LG Display came to CES 2024 with something to prove. Its showroom in Las Vegas had transparent OLEDs, a 480Hz gaming monitor and the company’s most advanced OLED panels yet, featuring its META technology 2.0. While it sounds like promotional fluff (and there is some of that), LG Display is trying to address arguably OLED’s biggest weakness in the face of ever-improving LEDs, MicroLEDs and the rest. Using advanced microlens arrays (now called MLA+) and new algorithms, LG Display says it’s made an OLED 42 percent brighter than the displays that came before it.
At CES 2024, I took a closer look at the prototype panels, headed to TVs later this year.
— Mat Smith
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It’s co-designed by Teenage Engineering.
A new startup called Rabbit seems to think our virtual assistants are less-than-ideal implementations of AI – and they’re not wrong. The dream of Rabbit is you leave your apps behind for conversation and, rather than a distracting device shoving icons in your face, you interact with what amounts to a walkie-talkie for an AI.
The stylish hardware (thanks, TE) is reminiscent of the Playdate handheld-with-a-crank, with an analog scroll wheel and a “360-degree rotational eye,” but the coolest feature — not that we’ve seen it working in real life yet — is its ability to use interfaces rather than APIs or apps. You can train it to use Photoshop to perform simple editing tasks and, apparently, even play Diablo for you. You can then make it repeat those tasks just whenever.
The Rabbit R1 costs $199 and is available for pre-order, with an expected ship date before the end of April.
The company has also published a response to a lawsuit filed by The New York Times.
OpenAI and its biggest backer, Microsoft, are facing several lawsuits accusing them of using other people’s copyrighted works without permission to train the former’s large language models (LLMs). OpenAI wrote in its evidence to the UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Select Committee that it would be “impossible to train today’s leading AI models without using copyrighted materials.”
In some lawsuits, the plaintiffs accuse the companies of refusing to pay authors for their work while building a billion-dollar industry and enjoying enormous financial gain from copyrighted materials.
It’s relatively affordable at $1,500.
The ASUS Zenbook Duo features two screens and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard that can be stashed inside for traveling. This iteration stands out because the OLED panels are slightly larger than those on rival devices, at 14 inches, while also offering a 3K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and stylus support. Plus, with a starting price of $1,500, it costs $500 less than the Yoga Book.
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The iPhone’s touchscreen killed the physical smartphone keyboard, so why not resurrect it with a case? Clicks’ design couldn’t be simpler. It’s a silicone case with a physical keyboard bolted on the bottom, coming to the iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Read on for our first impressions.