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Spotted this on Engadget, which was picking up on an iSuppli analysis of the build cost of the new Google Nexus One smartphone. iSuppli reports a preliminary estimate of $174.15 for the cost of materials needed to build each handset. The research firm also congratulates Google on keeping a bill of materials comparable to most recent smartphones while having "the most advanced features of any smart phone ever dissected by iSuppli's Teardown Analysis Service." Costliest of all things was the 1GHz Snapdragon ($30.50), followed by the AMOLED display ($23.50) and memory ($20.40) from Samsung. The Bluetooth and 802.11n WiFi transceiver cost $8.20, and perhaps the most egregious spend was $12.50 on a 5-megapixel camera that many of us might never use. Like many people in the industry I have been watching the evolution of these phones and thinking they will pretty quickl... (more)

What I am up to ...

I have been watching the projection business for a few years now, seeing it evolve and paying close attention to the pros and cons as it relates to what we all do in DS. These things have the ability to bridge the rather yawning gap between mass-produced but smallish flat panels and huge but stinkin' expensive LED displays. With projectors and film, retailers and brands can do very large, shaped displays in all kinds of places, and turn building walls and shopfront windows into digital billboards. Adoption, to date, hasn't been all that high - but that's changing as capabilitie... (more)

Tactile elements make holographic display a little more compelling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-P1zZAcPuw I really don't see a time with 3D and holographs will be a common components of retail or public-facing digital displays. It's a novelty that tends to wear thin pretty quickly. However, here's a test app (spotted on Change The Thought) from some Japanese researchers that definitely opens up possibilities by making the images responsive and a little bit tactile. It was demo'd this week at the SIGGRAPH computer animation show in New Orleans. Called Touchable Holography, the SIGGRAPH website talks about it this way: Recently, mid-air displa... (more)

Tiny, Cute, Expensive Paperweight?

I saw the PR come out yesterday about a little Linux-based teeny PC aimed at, among other things, digital signage. It has been a busy coupla days, so I finally just had a look at the thing now. The Linutop 3 looks cute, and at first pass the gadget appears to have a lot of promise. It is small enough to slap on the back of a flat screen. It's a solid state fanless design, so there is little that can crater on the thing. Great. But it's also $500 US, and it will ship from France. It has its own custom Linux OS, so have fun with that unless you have a propeller-head on standby. ... (more)

First look: Christie's MicroTiles

I had an invite to go see the new MicroTiles display technology announced this week by Christie Digital. They did a soft-launch of the product for environmental (as in rooms, not trees) design people at a function in New York. Disclaimer - I am doing some writing for them I had not seen it until now, and the technology is very impressive. The seams all but disappear and the shapes are really interesting. The event had a strong Canadian touch as the technology comes largely out of the Waterloo, Ontario office of Christie and most of the stunning content that was done was by Mont... (more)