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New method improves accuracy of imaging systems (Display Technology)
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New research provides scientists looking at single molecules or into deep space a more accurate way to analyze imaging data captured by microscopes, telescopes and other devices.
posted: 08/02/2017
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New technology to watch the sea waves in 3D (Display Technology)
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Looking at waves in the open sea with ‘electronic eyes', so as to reconstruct it in 3D, scientists at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Institute of Marine Sciences of the National Research Council (Ismar-Cnr) found that exceptionally high waves are more common than previously assumed by theoretical models.
posted: 04/02/2017
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Telepresence used for Criminal Court Proceedings (Display Technology)
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Entertainer Rolf Harris's trial for sexual misconduct started earlier today (11th of January 2017). Normally, the case and its allegations would be of no interest for the subjects covered on VWN, but the way the court case is being heard is definitely interesting – it's occurring with the defendant using video conference telepresence to appear, whilst physically being a good many miles away. Probably the first time such a virtual presence technique has been used in criminal law cases, and definitely the first time for the UK.
posted: 11/01/2017
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‘Squid skin’ metamaterials project yields vivid color display (Display Technology)
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The quest to create artificial “squid skin” — camouflaging metamaterials that can “see” colors and automatically blend into the background — is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP).
posted: 16/09/2014
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2D or 3D? New study shows no difference in emotional reactions between film formats (Display Technology)
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The increased visual realism of 3-D films is believed to offer viewers a more vivid and lifelike experience—more thrilling and intense than 2-D because it more closely approximates real life. However, psychology researchers at the University of Utah, among those who use film clips routinely in the lab to study patients’ emotional conditions, have found that there is no significant difference between the two formats. The results were published recently in PLOS ONE.
posted: 10/09/2014
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Razor-sharp TV pictures (Display Technology)
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A few months ago the broadcaster Sky achieved a world first by transmitting a Bundesliga scoccer game live in 4K definition – the current digital cinema standard. With its 3840 x 2160 resolution, 4K provides four times as many pixels as today’s Full HD TV resolution. Higher resolutions inevitably creates more than four times the data volumes of standard HD, so the broadcaster used the new HEVC video compression standard to transmit the huge amount of data. HEVC, short for High Efficiency Video Coding, was developed by major electronics manufacturers together with researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI. The key advantage of HEVC is that it requires only half the bitrate of its predecessor H.264 to provide the same picture quality – allowing it to transmit twice as much data on the same channel. This means that HEVC is practically made for the ultra-high definition of 4K television.
posted: 28/08/2014
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Shatterproof screens that save smartphones (Display Technology)
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University of Akron polymer scientists have developed a transparent electrode that could change the face of smartphones, literally, by making their displays shatterproof.
posted: 07/06/2014
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New 'T-ray' tech converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging (Display Technology)
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A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum—the terahertz range.
posted: 27/05/2014
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Functional brain imaging reliably predicts which vegetative patients have potential to recover consciousness (Display Technology)
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A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet.
posted: 16/04/2014
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Potential Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings (Display Technology)
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An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for the specific augmented reality headset Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training.
posted: 16/04/2014
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