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Nokia now has a 3-D printing development kit for the Lumia 820

One of the most promising technologies that has developed (and been cost reduced) over the last several years in the tech word has to be 3-D printing. 3-D printing allows manufacturers to quickly prototype products using varying materials, and Nokia is now talking about its efforts in the field with the Lumia 820 3-D printing community project.

The key to the 3-D printing community project has to do with the creation and release of the number of 3-D templates, case specifications, recommended materials, and best practices. The idea is to allow the community to 3-D print their own shell for Lumia 820 smartphone. The removable shell of the phone is one of the most interesting design features of this Windows Phone 8 device.

Nokia says that it is offering the required files and documents for 3-D printing your own shell for the smartphone as the 3-D printing Development Kit or 3DK.

Nokia Community & Developer Marketing Manager John Kneeland said of 3-D printing, "In the future, I envision wildly more modular and customizable phones. Perhaps in addition to our own beautifully-designed phones, we could sell some kind of phone template, and entrepreneurs the world over could build a local business on building phones precisely tailored to the needs of his or her local community. You want a waterproof, glow-in-the-dark phone with a bottle-opener and a solar charger? Someone can build it for you—or you can print it yourself!"

Being able to 3-D printed custom cases for Nokia smartphones is an interesting feature. While most consumers don't have access to a 3-D printer (although Staples is looking to change this), the Nokia 3DK does open the door for 3-D printing companies to start producing all sorts of interesting accessories for the Lumia 820

Source: Nokia

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By TakinYourPoints on 1/19/2013 8:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
There is still a tendency to go with oversaturation and too much contrast with AMOLED, but you're right, it is the fault of the companies and not the hardware itself. Blame the bad rap on Samsung doing a terrible job with the GS3 color profiles.

Display technologies like plasma and CRT with far deeper black levels and dynamic range can display sRGB just fine with some color calibration. Apple and now HTC with the Droid DNA are the only companies doing a consistent job with their color profiles, and it all comes down to cost. According to a comment by one of the Anandtech authors (I think it was Jarred), it costs about $5 per display to calibrate properly.

That's a huge chunk of the BOM for something that isn't a material piece of hardware.

By Mint on 1/21/2013 11:35:42 AM , Rating: 2
Blame the bad rap on Samsung doing a terrible job with the GS3 color profiles.
The GS3 is doing damn well in sales and AMOLED is probably the most notable difference between it and similar competitors for typical customers. Samsung is doing what the market wants.

However, you should note that outside the US, even the GS3 allows you to change the color settings to be more accurate if you don't like the eye-catching wide gamut. There's four settings: Movie, Natural, Standard, and Dynamic.

Standard is the default, Movie is the most accurate.
I'll take 20x the contrast over an imperceptible advantage in accuracy any day.

Also note that the GS3 was launched when the iPhone4/4S ruled the world, and it was very inaccurate and undersaturated:

Finally, going back to the topic at and, Darkultra misses AMOLED that he has in the Lumia 800, which, AFAIK, did not exaggerate primaries.

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