Bezel-less Screens / Monitors / TVs, LED, and 3D

Kon’nichiwa!

It’s been a while since I’ve update my blog, technology wise. Thanks to an increase of traffic to this here blog I decided to give you some details on a popular search (something I vaguely posted previously). Bezel-less TVs. It’s a geek’s wet dream to have a few of these mythical pieces of hardware. However, we are getting pretty damn close thanks to two things in particular: glass and LEDs. We’ll go over those as well as 3D technology and TVs you might be looking for.

These cardboard glasses were just so darn comfortable!

Image thanks to 3dstereopics. Check out his Flickr photostream for more fun 3D photos.

3D has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until this last year that 3D technology has progressed. You remember the good ol’ 3D days? Blue and red lenses held by that familiar cardboard frame. Oh the joy of having the cardboard dig into your nose and ears. Not to mention the wonderful headache after 2 minutes of watching anything. By the Beard of Zeus! 3D glasses were the best invention of all time! But Alas! Anaglyph 3D has been replaced by its sexier younger sister RealD 3D. RealD is based off of an advanced version of stereoscopic 3D. The lenses range from a clear to smokey color. Best part of all is that both lenses are the same color! The way RealD works is by taking two cameras and filming from two different angles. Each angle is meant to represent how each eye sees. The degree of the angle between the two cameras translates over to how your eyes convert the depth of the image. In basic terms its the difference between having a ball sitting on a table or a ball flying at your face! However its still not perfect. I’ve learned that the quality of the 3D image is still dependent on how the TV projects these two images and in turn how the glasses receive those signals. We are definitely progressing though! Thumbs up for that I suppose.

LED 10W

LED 10W

LED TVs came out just a little before RealD 3D did. This innovation has really pushed the television market into more of the HD realm than it ever was before. LEDs have also been out for a while as well. They have been used in electronics as button lights and so forth for a long time. Advance flashlights used LEDs instead of bulbs providing a longer batter life and in some cases more even and brighter lighting. Let me digress no further and delve into how LED TVs work. Lets get one thing straight to begin with: LED TVs are still LCDs. The difference is the back-lighting system and how it works. LCDs vs LED LCDs is the difference between florescent back-lighting and LED back-lighting. Florescent lighting is usually accomplished using florescent bulbs; similar to the ones you have in offices but much, much smaller. So small in comparison that they are installed on the sides of the LCD inside the bezel of the TV, lighting across the screen. LEDs have been installed in the same way as regular LCD back-lighting, but LEDs are brighter and can be made down to the size of grain of sand if so desired. “How the hell does that improve the lighting?” I know you wondering and even asking that out loud (despite the strange looks the other people in the coffee shop are giving you). Well question aloud no longer! Think about it, if you can make a tiny little square that puts out a high amount of light couldn’t you line the edge with a bunch of LEDs? The answer is yes! Yes you can do exactly that! Manufacturers are doing just that! The reason this pushes HD farther along is because the lighting provides more of a contrast! Now I know what your thinking, “Holy Fat Buddha, that’s amazing!”. Indeed it is… indeed. However if you have ever gone shopping for LCD TVs (and I sure hope you have if your searching for bezel-less ones) then you know that the bigger the screen the higher the degradation in quality. This is because florescent bulbs have a short range of lighting. Now don’t me wrong here, LEDs don’t produce infinite range of light either, but because LEDs are so small (or can be made “so small”) then this allows you to take a different approach. Now it gets very technical here so hold onto your car-seat; If you take two equations and kinda intermix the two using the range measurement equation of the Global Positioning System then you could…………. alright, alright I’ll just spit it out. It’s called Full-Matrix lighting. Instead of the LEDs running along the edge of the LCD they are instead lined up behind the screen. That’s right, I said behind. If you think a bunch of LEDs lined around the edge of a screen imagine the lighting contrast you could achieve with a full sheet of LEDs in the rear! Mind boggling I know. Hold on just a second longer for me now.

2011 iMac

2011 iMac

Glass. Something so simplistic and beautiful. Have you ever seen a iMac before? Check it out at Apple’s website. I really would love to have one. What does that have to do with glass? Well Apple has used glass on its iMacs. giving it a pleasing seamless look. Not only does this protect the LCD screen itself it also allows bezels to be invisible if done right. There is still a bezel on the iMac of course. There is a way to attach the glass directly to the LCD eliminating the need for a bezel, I however can’t think of who has done this. If you know please comment on this post and I’ll add it in because it’s really bugging me. Anyways, I see this technique as a way to create actual bezel-less screens.

Now to move on to the final portion and that is showing off some damn slim and near bezel-less TVs as you will get at this particular moment and near future.
Lets start off with the only one that isn’t out just yet and that’s LG’s new 3D TV. Now before you piss your pants in excitement I just want to give you a forewarning: If you don’t like 3D (which I’m not very particular about myself to tell you the truth) these few TVs are 3D. “What’s good in that?” Don’t worry 3D can be turned off, but it’s there if you want it.

With out further ado I present the LG Cinema 3D TV 55LM9600. Its absolutely gorgeous! 55″ of super slim 1080p. Just get a look at that bezel! It almost appears as if the screen is just being projected from space (avoid focusing on the stand)!

LG Cinema 3D TV 55LM9600

Such a sexy LED TV

Now here is one that is actually available to buy. It’s made by Samsung and is on par with the LG, but one thing I can see Samsung having over LG here is picture quality. Samsung does a damn good job of producing large scale TVs that project the same quality as their smaller ones. LG is newer in the market and when looking at other things they produce primarily (smartphones) I am not impressed with them as it is. Here it is the Samsung UN55D8000YF: This is the 55″ model. Samsung makes 46″, 55″, and 60″ versions all roughly $200 in price difference.

Samsung UN55D8000YF

I love the stand but it would take up too much base room

There is one more and it is made by Sony. This TV is not bezel-less but they use glass just like Apple does. Here is the SONY 40″ BRAVIA NX720 LED 3D TV:

Sony BRAVIA 40" LED 3D TV

I really like Sony TVs

Thats all thanks for reading!

The New Beast!

Recently I have been looking around trying to find good touchscreen smart phones. Now to tell you the truth this has been a hard search for something that fits my needs. I’m no just talking about the OS here I’m talking hardware man! That’s right! The glorious pieces of goodah that make up the phone. I have found it!

For the most part this is coming from personal experience. I have owned several phones in my day and found some good ones and crappy ones. Over the years I have started to realize that certain companies have trends in what they do for phones. Like lets take LG for instance, they are a very interesting company who has its ideas every once in a while. But for the most part I have never been satisfied with their phones at all because they make cheap phones. Now one of my favorite phones has been the iPhone. I know, I know.

“iPhones are horrible! They are completely locked down and only available to AT&T!”

And then after that people say:

“Blah blah blah blah blah blah”

I don’t care! The iPhone has one of the most accurate touchscreens ever and who cares if I had to hack it? Plus the simplicity of the OS is very refreshing. I loved my iPhone. While I had an iPhone everyone else still had a shitty ass piece of junk prepaid looking cell phone. While they sat there texting. I was twittering, checking facebook, instant chatting, looking up things on the web, and writing emails. But the bill could not be paid for the service after a while which meant iPhone had to be sold. Anyways…

Now there have been several other interesting phones especially recently. Motorola is one of those companies that made a good phone still being used today. Motorola’s track record has been nice. Every Motorola phone I have owned has been reliable and did very well against my day to day poundings.

I know your wondering,

“Why is he blabbing on about this?”

Well I’m building up to what I wanted to talk about ok? so just calm down and be patient. So through the last few years I have owned some good phones. But I am always on the look out for a better phone. And despite my seemingly endless love for the iPhone I have found the one to replace that wonderful machine. Now you wonder why I have been talking about companies and how some make good phones and others make bad right? Well this new godly phone is made by and interesting company. Nokia.

Nokia has an interesting track record when it comes to phones. Their history of successful devices has fluctuated. Nokia has a tendency to make 20 crappy phones in a row and then come out with a really nice one! but then they fall back into the hole again. One of the nicest phones that I really liked was the Nokia N9000. It was a nice touch screen phone with one of the best slide out keyboards I have ever used. But I did not get it for one reason. Its a touch screen/keyboard combo.

It’s one of my biggest pet-peeves. If im going to get a touch-screen phone it is not going to have a physical keyboard which is why I have been so picky about the touch screen phones. I have to be able to type fast on the virtual keyboard and it has to be large. The accuracy of  touch screens has irritated me to no end for the most part. This is one reason why I liked the iPhone. The touch screen was super crisp.

So recently Nokia made a ph0ne that is wonderful! This is the new phone that I adore. It’s called the Nokia N8. And this is what it looks like:

This thing is Godly! So now to elaborate on why this phone is my new baby.

It has as you can see a pleasing form factor. Smooth and slick.

Here are the actual physical properties:

  • 12MP camera w/flash
  • 720p HD camcorder
  • 3.5″ touch screen
  • HDMI out which means I can put stuff up on the big screen in HD quality
  • FM radio
  • FM transmitter
  • 5 colors to choose from
  • 1/2 inch thick

These are the things that really attract me! It also has a new hardware element which makes it more universal than any phone. It has a 5-band 3G. This allows it yo be used by multiple carriers because each carrier uses different network frequencies for their connections. It uses GMS technology which means it uses SIM cards. AT&T and T-Mobile are the proposed outlets. The N8 is also running the new Symbian^3 OS. This operating system was just released to open source. Symbian^3 or just Symbian 3 has been improved upon greatly!

The new OS has lots to offer. It now has integrated social media like Twitter and Facebook, Free GPS navigation, Music player, and stream free Web TV. This means you have a choice of popular channels to choose from like NBC news and also you can tune in to local channels. Three main home-screens which are completely customizable. The OVI store offeres apps and is growing larger.

Now that Symbian has been redone and opened up it should improve upon greatly. It also has video and photo editing abilities for quick optimization.  If however I do not like the OS I will simply dual boot it with a customized version of Android OS.

Overall this thing has HUGE potential! You can currently pre-order it in some places. It is also available for direct purchase. These direct purchases would be for imported units. prices ranging from $600 – $950. I’ll just wait till it comes out though.

Thats all thanks for reading!

Ogio Metro Backpack

Hey everyone I just got my Ogio Metro Backpack two days ago. I needed a bag badly for School since my other backpack finally tore and its life was forfeit. So I researched backpacks for one that would be of the best possible quality. I knew I would have to pay some more for a better bag but this didn’t really matter since the knowledge of a higher price was already considered in my budget. Ogio after three weeks of searching and some intense research (including even using my friend’s Ogio Metro bag for a day) came on top as the best bag for the best price. I made a review and put it up on YouTube. The videos are posted below. Please comment on the videos or this post and give some feedback on the review. I want to know what you guys think about it. This info will help me improve my videos and how in-depth my reviews on products are. Enjoy!

This is Reevine (aka Jeff) signing out with my latest Wad of Trash hitting the Trash Can