The digital TV transition apparently wasn't just meant to save spectrum for other things--it's also revealed the oldest working TV in the United Kingdom. A contest ran by Digital UK created to increase awareness of the DTV transition brought attention to the set, a 1936 Marconiphone owned by London-based Jeffrey Borinsky. He says he only keeps the set on for a maximum of two hours and has connected a Freeview tuner to it so he can get extra channels. When the set sold in 1936, the BBC was the only channel available so there isn't a channel changer on the set. Amazingly, in 1936 the Marconiphone sold for 36 guineas, the equivalent of £11,000 today. That's about the cost of a half-decent new car!
DynaScan's DS0716 is undoubtedly the most bizarre television I've ever seen. Captured on film by the DVICE crew at Rockefeller Center, the DS0716 is a cylindrical set with spinning LED technology. Inside the outer display (2 millimeters between pixels) is a spinning drum with RGB LEDs, controlled by some sort of proprietary system as its spins to an accuracy of 1/100th of a degree. The DS0716 is a rental unit that is customizable. If you don't want the spinning display, you can opt for a static image or split it into a checkerboard display and increase the rotation speed. Sounds like it'd be great for parties--but only if you have cash to burn. Depending on what you want the DS0716 to do, it costs from $4000 to $14000 per week to rent--technician included.
Oh man, can some TV manufacturers come up with whacky ideas or what? HANNSpree has launched a line of plush toys with TVs embedded in them. Available in polar bear, giraffe, elephant and panda bear versions, among others, the HANNSpree plush TVs will be available at a later date for an unknown price. Do you really care about the details?
How does a big name HDTV maker like Panasonic make money in a recession? Sell a $50 TV of course. Okay then.
That's the plan on the part of Panasonic as the company begins to target emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, China, Vietnam, India, Africa and Latin America in an attempt to beef up its bottom line. By selling $50 TVs and other low-cost, basic appliances, Panasonic believes it'll add an extra $2 billion to its annual profits.
As Seeking Alpha points out though, a move like this could hurt Panasonic's global brand image as a high-end electronics maker. And you have to wonder what a $50 TV can actually do? How much would it cost to make? Would there be any profit margin on a $50 TV?
TV manufacturers aren't just concerned about the performance of the products they put on the shelf these days. With stricter laws pertaining to recycling and the environment in place across the globe, efficiency in recycling centers has become a concern as well. At the Panasonic Eco Technology Center in Japan, workers have traditionally separated the front glass and back funnel of cathode ray tube TVs (CRTs) using an electrically heated wire. The method is time consuming and can also lead to stress fractures in the glass, making it useless for anything else. But the company claims it has perfected a new method that uses an automated laser to separate the two types of glass. Not only can it detect screen sizes between 14 and 36 inches, it can detect the aspect ratio of a set and adjust to one of 38 cutting modes. The new laser method has cut the time to process one CRT TV 3-fold, down to 50 seconds. This is definitely a good thing because Japan has yet to switch from analog TV signals to digital; it's expected to happen mid-2011, when the number of recycled CRT TVs is expected to double from last year to 650, 000.
While the major concern in the western world seems to be texting and driving, they seem to have a problems of an entirely different scale in China. Try watching TV in your rearview mirror. Different models are available that range from basic functioning LCD monitors that allow for nothing more than plain ol' television viewing to advanced models that have integrated Bluetooth for telephone dialling...that requires hands. Over at CnBuyNet you'll find 7 different models running from $50 to $100, a small price compared to the insurance deductible you'll pay for your next rearview mirror-caused accident.
Take a look at this, uh, TV mashup from The Cable Show. FOX decided it would be kinda neat to put mattresses on display that doubled as bigscreen TV's thanks to a projector mounted overhead. A bed that doubles as a TV? And we thought it was supposed to be a TV tech show.
Wow, this is a scary picture. We have a hard enough time talking on the cell phone and driving never mind watching TV while watching the road. But US Telematics is apparently bringing IPTV to your dashboard very soon. We hope your insurance is all paid up.
Using a TV usually isn't thought of as the best way to scare off burglars, being one of their first targets and all...unless it's a fake TV. Created by author/inventor Blaine Readler, the FakeTV is just that, a device that simulates the flicker of a TV with the intention of tricking the would-be intruder into thinking someone is home. A built-in computer designed by Opto-Electronic Design controls LEDs that simulate the actual color variations and intensities of a real TV. Why get an expensive alarm system when a little online hunting will net you the FakeTV for only $49!
Sezmi Corporation has developed the world's first "complete TV 2.0" solution, accessing all the major broadcast networks, satellite and broadband content via one wireless television package. Major broadcast network signals are received via an external DTV tuner designed to look like a subwoofer, and the TV 2.0 also features DVR capabilities and internet video. Built for on-demand viewing, you can organize all of your content using program lists simplifying the "browsing and discovery of television content".
Built with the next-generation TV viewer in mind, TV 2.0 can be individualized for every member of the household. The remote features a single button for each person that will bring them to their own homepage interface where all of the content matching their unique preferences can be found. But it has community features as well, allowing users to subscribe to playlists, as well as recommend and rate shows.
Television content is distributed using Sezmi's proprietary FlexCast video distribution technology, combining terrestrial broadcast TV with the existing broadband infrastructure. Not only is it cost-effective, but it requires no broadband upgrades on the user's behalf. The DTV receiver used for acquiring satellite and broadcast signals can be placed anywhere in the home and requires no calibration whatsoever.
Definitely a product to watch, the Sezmi 2.0 is set to undergo technical trials in preparation for its US launch later in 2008.
Bodian Electronics Technology's new Taka bathroom TV lineup includes 4 new models-TKW168-17, TKW168M-17, TKW168-17W, and the TKW168M-17W. All models have a diagonal screen size of 17-inches, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 400:1 contrast ratio, and a response time of 16 ms. Being waterproof, the Taka TV lineup uses an induction touchpad as opposed to buttons and features two 3W waterproof speakers. Other key specs include:
1440x990 pixel resolution
PAL, NTSC, and SECAM RF inputs
IPx6 waterproof rating
4.1kg lightweight build
The TKW168-17 has a black frame while the TKW168M-17 has a "mirror"-colored frame hence the "M" in the model number. Color specs are the same for the TKW168-17W and TKW168M-17W except these two models utilize a IEEE802.11a/g 2.4 GHz wireless connection via an included wireless transmitter.
Bodian Electronics Technology via Aving
The Twinbird JL-J405PW waterproof TV has a 1-seg tuner and is the latest Japanese portable TV release. It features a 480x272 resolution 4-inch screen with an LED backlight and its battery life should result in about 4 hours of playback time.
Planning on upgrading to a new high-def television? Have an old clunker headed for the garbage dump? We have a better idea for you. Sony is offering you $100 off a new Bravia set if you trade in your old television. Of course, there is one small catch. Only old Sony sets will be recycled for free, all other name brands will only be recycled for a "nominal fee" (somewhere in the neighborhood of $25-50). Regardless of what type of set you bring in though, you'll still receive the $100 discount. All's you have to do is bring your old set down to the nearest Sony Style store or call 877-865-SONY. The program, called the Sony Take Back Recycling Program ends March 15, 2008.
Ingram Micro Inc.'s V7 has announced a new line of LCD mounts and monitor stands for mounting most brands of flat-panel TV's and monitors. All mounts and stands come with a quick releasing bracket for easy installation, are UL approved, and meet VESA standards.
The Universal Combo Display Wall Mounts are made of stainless steel and available in two sizes, one for 23-37 inch displays and one for 37-60 inch displays. They can either be mounted flush with the wall for direct viewing or at a 5 degree downward angle. The smaller mount will retail for approximately $199 and the larger mount for $299.
If you're the web TV-viewing type, you'll have a choice of several monitor mounts included in the new line. The Single Gas Arm Monitor Stand is made of stainless steel, can support up to 28 pounds, and is built for monitors 13-23 inches. The Dual Arm Work Station Monitor Stand and the Quad Arm Work Station Monitor Stand are made for viewing several two monitors simultaneously. We see this as the future of flipping channels, minus the carpal tunnel syndrome. Available in single, double, and quad models for those with amazing powers of concentration, the stands will retail for $199.99, $249.99, and $499.99 respectively.
Finally, the V7 Height Adjustable LCD Monitor Stand features an adjustable height of up to 18 inches and tilts and swivels up to 15 degrees to suit your best viewing angle. Once again made of solid steel, this monitor stand can hold monitors weighing up to 25 pounds and will retail for $119.