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Our magic toolbar.

The Magic Toolbar

First of all, this (Magic Toolbar) is not just an extra controller for your PC it’s a shift in the way we can interact with almost any device that has either a USB or Thunderbolt connector.

Not only does this OLED USB magic toolbar allow you to search for pages easily but it can be adjusted for any page or program through settings or individual apps running. Because of this it’s a great addition to any PC or supported system.

Magic Toolbar (the magic toolbar)

OLED Definition

OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode): Much as LEDs produce both light and color, OLEDs are small efficient LEDs made from organic compounds. They are usually used in TVs, computer, and mobile device displays because the black areas don’t need power and as nothing is lit up you can get almost perfect blacks on your screen.

History of OLEDs

André Bernanose and co-workers at the Nancy-Université in France made the first observations of electroluminescence in organic materials in the early 1950s. They applied high alternating voltages in air to materials such as acridine orange, either deposited on or dissolved in cellulose or cellophane thin films. The proposed mechanism was either direct excitation of the dye molecules or excitation of electrons. As a result of this, the OLED was born.

Martin Pope

In 1960, Martin Pope and some of his co-workers at New York University connected ohmic dark-injecting electrode contacts to organic crystals. They further described the necessary energetic requirements (work functions) for the hole and electron injecting electrode contacts. These contacts were the basis of charge injection used in all modern OLED devices. Martin Pope’s group first observed direct current (DC) electroluminescence under a vacuum on a single pure anthracene crystal and on anthracene crystals doped with tetracene in 1963. They used a small silver electrode and 400 volts of power to do this field-accelerated electron excitation of molecular fluorescence.

W. Helfrich and W. G. Schneider

In 1965, W. Helfrich and W. G. Schneider of the National Research Council in Canada produced double injection recombination electroluminescence for the first time in a single anthracene crystal using the hole and electron injecting electrodes, the forerunner of modern double-injection devices. In the same year, Dow Chemical researchers patented a method of preparing electroluminescent cells using high-voltage (500–1500 V) AC-driven (100–3000 Hz) electrically insulated one millimetre thin layers of melted phosphor made of ground anthracene, tetracene, and graphite powder. Their proposed mechanism involved electronic excitation at the contacts between the graphite particles and the anthracene molecules.

Roger Partridge

Roger Partridge made the first observation of electroluminescence from polymer films at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom. The device consisted of a film of poly (N-vinylcarbazole) up to 2.2 micrometers thick located between two charge injecting electrodes. Roger Partridge patented the project in 1975 and published the findings in 1983.

Due to all of these scientific discoveries we now have OLED screens. The next challenge is to either reduce the burn-in associated with OLEDs or reduce power consumption rates though.

Although this device (Magic Toolbar) has the same function as an LCD touch screen it can do so much more… Contact us for more details.

Image updated: 2016-10-25th

Tsukumo has New iPods and iPad Minis

If you live in Sapporo and want to get your hands of a 5th generation iPod or the new iPad Mini head down to Tsukumo.

Apple factories having trouble making the new iPhone 5 and iPod Touch

Unfortunately, the Apple stores still don’t have stock of the new iPhone 5 or iPod Touch and customers are starting to go crazy over here in Japan. Even the sales reps have no idea what’s going on this time at the factories. They have just been told to say “Sorry, I don’t know when anything will be available.”


*The new iPod Touch has the same 4-inch screen as the iPhone 5 but is being sold at a much lower price mainly due to the dual core processor, the fact it’s not a phone and the lower spec touch sensor/panel (which at times just doesn’t recognize that it has been touched). The iPod Touch is also missing the ambient light sensor seen in previous models and the microphone from the new earbuds which can be found on the iPhone 5. Also a GPS chip. You can download maps but without the GPS chip you will just have to guess where you are for now ;)

Dell’s IPS LED Monitor the U2713HM (2560×1440 pixels and over 1 billion colors)

Dell IPS LED Monitor – U2713HM 2560×1440 Over 1 billion colors

Dell is finally updating its 27 (U2713HM) and 30 inch (U3013M) monitors with new LED back lights soon. The older ones were energy monsters that could heat your room up if you didn’t have a heater. There isn’t a release date yet but it won’t be long until they are on the shelves.

Dell has decided to sell the 2 year old power hungry monitors in Japan and label them as new products even though there isn’t enough energy to fully power most homes up here. I hope they replace the back lights in the older monitors as soon as possible.

The Free Adobe CS6 Master Collection Demo Download Has Bugs. Take Care! (Illustrator CS6)

Unfortunately, it looks like the original free Adobe CS6 trial/demo software has been let loose on the internet and it has bugs. So keep your money in your pockets until it gets fixed!

My trusty old CS2 works fine but from version CS3 of Illustrator it has had a refresh bug which kind of got hidden from everyone. Lucky I tried the demo in the shop before I wasted money upgrading. And in CS4, CS5 and CS6 all version of Illustrator still have the same problem. Just there is a white box hiding everything when you draw something and scroll the screen (try the line tool or shapes). The screen refreshes after you stop holding down the mouse button. The pen tool doesn’t have this problem in CS6 but the line and shape tools do. This make tracing maps a nightmare or anything else bigger than the art board.

Illustrator CS6 not showing lines

When you pay $2600 for software you expect bug free programs that are easy to use but for some reason Adobe doesn’t wanna fix this problem and many others.

I just can’t figure out why they don’t wanna fix it. Maybe if enough people complain they will do something or we can all just use the free software out there until they get their butts into gear.

Oh yeah and in CS6 if you do some line art on a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet and try to nudge it in CS6 the image moves a bit then tries to update itself every time between then nudge increments rendering the nudge tool useless.

Let’s see if the programmers surprise us this time with a fully functioning program.

Illustrator CS6 rating: 3/10

CS6 Master Collection: 7/10

Pros: Nice interface

Cons: Unfixed bugs

Release Date: Today (May 1st) Official Release Date: May 11th

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V / DSC-TX200V 18.2 MP Compact Digital Camera – Release Date: March 9th

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V / DSC-TX200V 18.2 MP compact digital camera is being released on March 9th

DSC-TX300V on a4jp.comThe DSC-TX300V is the wireless version.

Pity they didn’t make the battery life any longer. This could have been an amazing camera if they could have got the battery life back up around the 200 minute mark. You will probably need one or two spare batteries which cost 3,980 yen each.

Sony is finally bringing out 2 new TX series camera as far as I can see. One will be called the DSC-TX300V and the other the is the DSC-TX200V. Both have 18.2 megapixels sensors, and they sound pretty good if they have clear pixels. The Sony DSC-WX30 I have produces pixels that looked like someone has just used finger paint to make them so I’m hoping they’re nothing like that. And I’m also wondering if the new front glass panels are going to shatter if we drop the cameras… Kind of like on the disastrous Apple iPhone 4 and 4s phones.

At this point of time, it is unfortunately unknown if the DSC-TX300V or DSC-TX200V will include a white-balance color shift setting but it looks like we can adjust the warmth and coolness of shots.

None of the Sony cameras I have owned so far have been able to reproduce purple colors accurately. They always end up as some weird shade of blue and that’s why they definitely need the color shift settings. The NEX-7 has them along with the Pentax cameras and a lot of other companies.

The Japanese NEX-7 looked good but it was lacking English / any language settings… I thought Japan was trying to help everyone speak English here.

The size of the DSC-TX300V and DSC-TX200V is great for people that like hiking and the outdoors. Most of us don’t want to lug around a huge SLR any more and these cameras are just getting better and better all the time. It easily fits in your pocket with out any troubles. *The battery life is only 110 minutes and it will will run out before you know it… That’s one of this camera’s biggest flaws. You can only also record 29 minutes of video as well. They say because of the European tax system, but Japanese cameras have only got the Japanese menu so that can’t be true. Sony customizes each camera for the country it will be sold in.

The rich black and white filter on the DSC-WX30 can take up to 5 seconds to process one image and the processed image looked quite ugly compared to the beautiful B&W images I can see on the back LCD screen when framing a shot. They must have just wanted to make everyone buy the most expensive camera to get back something like a standard B&W filter and they have done it again with these cameras unless we can turn down the level of the filter somehow… I hope they thought of that.

The DSC-TX300V kit on a4jp.com


iPad Facts and Figures – The iPad 3 will be out soon

The iPad 3 with it’s new amazing screen will be here soon. I just hope they make it view-able in direct sunlight. My mobile phone uses chunks of metal between each view-able pixel to get around this problem.

The info graphic below was made by John Kumahara and Johnathan Bonnell. The info graphic contains interesting facts such as usage intention and amount iPad sold compared to the first iPhone.

The majority of users use the iPad to browse the internet, email and read books. Surprisingly only 26% will download (purchase) an app. Although maybe it is not that surprisingly considering an iPad app is an average of three dollars more expensive then an iPhone app. It will be interesting to see Apple’s report later on on how much iPad apps were sold over three months.

I’m starting to really like infographics like these with clear interesting data displayed in a beautiful design. Four weeks ago I also posted an infographic with the facts and figures about Google, which was really clear and informative.

Imagine how great it would be if people made infographics about Macbooks, laptops, blackberry, iPhone, etc. It would be a great aide when researching which product to buy. You will get a clear statistics and spend less hours reading all available reviews and users comment. I hope Jonathan and John will enlighten us with more infographics as nice and informative as this one.

Unboxing the iPad by Jonathan Kumahara and Jonathan Bonnell.


The iPad 2 was released and put in stores ages ago but next the iPad 3 will be out. It is said to have a retina screen and possibly be 3D. I wonder if it will have 2 cameras at the back and on the front.

Samsung’s 27 inch SB970, 2560px x 1440px, PLS, FPR, 3D computer monitor S27B970

Samsung’s 27 inch SB970 3D Computer Monitor, 2560px x 1440px, FPR, PLS, Over 1 Billion Colors

This is Samsung’s second PLS (Plane Line Switching) monitor.

Samsung’s PLS panel technology debuted on the SA850 last year to impressive results except for the back-lighting.

The S27B970 series monitor is the first monitor since the SA850 to utilize this panel technology and also makes use of Samsung’s exclusive Natural Color Expert technology. Samsung states that this includes “hardware color calibrations within the monitor to ensure there is no displayable loss of tonalities on screen”.

Like the SA850, the 27-inch monitor has a high resolution of 2,560×1,440 pixels (WQHD). The monitor allows for a 4-inch height adjustment and tilt, but it’s unclear whether swivel or pivot are provided.

The circular aluminum base has a USB hub, and video connections including DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI.  A Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) for MHL-enabled smartphones and tablets avalible to connect your compatible tablets and smart-phones on this huge screen.

The SB970 arrives in March, with prices starting at $1199.99.

  • Screen size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 2,560px x 1,440px (WQHD)
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Static contrast ratio: 1,000:1
  • Viewing angle: 178/178 degrees
  • Built-in 7W stereo speakers
  • HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort inputs
  • Wireless LAN
  • 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0)
  • Over one billion colors
  • On-board color calibration system

PLS (Plane Line Switching) monitor with a brushed aluminum finish

Anti-glare edge-to-edge tempered glass display and a super slim profile built on an ergonomic height-adjustable aluminum stand that allows users to fluidly adjust the ergonomics including height and angle to their desired viewing position.

The Samsung Series 9 S27B970 Monitor: Looks like it will be a brilliant display.

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