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Next-level tablet technology
Massive Dynamics, Inc. has announced its soon-to-be-released WEB 4.0 computing tablet, designed to operate on Google’s Android platform. The company anticipates this product will give it priority access to the potential 210 million tablets forecast by Digitimes to be sold in 2013. Reportedly, 70 million of these tablets will come from companies other than Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics and Microsoft Corp.

WEB 4.0 technology reportedly can receive information and instructions without requiring the user to touch the tablet, utilize voice input or incorporate any peripheral device. For more information about the WEB 4.0 tablet, visit www.MassiveDynamicsCorp.com.

Picture perfect
LG Electronics (LG) recently introduced its 2013 collection of IPS monitors, featuring UltraWide, ColorPrime and Touch 10. All three models employ LG’s in-plane switching (IPS) technology for reportedly better picture quality. The UltraWide monitor features multitasking and multimedia functionality and 21:9 aspect ratio. It is also equipped with LG’s immersive, thin-bezel cinema screen design. A four-screen split feature divides the UltraWide’s screen into four sections, permitting the user to arrange programs into a variety of configurations. A Dual-link up function can simultaneously connect the monitor to two external devices (e.g. notebooks, smartphones, PCs, cameras or external hard drives).
The Touch 10 Monitor features ET83 Touch 10 and is compatible with Windows 8. Whereas conventional touch screens offer two-finger dragging, scrolling and pinching, the LG’s 23-inch class (23.0 inches diagonal) Touch 10 monitor allows the user to use all ten fingers simultaneously, offering a familiar experience, similar to that of a mobile device. The device works with musical applications featuring virtual pianos, synthesizers and string instruments and is reportedly well-suited to educational applications. The IPS display provides a wide horizontal viewing angle for large groups to view the screen. Full touch interaction is available as soon as the monitor is connected, with no extra software installation required. A range of touch-friendly apps are available from the Windows Store.

The EA83 ColorPrime monitor is a comprehensive monitor designed for filmmakers, photographers and designers, with reportedly high-level image and color expression. The monitor features wide quad high definition (WQHD) resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) and reproduces a wide color palette that represents 100 percent of sRGB and 99 percent of the Adobe RGB. It offers a hardware calibrator, as well as True Color Pro calibration software. The monitor can be rotated up to 90 degrees, providing alternative ways to view and arrange work.

LG Electronics is a 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year.

Large screen, low weight
At press time, LG Electronics has begun accepting pre-orders in South Korea for its 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) WRGB OLED TV (Model 55EM9700). Over 1,400 LG retail stores in South Korea were expected to accept orders from consumers for KRW 11 million televisions, with delivery beginning the first week of February.

The television is four millimeters (0.16 inches) thin and weighs less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds). LG’s four-color pixel system features a white sub-pixel, which works in conjunction with the conventional red, blue, green setup to create reportedly high-quality color output. The television’s color refiner is designed to deliver tonal enhancement said to provide more vibrant and natural images. The 55-inch OLED TV also offers an infinite contrast ratio, which is said to maintain optimal contrast levels regardless of ambient brightness or viewing angle.

Fast response
LEO is a new high-tech wrist device designed to help parents and emergency services quickly and efficiently respond to children in times of crisis. Inventor Jason Sullivan has patented and developed a 911-GPS emergency locator wristwatch enabled with voice communications and a panic button system that can help protect children from the impacts of abduction and predation. The LEO watch is designed with a titanium band and optional locking mechanism, with sensors that will notify emergency responders if an unauthorized attempt is made to remove the device. Parents are equipped with a web-based interface that can be used on any computer or smartphone to help locate a child within seconds. A portion of company proceeds will be donated to families and victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. For more information about the LEO, visit www.whenyouwish.com/leo

Smart TV
The 2013 Smart TV line from LG Electronics (LG) includes an updated Magic Remote and Smart Control for a more intuitive user experience. Smart Control features an enhanced home dashboard interface with My Interest Cards – special folders for apps and other content – providing seamless access to what is trending on news sites. My Interest Cards can be customized according to the needs and preferences of the user. The Magic Remote has been re-designed to fine-tune content and menu navigation. The device still incorporates earlier control capabilities, such as point, wheel, gesture and voice recognition. The Voice Mate feature offers a new voice search option that simultaneously filters search results across the LG Smart TV platform, including video-on-demand (VoD) services, websites, external devices and more. The enhanced SmartShareTM feature offers users the ability to mirror or transfer content from smart devices to LG Smart TVs with various connectivity options, such as WiDi and Miracast. For more information, visit www.lg.com

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