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Impact of the Kumamoto Earthquake on the Camera and Pro Camcorder Industry

In mid-April 2016, a series of devastating earthquakes hit Kumamoto City in South West Japan. The entirety of Kumamoto City was left without water, rail and road links, air services were disrupted and several key factories for the camera and pro camcorder industry were damaged.Chief among these was Sony's Kumamoto factory, responsible for manufactu ...

The Race to Bezel-Less LCD Video Wall

The LCD video wall product is going through another evolution; one that is hoped will stimulate further growth and keep the sector strong. This transition is the move to ever smaller bezel widths, the introduction of Extra/Extreme Narrow Bezel (E/EXNB) products. This type of product is classified by Futuresource as 2.0mm and below Bezel to Bezel(B- ...

Voice Heralds Next Generation Features in Wireless Speakers and Smart Home Applications

In July 2015, Amazon launched its first audio device, called Echo, which has since become the bestselling wireless speaker in the US and is expected to sell around 3.9 million units by the end of this year (cumulative since launch), earning Amazon almost $700 million. Echo represents the first wireless speaker to introduce a 'Voice Personal Assista ...

Interactive Flat Panels the New Must- Have Display Tech in the Classroom

Interactive flat panels (IFPDs) are now dominating the interactive display market in classrooms. Taking over from interactive whiteboards (IWBs), they accounted for a staggering 96% of sales into UK classrooms in Q2 2016. USA has recently surged ahead at 70% of sales; this is up from 14% just two years ago. Across the world there are now more IFPDs ...

What Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) Mean for Education

Artificial Intelligence is moving from the realm of science fiction to the real world in systems and products which can learn, assess, even anticipate and make fully autonomous decisions and responses. In other words, machines that can effectively think. AI is already being deployed across a rapidly widening range of applications, for example, data ...

Virtual Reality and the Implications for the Music Industry

2016 is a major year for VR, as it pushes beyond the early adopters and reaches mainstream audiences, and crucially across a range of entertainment genres. Music has a great fit with VR and the pioneers in the music industries, artists, musicians and manufacturers, together with AV distribution networks and formats are already forging ahead, bringi ...

Photo Printing From Smartphones - An Opportunity to Promote Photo Products

Smartphones have revolutionised how, when and where consumers capture images and engage with social media, image sharing platforms and e-tailers. According to Futuresource's latest research, in 2016 there will be over 3.6 billion smartphones in use globally and consumers will upload over 5 billion images per day via just four platforms alone (Faceb ...

Narrow Pixel Pitch (NPP) LED Market Trend

Narrow Pixel Pitch (NPP) LED had a very strong year in 2015, with total value reaching $678 million in 2015, representing an increase of 201% year-on-year. The market now enters a steady but strong growth phase in 2016. Futuresource expects that the NPP LED market will account for 34% of total value in the videowall market, highly impressive for a ...

The HDR Challenge

This current generational upgrade for TV is happening in two waves, the first we've already seen (increased resolution – 4K UHD); the second is the inclusion of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wider Colour Gamut (WCG), posing a different challenge for the industry. It's clear that there is now little doubt that Ultra High Definition (UHD) will replace ...

Is this the End of Transparent OLED?

This week, the news wires were buzzing with news of Samsung deciding to end of life (EOL) its range of transparent OLED (TOLED) displays. The Futuresource team reported seeing TOLED products front and centre during visits to both ISE and InfoComm China this year, so this news was a touch surprising. Or with hindsight, was it really? Futuresource ha ...

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