CES helps us get a sneak peek into the technology that the coming years have to offer. Television has been undergoing a sea change for a few years now. It was obvious that there would be a lot of breathtaking television technology on display at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and it did not disappoint. There were a lot of new names at the exhibition like Compal, Hisense, and TCL, among others. The CES 2016 has also set the ball rolling for the trends that we will see in the market in the coming year. Here is a down low on what to expect.
More OLED alternatives
OLED televisions have become a fan favorite in the year gone by. The demand side has been going strong, but as far as the supply side is concerned, it was only LG that was producing OLED TVs. However, this is all set to change in the coming year. There are also a lot of alternatives for OLED that major TV manufacturers are going to offer. One of the offerings is the Backlight Masterdrive. This technology has been poised as a contender to the OLED technology. The Backlight Masterdrive is going to build upon the already available LCD technology while weeding out all the shortcomings of the technology. It will use that exceptional picture quality of LCD, while successfully keeping the durability issues at bay.
Then there is the Panasonic’s Honeycomb Technology. This is presented as an alternative to the OLED technology. The Honeycomb technology makes sure that on the television screen, the areas that are dimmed will always remain separate from each other. This results in the television flaunting an excellent contrast, while overcoming the halo effect that plague the LCDs. The Panasonic TV models that boast of this technology also have an Ultra HD premium badge and are THX-certified.
At present, OLED TVs are quite costly. But, as more alternatives emerge against it and as more manufacturers start producing OLED TVs, the prices of the OLED TVs will eventually drop significantly. This is definitely a good news for the consumer.
The Screen Revolution
Apart from the display characteristics, the screen has also undergone a complete transformation of its own. Different manufacturers are coming up with different designs to attract the users. Samsung is not one to be left behind. The transparent OLED screens from the manufacturer wowed the visitors at the exhibition. A similar offering was on display by Panasonic, which was lodged like a glass frame on a book shelf. But, once it came to life, it was an impressive high definition television. This is not exactly new technology, but it is the first time that it has been showcased at an American electronics show.
If transparent screens wowed the audience at the CES 2016, the flexible screens completely took the audience by surprise. This HD offering from LG gave the audience a totally futuristic look into television. The screen showcased at CES was an 18” screen that can fold over and touch the other side.
Though this particular piece was only a prototype, it is almost certain that it will be converted into a commercial product. In fact, it is rumored that it will come to flaunt a good 55” screen size. It is not possible to put a finger right now on the date of the commercial release of the LG foldable screen, but it will create a big buzz whenever it arrives.
As Big as you Want
Building a TV as big as you want! Does it sound like a trend to you? Yes, this is something that Samsung has in mind. The manufacturer went out of its way to make its point, when the company put up a whopping 170” TV on the wall at the CES 2016. This humongous piece was made by combining numerous 20” screens together. The implications of such a technology can be far-reaching. With a modular design like this, companies and customers can benefit because of the reduction in the cost of transporting the television. Not only this, anyone can increase or decrease the size of their television at their whim.
The biggest impact of this technology will be on the manufacturing process. The company only has to build the independent units now. There is no need to create television sets of different sizes. Just imagine the kind of savings with the simplification of the manufacturing process, which will definitely be passed on to the consumers as well. Further, the individual screens can be moved from one location to another. This enables the viewer to change the aspect ratio of the TV screen to adapt it to the aspect ratio of the video they are watching. With so many benefits in the offering, modular television will be a sure shot trendsetter. The only question is – when will this technology hit the mass market?
TV has become much more than just an entertainment station. With the Samsung’s SmartThings platform, the humble box in the living room can become the guard of the house. The platform from Samsung helps TV owners to use the television to keep an eye out for any untoward activity. With this, the television sets are all set to take up more responsibility. With the provision to add all smart devices on to the Samsung platform, this is definitely a trend that will catch on to make households safer and smarter.
The new television technology at CES 2016 has shown way too many trends in the television fieldv. From better display to completely changing the very concept of television, there are many things that will follow post-CES 2016. It will be interesting to see how many of these trends will have a longer shelf life and how many will just fade away.