How to Stand Out for SID’s Best in Show Awards
The deadline for participating in Display Week 2016’s Best in Show awards is fast approaching – nominations for these exhibitor-only awards are due no later than May 1. Each year, three to five Best in Show winners are chosen by an independent panel of display experts who review the products, prototypes, and processes nominated for the awards on the show floor. Winners are selected for their ability to excite display experts and members of the general public and press.
Last year’s exhibit by Nanosys, a Best in Show winner for its quantum-dot TVs, is another example of effective booth presentation. Nanosys showed three 65-in. UHD TVs side by side, identical except for the method used to create the white light in the backlight. The materials used were conventional white LEDs. One set used the LEDs only, another included Nanosys’s QDEF quantum-dot technology and another, Nanosys’ cadmium-free QDEF quantum-dot technology. With the sets side by side, viewers could make a clear determination of the differences – not much further explanation needed. As Information Display reporter Ken Werner wrote: “These demos made it very clear that cadmium quantum dots deliver a much greater color gamut than indium-phosphide dots [or conventional white LEDs.]”
Best in Show is open to all exhibitors on the show floor during Display Week 2016, and prizes will be awarded regardless of exhibit size. Self-nominations are encouraged! For details and to download a nomination form, visit http://www.sid.org/About/Awards/BestinShowAwards.aspx.
Displays, Electronics Evolve for Connected Car
The average American spends 20 hours a week commuting in their car, and automakers are doing what they can to ensure that these hours are seamlessly connected to the commuter’s work and personal life. How this incentive plays out, and how it involves display makers, was the subject of a recent Bay Area SID Chapter presentation, “The Evolution of Displays and Electronics for the Connected Car,” by Rashmi Rao, Director of Advanced Engineering for Harman International.
Among the highlights from her presentation:
• J. D. Power and Associates reports that automakers are investing billions into technologies that more than 40% of consumers are not using.
• The connected car is forecasted to be the most disruptive force in the technology industry since the smart phone.
• The connected car is slated to be a $270 billion industry by 2020.
This connectivity, Rao explained, will dramatically change our relationship with our vehicles. As these relationships evolve, it’s vital that automakers focus on relevant technologies that provide intuitive, contextual information. Autonomous driving, smart displays, and active and passive safety are all subjects of aggressive and ongoing R&D. Rao points out that display makers already have many answers to carmaker’s current challenges.
You can read more about specific display-related solutions in Rao’s feature article, written with Stefan Marti, on “Advances to In-Car Human–Machine Interface Systems,” in our next issue. This issue will focus on vehicle displays and will also include articles from Daimler and Continental. •
Harman International’s Rashmi Rao (left) recently presented a talk on the connected car to members of the Bay Area Chapter.
Shown at right is Bay Area Director Sri Peruvemba.