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Santa Clara, Calif. — NPD DisplaySearch is forecasting continued high prices and low adoption of AMOLED TVs due to low manufacturing yields.
DisplaySearch’s Tadashi Uno, materials and components market research director, said AMOLED panel manufacturing costs are seven times higher than for LCD panels. The estimated cost of producing a 55-inch panel is $2,543; however, Uno predicted that prices will fall.
Los Angeles — Youtoo Technologies, a developer of interactive television software systems, said Friday that its technology has been integrated into OK! TV, a nationally syndicated, daily TV show that makes its debut Sept. 9.
Youtoo’s technology will enable viewers to directly interact with the TV program.
Los Angeles — DDD Group, a developer of 3D solutions, said Friday it has licensed its TriDef 3D Mobile content solutions to Hampoo Science & Technology for the world’s first 10.1-inch glasses-free 3D tablets for mass production.
China-based Hampoo is a developer/manufacturer of mobile interactive devices. Hampoo's 10.1-inch tablets are being showcased at this week’s Computex 2013 in Taipei.
The devices use the TriDef 3D Mobile solution to automatically convert 2D photos, videos and games into 3D.
El Segundo, Calif. — United States TV shipments declined 11 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to one year earlier, but prices and margins were better.
According to a TV Systems Intelligence update from information and analytics provider HIS, TV shipments hit 6.6 million units, down from 7.4 million in the first quarter of 2012.
By technology, LCD TVs were off by 7 percent, while plasma TV volumes plunged 39 percent, in the period.
Mountain View, Calif. – Eye-Fi introduced Monday its Mobi Class 10 Wi-Fi card that sends images directly to a mobile device without the need to connect to a computer first.
The Eye-Fi Mobi, which carries a $50 suggested retail for an 8GB card and $80 for 16GB, is designed for photographers who have become accustomed to the convenience of storing images on their smartphones and tablets.
Miami — The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Florida Association of Broadcasters (FAB) and Dyle mobile TV are teaming up to provide mobile TV devices to Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) as part of a pilot program to assist first responders during the 2013 hurricane season.
Bryan Koon, Florida Emergency Management Division director, said mobile TV will provide another tool for local officials to share information before, during, and after a disaster.
Palo Alto, Calif. — EyeIO said Friday that Sony Pictures has licensed its Ultra High-Definition compression-encoding technology to support native 4K movie downloads to the home.
Sony Electronics plans to use the technology as the backbone to its previously announced 4K Ultra HD entertainment service that will deliver native 4K movies to owners of Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TV sets via a new Sony 4K media player, which launches this summer.
Melville, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A. introduced Wednesday its first ultra-portable 3LED-based projector targeting both business and home entertainment applications, and a lineup of Pro AV installation LCoS projectors in the company’s 2013 REALiS series.
The Canon LE-5W 3LED-based multimedia projector, which ships this summer at an $800 suggested retail price, targets both corporate and home entertainment applications, and was designed to clearly present everything from spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations to video games and movies.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio said it has started rolling out its 2013 M-series Razor LED smart TVs, featuring ultra-thin bezel designs.
The new M series shipping to Vizio retail partners across the country now including the following models and screen sizes: the 32-inch M321li32 ($400 suggested retail), the 40-inch M401i ($530), the 47-inch M471i ($730), the 50-inch M501d ($800), the 55-inch M551d ($1,200), the 60-inch M601d ($1,600), the 65-inch M651d ($2,000), the 70-inch M701d ($2,500) and the 80-inch M801d ($4,000).