The Rest – CES 2013 Daze Three
This is a delayed post. Still, I wanted to complete it.
Day 3 of CES 2013 and the Main Hall and Venetian remain for our last day in Vegas. The big take away was…
Resolution, Resolution and Resolution.
And… Content is King
Both Zac and I have spent time in print technology where 600 dpi (dots per inch) and 1200 dpi are used to bring out image quality, color shading and tones to high resolution images like fashion magazines. It is good to see that electronic display technology is catching up to print and the rush is on to higher ppi (pixels per inch).
Still, while devices are nice, if you have no content to play on them they are just glorified paperweights. That is why the biggest announcement at CES is Sony’s move to issue it’s content in 4K media. The second biggest announcement was NetFlix support of 4K rentals and streaming. As industry leaders Sony and NetFlix will drag the rest of the movie/TV and music industry to 4K. The move is truly on. Now on to the devices…
4K TVs and Beyond
In the consumer device world Apple is leading the push to high resolution with it’s Retina brand of display technology at 326 ppi (iPhone 5), 264 ppi (iPad 3 or 4) and 220/227 ppi (MacBook Pro). Quite a leap from the Mac’s original 72 ppi and the PC’s 96 ppi. Leading the charge in the PC space is the Dell 30 inch UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC 30 with 2560×1600 resolution.
Outdoing the PC/Mac and consumer devices is the TV manufacturers. The tech crazy Koreans from Samsung and LG were leading the charge this year in awesome. Even so, from Sony to HiSense, almost every TV vendor was showcasing 4K TVs. Every vendor is staking out their tech, LED, OLED, etc. and showcasing screen sizes the size of living room walls, e.g. 110 inch. The details of individual TV vendors don’t matter. The bottom line is 5 years from now your $500 TV will be be 60 inches or larger, an inch thick, 4K or beyond resolution, 3D effects without glasses and wired intelligently to the Internet. So cool.