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March 19, 2008

Greenpeace: Toshiba And Samsung The Greenest HDTV Manufacturers

electronic-waste-in-guangdong-4664.jpgGreenpeace has released its latest Greener Electronics Guide adding TV manufacturers Sharp and Philips to the mix. HDTV makers Samsung and Toshiba share the top spot, both scoring a 7.7 points out of a possible 10 based on "their policies and practices on toxic chemicals and takeback". Nintendo, which scored a 0 in the last report released November 2007 improved slightly, scoring a 0.3 to take dead last by several miles.

The Greener Electronics Guide is a way of forcing manufacturers to deal with e-waste issues, according to Greenpeace, and since its inception in August 2006 many of the ranked companies have vastly improved their environmental policies and practices fearing the negative publicity the report could bring them.

Via Greenpeace

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Canon Exits RPTV, Will Focus On SED TV

canon-logo.jpgCanon Inc. is the latest company to exit the rear-projection television market due to shrinking consumer demand. Way back in October 2005, Canon revealed a prototype 64-inch RPTV that was in development until the announcement by the company yesterday. They'll now try to enter the SED TV (surface-conduction electron-emitter display television) market, though they're already facing roadblocks as patent disputes have put commercialization of SED TV on hold, as has production technology issues.

Late last year, Sony also made an exit from RPTV citing lack of consumer demand.

Via JCN Network

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March 18, 2008

Hitachi Partners With Tzero, Enabling Wireless HD Video For Hitachi UT Series

hitachi-wooo-ut-series.jpgHitachi will use Tzero's ultra wideband technology to enable wireless HD video with its upcoming ultra thin (UT) HDTV series. Tzero's technology will eliminate cables but still allow HItachi's UT HDTV's to receive wireless signals from any HDMI-equipped audio or video component. The wireless connection features transmission speeds of up to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) and is based on standards by the WiMedia Alliance making it compatible with any WiMedia device.

Hitachi said that after combing the market for a wireless solution, "only Tzero's UWB implementation could provide the video quality and performance that is required for our demanding UT customer base." Unfortunately, the Hitachi UT Series is only available in Japan.

Via Widescreen Review

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March 15, 2008

Pandigital HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame: HD Multitasking In The Kitchen

pandigital-hdtv.jpgIntegrating a small HDTV into the kitchen isn't a new phenomenon, but Pandigital takes it a couple steps further with the Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame. To be officially unveiled at the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago tomorrow, the 15-inch LCD TV sports a 1280x720 resolution and has 512 MB of internal memory. The digital cookbook comes with a variety of preloaded recipes and the internal space necessary to upload your own. Pics can be uploaded via the memory card or Google's Picasa photo-sharing platform. The Pandigital Kitchen HDTV/Digital Cookbook/Digital Photo Frame is expected to hit shelves in June priced at $399.99.

Via Born Rich

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March 12, 2008

Men: Flat Panel TVs Bring Out Our Feminine Side

punny_body1-thumb-200x400.jpgA strange and unexpected bit of news from HDTV manufacturer LG, but a recent study conducted by the TV maker has found that men are twice as likely as women to buy an HDTV "due to the effect it has on their interior design"! The study also found that men are more likely than women to rank size as a defining factor in purchasing an HDTV with a full 78% of men focused on size, compared to 71% of women. We wonder if anyone has yet come up with a study looking at the correlation between TV-size obsession and genitalia-size obsession. We're pretty sure there's a connection.

Via Shiny Shiny

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February 17, 2008

Panasonic's Wii-Proof TV Perfect For Controller-Tossing Crazies

Ever accidentally, or perhaps purposely, hurled you Wii controller at your TV screen? Some have, resulting in substantial damage to the screens of their expensive LCD or plasma HDTV's. If you happen to be one of these controller-tossing crazies, maybe you should take a look at this: Panasonic's Wii-proof TV.
wii_proof_panasonic_plasma.jpgInterestingly, Panasonic didn't have to really do a whole lot to Wii-proof their HDTV offerings. LCD screens are pretty flimsy, but plasma screens have a glass-front making them nearly Wii-proof to begin with. The Wii-proof panels are specially treated, offering 4 Joule's of resistance to flying controllers. A Joule is a unit of energy measuring heat, mechanical work, and electricity, and 4 Joules is just enough to make sure your Wii controller bounces off your HDTV screen next time you whip the thing in frustration.


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February 9, 2008

The Biggest TV's Ever Made

While you'll probably never get your hands on one of the 8 biggest TV's ever made as the majority of them were never mass produced and the ones that were are just priced beyond the clouds, it doesn't hurt to web window shop and fantasize. Check out this cool slideshow of the 8 biggest TV's ever culminating in the...can you guess?

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February 7, 2008

Sony XEL-1 OLED TV Now Available In Canada

The first OLED TV available for consumer purchase will be available at select Sony Stores in Canada as of February 29. Retailing for $2499.99, the Sony XEL-1 will be a new focus on the part of Sony as they continue to build on the success of the Bravia LCD name in the Canadian marketplace. The Sony XEL-1 uses OLED technology, an organic light-emitting display that is more energy efficient than either LCD or plasma screens. The main drawbacks are the 11-inch screen size thanks to the cost of producing OLED displays and of course the price. But hey, you always pay to be an early adopter.

Via OLED-TV Display/Monitor Technology News

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February 5, 2008

Lumenlab Q42 HDTV/PC Is Now Shipping For A Pretty Penny


Lumenlab is now shipping the Q42 HDTV/PC for $3850, perfect for those who like the idea of having a computer as part of their home theater setup. The Q42 includes a computer with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor, 2 GB of memory, a 1 TB hard drive, and an optional upgrade that will allow the Q42 to read and write Blu-ray. This last feature is very important considering that the other half of the Lumenlab Q42 is an HDTV, more specifically a 42-inch 1080p LCD display. The display boasts 24 bit color, a 1500:1 contrast ratio, 500 NITS of brightness, and an impressive 6.5 ms response time. Another add-on available for web TV/video junkies is the Lumenlab HotWire networking technology, which provides a 200 Mbps broadband connection, perfect for streaming HD video, audio, and home automation. The Q42 is actually handmade in Asheville, North Caroline, USA, and has received the Energy Star rating from the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Expensive yes, but oh so cool!

Via Lumenlab

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February 1, 2008

BeoVision 4 Plasma HDTV: Robotic Creation From Bang & Olufsen Automatically Calibrates Your Picture


I would bet that the majority of HDTV owners don't have their set calibrated correctly, meaning that they're not taking advantage of their HDTV's maximum resolution. There's a neverending amount of HDTV calibration tutorials to be found on the web, but most of us just don't have the time or inclination to actually learn how to calibrate our sets. That's why Bang & Olufsen have come up with the BeoVision 4 plasma HDTV. With a maximum resolution of 1080p, the BeoVision 4 has a robotic arm built into the back of the set that emerges after every 100 hours of TV viewing, takes a snapshot of the TV screen via a camera on the end of the arm, and then analyzes the picture's color temperature and correctly calibrates the display if it's not optimized for its best possible picture. Sensors in the plasma's hardware system also constantly measure and adjust the sets contrast and brightness levels to make sure your eye is seeing the deepest blacks and most crisp, clear colors possible on the BeoVision 4.

The BeoVision 4 is currently available in a 50-inch screen size for $7500, and a larger 65-inch display will be available in March for whopping $13500. A robotic TV is definitely pretty cool, but the hour you may have to spend reading an internet HDTV calibration tutorial will save you thousands of dollars. Might be worth the time now, eh?

Via The Register

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