(a slightly different version of this post also appeared recently in the DailyDOOH)
(update 16 September 2013: Michel Leger checked my math and found a significant error in the size of a Seiki gigapixel. Corrected below.)
Ken Werner in the Display Daily newsletter recently reported that Sears will be taking orders for Seiki’s 39″ 4k (3840×2180) TV.
Doing the math, that works out to be under $85k for a billion pixels! That’s MSRP. Quantity one.
Doing a bit more math, the pixel size works out to be about 0.22 mm. That’s just a tiny bit larger than the 0.15mm that I believe is the ideal size for up-close, interactive DOOH displays (see my presentation at the Video Walls Unplugged Thought Leadership Summit in London here). It means that a viewer could be closer than a meter away from the screen and get an ‘iPad retina-like’ viewing experience … at least for pixel resolvability! (continue reading…)
I’ve written several times before how our industry –and society at large, for that matter — needs to start planning for when gigapixel displays become commonplace. I’m convinced that’s going to happen much sooner than most people think.
So I was very enthusiastic when Adrian Cotterill, editor-in-chief of the DailyDOOH, asked me if I’d speak about gigapixels at the Thought Leadership Summit: Videowalls Unplugged conference. The DailyDOOH organized that event last week at the #NECshowcase in London.
The problem was that I was in Canada and the event was in England. “That’s not a problem“, said Adrian. “Make a video and we’ll present that, instead!” So, with the help of Arc-Media, a talented local production firm, we did just that. On the left is a picture of ‘virtual me’ on stage (photo credit: Andrew Neale)
Here’s what I had to say. Many thanks to The Daily DOOH for letting me use it here. All the opinions in it are mine alone. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.