Technology in 2014: Part 2
Posted 21/01/2014 by BrightHouse Team
This month on the BrightHouse blog we’re looking at some of our favourite technology products, discovering the history behind the tech, and considering its future. Last week we looked at how computer technology has developed over the years, and how it led to some of the great products available at BrightHouse today. In this post we’ll be looking at televisions; still a fairly recent invention, which only started to become widespread in the last 60-70 years.
The very first form of television was invented in 1884 by a German technician named Paul Nipkow with the creation of his Nipkow disk, and in the late 1920s the earliest commercially available TV sets were sold in the UK utilising this technology.
The cathode ray tube television became available in the 1930s, when a TV with a three inch screen would have cost you around £1200 in today’s money! After a pause in TV manufacturing during the Second World War, TV technology and popularity really started to take off, with the number of households in the UK owning a set rising from 15,000 in 1947, to over 15 million in 1968.
In Britain, many people bought their first TV sets in order to watch the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, the world’s first major international event to be broadcast on television.
Throughout the 1960s, TVs were still fairly large, heavy, and unreliable devices, and not well suited to broadcasting in colour. However, by the 70s TV technology was moving on, providing better picture quality and becoming more compact and reliable. Video recording also became a major part of the industry during this era, with the widespread use of videotape formats such as VHS and Betamax. The 80s saw the arrival of the first electronic remote controls, as well as the LCD TV.
TVs continued to become thinner and more compact over the following decades, and picture quality vastly improved. These days we enjoy vivid high definition images on LED screens, as well as 3D TV and films in our own homes.
TVs at BrightHouse
You can appreciate all that modern TV technology has to offer with the selection available at BrightHouse, with smart capabilities, high definition LED screens, and 3D viewing.
We have top of the range TVs from Samsung, such as the 46” Series 7 Smart LED 3D TV, which has built-in Freeview, access to online streamed TV and films, and voice interaction.
We also have the LG 42” Smart Cinema 3D TV, with full HD picture quality, and built-in speakers.
Our Baird TVs, which share the name of the first TVs sold in Britain, provide an even more affordable viewing experience, with built-in Freeview, and full HD picture quality.
What’s the Future of the TV?
We’re already used to our TVs containing powerful computer technology, but what are the latest advancements going to be in the near future? This year saw the rise of even greater picture quality with the 4K ultra HD TV, providing four times as many pixels as a 1080p HD screen, allowing for even greater detail and texture.
While the advance of picture quality is an obvious improvement, some other innovations happening at the moment are less obviously beneficial. A few of the top manufactures have been exhibiting curved or bendable screens, which look very impressive but don’t actually improve the viewing experience.
One futuristic technology that’s starting to appear is the transparent TV screen, which could turn shop windows into dynamic computer screens that show information about the products behind them.
Another possibility for the future is holographic displays that require no screen at all, but project a 3D image into the air that you can walk around and perhaps even interact with.
Beyond that we can only guess at what the future holds, but we can likely expect to see TV screens becoming more integrated into our surroundings, such as in window glass, walls, and furniture, and looking less like the screen in a box that we are used to.