This is the best collection of desktop wallpapers I have seen in quite a while. You will find something for everyone and the quality is very high. Check it out if you want to refresh your desktop background.
(Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers [smashingmagazine.com]
Samsung showed another concept display at the CES 2008 in Las Vegas and this ultra high definition 82 inch prototype LCD was apparently amazing. The resolution was 3840 x 2160 which is about four times the amount of pixels of a LCD standard display. I wonder how many years it will take before ‘full HD, 1920×1080′ and blu-ray players will end up on the attic?
The good news is that the OLED technology outperforms LCDs and Plasmas with a contrast ratio of 1 000 000:1 and the bad news is that they are very expensive to produce and that is why we will not see them in a store anytime soon. The biggest OLED screen on the consumer market today is a 11″ Sony screen ($2 500) and we will probably have to wait until 2009 or 2010 to get a nice big OLED screen at home – and by then LCDs and Plasmas might have decreased the quality gap significantly. Here’s a snap of Samsung’s 31 inch OLED prototype:
Yesterday we told you about the cool 9 mm thin plasma from Pioneer and just to let you see for yourself how cool this display really is you can check out this neat video clip. The screen is one of the items on the CES 2008 that has gotten the most press so far.
Video of Pioneer kuro concept [Gizmodo]
If you haven’t seen Engadgets’ comparison shots, check them out too: Hands-on with Pioneer’s extreme contrast concept plasma [Engadget]
I just got a press release from Panasonic letting us know that they are replacing their PZ700 line with a new series of PZ800 displays. They come in a 42-inch, TH-42PZ800, the 46-inch TH-46PZ800, the 50-inch TH-50PZ800 and the 58-inch class TH-58PZ800. All displays will be available during the spring. All of the screens are full-HD (you better stay away from low-resolution screens from now on, cause they are out…) and have a THX display certification, a contrast ratio of 30,000:1, four HDMI connections and an all-new-one-sheet- of-glass design concept.
They will also release a collection of displays in the series PZ850 which will let you access YouTube and Picasa without nothing but an Internet connection. Full press release after the jump.
One of today’s big events was Panasonics keynote held by their president Toshihiro Sakamoto. One of the coolest things he presented today was a brand new 150 inch plasma. Don’t expect to find it in a store near you, but it’s still cool to see what is doable using today’s technology. The screen is equivalent to nine 50-inch displays and features a resolution of 2160 x 4096 and it’s of course the world’s largest plasma TV to date. Over at Gizmodo you can find a gallery of photos of the new 150 inch plasma display:
Panasonic 150 inch gallery [Gizmodo]
We just got a press kit from Pioneer unveiling a new Plasma display that is amazlingly 9 millimeters thin – and still a whopping 50 inches big. It’s only a concept though, and the panels will not be commercially-available in 2008 but it’s still interesting to see what is in their pipeline. One other extremely cool thing with the screen is that it is the first screen ever to feature an absolute black level with no measurable light emitting from the television while displaying black colors. Full press release and more images after the jump.