There are some excellent strides being made in LCD efficiency, and OLED displays promise to continue that trend. But while LCDs and Plasma sets are more efficient per square inch than CRTs ever were, they're also allowing us to build and sell much larger sets.
This thirst for the big screen is driving energy demands higher even as sets could be getting more efficient. Which is why I'm blogging about MyVu. While I wouldn't be caught dead wearing one of these in public, it is an environmentally friendly alternative to a 42 inch plasma screen.
The MyVu exploits your brain's ability to infer distance by placing two video screens near your eyes, but separated so that the screen appears to be a big screen TV several feet away from you. Apparently it's not an easy sensation to wrap your brain around, especially since the glasses allow you to look around them and continue seeing your surroundings.
It seems a little 1990's cyberpunk, but the important thing is that it decreases the actual screen size to a couple of square inches instead of 800. The result is a more environmentally friendly, and signficantly cheaper option.
Though, sitting around with the family watching a movie wouldn't be quite the same if it didn't matter which direction everyone was facing. Plus, you're never quite sure what dirty Uncle Jimmy is actually watching.
written by erik, July 20, 2007
Vuzix Video Eyewear
written by Ian Cleary, July 02, 2008
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