From the Consumer Electronics Show at the start of 2013 in Las Vegas to Google Project Glass and now the TED conference in Los Angeles, bigger, better and more innovative screens have been a focus for tech companies this year. Tech giants such as Samsung, Google and LG have all been working hard to create larger and more interactive screens across a variety of products. It has already been an exciting year for tech fans so here are some highlights from these first few months of 2013.
At this year’s CES show, the overall ethos for new television products was definitely bigger the better. The largest television on show came from Sharp at a whopping 90 inches. The LCD TV is believed to now be the largest in the world, standing at 4 feet tall and 6’7 feet wide. This was then followed by Samsung with their new 85-inch 4K model. Smart TV’s were also pushed by many companies including Sharp and Samsung. All of Sharp’s new models are ‘smart’ with in-built Wi-Fi, web browser and dual-core processor. Samsung’s new Smart TV line also came with dimming features for both the F8000 and F7500 models. The dimming feature combats contrast and colour problems which are often associated with massive screens and from reports, the new models (the F8000 in particular which dims the whole screen) really benefited from this feature in terms of accuracy and sharpness.
This wider-screen, smart TV trend is being coined as the next generation in televisions. In the footsteps of brands such as Panasonic and Samsung, Intel and Apple are scheduled to follow later this year. As Toshiba revealed its new 84-inch Ultra HD model, they stated that this technology has been and will be a ‘major category in 2013.’
Another trend which was prevalent at CES was the emergence of 4K technology which has been speculated to take the helm from 3D which has seen flagging sales in recent years. However, at this stage, 4K manufacturers need more investment backing and a wider choice of content to be able to make 4K technology mainstream.
Now we come to a highlight of the TED show, the SpaceTop 3D desktop see-through computer. Created by the talented graduate Jinha Lee who is currently serving military obligations in South Korea at Samsung Electronics, the SpaceTop 3D is a collaboration project with Microsoft. The transparent LED display with built-in cameras will enable users to reach inside the screen to manipulate, touch and assemble content, for example 3D models. For more accurate work, there is also a touchpad included. Lee stated that he thinks the system should come into general use within a decade.
Finally, Google continues to work towards the launch of their Google glasses. The probable LCD or AMOLED display will enable users to interact with content in their line of sight using the interactive eyewear device. Using cameras and GPS, the glasses will know your location and you can tilt your head in order to scroll and click through online information. Google are experimented with designs to fit over general corrective eyewear and voice controls will also be featured with the device. Recent news also states that the glasses will be compatible with smart phones with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. The project was first tested in April 2012. Now, the predicted launch for developers will be sometime around the end of 2013 and the customer release following suit in 2014. Some have been sceptical however about its practicality and also, as the glasses are a Google product, users may be inundated with advertisements.