Size DOES matter – Rapid TV News

January 27, 2010

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 20:20

Mitsubishi is about to prove that size – at least in the world of TV set sizes, does matter.

mitsubishioledscreenMitsubishi Electric says it will show a 149" prototype OLED screen at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2010, Feb 2-4, Amsterdam). Claimed to be the world’s first scalable OLED screen technology, the new system aroused considerable world-wide interest when it was revealed at last October’s CEATEC show in Tokyo. Mitsubishi is already a powerful name in outdoor LED screen technology with its Diamond Vision screens, and the company believes OLED has the potential to similarly revolutionise its indoor commercial displays business.

OLED screens create light by a process of electro-luminescence (EL). Each pixel consists of an anode and cathode separated by a thin organic membrane. Its simple construction means that the screen surface can be made extremely light and thin. Using specially-developed driver electronics, Mitsubishi Electric has created an edge-less OLED display module that can be joined together with others to create seamless screens of virtually any size and shape, including curves. The company believes this modular approach will deliver the versatility required of the next generation of indoor Digital Signage displays.

At ISE, Mitsubishi will demonstrate a 1920mm x 3264mm OLED display. At around 6.2m² – or 149" – this is considerably larger than any existing commercial product. A screen resolution of 1088 pixels x 640 pixels at 3mm pixel pitch delivers sharp, vibrant images, viewable even at close range.

OLED technology is claimed to be extremely versatile and offers several distinct advantages over both LCD and LED in indoor applications: Unlike conventional LED systems, its slim, lightweight construction means that large screens can be installed on virtually any building surface. Unlike LCD or plasma, Mitsubishi’s OLED modules are truly edge-less so that any shape of screen can be created without visible borders. With a light output of 1500cd/m², the production model will be several times brighter than an average LCD display, making it suitable for indoor applications in relatively brightly-lit areas. Furthermore, because it requires no backlight, the contrast performance is far superior to LCD.

Mitsubishi Electric’s OLED screen is just one of a number of new products being showcased at ISE 2010. The company will also be revealing a new LED-based projection engine for its Seventy Series display wall cubes, the L46XM, featuring a high-quality 46" diagonal WXGA (1366 x 768 pixel) LCD display with a total mullion width of 7.3mm, and a new Multi-Touch interface option for its Seventy Series display wall systems that enables multiple users to interact with a display wall simultaneously.

Size DOES matter – Rapid TV News

Word count: 652. Topic: custard. « The nether regions

January 22, 2010

As a little light relief for Friday afternoon, may we offer this fantastic story found on the blog Nether Regions – described as a "one stop shop for regional news hilarity" Enjoy!

It must have been a slow news day in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent, when the local paper decided to run with the story of a woman who wanted to buy custard, couldn’t find any, eventually found some, but it wasn’t the brand she would really have liked. There are few words to describe such a series of events, but somehow the Whitstable Times found 652.Thank you to Thomas Oppe for spotting this story and illustrating that the proof of the pudding is in the bleating-on-about-custard-stocks of a 43-year-old holiday rental company director.

Whitstable Times, 25 March 2009:

Whitstable mum in custard shortage

A MUM of three is dis-custard after a hunt for the dessert sauce in the town proved fruitless.

Keen baker Jules Serkin, 43, of West Cliff, Whitstable, needed a tin of custard powder to top off her apple and blackcurrant crumble.

But she was left with a sour taste in her mouth after getting no joy in either Co-ops at Oxford Street and Canterbury Road, and in Somerfield, in the High Street.

Even a trek to Tankerton’s Tesco Express – a corner shop version of its superstores – was wasted.

“I try to support my local businesses, but in the end I had to resort to going to one of the big supermarkets to get what I needed,” said Jules, a holiday rental company director.

The article is too long to reproduce in full here because the Whitstable Times appears to have interviewed all and sundry about this saga. Some of the most telling comments are from Somerfield spokesman Pete Williams, of undisclosed age, who displays an admirable, almost freakish, awareness of his large national supermarket chain’s current stocks and a dogged refusal to adhere to the customer service dictat that the customer is always right.

“We are a bit perplexed about your reader’s trouble in finding custard in the store. It offers a variety of custards including: tinned, fresh, cartons and in powdered form.

“Today (Monday March 23) it has both Somerfield own brand tinned custard and tinned custard made by Ambrosia. The store stocks Somerfield Instand (sic) Custard Mix – to which you simply add water.

I think he’s calling her a liar. Good.

Follow the link for the full lowdown on this woman’s battle to get her just desserts.

Word count: 652. Topic: custard. « The nether regions

CIPR tells the NLA to put its invoices in the bin

January 20, 2010

8th January 2010

Many in the PR business would like to suggest some alternative repositories for the NLA’s invoices – but it’s a step in the right direction.

CIPR Past President Kevin Taylor responds to the NLA’s decision to suspend invoicing for its new web licence

"We’re delighted that the NLA has decided to suspend invoicing for its ill-considered new web licence pending the outcome of a Copyright Tribunal brought about by Meltwater. We fully support Meltwater’s actions and have already had meetings ourselves with the Government’s Intellectual Property Office and with the Copyright Tribunal.

These charges are not simply unfair and unjust, they are unjustified and applied indiscriminately. We hope these invoices never see the light of day and would urge the NLA to bin them, and the whole scheme now."

Chartered Institute of Public Relations

New Scientist subs’ Headline of the Month triumph

January 12, 2010

As headline writers’ thoughts turned towards Christmas many of the nominations for the December Headline of the Month competition had a festive theme. Here are Axegrinder’s finalists:


School pupils gave their nativity play a modern twist by adopting the role of radio DJs providing up-to-the minute coverage of developments in Bethlehem.

HEADLINE: (The Hartepool Mail)



Tiger Woods was found unconscious after hitting a fire hydrant in his car and apparently being involved in a fracas with his wife.

HEADLINE (The Times)



A nativity scene made entirely out of vegetables by farm workers in Tulleys Farm West Sussex has been labelled offensive to Christians.


But there could be  only one winner…


A new anklet device used in America can alert the authorities if alcohol-related offenders have breached bail conditions banning them from drinking.

HEADLINE (In the New Scientist)

Thanks to Rory Crew, a student journalist at No Sweat journalism training in London, for nominating the winning headline. A bottle of Jura single malt whisky is on its way to him and to the subs desk at the New Scientist.

New Scientist subs’ Headline of the Month triumph | Axegrinder

Engineering Capacity: Southern Manufacturing already open for business

January 12, 2010

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2010 has opened for business online, giving exhibitors and visitors the chance to meet and begin negotiations a full two months before the actual event opens on February 10th and 11th.

Using the popular business networking site LinkedIn. exhibitors can post details of their products and services online, giving visitors the chance to see what’s on offer in advance of the show. Visitors looking for specific products or services can post details of their requirements into the same forum, inviting a private response from exhibitors using LinkedIn’s internal mail system. The show’s organisers, European Trade & Exhibition Services (ETES) hope that the new service will prove attractive to visitors wishing to conduct their initial research and negotiations in advance of next year’s event.

Even before the doors open, visitors and exhibitors can interact

Even before the doors open, visitors and exhibitors can interact

Show director Phil Valentine says, "Time is a precious commodity in business today, so making the best use of time is vital. The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show is unique in that it’s possible to see everything from the latest CNC machines to the simplest bolt in a single visit. By extending that concept to the online business community, we’re hoping to make it even easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for."

LinkedIn is one of the most popular business sites in the world, with over 11 million users in Europe alone. Individual users can join groups within the LinkedIn service to share information with fellow professionals or to follow industry news. The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics group allows exhibitors at the show to post details of their products and services, including links back to their own company website.  You can also sign up for the latest news on subcontracting by joining the Engineering Capacity LinkedIn group.

Use of the LinkedIn service is free to visitors and exhibitors. Registration takes just a couple of minutes – simply visit .

In the real world, the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show provides a unique focus for industrial and precision engineering activity in the south of the UK. The show brings together around 500 top suppliers, between them catering for virtually every kind of industrial activity. Last year’s exhibition area covered nearly 3,500m² and attracted in excess of 5000 visitors over two days.

Along with many of Europe’s top industrial suppliers, the show hosts a unique free technical seminar programme, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the latest developments in a wide range of business topics. Entry to the show itself is completely free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking, superb access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants to make your visit as enjoyable as it is productive.

Engineering Capacity: Southern Manufacturing already open for business

A Sixth Sense in our digital world

January 6, 2010

There are incredible advances being made in how we interact with the digital world. This short video featuring Pranav Mistry from MIT gives some flavour of the work being done and how this may translate into our everyday lives within the foreseeable future. This is amazing stuff!