Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First OLED HDTV from LG to Cost $8,000

LG 55EM9600People say the prices of HDTVs are going down, but I say nay, nay, mainly for the fact that new details have recently surfaced on LG's upcoming 55" OLED HDTV that the company debuted at CES back in January. The details state that LG will be officially unveiling this monstrous television at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in May with a price tag that is enough to make Michael Bay do a double take.

According to the report, LG will supposedly be pricing the 55" screen, officially labeled as the 55EM9600, at 9 million Korean Won! Wait, what's that you say? You're not Korean and you don't know what a Won is? Well, 9 million Korean Won translates to about $8,000 US or £5,000 UK. Even though that seems utterly ridiculous to us average Joes, lots of tech industry professionals were expecting the set to debut at around $10,000.

This new set from LG will spark the first ever OLED wars, as Samsung is set to launch its very own Super OLED HDTV later on this year. Samsung's set is also a 55" OLED HDTV that is only 0.3" deep, the same depth as LG's 55EM9600. Samsung hasn't officially released a pricing scheme for this TV as of yet, though I would expect it to be very close to LG's pricing range. LG has already stated that it will determine in July whether or not to invest more capital into OLED TV production.

Source: ZDNet - LG's 55-inch OLED HDTV will cost $8,000 when introduced in May

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Google Trying to Control Your TV with Android Voice Commands

Google TVAccording to a patent filed last fall with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Google is creating a voice recognition interface for controlling your TV via your Android device, similar to Apple's Siri voice command interface. Apple describes the patent as a cloud-based system for issuing voice commands to an Android phone. This will then control a set-top box, smart TV, DVR or any other device.

The technology will work similarly to Siri, which is still in beta testing. Voice commands made to your Android device will be taken to the cloud to be interpreted and contextualized. This will essentially allow you to do many things, including looking for a specific program or sporting event by simply speaking into your phone.

The patent also says that users will be able to issue commands from up to a quarter of a mile away so that when they arrive home, their phones will automatically turn their TVs on and tune to the specific program they want to watch. This will also work for music, which could allow many a Casanova to set some mood music before bringing a date home.

Another cool feature outlined by the patent will automatically switch your TV over to a program you have inquired about before, provided that it is currently playing on some channel. You can also schedule a reminder to watch it if it isn't on yet or record it if you won't be home at the scheduled airing.

While this definitely seems cool, Google isn't the only company currently working on adding voice command functionality to televisions. Lenovo also recently announced a voice command TV while Samsung has already debuted a remote control that recognizes voice commands. Samsung takes it a step further, though, by also adding touchscreen functionality to the remote as well. Apple's rumored iTV will also, without a doubt, incorporate the actual Siri voice recognition software, which Google's technology is based off of.

Source: PC World - Patent Reveals Google TV With Siri-Like Voice Recognition

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Acer's New S191HQL Ultra-Thin LED Monitor

Acer has just unveiled its newest product in terms of computer monitors with the brand new Acer S191HQL LED monitor. The S191HQL is an ultra-thin monitor complete with a space-saving design that makes it the ultimate desktop accessory. In addition to that, the S191HQAL guarantees high-definition image quality without breaking the bank.

Due to its ultra-slim design, the Acer S191HQL is able to fit almost anywhere, saving you a ton of space while also giving you an aesthetically pleasing work environment. The monitor itself is an 18.5" LED display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution along with a 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio with 16.7 million colors.

The S191HQL also has a 170° height viewing angle and a 160° vertical viewing angle that was specifically designed for ease of uses and a decrease in eye strain. Acer's Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM) feature also helps optimize your contrast, allowing you to have the highest level of clarity and detail and adjusts images frame by frame to enhance picture detail and gradation.

The S191HQL is also energy efficient, consuming less power, thanks to its mercury-free LED backlight technology that minimizes harmful effects to the environment, consumes less power and is more durable than Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps or CCFLs. This results in bigger savings for you, something everybody is looking for nowadays.

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Source: mb.com - Amazing Ultra-Thin Acer Monitor