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 Anaglyph 3D has been replaced by its sexier younger sister RealD 3D.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!

Bezel-less Monitor/TV

UPDATE: Just put a new post up on Bezel-less TVs. Check out my home page to see the new post.

 

For some time now Gamers and Graphic artists (and just other techies) have wanted what we would call a “bezel-less” monitor and/or TV. Well as of right now four companies have near “bezel-less” TVs: LG, Barco, NEC, and Samsung. LG first released theirs in Russia. Now all of these may be nice and dandy but I was wanting a nice actual bezel-less monitor not a “near” bezel-less.

Whats nice about knowing people is that you get to know other people who know those people. So basically my friend Skylar is good friends with a guy who makes some very nice devices for testing. In the past we have got together and discussed projects and what can be improved. Well Joel the inventor in light has just come up with a compromise. He has made a cross between near bezel-less and actual bezel-less.

What Joel did was make the top and bottoms the near bezel-less. Using a glass over lay (similar to Apple’s Macbooks and iMacs) he was able to make the sides completely bezel-less. Now lets say if we were put them side by side (lets do a 3 in a row). They would blend seamlessly! no bezel at all! perfect for extending screens. I would love that for gaming! Nice big wide screen! The draw back is you would not be able to stack and have a seamless look.

Ok so here is Barco’s slim bezel tv:

Barco near bezel-less tv

This image will link to the specs page of the TV

As you can see the seams are very thin put together. This is how Joel’s screens would look like when stack top and bottom, but you would not have the seam that runs vertical. The sides would be as if it was one screen.

Good news: I put in a pre-order for testing these (pre-order was limited and not available anymore). I ordered three each at $148 a peace. Not bad considering they are:

  • bezel-less
  • 1080p HD
  • 26″
  • 2 HDMI ports
  • 2 DVI ports
  • 2 HD VGA ports

but I was just sent an email saying that my pre-order was rejected and my money was refunded. I checked my account and sure enough! Every penny was back. I wondered why though? Joel had said he would reserve a spot for a few people (me being one of them) and I would just have to pay but I wouldn’t have to worry about my spot being taken (there was only 15 spots and each person only being able to order two at most, as I later found out). Well later in the day I get a txt saying that I got an email from Joel. So I jumped online and got a wonderful surprise. My pre-order had been rejected because I had contributed to the project and device. I was to receive my 3 monitors for free so that I would freely test them!

So now I wait. They have to be made to order seeing as how they are not in active production. I hope to receive them before I leave for AIT. I will be doing a review and test video on this product. I have a switcher that will split a display up so I will also be testing the game play on it from my 360. Modern Warfare 2! And will be testing on a computer as well.

This is Reevine (Jeffy) thanks for reading another Wad of Paper in my growing Trash Can.