World’s first big-screen OLED installed in Germany

September 29, 2010

Technology breakthrough enables flexibility of size and shape

The first screen of its kind, the Diamond Vision OLED, measuring 8.8sqm (3.84 m (w) by 2.3 m (h)) with a depth of just 9.9cm, has been installed at the material Research Center recently opened by the chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany.

The new technology is a pioneering step forward, using organic light emitting diodes (OLED) as a light source, which due to its structure and composition is fully scalable and can be arranged into flexible forms and shapes.

The ‘Diamond Vision OLED’ screen is located in the lobby of Merck’s new research centre. Merck KGaA is one of the leading producers of organic base materials for innovative OLED technology and will use the screen as an information system for presentations and events. It has a resolution of 1,280 x 768 Pixel and weighs around 480kg.

“OLED is literally growing in size and format and has the potential to become the technology of choice for the digital signage industry in the near future. It is a significant achievement that we have been able to develop this pioneering technology with our Japanese colleagues“, explains Lars Dörholt, Deputy Division Manager, Visual Information Systems at Mitsubishi Electric Europe’s German branch.

‘Diamond Vision OLED‘ by Mitsubishi Electric is designed for indoor use and with its newly developed picture management technology, delivers seamless and vivid images. The screens deliver a wide viewing angle of approximately ±80degrees vertically and horizontally, while generating a maximum brightness of 1.200 cd/m2. Achieving double the contrast of comparable LED products, Mitsubishi Electric’s OLED-Displays are particularly well suited for use in bright environments such as shopping malls, stations or airports.

The new screen image is composed of square modules with a standard size of 38.4 cm (128 x 128 Pixel by module). Due to the modular nature of the product there are virtually no limits in terms of size, scalability, form or design. As a result, displays no longer have to be flat, but can now cover uneven or curved/convex surfaces. Each module weighs only 8 kilograms and the minimum viewing distance could be reduced to 2meters. With a depth of only 9.9cm the OLED displays are particularly well suited for the installation in halls or waiting areas.

With its new large screen technology capabilities, developed in cooperation with Tohoku Pioneer Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric is targeting new areas of application that could never have been achieved with conventional products due to limitations in size, format, amount of light or other restricting factors.

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Telepresence system “sets new standard”

March 16, 2010

Slightly gushing and over the top presentation, but an extremely impressive technology none the less. This post from InAVate magazine

Published 09 March 2010
Digital Video Enterprises has unveiled a telepresence system that not only simulates face-to-face meetings but can display nine foot wide 3D images that appear to float in mid-air. The Immersion Room solution scooped a Frost & Sullivan Telepresence Product award.

The meeting experience displays HD 3D holographic images of people for realistic videoconferencing.
"The Award was determined after a thorough review of the competing telepresence solutions and the DVE Immersion Room clearly has set a new standard for the potential realism of telepresence communication," said Paul Waadevig, principal consultant at Frost and Sullivan. "The whole point of telepresence is to simulate a meeting where people forget about technology and get down to business. The Immersion Room is a breakthrough in simulating face-to-face meetings that, literally, makes the users forget they are not all in the same room."

Immersion Room enables life-size images of people seen standing and walking about in the 3D physical space of the meeting room. Furthermore, the Room displays nine foot wide volumetric 3D images appearing to float in mid-air. The effect does not require special glasses.
The DVE Immersion Room is based on an extensive patent portfolio of augmented reality telepresence that places real-time images of people inside the middle of the room. The inclusion of hidden cameras that aim through the image are designed to create natural eye contact.

InAVate – Telepresence system “sets new standard”

Dallas Cowboys’ Diamond Vision screen confirmed as world record

September 30, 2009


The world’s first four-sided, centre-hung, stadium video display consists of four Diamond Vision LED video screens, with the two main high-definition sideline displays measuring 22m high by 49m wide, and two Diamond Vision end-zone displays measuring 9m high by 15.5m wide. Weighing 544 tons, the screens are suspended 27.5m feet directly over the centre of the playing surface and stretch from nearly one 20-yard line to the other.

With a total viewing area of over 1,058 square-metres, the Diamond Vision display is equal to around 3,268 52-inch televisions, and is comprised of 10,584,064 individual LEDs.

“This was probably the most exciting project we’ve ever been involved with,” said Mark Foster, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision Systems. “The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most innovative teams in the NFL, and their new stadium reflects that. These scoreboards and displays are the realisation of the Cowboys’ commitment to their fans and the sport. We are very proud that the Cowboys organization turned to Mitsubishi Electric to deliver their vision as part of this incredible project.”

"We’re extremely proud of our world-class Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision screen,” said Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones. “We have designed everything about Cowboys Stadium to provide an unequalled experience for our fans, and this screen is the centrepiece of what we have created for them.”

Mitsubishi Electric has now been recognised by Guinness World Records five times for its accomplishments, and the Cowboys’ board is the fourth Diamond Vision screen to be honoured by Guinness. The first came in August, 2003, for the World’s Longest Video Display at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. In March 2005, GWR recognized the Diamond Vision LED display at Turner Field in Atlanta as the World’s Largest High-Definition Television Screen, and in September 2005 the Mitsubishi Electric video board at the Japan Racing Association Tokyo Racecourse was certified as the World’s Largest Television Display. In 1993, Mitsubishi Electric was recognised for designing and installing the world’s fastest elevator — capable of travelling at 750 meters per minute — at the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan.

Mitsubishi Electric, the Official Large Outdoor Video Display Provider of the PGA TOUR, was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. Since then, Mitsubishi Electric has been recognised as the leader in visually stunning displays for sports facilities, advertising, entertainment and communications. Other installations include the first-of-its-kind high-definition display at Yankee Stadium the first 32:9 ratio HD scoreboard at AT&T Park in San Francisco Times Square’s first HD display at MTV studios traffic-stopping marquees at Bally’s and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas a massive 11-screen display at Times Square in New York City and the largest indoor HD screen in North America, the 10m x 33.5m screen at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.

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World’s first cuttable opaque spandrel glass cladding panel

April 22, 2009

Chromatics is the world’s first cuttable, totally opaque, coloured glass cladding panel. The organic elements used in the manufacturing process forming an intermolecularly bonded product that is a unique laminate of glass, colour layer and metal – not a toughened glass. It has a significantly greater resistance to thermal fracture than float glass, making it a much safer architectural product.

Developed in conjunction with Pilkington, Chromatics is suitable for both exterior and interior applications and is an integral component of monolithic panels, double glazed units, and rainscreen systems. It offers an unrivalled depth and consistency of panel colour across the entire RAL spectrum. In addition, for a totally stunning finish, any size of digital imagery, textural look, branding or corporate colour requirements can be precisely and durably reproduced. The Chromatics process does not cause roller wave distortion, pinholes or pigment and transparency variation.

Chromatics is shatterproof and resistant to extreme point impact. It is therefore ideal for external building applications, because even if broken under extreme circumstances, the panel will retain its integrity, remaining intact, waterproof and functional until replaced

It is possible in many applications to specify 4mm thickness rather than a conventional 6mm and potentially reduce the building’s glazing weight by a third. Where 4mm Chromatics is used, the total cost of the cladding can often be recovered through the savings made on reduced material usage in the building structure.

It is an environmentally considerate product too, being made from renewable resources and requiring much less energy to produce than toughened glass. Other environmental advantages with Chromatics are that it uses no paints with toxins or heavy metals during manufacture, is completely recyclable and is in every way designed to help meet the ever-increasing challenges of creating better insulated and more environmentally friendly buildings.

Unlike bespoke toughened ceramic-coated glass, Chromatics is a stockable product and can be cut and worked even after processing, saving weeks or possibly months when closing the building envelope.