Rapid technological advancements never seize to amaze us, yet we have a feeling that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. Users are over the moon with the notion of light, colour and sound filling their rooms, and we have witnessed some staggering new models at CES. This is an event which has always allowed us to take a peek at what is around the corner. This year, it has revealed that the future is spellbindingly colourful and quite lifelike.
The next level
Innovations are flooding the market at such a heart-stopping pace. It was not always like that, and the history of TV shows us how far we have come with technology. First TVs were clunky boxes with tubes that provided a black-and-white window into the new world of entertainment. For kids nowadays, this seems like an antique history, something that happened in the primordial mists of recorded history.
They have grown accustomed to cutting-edge displays and vivid resolutions, and anything in the category of sub-HD television is considered to be a relic of the past.
Indeed, a lot has happened in a relatively short period of time. In 1998, we saw the first high-definition device. Finally, plasma appeared three years later, and OLED entered the scene in 2008.
New digital heights
This year, LG was in the limelight of CES, showing off a 4K OLED TV. The first thing that you notice is a stunning design and the fact that it is extremely thin, as much as four credit cards actually. There were some other buzz-worthy novelties such as Samsung’s new TV, curved, 88-inch, bezel-free model.
Most of other companies are beefing up their products with better image quality, smart TV features, and high dynamic range (HDR) support.
Now, when you compare the cheapest 4K TV and the old 720p device, you can really notice the difference right away. The former screen enthrals with razor-sharp resolution and better contrast ratios.
There is a clear shift from full HD to ultra HD, and with Netflix and Amazon delivering 4K streaming and producing content in HDR, there are strong incentives to embrace the winds of change.
However, it seems that none of these developments actually change the way we consume TV content. LG and Samsung mostly offer an overpriced design and a bunch of flashy features.
This might be indicating that we have hit a plateau with innovation. Others would disagree, pointing out to the announcement of the Japanese broadcaster NHK. It has revealed a concept of Super Hi-Vision, also known as 8K Ultra HD.
We can expect resolution and screen size to improve even further, but what lies beyond that? Some claim that the future is in expanding the range of colors. Others focus on decreasing the costs with innovations such as quantum-dot LED screens.
We still have to wait for sci-fi holograms or circular vision, and for now, top-of-the-line devices like the super wide TVs show us the path ahead.
Dive into the future
It is a good time to be a TV viewer. We have been blessed by improved quality and shape of our viewing experience, albeit these things come with a hefty price tag. From ultra-thin, curved screens to 8K resolution, there is no shortage of innovations that give us a taste of great things which are yet to come.
Still, novelties of today are mere stepping stones to the amazing world of tomorrow.
You could say that the future of TV is now, and that it is pouring from the screen faster than ever.
About the author: Although a Physics graduate, Marcus opted for work in fields of technology, marketing and web. He is also an author at Technivorz blog. He likes an occasional game or two and has seen Star Wars films 44 times.