Alongside other manufacturers like LG and Samsung, Panasonic have unveiled their prototype of an invisible OLED TV. The appliances of an invisible screen are endless, especially for marketing products. Will you soon be walking through NAB, IBC and other events with invisible OLED showboxes, with touch screen capabilities to get the information you need? Are we one step closer to Minority Reports technology? What are possible applications of this technology for filmmakers? Invisible screen – Minority Report© 20th Century Fox / Dreamworks Pictures. It is well known that films and TV shows will often depict technology way beyond our imagination. From hoverboards to being able to connect to the world from the palm of your hand and now to invisible OLED TV screens with future touch capability. How does Transparent OLED work? OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. They are screens that produce light when electricity is applied through them. OLED is used to create digital displays in many devices that are being used today, from TV screen to computer monitors to smartphones. OLED displays are more efficient than LCD displays, due to not needing a backlight and filters to display an image. The panels are made up of layers sandwhiched between two electrodes – the cathode and anode. The electricity that is fed through the plastic emits its own light. This enables easier manufacturing and thinner products, as well as now – to become transparent. Source: www.dailymail.co.uk Due to the transparent nature of the components used in OLED screens, when the panel is on, the self-illuminating pixels produce a picture, and when the screen is off, the components go back to being transparent. OLEDs can also be designed to be more flexible and even rollable, such as the rollable TV screen that LG unveiled. Soon you won’t be needing to buy an extra large TV cabinet to fit your 60″ TV. You’ll be able to roll it out on the fly. You may ask yourself, why is this relevant to us in the film industry. I think most VT operators would be grateful to have this technology, instead of having to schlepp big OLED displays up and down a mountain to get to set. The Panasonic and LG TVs are still prototypes, and is unlikely to be available for at least another couple of years. The technology is there, but affordability may still be out of reach for a consumer market. Different kind of filmmaking? Apart from obvious consumer-related usages of this technology, it can also change the kind of content filmmakers produce specifically for these screens, and filmmaking technology itself. With the background having to be translucent, it means a lot of content needs to be shot in front of a green or blue screen, otherwise it couldn’t be made partially translucent during display. What other uses of these “invisible OLEDs” can you think of? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
Exciting times. Just a week ago, I discussed GoPro’s state of play and the available alternatives to their line-up of action cameras. So, here comes another competitor: LG just announced a new kind of action cam which will be capable of streaming your footage directly to YouTube. The action cam, revamped Imagine you are the super extreme outdoor sports type of guy or gal, and your YouTube channel is the hottest one around. Wouldn’t it be nice to stream and upload your video while you’re racing downhill on your motocross? If your answer is ‘yes’, this new action cam could be something for you. It’s capable of streaming HD footage (720p 30fps) over LTE straight to YouTube or other streaming sites. The full list of specifications available as of today reads like this: Camera: 1/2.3-inch 12.3MP / 1.55 x 1.55㎛pixels Connectivity: LTE / 3G / Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / USB Type-C 2.0 / Bluetooth 4.1 Video Recording: UHD 30fps / FHD 60fps / HD 120fps Video Live Streaming: HD 30fps Memory: 2GB RAM / 4GB ROM (OS only) / microSD (up to 2TB) Size: 35 x 35 x 77.9mm Weight: 95g Battery: 1,400mAh Others: IP67 / GPS / Accelerometer / Gyroscope Color: Light Gray Maybe the streaming capabilities is something you’ll never need. For me it’s kind of pointless, but there might be some applications where this feature makes perfect sense. The camera can be remotely controlled via a paired smartphone. But remember: You won’t need that smartphone to stream video from the action cam to video sites, as LTE is built-in. No info on supported carriers as of yet, though, but we assume it can accept any nano SIM card. Outdoor proof concept Ingress Protection rating chart with highlighted IP67 rating Another fascinating feature is the camera’s IP67 rating without the need for a special housing. That means this camera offers some level of sturdiness which is always a nice thing to have, particularly for an action cam. An entirely waterproof case will be introduced later this year and will enable you to do stuff like surfing or scuba diving with your new action camera, just like with your good ol’ GoPro. Pricing and availability The LG action cam will hit South Korea next month and will continue its journey to key markets worldwide from there. No word on pricing yet. Prices, specifications and carrier details will be announced locally at the time of launch. So we will have to wait a little longer in order to get all the information, but for the time being this little camera certainly looks promising. For the full press release, visit LG’s site.Read more
Things have now wrapped up in Vegas at CES. With an event deemed one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world, it’s no surprise that manufacturers will be presenting their top of the line products, what they consider the ‘next big thing’. It’s again no surprise that we find 4K technology at the forefront.Read more
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