Perfectly timed to coincide with the piece below, this press release just came into my inbox from some nerdy TV techs;
Supposedly within five years, TV will have changed out of all recognition. Instead of a box in a corner, you’ll have a big matrix of six bezel-less flat-screen TVs combining to form a huge, almost overwhelming TV wall. TVs will become modular and consist of smaller displays that can be combined to fit the room. Think of 6-inch to 8-inch bezel-less squares that you can buy individually and then mount to the wall next to one another, gradually growing the size of your display to fit your needs. These displays would automatically work together, making sure your Saturday night movie runs on all of them at once.
To watch your morning news (an idea, I can’t help feeling, that has already passed its sell-by date) you’ll watch clips with a much smaller size and use the rest of the screen for other information. Sometimes you might not be watching TV at all but will still find it useful to leave the large screen wall on. For example, it could display cover art for the music you are listening to while giving you access to your calendar reminders, a wall-sized clock and your Twitter feed. Home automation and security-camera footage are also applications that could be useful to run all day, or fade in and out as needed.
All this is predicated on the idea that you have a burning, desperate need for information and require being updated every second of the day. Of course, this is the future advertisers fantasise about. But I have a strange feeling that they’ve really got it wrong. TV interactivity isn’t working very well, and the surprise growth of hardback books has really thrown the marketeers.
Perhaps we have the power to surprise the future analysts after all.