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HP hopes to shake things up with slew of new TVs that boost visual fidelity by incorporating its "wobulation" technology

Hewlett-Packard hopes to shake things up with a slew of new televisions that boost visual fidelity by incorporating its "wobulation" technology.

The set of new entertainment products includes high-definition microdisplay rear-projection TVs, HD plasma displays and three HD liquid-crystal displays.

The rear-projection TVs incorporate the wobulation technology, which jitters the projected image in a carefully controlled way that effectively replaces a single pixel with four. The new HP televisions also adjust the image to a room's ambient lighting using a "photorealistic sharpness enhancement" and a 3D color enrichment system.

While the HDTV market seems to be exploding, the digital camera industry appears to have reached maturity early, and the heady growth rates are expected to slow. Shipments will be strong in the next couple years but then will dip over the long term, research firm IDC's forecast in a report.

Indications are that the market will peak prematurely, missing the opportunity to replace film cameras as the predominant method of taking photos. Instead the market will be made up of a more diverse range of devices with photo capturing abilities, such as cell phones and other combination devices.

Despite the health of the market, a new organization of digital photographers is hoping to convince camera makers to unlock their proprietary file formats. The OpenRAW Working Group called on camera makers to open up the tightly guarded RAW formats prized by serious photographers. Lower-quality JPEG shots already are recorded in an open, standard format.

At the moment, Canon, Nikon, Sony and many other manufacturers permit their customers to save uncompressed photographs only in custom, undocumented formats that have begun to worry digital photographers. In a few years, camera makers may stop supporting RAW formats used by older models--potentially rendering vast image libraries unreadable.