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Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally

Samsung seems to have worked out the wrinkles on its much-rumored foldable phone and could unveil such a handset later this year, according to a report from Korea.

The electronics giant is working on a phone with a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, the Korea Herald reported Wednesday. It is expected to ship more than 100,000 units during the third quarter, sources described as familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

Korea-based Samsung had initially focused on a fold-in phone but abandoned the plan out of concern that people would find it inconvenient to unfold the phone every time they wanted to use it, the Herald reported.Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally


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TV trends to expect at CES 2017

Plenty of hype and pretty pictures, and a few cool surprises I’ve been going to CES since the days when press kits were made of actual paper (and you needed a Toshiba rolly bag to carry them all home). Over the years there’s one trend that’s becoming more and more apparent: Don’t expect many real details at the show. Prices? Availability? Yeah, right. Models beyond flagships and concept displays? Good luck. Information that’s not subject to change when the TV actually hits the market? HA! Heck, last year Samsung only showed one model of TV at CES, saving the real meat for mid-April. LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper The mind-blowing 18-inch concept display rolls up a piece of the TV future. by David Katzmaier 1:12 Close LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper

Source: 7 TV trends to expect at CES 2017

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Flexible material puts full-color e-paper on display

ecolopaperE-ink displays may be easier on the eyes and less power-hungry than backlit LCDs used in most tablets and phones, but in the color department they’re still playing catch-up. However, this could change thanks to a new type of material developed at Chalmers University of Technology that is flexible, ultrathin and can produce the full color range of an LED-backlit LCD, but requires ten times less energy than a Kindle’s e-ink display.

Like a conventional e-reader screen, the material functions as a reflective display, so instead of being backlit like an LCD, the surface reflects the external light that hits it. Electrically conductive polymers covering the surface change how that light is absorbed and reflected, which allows it to recreate high resolution images and text. The end result is a material that’s less than one micron thick, flexible and extremely energy efficient.



“The ‘paper’ is similar to the Kindle tablet,” says Andreas Dahlin, lead author of the study. “It isn’t lit up like a standard display, but rather reflects the external light which illuminates it. Therefore it works very well where there is bright light, such as out in the sun, in contrast to standard LED displays that work best in darkness. At the same time it needs only a tenth of the energy that a Kindle tablet uses, which itself uses much less energy than a tablet LED display.”


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Ricoh Pro C9110 and Canon imagePRESS C10000VP Off to a Fast Start » PODi Insights

A couple years ago I wrote about the remarkable history of Indigo, iGen and NexPress in the high end digital cutsheet market. The “Big Three” have been the favorite choice among printers since 2002. In my previous blog article I wrote that the forthcoming challenge from inkjet will likely have a big impact on this segment of the market and I still think it will, but in the meantime two new toner-based products are having a bigger impact: the Ricoh Pro C9100/C9110 and the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP/C8000VP.

Both of these products are selling well in the market today.

The bubble chart shows the relationship between price and speed for the products in this category. And the size of the bubble is representative of duty cycle – the larger the diameter, the more impressions per month are possible.

There is a fairly linear relationship for price and speed for the Big Three and the new B2 inkjet presses from Fujifilm and Konica Minolta. The B3 size inkjet presses from Canon (VarioPrint i300) and Xerox (Brenva HD) have a lower price for the same speed, but these two products don’t have the same image quality as the Big Three, hence the price discount.

The first thing I noticed about the Ricoh and Canon products was that they are the most affordable, being priced in the $250K to $300K range. Pricing is on par with the Xerox 1000/800 line. And the second thing I noticed was the duty cycle is lower than the comparable speed options from the Big Three, which accounts for the price discount. The Ricoh C9100 series has a maximum monthly volume of 1.75 million simplex letter size pages per month and can run 1 million per month on a regular basis. And the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP has a maximum monthly volume of 1.5 million simplex letter size pages per month and can run 450K per month on a regular basis. A number of companies have looked at the duty cycles and pricing and have decided to purchase two of the presses and still save money versus the Big Three.

So why are these two new presses selling so well? Their customers are reporting that these presses offer outstanding image quality, the ability to run heavy stocks and a variety of stocks, and are proving to be very reliable.

Source: Ricoh Pro C9110 and Canon imagePRESS C10000VP Off to a Fast Start » PODi Insights

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Color Plus Personalization: Selling the Value of Inkjet

In today’s market, making a good first impression is everything. With information overload at every turn, people will now only glance at a website, mailpiece, or video before deciding whether it’s worth their time. Marketers are seeking strategies to create better pieces with strong visual appeal that prompt the consumer to read further or take action. For many marketers, this means turning to color and personalization.

An Infographic from Kissmetrics on how color can affect conversions highlighted the psychological impact of color on the human brain. Key statistics are as follows:

  • 93% of people say that the visual dimension is the #1 influencing sense that affects their purchasing decision (over taste, smell, etc.).
  • Studies suggest that people make a subconscious judgment about a product within 90 seconds of initially viewing it. Up to 90% of this assessment is based on color alone.
  • Magazine readers recognize full-color ads 26% more often than black & white ads.

It is no wonder that today’s marketers are focused on adding more and more color to communications. According to InfoTrends’ 2016 State of the Market Study on Customer Engagement Technologies, over 80% of enterprises stated that full-color printing for promotional and transactional communications is important.

Figure 1: How important do you think it is to switch printed communications from black & white to full color?


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Electronic Ink Will Be Everywhere in the Future | WIRED

The Amazon Kindle is probably the least gadget-y gadget ever created. No one ever exclaims about its remarkable specs. It doesn’t need upgrading every two years. You just pick it up, turn it on, and read. It’s always felt that way too, even when the Kindle had a keyboard and nineteen buttons and weighed four hundred pounds.

It’s the black and white E Ink display that really sets the tone. It’s slow and sort of awkward to tap around on, but it’s simple. It doesn’t shine brightly the way your phone does, keeping your spouse up at night. Eventually, you stop thinking about the Kindle as a screen altogether. It’s just a book.

Electronic paper, as that display tech is known (E Ink is a trademarked term owned by the company named E Ink, the tech’s leading purveyor), has always been associated primarily with the Kindle and its ilk. But e-paper is about to be much bigger than e-books. These durable, easy-to-read screens are taking over the world, from billboards to price tags to the walls of your house.

We’ve been imagining this future forever: the all-screen worlds of Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner, and other less-dystopian movies. Researchers have spent decades working out how to turn walls, floors, ceilings, and facades into touchscreens. The only way that works is if those screens are rugged as hell, don’t need much power, and can be used and seen in absolutely any conditions. Only one display technology checks all those boxes. Sooner than you think, e-paper is going to be everywhere. You might not even notice it’s there, and that’s the point.

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Before we get too far, here’s a quick primer: An e-paper display is filled with really tiny ink capsules, which have electric charges. Some of the ink in each capsule is white, some is black. Using electrical fields, the display rearranges the ink to show different things on the screen. (When you turn the page on a Kindle, the resulting flash is just the ink rearranging itself.) That rearranging takes a very small amount of power, but when it’s done, it shuts off. Keeping an image on the screen doesn’t require any power at all.

An e-paper display obviously can’t do everything an LCD or OLED can. Those technologies are more colorful and vibrant. They refresh faster, and they’re much more responsive to touch—there’s no chance you’ll be buying an E Ink smartphone or television anytime soon. But not everything needs all that pizzaz, which is why gadgets of all shapes and sizes are already adopting e-paper screens. It’s all over the wearables industry, for one: the Pebble Time, the Withings Go fitness tracker, the Sony SmartBand Talk, the flexible new Polyera Wove Band. One of Timex’s high-end GPS watches has a color E Ink screen, using a technology called Mirasol. For these and other wearables, long battery life is much more important than tack-sharp resolutions and crispy colors.

Source: Electronic Ink Will Be Everywhere in the Future | WIRED

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How Colors Affect Conversions – Infographic

Infographic: How Colors Affect Conversions Color has a powerful psychological influence on the human brain. Learn how others have harnessed it and how you can do the same.Click on the infographic below to view a larger version:

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​Samsung’s bendable screen: Real innovation will be finding a use case | ZDNet

Samsung is reportedly working on a bendable screen that could be used in new smartphones, fold into a smaller form factor and be durable enough for daily use. The real innovation and marketing will be convincing tech buyers they need a flexible screen.

A Bloomberg report noted that Samsung’s bendable screen could appear early next year in two smartphones. Samsung could also use the technology to create a phone and tablet 2-in-1 device. Samsung floated the idea in 2014 as well as 2013. Samsung already has its Galaxy S7 Edge device.

Source: Samsung’s bendable screen: Real innovation will be finding a use case | ZDNet

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Canadian researchers create first holographic, flexible smartphone – Converting Quarterly | Fort Mill, SC

Researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada) have reportedly developed the world’s first holographic flexible smartphone. The device, dubbed HoloFlex, is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy to multiple simultaneous users without head tracking or glasses.

“HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with your smartphone. It allows for glasses-free interactions with 3D video and images in a way that does not encumber the user.” says Dr. Vertegaal.

HoloFlex features a 1920×1080 full high-definition Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) touchscreen display. Images are rendered into 12-pixel wide circular blocks rendering the full view of the 3D object from a particular viewpoint. These pixel blocks project through a 3D printed flexible microlens array consisting of over 16,000 fisheye lenses. The resulting 160×104 resolution image allows users to inspect a 3D object from any angle simply by rotating the phone.

Source: Canadian researchers create first holographic, flexible smartphone – Converting Quarterly | Fort Mill, SC

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