July 27, 2006

Future TV Trends

I've posted some of the research I did for my HS contribution on TV50.

TV Watch
If the thought of leaving the house without a TV or your Slingbox turned on is too much to bear then consider the TV Watch. At 30g this 1.5” TFT screen displays a crisp 280 x 220 colour digital picture. The TV Watch can receive both UHF and VHF frequencies so you can even tune into SBS. The TV watch can even tell the time.

A three hour charge will let you watch TV on the go for up to an hour. The watch comes with a Velcro band for easy on-off and like all TV’s works best in areas with strong reception. So far this watch is for sale in the US (NTSC only) but there are plans to bring the watch to Australia in the future.

Sony GlassTron

If your room isn’t big enough to accommodate the newest Pioneer 60” Plasma you might consider some new technology from Sony. The ‘Glasstron’ line of products puts 2 small LCD screens right in front of your eyes. Think about your favourite pair of glasses; now replace the lens with small LCD panels. Add a wireless connection to your Digital Settop Box and HD DVD system and you’ll be able to cruise around your house, or sit in the toilet and watch your favourite program.

Glasstron technology already exists. Sony’s PLM-A35 glass can simulate a 52” diagonal screen when viewed from a distance of about 2 meters. The Glasstron PLM-A35 has two 0.55” LCD’s each with a 180,000 pixels and a horizontal viewing angle of 30 degrees.

If your not home much and hate that you still pay for Foxtel a Slingbox might be in order. Slingmedia have designed a small router shaped device that plugs into your TV (or Cable/DVD/Video) on one side and your broadband connection on the other. Once you’ve configured your Slingbox all you need do when you are out of home and connected to the internet is tune into your slingbox via a web browser and watch your TV anywhere around the world.

Slingbox uses the power of video streaming to transfer whatever is showing at your house to you on your computer or handheld Windows Mobile device anywhere around the world. SlingBox even provide an interface to control your devices so you can flick channels and set your VCR to record the program even if you are out. If you’re a frequent traveller and you’d like to watch the game live, now you can with a Slingbox.

3D TV has been a dream for over 50 years. The latest HD technologies are all about true-to-life pictures in 2D. Now 3D TV is becoming a reality. A company called Deep Light have designed a display that can deliver both 3D and 2D images without the need for special glasses.

Deep Light’s technology works by projecting two different images to the viewer’s eyes, each image a different perspective of a 3D scene. The rationale being that the viewer’s mind can perceive the scene in 3D exactly as it would in real life. In addition Deep Light’s 3D Display can actually project several different side-by-side perspectives of a scene to the viewing area. This quality allows motion parallax where a viewer can see a 3D scene from different angles by moving his/her head to the left or right.

The great benefit of Deep Light’s technology is that the display can also be switched to 2D for times when 3D isn’t required. Additionally, the technology is scalable so smaller screens can be joined together to form a larger unit.