June 18, 2014
Today, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos introduced their new device—the Fire phone in their news event in Seattle.
There had been many rumors that their new phone will come with a 3D display. In today’s news release, Amazon didn’t call it 3D at all; they called it “Dynamic Perspective”.
Figure: Amazon Fire Phone to show 3D images
Source: Amazon, June 2014. www.amazon.com
After carefully study the Amazon’s video of the Fire Phone, Touch Display Research concluded the Fire phone is NOT using a 3D stereoscopic display. It’s using a “normal” 2D display, 4.7”, and 1280X720 pixel format. Rather it is using 4 small camera sensors to respond to how you tilt the phone and how you tilt your head. Then the real-time computer vision algorithms in the phone will show you the responded image.
Yesterday, we discussed this year SID DisplayWeek’s No. 1 trend: ITO-replacement.
Here we discuss about the No. 2 trend: quantum dot.
Over 10 companies showed quantum dot at SID 2014. Some are in the exhibition floor; some showed us through invitation-only meetings.
Touch Display Research was invited to Dow and Nanoco’s meeting in Marriott Marquis hotel on June 2, 2014. I had a chance to meet Mr. Lee, Director of Dow Electric Material. Dow has signed exclusive contract with Nanoco to mass produce its Cadmium-free quantum dot in 2012. Since 2012, Dow’s investment in engineering has further fine-tuned Nanoco’s Cd-free quantum dot technology.
Figure: Dow demo Cd-free quantum dot TV
Source: Dow and Nanoco, photo by Touch Display Research, June 2014.
At SID 2014, 3M and Nanosys announced their QDEF design-win on ASUS’s notebook PC.
Quantum dot could improve Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) dramatically in terms of color gamut, color accuracy and reducing power consumption. This is one of the biggest breakthrough technologies for LCD in recent several years. Now quantum dot LCD is challenging AMOLED.
In Touch Display Research’s recently published “Quantum dot display and lighting technologies and market forecast” report, we surveyed many quantum dot suppliers and found that the quantum dot display component market already surpassed $70 million in 2013. Over 30 companies are working on quantum dot display. We forecast that the quantum dot display and lighting component market will expand to $508 million in 2014, and reach $9.6 billion by 2023.
June 4, 2014
I’m at the beautiful San Diego, California now for SID 2014 DisplayWeek. The No. 1 trend at this year’s SID is: ITO-replacement. The No. 2 trend is quantum dot. (I’ll blog about quantum dot tomorrow).
Over 10 companies showed ITO-replacement at SID 2014. Some are in the exhibition floor, some showed us through invitation-only meetings.
Canatu showed their Carbon Nano Bud type transparent conductor. It won SID silver award due to its low haze, low reflection, and flexible character. The picture here is the side by side comparison of CNB film with an ITO film.
Figure: Canatu CNB film and ITO film side by side comparison
Source: Canatu, photo by Touch Display Research, June 2014.
Another ITO replacement I like at the DisplayWeek is the Cima Nanotech and Amdolla’s 42” projected capacitive touch screen.
Figure 2: Cima Nanotech and Amdolla’s 42” projected capacitive touch screen
Source: Cima Nanotech, photo by Touch Display Research, June 2014.