This time, there is science behind the statement, which just might make it literal. As in, your life expectancy becomes shorter the more you watch TV!
2011 has been a big year for television sets, with many people upgrading their old TVs for the flashier, sleeker, and bigger models. The 3D TVs were also touted to be groundbreaking and were pushed a lot in the market. However, it seemed that the the market for 3D TVs is still in its infancy, with lots of people opting for the non-3D versions for various reasons. I know that personally, the price is a big factor for not going for a 3D TV. Add to that the inconvenience of having to wear 3D glasses in order to enjoy the main “advantage” of this kind of TV, and you have even fewer buyers. More than the inconvenience of having to wear 3D glasses at home, those glasses can cost quite a lot as well!
Now what if 3D TVs have no need for 3D glasses? That is exactly what the company Stream TV Networks is going to launch come the CES this January. They have a new technology, which they call Ultra-D. This display technology is revolutionary in that consumers can actually enjoy all the benefits of 3D without having to don any eye wear.
Alright, DIY-ers out there. Here is the model for your next project! This labcoat is made of LED and even works as a TV! How much cooler can you get?
The LEB lab coat was made by David Forbes, who had one special mission in mind while he was conceptualizing and creating the coat: to wear his creation at Burning Man. Here’s a peek at the lab coat.
Think of it as a color TV set placed on top of a lab coat that any scientist, doctor, or researcher would wear. And yes, the TV displays NTSC video – no need to fiddle with the settings!
If you’re wondering how this was made possible, think about flex boards and color LED displays (160 x 120 pixels to be exact). If the image above is not exactly to your liking, here’s another one that might prove to be more fun.
Homer is David’s hero – just like countless other people in the universe. You have to admit that, while the resolution of the TV will definitely not compete with your HDTV at home, Homer looks pretty good on the lab coat. Well, you know what I mean. 😉
As you may have surmised, the displays covers pretty much the entire torso, down to the leg – back to front, sides semi-included. The brains of this lab coat cum TV can be found in circuit boards mounted on the shoulders and the hips. The work that has gone into this contraption is not to be taken lightly. Six months – and custom fabricated boards, hot glue, FFC cable, double-sided tape, a host of other electronics, and $20,000 – later, David is ready to be a hit at Burning Man. Did I already say this thing cost $20,000 to complete?
Here’s the TV in action.
I tried to ignore how awkwardly David had to move all throughout the demo. I guess he’s going to have to be ready not to sit or even lean against anything when he shows that thing off at the festival!
For more details and photos of the making of the TV lab coat, visit Cathode Corner.
Recently the battle between Apple, Google and other companies such as Roku has been heating up, with other big hitters like Amazon also looking to take on established Web TV providers such as Hulu and Google’s YouTube. This battle will be heating up even more in 2011 with Microsoft looking to re-enter the fray with a subscription service for their Xbox 360 game console with an estimated Xbox Live user base of over 20 million.
Below is an Infographic from the guys at Infographiclabs looking at how this current battle is panning out.
Enjoy this great Infographic from our friends at Infographiclabs