Quantum Dot Printer Produces World’s Smallest Image

Swiss researchers have produced the world’s smallest inkjet-printed image using quantum dot technology, according to ETH Zurich. The picture, which is a colour picture of a school of clownfish, measuring just 0.08mm-by-0.115mm (or 0.003inches-by-0.005inches) at a resolution of 25,000dpi, can only be seen by the human eye through a microscope. At the width of a human hair, the full image (below) has been verified as the smallest colour image ever printed by Guinness World Records.

Quantum dot technology is being implemented in the next generation of 4K-and-above televisions and monitors, allowing a more efficient alternative to current OLED technology. Using quantum dots for printing could open up the market for printable screens on demand.

“In a futuristic scenario, you could imagine having a plastic foil that goes into a printer and on the other side there is a display coming out,” Dr Patrick Galliker said to the BBC. “You’d have all the functionality of a

screen, which has just been printed using nanomaterials that are in a liquid phase.”

Some, however, are more dismissive about the feat, with Chris Green, a technology expert at the business consultancy Lewis, telling the BBC, “This experiment was a very interesting gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless.”

“But as a technical exercise to demonstrate the sheer versatility of what quantum dot technology can do with regards to imaging, it’s an absolutely fascinating demonstration of what can be achieved with what is not that expensive technology,” Green added.

AOC to Showcase 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor and More at CES 2016

AOC is one of the leading monitor manufacturers in the industry and offers a huge range of screen sizes, resolutions and display technologies to suit various customers’ requirements. Today, the company announced their latest range of products will be showcased during CES 2016. This is exciting news and I cannot wait to see these new models on the show floor in Las Vegas. The new AOC C3583FQ features a whopping 160Hz refresh rate, 35 inch curved display and support of FreeSync technology. In the press release, there wasn’t any information about the panel’s resolution, but it should be 3440×1440 given the screen size and 21:9 aspect ratio.

The AOC I2771FM9 produces unbelievable colours via Quantum Dot technology on a 27 inch IPS display. This should make it an excellent choice where accurate colour reproduction is essential. I’ve personally not seen a Quantum Dot monitor before, and cannot wait to try it out during our visit to CES 2016. Another new addition is the U2879VF, which employs a 4K panel and huge array of fast connectivity options. For example, the product boasts DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 to enable 4K content at 60Hz. This model also utilizes AMD’s Freesync technology.

Finally, the AOC I2781FH opts for an ultra slim frame with luxurious styling. The monitor is almost borderless and equipped with a unique symmetric metal stand. Also, this particular product will be available in March 2016, and comes in 21.5″, 23″ and 23.8″ configurations.

Philips to Display Company’s First 34″ Curved Monitor at IFA

Philips has announced the latest additions to their monitor line-up and intends to showcase the new models at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Included is Philips’ first 34-inch curved monitor which opts for a 3440×1440 panel and ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, there is no specific details about the panel type used but I would presume it’s either an AH-IPS or VA screen. From an aesthetic point-of-view, the monitor’s curve adds a sophisticated touch and the edge-to-edge glass allows for an extremely narrow border. However, I’m not overly fond of the stand which seems rather cumbersome and might not have any adjustability.

The next major upgrade in backlighting revolves around Quantum Dot technology. Quantum Dot supported monitors can produce a higher colour gamut by more than 50% compared to traditional LEDs. Additionally, QD monitors consume 25% less power and cost a fraction of the current LED based panels. Philips is probably the first company to push this technology into the mainstream market and readying a 27-inch QD IPS-ADS Adobe RGB monitor.

There are a number of other products on the show floor such as the Ambiglow Plus Base. This unusual feature forms a halo of light which syncs with the display image. Furthermore, the base’s illumination can be adjusted to suit the your mood or fit in with a room’s lighting levels.

Do you think Quantum Dot technology will make a noticeable difference in monitor image quality?

LG Create Quantum Dot Technology for Even Better Colours

IPS panels already have a great colour accuracy, but not good enough for the people over at LG. They have created the Quantum Dot technology to increase the colour accuracy as much as 30 percent.

The technology displays an extremely wide color gamut, making it ideal for 4K content. The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers where each dot emits a different color depending on its size. By adding a film of those quantum dots in front of the LCD backlight, picture color reproduction rate and overall brightness are significantly improved.

“Quantum dot’s vibrant and vivid color reproduction capabilities brings LG’s LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The addition of ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV lineup positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry.”

The new technology will, as so much these days, be displayed at CES in Vegas this coming January and the release also stated that the TVs made with this technology are both free of cadmium and other toxic heavy metals.

Thanks to LG for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of LG