Asus is readying a 31.5-inch display with 3840x2160 pixels, four times the pixel count of a standard HD display.
The panel uses Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide ("IGZO") instead of silicon, which allows for smaller transistors and, hence, the greater pixel density. Asus claims a 176-degree viewing angle and 8ms response times.
The PQ312 has displayport and dual HDMI connectors, stereo speakers, and 3.5mm audio i/o. It weighs 13kg and is 35mm thick.
Pricing hasn't been announced, but Asus is well-known for its competitiveness: the Taiwanese company's well-liked 27" 2560x1440 display is a relatively cheap $633 at Amazon.
At 140 DPI, it's not quite up to the "retina"-style resolution of recent cellphones and laptops—but then again, you're probably not holding it 12 inches from your mug.
IBM has had a similarly high-resolution monitor out, the T221, for several years. With slow refresh rate and the dimensions of a giant's briefcase, though, it was too slow and ugly to appeal beyond the business niche. Asus's PQ321 will be a relatively slim 35mm.
Ladder lockdown is a metal tray with super-grippy patches on its underside; set it down on any surface (including ice!) and then set your ladder’s feet in the tray and cinch it in place and the ladder won’t “kick out” and injure you and your loved ones.
Eser Dominoes are an interesting proof of concept that won a juried award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival.
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