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CESAsia 2015: Stephen's Show Floor Sightings, Part II

One last look at the wares that were being hawked at the expo

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CESAsia 2015: Stephen's Show Floor Sightings, Part II
Photo: Stephen Cass

The Arduboy

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A runaway success on Kickstarter, the Arduboy is a hackable-by-design, credit-card-size system for classic arcade-style games. It’s powered by the same Atmel chip that runs the Arduino. Unlike some Kickstarter projects that have struggled to cross over from prototype to production, the Arduboy is already lining up its ducks with Chinese manufacturers in Shenzhen. If you want to get one, the Kickstarter campaign is still active, US $30 will get you early delivery, scheduled to happen in October.

The WenPod

Behold! The next generation selfie stick! Similar to the kind of gyroscopic stabilization rigs available for video cameras, the WenPod X1 can keep your camera pointing in your direction, even as the selfie stick it’s attached to moves around. It will be available in the United States in June for US $160. 

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Digging Into the New QD-OLED TVs

Formerly rival technologies have come together in Samsung displays

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Sony's A95K televisions incorporate Samsung's new QD-OLED display technology.

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Televisions and computer monitors with QD-OLED displays are now on store shelves. The image quality is—as expected—impressive, with amazing black levels, wide viewing angles, a broad color gamut, and high brightness. The products include:

All these products use display panels manufactured by Samsung but have their own unique display assembly, operating system, and electronics.

I took apart a 55-inch Samsung S95B to learn just how these new displays are put together (destroying it in the process). I found an extremely thin OLED backplane that generates blue light with an equally thin QD color-converting structure that completes the optical stack. I used a UV light source, a microscope, and a spectrometer to learn a lot about how these displays work.

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