As with almost every other piece of consumer electronics, the television technology is on an accelerating track of development. The way we watch TV and movies will change beyond recognition in the coming decade. Here are some of the breakthroughs in store.
Lean back on the couch and direct your eyes anywhere you’d like, the picture frame will follow. This will be a truly immersive viewer experience, and you can run alongside James Bond or Lionel Messi. Change channels with voice command or hand movements, and have earpieces on for sound. Need to keep an eye on your toddler while watching? No problem, you can switch between single or double eyed view. There is also talk of an “emotional viewing” technology on the horizon, with a digital “tattoo” fitted to your body that allows you to feel the fear, excitement or whatever emotion the movie’s protagonist is feeling. This is a step further, though, and will arrive later than lens TVs.
Ultra thin rollable OLED displays – Time Frame: 5 years
Sony has been developing screens so thin they can actually be rolled up. Below is a video about their 14 inch Organic Light Emitting Diode display, OLED for short. This is truly spellbinding. What can't the Japanese do? You could just roll up your 32 inch TV and bring it with you in your bag. Then roll it back out at a friend's house, on a plane or in your tent and watch your favorite movies.
Imagine having a whole room wallpapered with this material. Then we could really start talking about immersion movie experiences. You could cover your car in this material and sell advertising clips. Entire buildings, even cities, could be covered in OLED. When this eventually becomes inexpensive, I see no reason why news papers and magazines should waste paper or ink, but rather sell a single, one-time, rolled-up sheet with "turn the page" buttons.
Holographic Viewing – Time Frame: 10-15 years
In their bid for the 2022 World Cup, Japan promised to display 3D holograms of all the games, projected live and real-time onto some 400 stadiums worldwide. Russia, and not Japan, was awarded the rights to host the games, but the technology is still under development. This means that you could go to your local football stadium in, say, Turkey and see Barcelona play Madrid, even though the game is actually taking place in Spain. 200 HD cameras around the pitch in would ensure an experience that'll make you feel like you're there. This gets me really excited.
Eventually, we’ll have holodecks on our living room tables, and families can gather around them to watch movies, matches and TV shows in 3D.