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What is Coming for TVs? OLED and QLED are Leading the Way to a Brighter (and Sharper) Future

CES is always an exciting event for technology fans and this year’s show had plenty of fantastic gadgets to look at.

When it comes to televisions, the clear winner this year was the LG Signature OLED W7. If you are amazed by how thin and light TVs have gotten in the recent past, well, the OLED W7 4K set represents yet another step forward. The “W” stands for wallpaper; this TV can go right on to your wall and does not protrude out very far at all: just 1/10th of an inch! This is possible because the new OLED format does not require backlighting. Add in Dolby Atmos sound and improved color, courtesy of design input from Technicolor, and you have got one astounding television. Forget wallpaper: put on something like the BBC’s PLANET EARTH and it’s like looking through a window.

LG is pushing its OLED format, while rival Samsung has its own alternative called QLED. Both formats produce magnificent images, but QLED is more cost-effective to produce, so those sets will likely be more in the average consumer’s price range (learn about the QLED and how it differs from OLED here).

What is your take on these new advancements? Have you made the jump to 4K yet? While there are a good number of early adopters out there who will happily pounce on new tech, the average person waits until they need a new TV or the prices become more competitive. As a lover of 3D, I happily bought one of those sets early on and am sad to see that the format has declined (if you think 3D looks great in 1080p, it would be positively astonishing in 4K).

The prices of 1080p sets have declined sharply and will continue to do so in the wake of 4K. Whatever the case, even that small, low cost TV you want to add to your kitchen next year will likely look far better than anything enthusiasts could enjoy even a decade ago.

 

Does Turner Classic Movies Have a Future?

Established in the 1990s, Turner Classic Movies has been a godsend for fans of old movies. During a period when fewer and fewer stations are showing movies that date before the 1990s, TCM continues to embrace the format. On almost any given day, you can tune in to see a mystery from the 1930s, a western from the 1940s, a horror movie from the 1950s, or a romantic comedy from the 1960s.

Veteran TCM host Robert Osborne, who died earlier this year. By Peabody Awards (Turner Classic Movies) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

As you might expect, TCM’s regular audience skews older. Like cable news networks, this is a problem for the station as they will eventually lose them, not to other channels, but to death. Old movies are a wonderful way to learn about the past and appreciate the stars and cinematic techniques that led to the long-term development and popularity of the movies as an art form.

However, the key to ensuring continued viewership is through young people and that is increasingly a challenge for the network. When I was a child, there was not nearly as much to choose from entertainment-wise. I actually developed a fondness for old movies out of desperation; there was nothing else on, so I watched them. Nowadays, with hundreds of channels and so many other diversions available, getting young people interested in sitting down to a slow, possibly clunky, and (horrors!) maybe even black and white movie is a very tough sell. As the audience for such programming declines, the station is faced with some tough choices, including the possibility of adding commercials as a way of increasing revenue.

That would be a real shame as TCM feels increasingly like the last stop for old movie lovers. It’s a cultural source that needs to continue, not just for old fogies like me but for the knowledge and entertainment of generations to come.

How Many People Even Need TVs Anymore?

I recently posted about the new line of 4K TVs and their advantages. Chances are if you have seen one in stores, you would probably like to have it. They look great and the low prices/increasingly large screen sizes make it more inviting than ever to have movie night at home.

However, then I thought about how so many young people do not own TVs anymore. I guess it makes sense: so many people have dropped cable and rely on streaming for their entertainment. Many of them watch these video files on their computers, laptops, or even their phones. CNN reported last year that the average American spends about ten hours a day looking at screens of various types. Yikes!

Call me old-fashioned (or just call me old), but I like to see things on a big screen. It’s easier to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship on display in movies. Also, as my eyesight will get increasingly worse with age, bigger will also just be better.

However, young people are forward thinking when it comes to technology. They like the convenience and portability of laptops and smartphones, and the ability to watch things on the go. If that means, a six inch screen, then so be it.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to have cable or a disc player to justify owning a 4K or even 1080p set. More and more companies are offering 4K streams of content. If your internet strength is sufficient, that can mean a very nice looking and sounding presentation.

Will TVs go the way of landlines? Doubtful. People enjoy their large screens and the increasing ability to simulate the movie going experience at home with vivid imagery and great sound.  However, when push comes to shove and people are forced to make decisions on their home equipment, small and portable will likely win out over large and flashy.

Is It Time to Buy a 4K TV?

Technology seems to change on a monthly basis. It was not so long ago that we were being sold the glories of 1080p HD. But now the new industry buzzword is 4K. This new super HD format makes old cathode ray tube TVs seem like cave paintings. 4Ks resolution is 3840 pixels × 2160 lines. That’s a lot of information and that means incredibly vivid imagery that seems to supply image depth without the inconvenience of 3D.

A couple years back, 4K sets were super expensive. Technology is always costly for early adopters, but 4K prices have been coming steadily down and are now comparable with the cost of a quality 1080p set.

If your 1080p set continues to serve you well, there is no immediate reason for you to upgrade. Chances are prices will continue to fall and you could end up with a real bargain in a year or so. However, if you are in the market for a new TV, then you should absolutely consider a 4K.

Some streaming services already offer content in 4K and Canadian cable companies are catching up in that regard. Of course, with that huge data stream, you had better make sure there are no problems with your internet connection. If you like movies, this can be a great way to see them. But if you want the full benefit of 4K, you will need to invest in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. No matter how good a data stream looks, it will suffer from some degree of digital compression. Ultra HD Blu-rays have some compression as well, but not nearly as much. If you are really keen to have the best image available under current technology, a 4K TV and this format are the way to go.

In short: if you need a new set, definitely go for 4K!

Are the Cameras in Smartphones Good Enough for You?

It’s getting more and more difficult to remember the days when you had to load film into a camera, take it out, schlep it over to a place that develops film, wait a few days, and then have to pay for the prints. Hell, for some of us, it’s even getting hard to remember what it was like to own a camera. Thanks to smartphones, we have mini photographic and video studios with us at all times. But is the picture quality from a smartphone good enough for your purposes?

The short answer appears to be, yes, they are good enough for the average person. The convenience of smartphones has caused camera sales to plummet, though there are enough hardy hobbyists out there to make their continued manufacture more than worthwhile.

However, for the average person, the smartphone camera meets their needs and the overall quality of these cameras continues to improve. They also make it incredibly easy to instantly share those pictures.

Another huge plus is image editing features. While not offering you as many options as Photoshop, the image editing features in most phones will more than suffice for basic changes and fixes. Image come out too dark? The brightness and contrast features will likely give you something usable.

Smartphones are also incredibly easy to carry around with you, often even more so than a compact camera. Most people would prefer not to carry around two things when one is good enough.

One drawback with smartphones is the lack of lens selection. You can always “pinch” the image and make it larger, but that usually means a noticeable decrease in quality. A proper camera’s zoom lens will do a much better job of enlarging distant detail without reducing it in quality.

Regular cameras will also give you greater resolution, but cameraphones are getting better and better in that regard, too!

Drones Built For Everyone

The most common technology used in different purposes are drones. The drones have each uniqueness in terms of the models. There are drones for air, land and water. Drones for air usually used to capture scenery above the land which is called aerial shot. Drones for land are particularly used for searching dangerous place such as buildings that announced to have an exploding device for example. Lastly, the drones for water is typically used for inspections of the body of water, structures underwater and more. All drones built in with camera that used to view the real time events going on in the surroundings. It helps the pilot to access and inspect the place without getting involve physically.

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Drones use for air and land reached already its highest pick during the days when the drones were being produced in the market. People buying and curious on how it works which really get each individual interest to purchase unit for themselves. Drones for underwater been known and use only this year. As people found it useful and beneficial in many ways such as an underwater drone for both work and entertainment purposes. On the subject of entertainment, people use the underwater drones to explore the body of water without getting wet and be harm by huge carnivores’ creatures. In terms of work related, underwater drones used for inspections of the structures built below like pipes and tanks, studying the ecosystem of the creatures and surroundings and many more.

The underwater drones can be use in different industries. One of the industry underwater drones used is Agriculture. For monitoring and inspections, only drones can do the job quickly and easily. It makes the job easy, more effective and it’s a portable system.

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