Walls covered with TVs will change the way we watch our favorite programs. The first prototype devices were presented by NDS. You have to admit: it makes an impression!
If you think the 65-inch TV is huge, you’re wrong. In the future our salons are to be dominated by “interactive walls” that will consist of interconnected displays. As a result, we will sit in front of a giant screen that will be divided into several parts. On each of them, we will show other content – for example, the movie will take two screens, the third one we will use Facebook, and the fourth one will receive e-mail. Just how to control all this?
News Digital Systems, the interactive wall
NDS is a company that has taken on the challenge of creating something that will provide a huge picture, but at the same time it will not be a low-resolution image provided by mid-range projectors, nor will it consume enormous amounts of electricity like the giant plasma or LCD televisions. This was the origin of the NDS idea as “Surfaces”. Inspirations have pushed the movies. “It’s amazing how science fiction films have predicted the future of television technology,” says Simon Parnall, vice president of technology solutions at NDS.
NDS wants to create an “interactive wall” based on OLED technology. Experts from the company know that the next generation of flat-panel TVs will use OLEDs, which will result in the price of these screens in the next 5 to 10 years. OLED displays, on the other hand, have a huge advantage over traditional LCDs: unlike LCDs, they do not need lateral illumination, so the display area can extend to the edges of the TV. Thanks to this, OLED screens can be placed side by side to create one huge screen. – We will be able to customize the OLED technology so that it is like hanging tiles on the wall. These will be any shape, they will not be just rectangular arrays, “Parnall explains.
The first large 55-inch OLED TVs will launch LG and Samsung later this year. Each of them cost tens of thousands of dollars. Industry experts say, however, that prices for OLEDs will soon drop. They expect that in the next 5 to 10 years the screens of this class will cost around 5000-6000 zł for a 50-inch model.
So far, NDS, using six LCD screens, has already built a panoramic “wall” of a total size of 140 by 55 inches. As these are LCD screens, there are frames between them that are slightly damaged in viewing comfort. This version of the valuation is currently around $ 30,000. Due to the price, this solution will not be sold for the time being.
Interestingly, untypical TV has been resolved. You can use a regular HTML5-based browser from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. We also have a choice: we decide on which screens to display what content. The prototype version of “Surfaces” displayed X Factor in the center, on the right we saw web content about each of the contestants, and under them was a voting widget. The left side was devoted to Twitter to follow the reactions of the audience.
If we care about big impressions, we can run the movie on all 4K screen quality, which is much higher than Full HD. If you have a powerful computer, you can now see several videos in 4K quality – go to this YouTube subpage and in the picture quality choose “Original”.
In turn, when each user wants to use the TV for something else, messages can be displayed in the middle, Skype calls on one page, and on the other – social networking sites or YouTube videos. Separate audio channels are also available to wirelessly transmit sound to the headphones on each person’s head.
Interactive wall of the future of television?
For years we have heard that the internet kills television. In the network we can count on many attractions, while television still associates with the passive seat in the chair and stared at the screen. Manufacturers are trying to change this by introducing gesture support, application and games platforms, and solutions that enable TVs to work with computers, tablets, and smartphones.NDS says it’s not enough. That’s why Surfaces is not based on just one screen, but on several, delivering amazing results – according to NDS experts, this solution will keep the user long on the TV.
For now, Surfaces remains a dream and you have to wait a minimum of a few years for such solutions to be offered at an acceptable price. There is also the issue of content available for such big screens. For such a large display, 4K quality material is really welcome, where a resolution of more than 4000 pixels can be expected horizontally. At present, however, there are no movies or other video content that offer higher quality than Full HD. None of the major television networks or movie studios have also announced full support and 4K development, although there is already a step towards better quality than Full HD. Speech coding format H.265 video to be standardized in the coming months. The 4K videos will be offered in the future.
When it seemed that Full HD was a great picture quality and peak of possibilities, we now know that this resolution will be inadequate in the future. We are looking forward to the giant screens and content in 4K quality. The question is, will we stop going to the movies then?