I open this topic for a discussion about the (future of) technical stuff in competitions. I was wondering if there is any info about new Displays that could be used, maybe even timers?
Probably I'm not the only one who thinks that the stackmat displays are kinda obsolete. Let's face the facts...it's relatively an old product (over 7 years since it was released) and quite impractical for the year 2011. I think it's hillarious to have a device that uses 8 Type D batteries for a simple luminous display. They are very heavy, expensive, inefficient, etc. One could make a better display than that even at home....you just have to use some simple LEDs. With today's technology there could be made a really better, nice, sleek and not heavy display...also much cheaper. It's exaggerated to pay 100$ for this http://www.speedstacks.com/store/retail ... isplay.php
(and that is on the official website and without shipping).
I bet the Chinese can come very fast with such a display at amazing prices, that could make life of WCA easier. And I see no reason for WCA not to accept different displays that could work with the stackmats, as the timer is the same and the display has no influence in time measurement.
Besides that I am convinced about what I posted above, the other reason I opened this thread is that I was thinking to buy some stackmats and displays, but I somehow feel it's a bit of a waste as I estimate there have to be some new displays in development with better technologies. Is there any info about this? Any opinions other opinions are welcome.