It’s January, and for those who enjoy news on the technology front, that means it’s time to tune in to CES.
CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, is essentially a technology conference where the hottest gadgets, concepts, and technologies for the upcoming year are introduced, and in the past some of our most exciting technological developments have come to public attention during the conference. So, what does CES have in store for us this year? To some extent, with regard to details, this is always unpredictable – but it seems that one of the main focal points of this year’s technological advancements will be on the continued improvement of home entertainment.
In the past few years, there have been widespread developments that are essentially bringing us toward complete home entertainment systems. The greater effect of these developments, of course, is that entertainment outside of the home is becoming less necessary. The clearest example is the cinema. With massive, high definition television screens and more and more streaming services bringing us newer films more quickly, the need to spend money at the cinema has been reduced. However, a similar effect is also being seen in other aspects of the entertainment industry. For example, some professional athletic associations are worried that fans will stop paying for game tickets as the home viewing experience continues to be enhanced. People are even staying home to watch recorded or live broadcasted concerts, instead of going to shows!
For better or worse, indications from the 2013 CES are that these trends will likely continue, as there are various exciting developments in home entertainment technology right around the corner. Here are a few to keep your eye out for:
With 1080p currently being the recognised highest resolution for HDTVs, 4K is essentially what’s next. With picture at four times higher resolution than a 1080p display, 4K has long been considered little more than a concept however, some of these televisions are just around the corner for home availability, though the initial price tags will be five figures long! Better start saving.
It is rare to find significant developments in speakers, in terms of the basic technology that delivers you high quality sound. However, this year is expected to bring an increased selection of Bluetooth and Airplay speakers, allowing more versatility with the connection and integration of your sound with your home entertainment system.
HDTVs & Internet
It is not a new technology for HDTV sets to connect to the Internet, enabling apps and streaming services directly. However, as these features become more and more popular, we can expect to see more and more HDTVs enabling Internet connectivity throughout the year.
Ultimately, the trend tends to be indicating further spread of specialty home entertainment equipment. Whether you do your shopping at the nearest Marks & Spencer, or at a specialised electronic or home entertainment shop, advanced technologies like those mentioned above are becoming the new normal.
Let us know what you’re keeping your eye on at CES. We’ve been eyeing up the LG curved 3D OLED TV set-up you can see above.