Archives for December 7, 2009

Faster, better holographs

3D holographic display provider Zebra Imaging says it has now “cut production time in half while doubling the resolution on both color and monochromatic holograms.”

Using patented technical advances in lasers, optics and computing, Zebra’s holograms are portable and can be made either transparent or opaque and rigid or flexible through various lamination techniques. The hologram is illuminated with a halogen or LED light source.

The recent improvements let the company create high-resolution holographic images in less than two and a half hours, Zebra says, “allowing for the rapid production of digital holographic imagery at previously unattainable speeds and quality.”

Zebra says it holographs are a “robust, cost-effective and accurately-detailed medium to present plans and designs in a true 360-degree viewpoint without requiring special goggles, glasses or other eyewear.”

The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Feather-light video viewing

To better accommodate those with low-bandwidth connections, YouTube is testing a stripped-down viewing page designed to ensure videos load and play quickly.

“A consequence of rolling out higher quality video is that playback might suffer if bandwidth or computer processing power is low,” the company says. To counter this where needed, the “Feather” player defaults down from HD to standard definition, and related videos, comments and other familiar features from the main “watch page” are “kept to a minimum.”

The page also uses “advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser,” YouTube says, and “this results in a user experience that aims to keep things simple, and the videos loading and playing quickly.”

However, YouTube adds that Feather is “a work in progress” and may not work for all videos.

Sports in 3D: 2010 FIFA World Cup

Sony is backing its bet on 3DTV with a deal to use its 3D cameras to capture World Cup soccer.

“3D viewers around the world will feel as though they are inside the stadiums, watching the games in person,” Sony says.

Sony previously announced plans to introduce 3D LCD TVs next year, as well Blu-ray DVD players and PlayStation game consoles.

LG first with 3D HD

LG Electronics asserts it’s the first display maker to mass produce a monitor with both full HD resolution and 3D.

The panel can produce both 2D and 3D imagery. The 23-inch screen works with shutter glasses for its 3D appearance.

The Korean company says the thin-film transistor liquid crystal display has picture quality almost twice as crisp as that of 3D displays currently available in the market — thanks to a 3D controller capable of processing more than twice as much image data as other HD LCDs.

Apple sued over iPhone camera

Following successful suits against Sony, Canon, and others, St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants is now suing Apple, with the claim that the digital camera in the iPhone infringes on the same basic digital camera patents for which St. Clair has received royalties from many manufacturers.

The suit, filed in the US District Court of Delaware, charges Apple’s phone photography violates four patents.

Companies that have previously agreed to pay royalties include Motorola and Sanyo. In its lawsuits, St. Clair won almost $35 from Canon in 2003, and $25 million from Sony in 2001.