December 21st was supposed to be the end of the world. I happen enjoy being alive, so thankfully it wasn’t! Plus, there’s a lot of awesome technology to look forward to in 2013 that I certainly wouldn’t want to miss.
New Technology 2013 – Part 2
This is New Technology 2013 – Part 2, where we’ll be showing you some more of the most cutting-edge technology that we can expect to see in the year ahead.
In the very near future your smartphone, tablet, or potentially your HDTV will be even more flexible than they are today – quite literally!
Flexible screens are something that a lot of us have already read about after concept models were showcased at CES 2012. However, Samsung is expected to unveil flexible display technology at CES later this year that’s a lot closer in terms of technical specifications to what we’re currently using in our smartphones. The rumour mill has it that we’ll be seeing a flexible display of 5.5-inches with a high definition resolution of 1280 x 720 (267 PPI).
It is believed that the technology is currently without a touch-screen lens at present, which leaves some doubt as to whether it can be realistically used in place of current technology inside of 2013, unless Samsung has something up its sleeve that is.
4G and 10-Gigabit in 2013
The end of last year saw the roll-out of the substantially faster mobile 4G networks. With significant improvements to overall browsing speeds, roaming and bandwidth management, our mobile devices will be far closer to that of a home broadband connection. 2013 should see the new network standard more more widely available to the consumer in both the US and Europe, giving us access to applications and HD media with far less lag. However, we’re not just looking at mobile networks; the communications giant, Marvell Technology Group, launched a new networking product called ‘AVANTA’, which will bring 10 gigabit networking into the home – What does that mean for us? Well not a a lot in terms of the speeds we experience on the internet. However, for those of us that use games consoles, network storage (HDD), file-sharing, or smart TV’s on their home networks, we can expect LAN speeds of up to 100 times faster than we have at present!
The World’s Largest UHDTV
2011 was the year of 3D, 2013 is the year of 4K Ultra-HD, which is why Samsung wont be letting CES 2013 pass by without a grand show of strength. The South Korean technology giant set a world record in Las Vegas on Tuesday by unveiling a massive 110-inch UHD (ultra high-definition) TV, the largest UHD TV to date.
With more than 8 million pixels, the UHD TV delivers a resolution of four times higher than that of the HD TVs that a lot of us have in our homes today. As well as the 110-inch flagship model, we’ll also be presented with a smaller 85-inch model.
Sounds amazing, right? It certainly does, however, while all is good and well having a display capable of such high resolutions, the limitations of the media we currently use in the home today will prevent us from taking full advantage of the UHD display.
It’s only a matter of time before the average consumer will have access to content created in such high definition, but we don’t expect it to be any time soon.
New Technology 2013 – Part 1 & 3
In part 3, we will be taking another quick look at some more new technology and gadgets that will hopefully be with us in the forthcoming months. In the mean time, be sure the check out New Technology 2013 – Part 1