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Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Let The Sun Shine

LED backlighting, sunlight-readable displays are all the rage
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By Barry Hochfelder

NEC uses a transflective screen that, through the use of a semi-transparent mirror layer, allows light to pass through the display from the back, but also reflects light entering from the front. Apollo has a transflective screen that, the company says, absorbs sunlight and recycles approximately 25 to 35 percent of ambient light, and Dupont uses a direct-bonding process that has the added benefit of making the screen extremely rugged.

We'll examine all of this in more detail in our July/August Emerging Technologies issue.

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Many of you have been reading Len Hindus' informative and insightful articles in Advanced Imaging for several years. I'm sorry to tell you that Len passed away on May 16 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

On May 14, about two months after his wife, Sharon, died, Len underwent 10 hours of cardiac surgery. Sad, but optimistic, he wrote on the www.Caringbridge.org web site, "As many of you know, Sharon, my wife of 34 years, died last March. Her death broke my heart ... literally. So now they have to rip open my chest and repair it. I have set up a web site to inform you of my progress and recovery."

I'm sure Len would like me to tell you about Caringbridge, a web site that calls itself "A place to heal, celebrate and share." It's a nonprofit that provides free personalized web sites to those who want to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. Well-wishers visit the site, read updates and leave messages.

If you'd like to leave a message for Len's family, go to the site, click on visit and type in leonardhindus (all one word). Then navigate to the guest book. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.



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