High-definition displays have become commonplace, so TV makers are returning to the time-tested concept of improving display capabilities. Dolby Labs. Inc. is taking a very modern approach with its high-dynamic-range technology, which employs LEDs to improve contrast ratio and image quality. The LEDs used to backlight LCD screens provide local dimming, which provides a perception of depth while enhancing brightness and contrast.
Among the key enabling components are Xilinx Inc.'s Virtex-4 SX FPGAs, which feature the company's XtremeDSP technology. Using FPGAs lets Dolby designers create tailored designs for each partner.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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