLED down to a price that competes with the best LCDs and Ultra HD TVs instead.


LG is getting out of plasma TVs

On the B-side of LG’s announcement that it will start selling two 4K OLED TVs, is the bad news for plasma. Korean papers Yonhap News and The Korea Times report home entertainment division lead Ha Hyun-hwoi’s comments that the company will end production of plasma TVs soon. According to Ha, LG is conducting an internal study to decide when it will end plasma production — not a bad run after rumors said it would shut down in 2008 and 2009 — and will make an official announcement on the issue soon. LG is the last major brand making plasmas after Samsung announced its exit earlier this year, and Yonhap says that once LG shuts down, China’s Changhong Electric Co. (the same company once on the receiving end of $1 billion worth of stolen plasma tech from LG) will be the only major manufacturer left in the game. If you don’t love LCDs and you’re not ready to drop $3,500 on a 55-inch OLED, it may be time to grab one of the few remaining plasmas and ride that out for the next few years.


LG Intouch Max Android Smartphone Goes for Entry-Level Crowd

It seems that we’ll be seeing quite a hefty amount of Android smartphones coming from LG this year, and the company has decided to start up the fray with an entry-level model, which would target mostly people who want to enjoy the Android experience for themselves but are not ready yet for a more expensive solution. Dubbed InTouch Max (but also known as the LG GW620), the handset offers a few interesting features, but nothing particularly fancy.

The device runs Android version 1.5 and features a 3-inch touchscreen display (TFT LCD, 262k colors), accompanied by a QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the handset when required. Furthermore, the smartphone supports 3G networks, WiFi and WAP, and also incorporates a Bluetooth module (then again, this is not exactly what one might call an extraordinary feature nowadays).

The handset is powered by a 1500 mAh, Li-Polymer battery, a full recharge taking around 3.5 hours. The battery life is also pretty good for an Android smartphone, since we’re talking about up to 330 hours in stand-by and up to 250 minutes of talk time.

It also boasts a 5-megapixel camera module, which can be used for taking some decent photos but also for shooting video clips. Moreover, it offers a set of features most users have come to expect by default from their mobile phones, such as a calculator, calendar, clock/alarm, FM radio, loudspeaker, and music player. The SAR Level (W/kg) is not particularly fantastic, but not bad either, since we’re talking about 0.95 W/kg.

As mentioned right from the start, the LG InTouch Max (GW620) will be available at Virgin Mobile UK and T-Mobile UK, pricing depending on the contract of choice. However, even when a contract is involved, pricing for this thing will be extremely decent, making it a very good solution for users on a tighter budget.


Kodak sells OLED business to LG

Kodak has been a big name in electronics for many years now. The company was originally best known for its line of films and film-based cameras. As technology changed, the company began producing a full line of digital cameras and digital photo frames among other things.


Kodak has been making its own OLED screens for use in its electronic products for a while now. Back in March Kodak and LG teamed up and Kodak announced that its OLED screens would be used in LG products. Kodak announced recently that it would be selling its OLED screen business and all associated assets to LG

The specifics of the deal are not known at this time. Kodak reports that the move will allow it to tighten its investment focus and strengthen its financial position. Kodak will continue to have access to the OLED technology for its own products. The deal is subject to customary closing processes and is expected to close by the end of the year.


LG Showcasing Digital Signage Solutions for Hospotality and Restaurants

LG Electronics will be unveiling advanced digital signage solutions, from interactive advertising to wayfinding options, for the hospitality and lodging industry, sometime this week at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show. As one of the emerging technology leaders in the digital signage industry, the maker wants to demonstrate the growing importance of digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising to hoteliers and restauranteurs, through the unique LCD HDTV monitors that clearly improve any environment, or at least it adds a touch of commercials.

Another display that is going to be showcased is the LG M4714T targeted for wayfinding touch screens that would enhance customer service, as well as modernizing hospitality spaces. The slim stretch screens (like the model M2900S-BN pictured above), which are at most half the height of a regular monitor, will surely be able to be fit even in the smallest spaces, targeting both hotel gift shops and restaurants.

Another display that is going to be showcased is the LG M4714T targeted for wayfinding touch screens that would enhance customer service, as well as modernizing hospitality spaces. The slim stretch screens (like the model M2900S-BN pictured above), which are at most half the height of a regular monitor, will surely be able to be fit even in the smallest spaces, targeting both hotel gift shops and restaurants.

LG Electronics actually knows what it’s talking about, well, besides the fact that this would mean a serious and large target on the market. Nowadays, digital signage seems to be among the most efficient marketing channels, since people are already tired of TV Ads (especially when most of them are kitschy and concept-less) and along with the expansion of poster-prohibited areas. Also, we’ve all seen devices that directly block out ads, so yes, even with yours truly, advertising will get much faster (and easier to me) if I see it on a display in a Kiosk, rather than just a printed A4 strip.


Large(ish) Scale production of OLED imminent

Could we soon be looking at large(ish) scale, reasonably priced OLED and AMOLED displays?  Probably not, at least when it comes to the pricing part, but both LG Display and AUO have announced mass production plans for their OLED and AMOLED panels, LG expecting to kick-start production in 2011 while AUO claims to be ready to start now.


The AUO plant will be pumping out 14-inch OLED displays, running at Full HD resolution and 157ppi density.  Each display boasts a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 200cd/m2 brightness, and is capable of 16m colors.  They cover 72-percent of the NTSC color gamut and run at 120Hz.  No news on whether AUO are positioning the OLEDs for TV or laptop use, but we’d quite like to whip out an OLED ultraportable in our local Starbucks.

As for LG Display, they’re planning to begin AMOLED mass production at their new 5G plant in the second half of 2011.  The company will produce 30-inch and above displays in 2011, before shifting to 40-inch AMOLED production in 2012.

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