Wow, 10 years! During this time, Future Electronics has helped thousands of companies not only control inventory but inform, design and provide engineering solutions. Future Technology Magazine is a major factor in informing customers on the process of new projects. (FTM was one of the reasons that I joined Future Electronics.)
2006: How Has Technology Changed Since Then?
Well let’s just look at the cell phone. We used to think of the cell phone as, well, a phone.
Now you can shoot 1080p HD videos, watch Netflix or YouTube, read Facebook messages, send Twitter messages, chase Pokémon Go characters, get directions with the latest traffic updates, pay with NFC (Near Field Communication), control your Nest thermometer at home, track the number of steps you take, translate languages, review restaurants, find your way around a dark hotel room with the built-in high powered LED and listen to radio from around the globe with Bluetooth connection to your wireless speakers. All of these applications either did not exist or were in their infancy in 2006.
It is no longer a phone – I am hooked – and in fact I feel lost without it.
In 2006 I had a Palm Treo; it was a few years old at that time with the following specs: the display was LCD (color TFT), 320 x 320 pixels with a resistive touchscreen (with stylus) and 312MHz Intel PXA270 processor. The memory was 32MB (non-volatile file system built-in, ash shared memory) with an SD expansion card slot. The camera could shoot QVGA resolution (320 x 240 pixels)/MPEG-4 format. (I looked at some of those videos recently – pretty rough, but priceless as they were of my son at a year old.)
Now my phone has a display of 750 x 1334 pixels (326ppi pixel density) with a multi-touch PCAP screen, dual-core 1.4GHz (ARM v8-based) and 64Gb memory built-in. The camera can shoot 1080p at 60fps and it is a year old and yes, I know there are better phones out already!
Since this month’s FTM is about Human Machine Interface (HMI), the multi-touch PCAP screen on most smartphones and tablets (that enables zoom, swipe and rotate) is such an intuitive and common experience now, that typical requests from the industry are that they need
a PCAP Touch panel on their product.
Future Display Solutions not only supplies displays with touchscreens, we support all design requirements: system integration, touchscreen addition, open frame solution mechanical and electronic design, EMI shielding, display enhancement, passive/active enhancement, optical bonding, and ruggedization.
So what is next in the industry? Flexible screens? Curved screens? Heads up displays? That is uncertain in industrial applications, but
I do see thinner displays with improvements in nano technology, on-cell and in-cell touch panels. Thinner displays mean improved energy and lighter displays. Nano technology will also improve the resolution for better, brighter displays and wide viewing angles.
Whatever the new trends in electronics, FTM and Future Electronics will help you understand and get up to speed on the latest technology.
Do You Have Your Handbook?
This year we completed our Handbook to help guide you through the layers
of a display and to bring the knowledge of our group, all in one convenient location.
The Handbook to Designing with Displays
The handbook’s purpose is to help engineers select and implement proper technologies for the panel, touch panel, controller and display accessories to t their application.