|2010 CES: Computer Technology Highlights|
|News - Featured Website News|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 21 January 2010|
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Television: 3D, OLED, and 4K
It's official: 2010 is the Year of the 3D television. I actually lost track of how many companies were showing 3D TVs, but it seemed as if everyone was.
3D televisions were on display from Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, and others. The technology is similar to that used by NVIDIA's 3D Vision system: the 3D content in the form of alternating left and right-view images is broadcast at 120 frames per second, with LCD shutter glasses alternately blocking each eye 60 times per second so that each eye only sees the appropriate image. Demonstration displays were everywhere but they were mobbed to the point where it was pretty much impossible to get close; I had no luck trying to get near Sony's demonstration OLED 3D TVs.
OLED (organic light emitting diode) televisions require no backlights, since the screens emit light directly. Right now, the only OLED television you can actually buy is the Sony XEL-1, an 11" (yes, eleven inch) screen that sells for a cool $2,500. Still, it's obvious OLEDs are the future once the production ramps up and the prices go down. Many companies were displaying prototype OLED TVs. It never occurred to me that water resistance is something to look for in a television, which I guess just goes to show why I'm a programmer and not a marketing person.
OLEDs not only show brighter colors and deeper blacks, but the lack of a backlight means you can make them thin. Very, very thin. Ridiculously thin:
The screen on Sony's XEL-1 is 3 millimeters deep. This 15" OLED prototype on display in LG's booth doesn't seem much thicker.
If thin doesn't excite you, perhaps ultra-high definition will. Sony and LG were showing very large "4K" televisions with four times the resolution of a 1080p set: that's right, TVs with 3,840 x 2,160 pixel displays! The (still) image on this 84" LG ultra-high definition set was incredible, but where will we get content in this resolution?
Lest you think CES is just about the high-end, high-dollar stuff, take a look at the next section...