I well remember researching information for my first book back in 1992. This was a year before the advent of the first popular web browser (Mosaic), so I spent many a lonely evening in my local library rooting through the Encyclopedia Britannica and other reference materials.
Now, of course, the Internet provides an almost unimaginable wealth of information at our fingertips. In the case of display technologies, for example, there are Programmable Logic DesignLine's sister sites Digital TV DesignLine and Video Imaging DesignLine.
Another really good source of information on all aspects of the flat panel industry is to be found at the Veritas et Visus website (www.veritasetvisus.com).
"Veritas et Visus" is Latin for "Truth and Vision". This website is the source of a family of newsletters that are jam-packed with useful and interesting information:
- Flexible Substrate: Flexible display technologies and developments.
- Display Standard: Display-related standards and regulations.
- 3rd Dimension: 3D Displays and supporting technology.
- High Resolution: High-resolution displays and vision-based human factors with displays.
- Touch Panel: Touch screen technology and applications.
Each of these email-delivered newsletters costs $47.99 for a year's subscription (10 issues). At under $5 per issues, that actually turns out to be a rather good bargain when you come to see all of the work that's involved. A typical issue of High Resolution, for example, comprises anywhere from 55 to 75 pages and contains enough items of interest to keep me reading for days.
The cool thing is that you can download a free issue of each magazine to see if it's right for you. Personally I consider it to be a "happy day" when the latest issue of High Resolution appears in my mailbox, because I know I'm going to be exposed to a grab-bag of news, product, and technology goodies along with a myriad tidbits to capture my imagination like optical illusions that make me exclaim: "Wow!"
Questions? Comments? Feel free to email me – Clive "Max" Maxfield – at firstname.lastname@example.org). And, of course, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to Sign Up for our weekly Programmable Logic DesignLine Newsletter.