More From The Future

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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.

7 comments on “More From The Future”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    The future analysts are the same people who predict elections and economic trends. They spend three quarters of their time explaining why their predictions didn’t come true.

  2. Dan Terrell says:

    I look at that picyute and say: a) why? & b) what an electric bill!

  3. Dan Terrell says:

    Had to laugh when I saw “picyute”: got the right row on the keyboard and stabbed around with the r, t, y. That’s what two and a half days of industrial-strength yard clean-up and gardening will do to you. Better than my average typo. Admin be glad you live in an apartment or is it flat?

  4. Gretta says:

    We’re going to have to indulge in new televisual equipment in the next 12 months, but only because telly throughout NZ is moving to digital. As for the whole growing matrix of telly screens doodah…peh! Frequently there’s not enough to watch on one screen, never mind half-a-dozen!

  5. Clarissa says:

    Are these the same people who promised my mom (now 74) a paperless office?

  6. Steve says:

    Just another brick in the wall…..

  7. Timbo says:

    Clarissa, I am reminded of the quote from someone (but I am unable to remember who actually said it, I’m afraid. (I like to aknowledge my sources if possible!)) to the effect of:-

    “The paperless office? It’s as likely as the paperless toilet.”

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