I was pleasantly surprised to see the extent to which small-time, garage-style inventors are still a factor in what is arguably the most cutting-edge aspect of video displays: 3D.
BOSTON The annual Society for Information Display (SID) conference -- chock full of innovations big and small in display technology -- wrapped up here last week (it will move to San Francisco next year).
My first time there, I was looking for the next big thing, which I presumed to be variants of the field emissive display (FED) technology, which was virtually nowhere to be seen on the show floor, at least by my reckoning.
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see the extent to which small-time, garage-style inventors are still a factor in what is arguably the most cutting-edge aspect of video displays: 3D.
A number of 3D exhibits were on display, including some that required no special glasses.
Read more about it in New 3D Displays at SID.
Also noteworthy, from the show floor, was CopyTele's flat CRT monochrome display (www.copytele.com). With all the buzz swirling about Canon and Toshiba's SED, Motorola's CNT, and other field emissive display (FED) type technologies, here was one -- albeit from a much smaller player -- actually displayed for everyone to see. But it was monochrome -- the inventor says color is coming soon.
Check out our other recent SID/display coverage from EE Times' Spencer Chin:
Flat Panel Displays show more sensitivity to design at SID
LCD and plasma displays renew feud at SID
Flat panels drive display development