Sharp develops super high-defintion screen prototype for future HDTVs

Japan's Sharp has developed a prototype LCD, which is another step towards a new TV system for the next decade. The prototype is an 85-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) panel with resolution 16 times that of today's HDTV panels. The screen, which is being developed by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), is being developed for Super Hi-Vision, a next-generation television system currently under development in Japan.

At 7680 X 4320 pixels, Super Hi-Vision images will have four times as much detail horizontally and vertically than the best of today's HDTV images. Because of the large amount of detail in each Super Hi-Vision image -- each frame is equivalent to a 33-megapixel picture.

Obviously, for shooting and transmitting such images-- highly complex cameras, mixing and switching systems, and recorders and transmission equipment need to be made to handle the huge bandwidth of the video image.

According to some reports, the demonstrations of early prototypes show a very detailed image with beautiful colors. The images are exceptionally good, and their quality and feel easily surpass the current 3D TV technology.

The first public trials of Super Hi-Vision are due to start around 2020 and the development of the prototype LCD screen is one of the many steps towards that goal.

Notably, Japan´s NHK is working on many futuristic technologies. Take for instance an interactive TV of the future. The TV that watches you watching it. The set uses cameras and microphones to monitor the viewer and take programming cues from them. Watch the video:

Or how about the future broadcasting technology? developed by engineers at Japanese public broadcaster NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai), the system can overlay Google Earth-like labels over live TV images from helicopters. Watch the video below:


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