Smart Technology

OLED Displays

The evolution of flatscreen HDTVs went from: LCD, to LED, and now OLED.

Short for Organic Light Emitting Diodes, this new technology allows HDTVs to become even thinner; and it can be controlled on a per-pixel basis.

It also uses a very low amount of energy, greatly reduces motion blur, and offers brilliant colors. As with Ultra HD, these sets will start at around $10,000.

4K Resolution

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When televisions reached the “Full HD” 1080p resolution, many claimed that there would never be a need for higher resolutions.

Originally known as 4K resolution, the new standard is officially named “Ultra HD” and is meant for TVs larger than 40 inches. Currently these at least $10,000, but will become affordable within a couple of years.

Glasses-Free 3D

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Companies are now moving toward producing glasses-free 3D television sets. Autostereoscopic displays have been used in smartphones and gaming handhelds, this is the first time that this technology comes to the big screen and the living room.

Gesture Controls

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Although already a few years old, the Kinect for Xbox 360 is still an amazing piece of technology. Now primed for this type of controller, companies are looking to directly add gesture controls to TV sets. Rather than reaching for the remote to change the channel, now you can simply wave your hand.

Smart Appliances

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Electronics companies are working to further integrate technology into home appliances. These “smart” appliances of the future will allow for better control and automation. The appliances will be able to communicate with each other and can be controlled remotely using apps.

Hands-Free Displays

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Many different companies, including Google, are experimenting with eyewear computing. It appears that at least one hands-free display is on the way in 2012, and more will follow soon afterward. These displays use a type of heads-up display in either the corner of your vision or overlaid over your whole vision. It won’t be long before this technology moves from the pages of science fiction to reality.

3D Printing

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If you haven’t seen it in person before, 3D printing is really awesome. A machine creates a plastic model using a tiny nozzle and melted plastic. Previously, these 3D printers cost thousands of dollars, but now the cost is finally going down. The machines are also safer, smaller, and easier to use. It won’t be long before nearly everyone can afford to print off little plastic pieces with the click of a button.

 

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