Want to view earth from space but haven’t got the time to train as an astronaut? Well now you can, via a webcam on the web.
The ISS High Definition Earth Viewing Experiment allows you to get a view from a window on-board the International Space Station as it circumnavigates the earth.
The project, which has been viewed by 32 million people since April, aims to give people a 24 hour view of the ISS on its daily orbit around earth. It is also a NASA experiment, which has been designed to test the effect of space on video cameras, with the objective of finding the best way to record video in zero gravity.
If you recall, last night I talked about how both Asus and Lenovo have both brought a 28″ 4K monitor to the market with a seemingly remarkable price tag of sub US$800. Well eager to find out a little more about this panel I decided to pop by the Asus suite in the Trump hotel to get a hands on look at what this monitor has to offer and to see if a 4K resolution in such a small frame size (relative to its resolution).
When it comes to clarity and colour definition, first impressions look amazing. I’ve seem some impressive displays in my life, but even when looking up close as we can see below, it is easier to pick up particles of dust than it is to see individual pixels with a high level of zoom on the camera lens. Apart from the fact that the image is moving – which is pretty obvious considering this is a video stream that it is displaying – if the image were to be left still, and a dummy screen placed beside it, I could probably go as far as saying that at a glance it would be hard to tell the two apart. This is the only real way in which I can describe how good the picture looks.
Looking a further in to the exact specifications of the PB287Q, we note that due to the ultra high resolution, this panel packs a whopping 157 pixels into every square inch of the IPS panel and it features the same Splendid display characteristics but with a bit more refinement, thus the Splendid Plus title. We also note that there are infact three display inputs with dual HDMI ports (both with MHL capability), a single full sized DisplayPort and a legacy VGA input for older display adaptors. The IPS panel offers a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1 (yes that is one hundred million to one), a brightness of 300cd/m² and a pair of 2W speakers with 3.5mm analogue audio in/out also on hand for older systems.
Having read and now seen this screen first hand, I’m even more excited to hopefully get one of these panels in for review in the near future. Asus say that the panels should be on the market in the early to mid part of February and I’ll tell you what, it’s going to shake up the display line-ups that we are already presented with for sure.