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CES 2013 - If there's trends that happen at each CES, over the years we've seen it begin from 1080p, to 3D and now 4K. TVs are always huge business at CES, and this year is no different with Sharp showing off some split-screen web browsing abilities on their Smart TVs.
Sharp says that all of their upcoming TVs will sport dual-core processors, perfect for this split-screen web browsing ability and that the browser itself will be arriving on all of Sharp's 6-, 7-, and 8-Series sets. Sharp haven't talked about their Ultra HD 4K TVs having this split-screen-capable browser, but it would be strange to not see it.
CES 2013 - Something quite astounding shown off at CES 2013 was from AMD where they had a dark room called the AMD SurRound House. The SurRound House was filled with TVs and looks like it's quite incredible to experience.
Bill Herz, Chief Multimedia Technologist at AMD, lead people into a room that was filled with 10 "windows", or 1080p-capable TVs. These TVs when added up are pushing a resolution of 10,800x1920 - I'll let you sit there for a minute thinking of that resolution - which is 20 megapixels of imaging. The resolution is pumped at 30 frames per second, which is 600 megapixels per second.
It's not all just about video, either, as audio is an equal part of the SurRound House experience. There were four speakers per TV, providing 32 channels of audio showcasing discrete digital multi-point audio. The audio is to lead the visual experience, telling your brain where to expect to look based on the audio.
CES 2013 - I know I've said it a few times in the last few hours - but wow, are we seeing a push with 4K. Now we have 3M showing off their 84-inch multi-touch table that sports an Ultra HD 4K-capable panel.
Last year we saw the 46-inch 1080p-capable model, but this year we're seeing a near double in size and huge jump in resolution. The new 84-inch screen sports the ability to handle simultaneous inputs - up to 40 at once. This is double the amount of concurrent touch inputs that the old model was capable off. The Verge reports that 3M expects to increase this number to 100 though before it hits the production stage later in the year.
3M have also switched from the ITO-based sensors to a new "wire-based" solution which the company says has allowed them to reach a huge size all without "degrading touch performance". Usually large screens have bad input lag, which we're slowly seeing companies fix.
CES 2013 - Check out the following picture. It was taken by a camera about a half-inch from the screen. As you can see, text on 1080p at 55"+ is somewhat blurry.
Now, check out the following. Different TV, same picture and roughly same screen size. Only difference? 4K resolution.
That's pretty impressive, right? You can clearly see the difference between the two and how 1080p, when stretched to a large screen size, becomes blurry. But why should you care? Why should you buy a 4K TV? The simple answer: you shouldn't. Now, you're probably saying "Why not?!?!" and the answer is simple.
There really is no 4K content available, no 4K player, or other way to get it to your TV, other than streaming very limited selections from the internet. The problem with that is it will take about a day to buffer and you better hope you don't have a data cap. The only reason to use a 4K TV is if you're gaming on a PC or otherwise pushing pixels with your PC.
All of the content right now is just upscaled 1080p. This will likely be when 1080p first came out and there was about one movie made for the first several years. And think about this: what will the new 4K cameras cost and who will be buying them for a limited audience of 4K viewers?
CES 2013 - Sony really are loving their 4K gear at CES, as we talked about earlier, but they also had a huge announcement for this years' CES. That announcement is 4K and OLED in one, gorgeous TV.
Sony's new 56-inch 4K-capable OLED TV sports a native 3840x2160 OLED panel, with a prototype on display in the CES halls. Sony are showing off their own "oxide semiconductor TFTs" and "Super Top Emission" technologies, but aren't talking much else about what cranks along inside the set.
There's no mentions of contrast ratios, refresh ratio, thickness, power draw or any of the other things that number whores like myself love. We shouldn't be too surprised by this announcement - but the 4K and OLED world are moving along quicker a lot quicker than I thought it would twelve months ago.
CES 2013 - Gorilla Glass first launched in 2007 and has since found its way into over a billion products - yes, it has grown incredibly quickly in just a handful of years. Gorilla Glass 2 launched which sported the same amount of protection, while using 20% less material.
Gorilla Glass 3 sports a new Native Scratch Resistance tech, which dents and deforms rather than cracking and splintering like other screens do - I'm looking at you, iPhone. Damage is said to be 40% less visible and features a 40% increase in its structural stability. This will give users with GG3 a safe haven from things in your pocket scratching your GG3-based screen, or help it not smash from a drop.
CES 2013 - Ultra HD 4K TVs are all the rage this year, and will continue to be so until 1080p becomes the VHS of yesteryear - the quicker, the better in my opinion. I'm a resolution whore, and Toshiba have come out teasing their new L9300 series of Ultra HD 4K TVs.
The L9300 series is lead by the 84-inch model, but the series also includes a 58-inch model, as well as a 65-inch set. Toshiba's range of Ultra HD 4K TVs sport their own CEVO 4K Quad + Dual Core Processor, which converts standard 1080p content up to the 4K resolution, all without any artifacts.
The included dual-core processor is capable of grabbing 1080p content, upscaling it to near-4K, all without losing too much of the image quality, if any at all. Toshiba's new L9300 range of TVs also use the company's new Cloud TV platform which gives users access to features like Skype calls, personal messaging, family event calendar and streaming news.
Well, I can safely say this is something that I didn't see coming - but kinda wished would happen. According to a very vague post over on the company's Samsung Tomorrow blog, the South Korean electronics giant are teasing the world with what seems to be a translucent portrait TV.
Samsung also teases "a true innovation of TV design is coming up with a unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design". Nothing more than this is shown to us, but this is enough to get tongues wagging, that's for sure.
Samsung usually teases prototype designs at CES, where they've previously unveiled a 55-inch OLED and 70-inch 4K Ultra HD display. Could Samsung release a portrait TV? Could it have wireless display options for Galaxy smart devices which would throw the image from your smart device up to a huge TV? Could this be the future of multi-monitor gaming in portrait? That's how I roll, and I love it. Give me some super low latency, 120Hz TVs and I'll yell "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY".
It looks like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month is going to be huge for Ultra HD (4K) tech, with LG announcing that they are going to be showing off their 55-, 65- and 84-inch sets at the trade show.
These sets all sport FPR passive 3D technology built-in, and we'll also see the South Korean company unveil a 30-inch 4K monitor, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen destined for smartphones, a 7-inch 1920x1200 tablet display and finally, a new QSXGA panel which provides us with 2560x1700 pixels crammed into laptop-destined screens of just 12.9 inches.
We should also expect some new monitors, with the company set to unveil a 23.8-inch monitor which will enter its Neo-Blade Series. This screen will be a 13.3-inch laptop screen with a tiny 2mm bezel. We'll also see a 4.7-inch mobile screen with a 1mm thick bezel. LG are also expected to do some tweaks to their OLED displays where we should see an ultra light and thin design which weighs just 3.5kg and is just 4mm thick.
Google TV hasn't quite taken over the world, but it looks like more TVs are going to be released next year with partner LG stepping up to the plate announcing new sets.
The South Korean electronics giant have current Google TV-powered sets in both 47- and 55-inch models but will expand this range to offer five different sizes. The new sizes will be 42-, 50- and 60-inch options. LG haven't stopped there, either, they've also updated the design of the TVs, too, giving them a thinner bezel and new support legs.
LG's new TVs will ship with Google TV 3.0, as well as built-in OnLive support. LG will bring their new Google TV 3.0-powered TVs to CES 2013, so it'll only be a few weeks until we get some hands-on time with them.