by Jin Kim
Also, on September 25, Samsung Electronics released the Galaxy Gear in time for the wearable computing generation. Yet this product has cumulative sales under 50,000, with daily sales of only 800-900 units. These low sales values for the Galaxy Gear are far below the initial expectations of the industry.
Business Korea reported this on November 22, 2013, probably as a response to Samsung announcing sales of 800,000 since the Galaxy Gear debuted two months ago. Gruber noted Business Korea did not cite a source, so unless Business Korea itself is a point of sale market research company, which I highly doubt, take this with a grain of salt. The two numbers diverge quite a bit, but I’m fairly certain Samsung is quoting how many Galaxy Gear smartwatches the company shipped into sales channels and Business Korea is reporting how many actually were sold to customers. Both are probably right, and if that’s true we can expect blowout clearance sales to commence sooner than later to unstuff mountains of Galaxy Gear inventory from the exact same sales channels Samsung stuffed them into. I’m not surprised Samsung Galaxy Gear sales to customers are so dismal; in its current form with its current features the Galaxy Gear solves a problem that to most doesn’t exist.
The new technique is straightforward. The magic sauce is a liquid metal: an alloy of gallium and indium which is liquid at room temperature. They simply pump it through an inkjet printer to create a fine spray of liquid metal droplets that settle onto the substrate.
The droplets rapidly oxidise as the travel through the air and this oxide forms a surface layer on each drop that prevents further oxidisation. That’s handy because the liquid metal itself does not easily adhere to the substrates. But the metal oxides do and this is the reason, say Jing and co, that the circuits adhere so well to a wide range of surfaces.
Combined with 3D printing a liquid metal circuit printer would take electronics prototyping to a whole new level.
For that reason, the researchers suspect that the brain of someone using Glass might be competing with itself for certain cognitive resources. During the visual task of spotting rectangles, for instance, attention might have been split between seeing where to walk and watching the series of squares change shape. Using our limited visual capacity for two simultaneous visual tasks may, in effect, make us worse at each.
Great designers deliver design solutions to business problems. It’s not only a matter of understanding the users and the context of the experience, and it’s not only about problem solving. Being experts of the design process is a crucial skill for a designer, but it’s not enough. The process is only a tool, a means to an end. Design leaders are able to get into the core of the specific business problem and goals of the project, and then combine and coordinate the various design activities and tools structuring the design process consequently.
The reason less “visually complex” websites are considered more beautiful is partly because low complexity websites don’t require the eyes and brain to physically work as hard to decode, store and process the information.
Basically, your retina converts visual information from the real world into electrical impulses. Those impulses are then routed through the appropriate photoreceptor cells to transmit the color and light information to the brain.
The more color and light variations on the page (visual complexity) the more work the eye has to do to send information to the brain.
I couldn’t agree more.
Most standard OLED makers deposit the semiconductors on a substrate covered with a mask, which is removed after it’s coated with the organic materials. Oxygen and moisture are deadly to OLEDs, and most manufacturers have to apply a coating to insulate OLEDs from these elements. But that encapsulation step is where problems tend to crop up and slow down production.
Kateeva’s equipment prints [OLEDs] in nitrogen to skirt the oxygen and moisture issue and in the process also creates OLED panels that deliver good visual quality for a longer period of time [...]
Kateeva’s YIELDJet can print on glass substrates large enough to cut six 55-inch OLED displays. Looking forward to OLED TVs much more affordable than the Samsung KN55SN or the LG 55EA9800, both of which sport stratospheric prices.
All of that size isn’t for nothing, however, because the 1520 features one of the most beautiful displays on any smartphone. The 6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD is bright, crisp, well saturated, and just really nice to look at. Blacks are inky and deep, colors pop with authority, and the vibrant, primary-color-based Windows Phone interface seems to almost leap right off the panel. The screen includes all of Nokia’s exclusive display features, including ClearBlack polarization for great outdoor visibility and super-sensitive touch response that works even through gloves. Companies use frivolous marketing names for various features all the time, so it’s refreshing when one actually relates to real-world improvements. The screen’s pixel density of 367ppi is not as high as other devices, but you can’t see pixels on the 1520 no matter how hard you look, and that’s really all that matters.
The vast 6-inch IPS LCD seems wonderful, but the 20 megapixel camera not so much.
If your smartphone has a large screen, chances are your Wi-Fi and data consumption will be higher than if you were using a smaller screen device. In fact, monthly Wi-Fi and cellular data consumption on smartphones with screens 4.5 inches and larger is 44 percent greater than it is on smartphones with screens under 4.5 inches, at about 7.2GB and 5.0GB respectively.
Note NPD surveyed “the equivalent base of 4,500 smartphone users” between May 2013 and July 2013. According to comScore 147.9 million owned smartphones in the U.S. during the three months ending in September. 4500 smartphone users make up approximately .003% of those smartphone owners in the U.S. Take these NPD results with a grain of salt.
In particular, the legislation would ensure that jailbreaking—which is installing a different operating system, or altering the existing operating system, on your phone, tablet, or e-reader—would also be illegal without permission from the Librarian of Congress (making a permanent fix impossible,). What type of nation would arrest 23 million people for installing a different operating system, or altering an existing one, on their own device?*
Featuring the new Adreno 420 GPU, with up to 40 percent more graphics processing power than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 805 processor is the first mobile processor to offer system-level Ultra HD support, 4K video capture and playback and enhanced dual camera Image Signal Processors (ISPs), for superior performance, multitasking, power efficiency and mobile user experiences.
4K video capture and playback, on a smartphone. A superior mobile experience indeed.