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New TV Technologies

by Chris Moore posted August 21st, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Television technology has increased greatly over the past few years with the advent of HD, Internet TVs, 3D, 4K and more. While this is already a big leap, to quote Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Check out some TV technology that is still being developed and displayed at CES and other trade shows:

Samsung KN55S9C Curved Screen OLED TV


OLED TVs

New OLED screens use light emitting diodes, which vastly improves black levels compared to LED or LCD.  Because OLED screens are not backlit, they are more energy efficient than other technologies.  These new screens are bright and vivid with improved motion clarity. Because the panels are very light, thin & flexible, they can be curved for an improved viewing angle.  Samsung's new 55" KN55S9C model was recently released in the U.S. and is the first curved OLED screen on the market.  Not only does it have an amazing picture, but two users can watch two different programs simultaneously using active shutter 3D glasses.     

8K TVs

Despite the recent release of UltraHD 4K TVs, Sharp is already developing an 85” 8K TV and has displayed it at several trade shows. From a distance, the human eye cannot see the difference between 4K and 8K, but up close the clarity is amazing. This higher resolution TV would be potentially capable of displaying 4 different HD feeds simultaneously if desired. It would also have applications in the medical field where surgeons could benefit from seeing minute detail on the screen.


Transparent TVs

Samsung’s newest technology involves a completely transparent TV. While the screen is clear like a piece of glass, video or text can be overlaid if desired. When the power is turned off, the glass panel turns black. This technology has great potential in retail markets for store front windows but would be impressive at home as well. Although still in development, we may see this technology in the future hand-held devices or TV sets.

Laser Projector

Front projectors have been available for many years, but the laser projector technology being developed by LG is vastly better. Traditional projectors must sit back 10-20 feet from the screen and are usually installed on the ceiling. LG’s Hecto laser projector can sit just 22” from the screen and still project an image 100” large. Ultra bright laser technology also means projecting an image in a well lit room is no problem. Hiding away in a windowless basement room to watch a movie would be unnecessary. While still a new product, it’s likely we’ll see more of this technology in the near future.

Water TV
Photo courtesy of BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20965404Displair's water TV in action. Photo courtesy of BBC

Displair, a Russian start-up company, is attempting to make a screenless TV using water vapor. Using a humidifier, air infused with tiny water particles is released in a rising curtain of vapor. The water particles are small enough to feel dry to the touch, but substantial enough to project an image on to. In addition, built-in cameras can analyze hand movements allowing users to interact with the projected image or play video games. Although the technology is not viable yet for showing TV or movies, they hope that future improvements will allow for this.

As technology improves, it’s likely we’ll see new amazing TVs come to market in the near future.  In the meantime, be sure to visit OneCall's selection of HDTVs available now.

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