Ultrawide vs Dual Monitors: Which Are Better for Productivity?

We love multiple monitor workstations, but “Ultrawide” displays, packing resolutions that rival two or three panels side-by-side, are looking better and better these days. After all, having more than one monitor doesn’t automatically make you more productive. Here’s how these new ultrawide monitors differ from a… » 4/06/15 2:42pm 4/06/15 2:42pm

How Not to Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays

A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they're your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be pretty confusing. Here's how to sound like you know what you're talking… » 1/27/15 3:10pm 1/27/15 3:10pm

Why Your Next TV Could (and Should) Be Stuffed With Quantum Dots

It's no secret that OLED televisions produce the best quality HDTV images on the market today. It's also no secret that OLED sets are ludicrously, obscenely expensive compared to conventional LEDs. But what if there were a way to produce OLED-quality images at a fraction of their current price? Oh hey, there is. » 1/06/15 3:54pm 1/06/15 3:54pm

Next-Gen Gorilla Glass Wants to Save Your Phone From Fateful Drops 

Few of us ever really bat an eye if we get a scratch or two on our smartphone's screen. The real heartbreaker is when the phone is accidentally dropped or knocked off a table and the screen shatters, leaving it completely unusable. It's a fate many of us have experienced before, and one that Corning now claims we'll… » 11/20/14 8:52am 11/20/14 8:52am

Sharp Crammed Over 4,000,000 Pixels On This Insane 4-Inch Display

The digital camera megapixels arms race might be over, but now smartphone display makers have taken up the cause, trying to cram as many pixels as possible into their screens. And Sharp has now claimed superpower status with a 4.1-inch display boasting a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, or 736ppi. For comparison,… » 11/12/14 8:46am 11/12/14 8:46am

Tri-Fold Touchscreen OLED Could Give You Way More Smartphone Real Estate

In addition to satellites and computers smaller than a giant room, Arthur C. Clarke also predicted mobile touchscreen devices that could be crumpled up like a handkerchief and stuffed in a pocket. Thanks to researchers at Japan's Semiconductor Energy Laboratory company, we're almost there. » 11/03/14 8:57am 11/03/14 8:57am

LG's New Smartphone Display Has the World's Thinnest 0.7mm Bezel

The best way to maximize the screen real estate on a smartphone without turning it into a massive phablet is to whittle away as much of the wasted space around the display as possible. And with its new 5.3-inch full HD LCD panel, LG has managed to reduce the size of the display's bezel to just 0.7mm—which is thinner… » 10/30/14 8:26am 10/30/14 8:26am

How to Print a Super-Thin Touchscreen Display on Just About Anything

We've kept a close eye on the 27th ACM Symposium on INTER Software and Technology in Honolulu this week, given that it's already produced dozens of fascinating prototypes. But this award-winning paper is perhaps the coolest we've seen: It lays out a new technique for printing cheap, simple touchscreen displays with… » 10/07/14 5:52pm 10/07/14 5:52pm

Gaze at the Amazing Adaptable Display Kings of Leon Used on Tour

Live shows are supposed to be an experience, an experience which needs to be massive and visually arresting, especially when a band is playing an arena show. That's exactly why Kings of Leon is playing against the backdrop of a newfangled hybrid screen/lighting rig on its Mechanical Bull tour. But it's not the whole… » 10/06/14 1:25pm 10/06/14 1:25pm

Dimming Your Phone's Screen Under Your Thumb Could Prolong Battery Life

It's a tough pill to swallow, but smartphones aren't getting any smaller. And since those larger displays are unfortunately putting more of a strain on battery life, Microsoft Research is proposing a clever trick that promises to extend your phone's usable hours by detecting and dimming parts of the display already… » 10/02/14 9:27am 10/02/14 9:27am

Color-Changing Stained Glass Makes It Easy For Cathedrals To Redecorate

A group of Japanese researchers from the University of Tokyo, the Segawa Laboratory at RCAST, and Sony have created a prototype glass panel with intricate designs that's able to change color based on the how much energy is supplied from an attached rechargeable battery. In other words, it's stained glass for a… » 8/06/14 1:24pm 8/06/14 1:24pm