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Mar 30, 2017

How is brightness calculated?

One of the key specifications that customers use to determine what display might be right for their application is brightness. Brightness is measured in candelas per meter squared (cd/m2) or nits. Like “horse power” is to automobile engine power, so are nits to displays. They are simply a measure of how many candles of brightness a display is equivalent to. A 300 nit desktop monitor has the light power of 300 candles lighting a square meter of space. A 1,500 nit outdoor display has the power of 1,500 candles (which seems like a lot, until you do the unfair comparison of a display to the sun, sustains life on earth and is significantly brighter than More…

Brightness , High Bright

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Mar 23, 2017

Fundamentals of LED Backlights

There are two types of LED backlights (in simple terms), edge-lit and direct. EDGE LIT In an edge-lit backlight, there is a row of LED light emitters (usually white) along one, two, or three edges of a backlight with reflective films and coatings to funnel that light across the entire back of an LCD panel in a uniform manner. Advantages: Results in a thin overall LCD display profile. If you see a panel that is very, very thin, most likely it is using an edge-lit backlight design. It is lower cost since it uses less LEDs to cover a larger area of display. Disadvantages: Can have some brightness uniformity issues, creating bright edges of More…

LED , LED Backlighting , LED Backlit , LED Edge Lit , LED Direct Lit

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Mar 16, 2017

8 Things to Know about NaturalPoint

As of January 27th, the acquisition was finalized. They are now part of the family! See news here. NaturalPoint, and their OptiTrack brand, is the undisputed market leader in the growing category of optical tracking and motion capture solutions. They use specialized cameras to track reflectors or LED’s placed on people and objects as they move through space. The kind of trackers that are used for CGI movie production, motion capture for video games, sports performance analysis, and increasingly for VR gameplay, like The Void or the GhostBuster’s Experience at Madam Tussaud’s in New York City. The founder, Jim Richardson, started his career in More…

NaturalPoint , innovation , virtual reality

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Mar 09, 2017

Why AV Manufacturers Build at Home

For over 30 years we’ve continually operated US manufacturing operations in service to our North American and global customers. With over 300 employees, vendors, and partners in the US, we’re able to better manage quality control, time to market, a tight relationship with R&D, distribution, and the ability to customize swiftly to customer needs. This combination of services have contributed to our great reputation for service, innovation, and market leadership. To learn more about our ongoing commitment to providing the best for our US customers, check out the below excerpt from Sound and Video Contractor Magazine’s exclusive interview with CMO, More…

manufacturing , Employment , America

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Mar 02, 2017

What is an LED?

LED stands for “light emitting diode” and it is a semiconductor device that converts an electrical current to visible light. It is a self-emitting light source. Because of its relative power efficiency, solid-state design, and long life-span it is a popular building material for a number of product categories: LED architectural lighting, replacing incandescent or fluorescent bulbs in light fixtures both indoor and outdoor. These LEDs are structured to emit white light. LED backlights used in LCD (liquid crystal displays) and video walls as a light source, replacing cold cathode fluorescent lights (CCFL) in flat panel displays and monitors. In More…

LED , Light Emitting Diode