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The Latest In TV Technology Revealed

January 14, 2012 by staff 

The Latest In TV Technology Revealed, January is an exciting time in the world of gadgetry and technology as we get to see what all of the big electronics companies have up their sleeves for the coming 12 months at the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2012 had much to achieve, not least was taking the lacklustre performance of the sector in 2011 and producing enough innovations that would excite consumers into buying technology once again.

One of our favourite trends at CES 2012 was that the major television manufacturers spent far less time harping on about 3D. 3 Dimensional televisions and technology were certainly in abundance, it was just that manufacturers were a little more muted about it, expect it to come back to the fore once glasses free TV becomes a valid and workable technology however. Fortunately the TV companies have a new technology to push on us, “Ultra Definition” which offers 4 times the resolution of Full HD at 4,000 by 2,000 pixels, so expect that you are going to ‘need’ that in the coming years to enjoy life.

Instead TVs at CES 2012 were all about being thin and smart. OLED TVs are now available in the larger sizes (up to 55 inch), perfectly demonstrated by Samsung and LG. In contrast Sony seems to be taking a different route with Crystal LED, although this super slim TV was only in the prototype stage.

Smart TV turned out to be the buzzword of CES 2012, with TVs now incorporating a range of apps and connectivity features that allow the sharing of content across devices. Google TV also made a bit of a comeback although a larger development was the integration of Kinect-like motion sensors into TV sets, promising to do away with the remote control altogether.

Another CES and another tablet battle wages. For those that haven’t had enough of tablet computers yet Blackberry showed off a smaller playbook, Toshiba the super thin Excite X10 tab and Samsung the new Galaxy Tab, which incorporated a LTE 4G moduleā€¦ Yawn! Interestingly the playbooks and ultrabooks flew the flag for the humble laptop and arguably are now gaining ground on tablets. Windows 8 was showcased on some of these devices although it was Microsoft’s announcement of Kinect for Windows which had the largest impact.

Most of the big phone manufacturers had something new to showcase from Nokia’s Lumia 900 to the HTC Titan II and Sony’s Xperia Ion. Interestingly Android has become increasingly pervasive, entering televisions, cameras and even cars. Windows Phone also had a decent showing with new handsets from Nokia, HTC and Samsung.

CES 2012 has been about technology companies recapturing the imagination of the consumer public after the previous recession hit years and in some ways has achieved this, particularly with the greater integration of motion control in various sectors. The downplaying of 3D is also encouraging to see considering its relatively lukewarm reception although the unveiling of “Ultra Definition” shows that another ‘must have’ technology is on the horizon.

Whether the technologies displayed at CES 2012 will actually make it into products is always down to circumstances and development, however with some of the top end models already incorporating a selection of these key technologies, particularly motion control, you can expect this to be a big trend in the technological world during 2012.

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