Television is one of the oldest electronic gadgets around. But TV technology still keeps breaking new ground. From the Black and White Cathode Ray Tube (CRTs) TV during 1960s and 1970s to 3D TVs launched last year, this is one product that technology toys with constantly to make it smarter and more user friendly.
YourStory brings the four latest advances.
- Television on Cloud: Yes, Sony unveiled this at the 2014 International CES. Sony promised that it will provide live television with video-on-demand service in the cloud. They are also mulling on introducing DVR (digital video recording) in the cloud. This could be integrated with all other Sony devices.
- Web OS: LG had acquired webOS from HP in February 2013 (HP had acquired it from Palm Inc.). This is a Linux-based operating system for smart TVs and formerly, a mobile operating system. This OS uses ‘cards’ to help user multitask and switch between running applications by a flicking gesture. Applications are closed by flicking a ‘card’ up—and ‘off’ —the screen. Also, an app store was introduced, which include Twitter, Netflix etc.
- 4K TV: Panasonic introduced next generation TV, which has life screen size available at 4K ie. 3840 pixels × 2160 pixels at 16:9 resolution. It showcases more personalized user experience. It is available in 58, 65 and 85 inches screen size. It also features facial and voice recognition system.
- Curved Ultra HD TV: Samsung introduced curved TVs, which offer a wide field of view and there by, the picture has a uniform viewing distance. This curved TV technology had an added option of combining with the 4K technology.
Soon, televisions would see many more innovations. Mostly on the following four aspects:
- Integration with mobile phones and tablets, which will help the user know which of their favorite entertainment media comes when. This way the user can keep a track of their channels, shows etc.
- With the increase in the sales of 3D TVs, more movies and serials will be produced in 3D, which would give a whole new experience to the user.
- Currently, the general perception of TV viewing is a relaxed, experience in the comforts of our home. The future holds portable TVs in store.
- Better improvement in the vision and sound quality. We hear Dolby (an audio giant) working on this.
With features that let you change channels just by moving your hand or mute what’s playing by a verbal ‘Shhh!’ televisions are getting better at inducing you to be a couch potato.
Tell us what you find most exciting about the future of TV.