By Lisa Johnston
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LG Electronics Shows Wireless Ultra HD Technology
BARCELONA, SPAIN — LG Electronics used the recent Mobile World Congress to unveil its Wireless Ultra High-Definition Transmission technology. The next-generation mobile feature will enable viewing games and other smartphone content on Ultra HD TVs in real time, via wireless data transfer.
LG said Wireless Ultra HD Transmission technology makes the delivery of smartphone multimedia content to TVs faster and smoother than previous mobile video-compression and transfer systems. The technology is said to have minimal lag and data loss using ubiquitous Wi-Fi connections. During transmission, multimedia content is automatically adjusted to match the receiving TV’s screen resolution, while consuming less than half the power of other similar transmission technologies.
JVC Taps Pro Athletes For Adixxion Action Promo
WAYNE, N.J. — JVC said it has expanded its team of professional athletes to capture action video clips using its Adixxion point-of-view video camera for use in an online and social-media promotions.
The newest “action sports partners” include Parker Coffin, member of the Pacsun USA Surf Team and champion of the Surfing America and National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) championships; Jamey Parks, competitive big mountain skier and professional action photographer; Tony Carroll, Pro Wakeboard Tour competitor; Michelle and Steve Scheller, competitive skydivers from the CSC Inferno team; and Derek Garland, professional FMX (freestyle motocross) rider and longtime FMX Tour competitor.
JVC said the athletes are using Adixxion equipment in all of their sports activities, delivering action images while skiing, surfing, wakeboarding, FMX motorcycle racing and skydiving. Video is shared by the stars with friends and fans via social media, and can be found on the JVC YouTube channel and Adixxion Facebook page.
JVC is currently highlighting its Adixxion GC-XA1 model, which offers a pocket-sized body that weighs barely a quarter pound, and is waterproof to a depth of 16.4 feet, shock-proof to withstand a 6.5-foot drop, dust-proof and freeze-proof, without requiring a separate housing. It adds built-in Wi-Fi, 1.5-inch LCD monitor and image stabilizer, and offers FullHD 1,920 by 1,080/30p and 1,280 by 720/60p recording.
Canon Reveals Super Low-Light Video Sensor
MELVILLE, N.Y. — Canon said last week it has developed a full-frame CMOS sensor exclusively for video. The new FullHD sensor is said to enable extremely lownoise recordings.
Among the potential early applications listed for the technology were astrophotography, medical and security systems, eventually leading to use in professional- and consumer-level video cameras and camcorders.
The sensor uses large pixels that are about 7.5 times the size of those found in the current Canon EOS-1DX DSLR. Canon pairs the large pixels with newly developed noise-reduction technology to minimize any added noise associated with the use of large pixels. This is said to enable shooting FullHD video in environments as dim as the illumination of a crescent moon.
Canon added that the system will capture fully visible objects in lighting situations where even the human eye has difficulty resolving objects. Canon said it is currently testing a prototype of the sensor in situations as dim as the light of burning incense sticks and the Geminid meteor shower.
Séura Adds Premier TV Mirrors
GREEN BAY, WIS. — Séura, developers of outdoor and “vanishing” LCD TV systems for the custom-installation market, introduced new Premier-series hidden models for living room and bedroom applications in the 32-inch to 65-inch screen sizes. Models will begin shipping this spring in sizes 32, 42, 46, 55 and 65 inches.
Séura offers standard and custom mirror sizes as well as framing, beveling, and in-wall or on-wall mounting configurations. Séura co-founder and CEO Gretchen Gilbertson said the new Premier models were developed using consumer feedback, resulting in easier unit installations and improved picture quality.
The new sets tailored TV/mirror applications with a new panel placement that is closer to the mirror cover glass than previous approaches. This minimizes light interference between the screen and glass, yielding a crisper, clearer image, the company said. All connections are top-facing, and include HDMI, RS-232 control and component, USB and IR connections.
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