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CES 2013: A Complete Tour of Ultra HD

CES 2013: A Complete Tour of Ultra HD | TechWatch | Scoop.it

CES 2013 is officially concluded. With over 150,000 people in attendance and almost 2 million square feet of exhibit space, the CEA has stated that it was their largest convention since its founding over 45 years ago.

 

I journeyed to Sin City to get an up-close look at the Ultra HD offerings from some of the biggest display manufacturers in the world, including Sharp, LG, Samsung, ViewSonic, Toshiba, Sony, Westinghouse, and Vizio. I will share my impressions of each in a few moments.

 

There appears to be plenty of cynicism regarding the future of Ultra High Definition technology. Many believe that price, lack of content, insufficient bandwidth, and enormous screen size will inevitably lead to its failure. While some of these limitations are apparent, one cannot simply dismiss the adoption of new technology because it sounds impossible or impractical. Technology is always evolving, and sometimes rapid changes in infrastructure allow for further adoption of new technology. Remember the incredible doubt when flat panel TV’s first debuted? These display companies know that their Ultra HD products are very expensive, and many of them intend to bring manufacturing costs down over the next few years. So why should we doubt progression? Ok, moving on to the summary…

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4K at CES 2013: the dream gets real

4K at CES 2013: the dream gets real | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Almost exactly a year ago, upon these parched steppes of Nevada we know as Las Vegas, Vizio told us it was keen to get into the 4K TV market, but the timing wasn't right quite yet. Vizio asked for a year's worth of patience and, atypically for an electronics company, it's back at CES with the delivery of its 4K promise.

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RED has a 4K player for the coming wave of Ultra HD TVs

RED has a 4K player for the coming wave of Ultra HD TVs | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Here at CES, every TV maker is showing off massive 4K "Ultra HD" TV sets. The high prices for this first wave of 4K TVs—Sony's 84-inch set is a cool $25,000, for instance—are going to make them strictly an early-adopter luxury for now. But digital cinema camera maker RED has the first consumer-ready solution for native 4K playback, perhaps solving the chicken-and-egg problem that threatened to plague adoption of 4K as a home entertainment standard.

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CES 2013: The Verge preview

CES 2013: The Verge preview | TechWatch | Scoop.it

The annual glimpse into the future of consumer technology. 2013 in all its glory, glistening white and chrome. Covered, perhaps, with a thin layer of Gorilla Glass. Banks of HDTVs seemingly mounted in the sky like a Matrix fever dream, following you through the packed halls. Hundreds of thousands of bodies pack into a convention center in the desert in an artificial city built for human pleasure. Yes, it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, still the world’s biggest, and it kicks off in just a few days.

 

The Verge is heading out to Las Vegas in full editorial and video force to bring you the most in-depth coverage of the show, the city, and the culture behind world of tech that you’ll find anywhere. What’s on tap for CES 2013? Read on!

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