LG Reveals OLED HDTV and EZSign TV at CES 2012
During this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, we got a private tour of the LG booth and were able to take an up-close and personal look at some of the electronics giant’s newest innovations.
We saw so many amazing LG technologies during our tour that we can’t fit them all in one news post. So we’ve broken it down into two parts, which we’ll share with you today and tomorrow.
Here’s a breakdown of the best things from LG that can be in your hands, living room or lobby by the end of 2012:
The most breathtaking LG unveiling at this year’s CES was its 55-inch OLED HDTV, which was named Best of Show by CNET.
We’ve all heard of LED, but where, exactly does the extra “O” come from? It stands for organic, as in Organic Light Emitting Diode display technology. In simpler terms, that means it uses self-lighted organic pixels to display absolute blacks and amazing color, contrast and clarity, all powered by LG’s proprietary TRIPLE XD Engine.
“The TRIPLE XD Engine’s Dynamic Color Enhancer provides superior color reproduction, while the Contrast Optimizer and the Resolution Upscaler fine tune the OLED TV’s ability to present even the finest details in dramatic fashion,” LG said in a press release.
Incredibly, the LG 55EM9600 OLED TV is only as thick as three credit cards. Seriously—it’s a 55-inch high-definition TV that weighs 16 pounds and is only 4 millimeters thick, thanks to the absence of bulky lamps and bulbs used in traditional LED TVs.
“It’s the TV of dreams,” says LG President and CEO Havis Kwon.
The picture on the OLED TV is incredible—its contrast ratio is over 100,000,000:1, which is 50 times greater than that of LED and LCD display panels.
According to LG rep Ralph Jodice, it’s also the market’s greenest TV because it’s significantly gentler on users’ energy bills.
LG couldn’t provide a projected price point for the OLED TV, but we were told that it is coming to market as early as Q3.
This year, LG is introducing a LED version of its EzSign TV, which used to only be available in LCD.
EZSign TV ‘s versatile hybrid LED TV and digital signage was designed for business owners and LG was the first in the industry to develop software of its kind.
The EZSign TV package comes with the EZSign software and an LG LED TV. Through four steps, business owners can design their own LED in-store signage. Everything can be loaded onto a USB drive for simple installation, and the software includes 53 templates and allows for picture-in-picture layouts that display a live TV broadcast within signage.
Tomorrow we’ll bring you part two of our coverage from LG’s CES 2012 booth!
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.