“OLED” is one of the popular buzz words tossed repeatedly at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES). What does organic light-emitting diode mean? A familiar face I’ve been working with at CES for three years in a row now (wow, time flies), Jeffrey Ingram from Samsung Canada shares OLED offer individual pixels having their own sub-pixel, and each sub-pixel has its own colour.
Put simply, consider the fact OLED provides faster picture quality for moving resolution that is one thousand times faster than an LED panel.
TVs continue to get smart
Google TV was hyped heavily at last year’s show, and it was mentioned today that the technology is finally ready to hit the market. Several manufacturers, including Sony and LG were demoing how Google TV works, and the experience was seamless. Remotes will offer things like QWERTY keyboards, but the biggest strengths are apps made by each manufacturer to serve as touch screen remotes from tablets and smartphones are becoming standard.
Also, LG and Samsung shared deeper advancements in the brain power of upcoming Smart TVs through gestural and voice-activation features to control the tube of 2012.
3D technology is here to stay
Ever since 3D TVs debuted in the spring of 2010 in Canada, there have been as many skeptics as advocates of the technology. People question the content or label 3D as a fad. Well guess what? All the biggest manufacturers in the business are committed to evolving the technology so it’s easy to use and offers a “wow-factor” for viewers. Expect 3D to continue its trend of last year and be offered as one of several functions from today’s televisions out of the box.
Sony set aside some real estate in their massive CES pavilion to show their commitment to solve the mystery of displaying 3D without the need for glasses through small and big-screen 3D-enabled LCD HDTVs, and a BRAVIA model. While far from perfect, it was encouraging to see the investment from major companies is there.
Additionally, the biggest names in the entertainment business are dedicated to producing films in 3D, evidenced by Sony Pictures showing a teaser for the upcoming Men in Black 3 (MIB3) movie, starring Will Smith. The “Fresh Prince” even strutted the Sony stage during their press conference with MIB3 director Barry Sonnenfeld to offer their support of 3D. Musician and actor Justin Timberlake reportedly did the same for Panasonic at their press event.
Televisions are merely one exciting element of CES. There’s more to come from me on other exciting developments from categories like tablets, ultrabooks, smartphones and headphones, as well as high-tech appliances.
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