Samsung’s transparent and mirrored displays

HONG KONG (Retail Asia Expo 2015) – Samsung Display Co., Ltd. unveiled the industry’s first Mirror and Transparent OLED display panels in a dazzling state-of-the-art showcase for personalized shopping and informational browsing, held this week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The exhibit features the first retail use of advanced commercial OLED panels – a “virtual necklace” display for the world renowned Chow Sang Sang jewelry company

The company says, can do wonders for the worlds of retail and advertising, but let’s face it, they also look very, very cool.

The new Samsung Display OLED panel technology provides a digital viewing platform for making the consumer purchasing experience more visually engaging. When Samsung’s OLED display technology is integrated with Intel® Real Sense™ technology, a visually compelling, interactive closet or “self-modeling” wardrobe is created that can enable consumers to virtually “see” clothes or other retail items from an extremely realistic, customized perspective.

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The Samsung Mirror Display may also replace home mirrors in the future, providing digital information services to sophisticated consumers in the same space where they now just have a traditional mirror.

Samsung Display’s Mirror OLED display panel, with its more than 75 percent reflectance level, delivers at least 50 percent higher reflectance than competitive Mirror LCDs now in limited availability and a much improved color gamut (over 100 percent vs. around 70 percent of NTSC), as well as an exceptionally high contrast ratio (over 100,000:1 vs. 4,000:1) and a much faster response time (under 1ms vs. 8ms) than LCD transparent panels. In addition, the new mirror display technology does not need the ambient backlight for displaying on-screen images that LCD technology requires.

Like the Samsung Mirror Display, the new Samsung Transparent Display will visually accentuate the gesture and voice control of Real Sense™ 3D-rotatable viewing systems, with OLED’s vibrant Full HD video playback. Collectively, these features will enhance consumer-facing displays in car dealerships, and other innovative signage applications in public information and transportation environments, as well as at retail and hospitality/hotel locations.

Official Narendra Modi app for Android – Lets Stay Connected

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the launch of an Android mobile app. The app titled, “Narendra Modi” has been developed with the aim to easing communication between the Prime Minister’s Office the people of the country. 

Modi announced the launch of the app via a tweet, saying, “Launched ‘Narendra Modi mobile app’. Come lets stay connected on the mobile!” The app brings the latest news and updates from PMO, as well as an opportunity to receive messages and mails directly from the PM. Furthermore, the app also helps people contribute to various causes via the app.

Earlier this year, Modi had invited engineers and developers to come up with ideas for a PMO app. A contest too was announced to encourage participation. As mentioned above, the app has been launched on the Android platform, and you can head over to the Play Store to download it for free.

The Narendra Modi mobile app description follows.

Official App of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. It brings to you latest information, instant updates & helps you contribute towards various tasks. It provides a unique opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from the Prime Minister.

Download the app and get the latest updates anywhere, anytime!

Highlights of the Narendra Modi app:

• Receive the latest news and updates
• Exclusive opportunity to receive E-Mails & Messages directly from the PM.
• ‘Mann Ki Baat’ with the PM.
• Small Tasks, Big Satisfaction: Contribute & earn Badges through to-do tasks.
• Your chance to Interact with the PM & share Ideas & Suggestions.
• Never miss out thoughts from PM Modi, read his Blogs.
• Know more about PM Narendra Modi through unique insights in the Biography section.
• Read about PM Modi’s Governance initiatives & achievements.
• Learn more about PM Modi’s efforts augmenting India’s Global Recognition.
• Know about how Good Governance is improving lives through Infographics.

Microsoft’s Cortana is coming to Android in July

Last month, Microsoft announced that it was planning on launching its personal assistant Cortana on Android and iOS. While the announcement was quite vague at the time, it has now announced that a Cortana companion app will be arriving on Android in July.

A July launch timeframe is a tad late, considering Microsoft executives had said to expect Cortana on Android by the end of June. As for iOS, there is still nothing new, except for the earlier announcement asking us to expect it “later this year.”

Cortana for Android (and iOS) will work as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. Microsoft had previously warned that not all of the digital assistant’s functions would be available on these platforms.

“Some features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms,” Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore had written in a blog post last month.

“Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying “Hey Cortana” requires special integration with the device’s microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs.” The company is however said to be working on syncing Cortana’s notebook across all multiple-platforms.

This move to bring Cortana to rival platforms is in line with CEO Satya Nadella’s mobile-first, cloud-first vision. It has already brought Office and Outlook to Android and iOS. In addition to rival platforms, Microsoft also announced that Cortana would be integrated into Xbox One for users in the US and UK. Through voice commands on Xbox One, Cortana will assist you to more quickly find great games, new challengers and friends on Xbox Live, or accomplish common tasks.