SMART TV – FUTURE CONNECTED HOMES
Do you remember your old days back in 70’s? Of course we have all had our share of the old black & white CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Television at home which were mostly the box type ranging in sizes from small to large sets depending upon individual household affordability as they were a matter of pride at the time. It was not too long before the colour CRT panels emerged and we all upgraded to the latest and greatest in 80’s.
We have all had sheer pleasure watching our favourite shows sitting on our comfortable couch and enjoying the moment. It has come a long way since those days as the evolution of Television has literally raced ahead of our understanding and taking us in to a world that we never imagined.
When Plasma TV technology was announced we thought it was out of this world since it wasn’t the square box type anymore and you could hang them on the wall to show off to your family & friends. Although Plasma TV’s became very popular they were short lived since the technology was replaced quickly with LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TV and soon after by LED (Light Emitting Diode) LCD Television sets.
The latest TV’s now are all 4k UHD (Ultra High Definition) and replaced the old 1080p HD (High Definition) standard. These TV’s are also available in 3D where specialised glasses are worn to get that depth effect. 3D TV’s were also introduced to give us a lifelike experience whilst watching movies but adding to the overall cost.
We are now entering the next phase of display technology known as OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode). The future of television lies within the OLED technology as it provides an immaculate visual satisfaction and it does that by providing utmost clarity with darker blacks, they are only available in 4K UHD. These panels will change the way we watch Television but it is not only hardware that has changed but the software plays a massive part in its success. Powerful software such as Android or a more proprietary WEBOS which enables your television set to deliver what you demand. These televisions are now known as Smart TV’s. They will let you stream videos from your USB, NAS or YouTube and will provide hours of entertainment at a touch of the button. The technology just doesn’t stop there as there are talks of 8K Television sets in the future and that too using laser technology. Technology will not stop at any point as there are new innovations all the time.
The next revolution within the Smart TV’s will be what is called a Home Hub. They will appear soon as Samsung has recently announced the inclusion of SmartThings Hub and Amazon Echo (voice recognition) within their television sets. Soon you will be watching your favourite television program along with the added ability to control your home and monitor your CCTV all from one place.
Television will be the central control of your home from where you can watch, control and operate whatever connected devices you may have within your home. This is all possible due to the advancement of IoT (Internet of Things) devices. It is estimated that approximately 30 billion objects will be connected using IoT by 2020. This equates to having a value of $7.1 trillion by 2020. Imagine when your phones, tablets, laptops, watches and all your kitchen appliances will be in total control from one place and that will be your Television set.
Samsung also commented that users will also be able to customize the television interface using the Smart things app, the users will also be able to include automated routines based on certain triggers from the sensors around the home. The possibilities are unimaginable but you may one day have a home which takes care of itself and thanks to all the technological integration that is taking place so your home hub is going to be your beloved and trusted television set.
There is no shortage of Internet connected devices out there as there are thousands of manufacturers designing new home automation products & appliances every year but what is important is the compatibility of those devices with your Smart Home hub in terms of which protocol is being used.
Article by: Sarang Vengurlekar – Future IQ