As the winter nights draw in and the temperatures plummet to below zero, there’s nothing more that most of us love to do than sit in front of the television. In recent years, television manufacturers have been producing some amazing products with some of the new, emerging technologies. First, we marveled at our paper-thin flat screens, and then we saw the emergence of the ‘smart’ TV- enabling us to stay ‘logged on’ while we watch and now we have fantastic 3D TVs too. 3D is a relatively new technology in the home so what more is to come from this exciting innovation in entertainment in the coming year?
Companies have been looking at ways to ‘direct’ the 3D content to the viewer no matter where it is they happen to be sitting in view of the television. By directing the content straight to the viewer, the 3D experience is much enhanced as the viewer does not have to strain their neck in order to watch. It has been a problem with 3D technology thus far, having to be in the right place to see it, but companies have realised this and ‘targeted’ content is one of our hot predictions for 3D TV in 2013.
Watching 3D movies and TV has long been associated with the large plastic glasses that are at the moment necessary to watch 3D. Currently, there are few 3D experiences which you can achieve without the use of 3D glasses but manufacturers are working on ways to make 3D TV accessible without their use. Although you couldn’t call it a ‘major’ problem with 3D technology, wearing the glasses is still quite awkward as you have to take them off and put them on repeatedly to watch 3D content. By eliminating this small problem, television companies will vastly improve the experiences of many viewers.
There’s only one logical step once 3D has been mastered: 4D. Many firms around the world have been researching the requisite technology for 4D, which promises to immerse the viewer in the world of the movie itself. What makes 4D different from 3D TV? Well, firstly there are the special effects such as feeling the wind on your face, the rain in your hair and the sun on your skin. All of these technologies are current anyway and so firms are looking at ways to add them to their 3D TV systems in order to further enhance the viewing experiences of customers. The chairs for viewing 4D too will be different ; they are programmed to follow the content on screen-moving and changing in ways that will really make cinema an immersive experience.
Paige Feltz is a film guru who loves to write about technology