Last week saw the unveiling of Panasonic's insanely huge 145in Ultra HD 8K display. Operating at a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, the display offers a picture that is 16 times the pixel density of high definition displays of 1080p - something that's become commonplace in the living room.
Will we see TVs like this in our lounges in years to come?
Not yet anyway, as this display is likely to see its first usage as part of the London 2012 Olympics. In a partnership between Panasonic and NHK, select locations will be sporting these gigantic screens. This will allow punters to view the Olympics in the highest definition ever made available to the public.
Some of the sample imagery that was used in Panasonic's initial unveiling seemed incredibly lifelike, making it seem like those that are able to get within a few metres of one of these Ultra HD displays, might have a better experience than those that visit the Olympic stadium itself.
This year's Olympic Games will be the first to offer every event live as it happens, in some viewing manner or another. It will also be the first to have some events broadcast in 3D and will even be the first to integrate a mass of social networking functions.
Improved imagery, live tweeting and third dimensions at high resolution should make the London 2012 Olympics very special indeed. Even if we don't have opening ceremonies with thousands of choreographed performers. We've got Ultra HD damn it.
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