With the rise of OLED, 3D, 4K, and Ultra High-Definition television sets, it may seem like electrical engineers no longer have substantial advances to work toward for these devices. Televisions are smaller, thinner, lighter, and more energy-efficient than ever before. They can also produce astounding clarity and brilliance in the images they display. However, the potential for drastic, continued improvements still exists. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in the exciting presentations from the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
How Could Artificial Intelligence Impact Televisions?
Presenters at this year’s CES took a unique approach to the future of electrical engineering and televisions. Specifically, there was a focus on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve television technology. Although sometimes it may seem like people integrate AI unnecessarily into functional systems, in the case of televisions, there’s a practical and obvious application for AI.
Anything getting filmed these days has the benefit of incredibly high-resolution digital cameras that can scale picture quality to an impressive degree of precision. Unfortunately, the improvement in television and camera technology has made many classic movies and television shows, as well as historical films, look downright terrible on modern screens. Between a low frame rate and poor resolution, these old works of filmed art do not hold up well.
Artificial intelligence could very well address that issue. AI integrated into the operating systems of smart televisions can help improve frame rate and even the clarity of images from older films. AI also has the potential of doing something similar for low-quality, older audio.
By filling in the blank spaces in the images, whether that involves creating artificial clarity in a blurry image or generating numerous frames in between existing frames, AI has the potential to eventually upgrade older video and audio recordings, making them better for display on modern screens or when played on modern sound systems.
Other Exciting TV Announcements from the 2019 CES
Those concerned with the data lost in transmission between a computer, Blu-ray player, gaming system, or other input device and the television will be thrilled to know that 2019 will see HDMI 2.1 ports in at least some of the new release televisions. That improved HDMI 2.1 Port will reduce the loss of data between devices and ensure that users can rapidly switch between different entertainment devices. It will also reduce the lag time for various forms of input and improve the refresh rate for playback.
From the integration of next-generation ports in television units to the inclusion of special AI features that will improve the quality of audio and video recorded before the digital revolution, it’s clear that the electrical engineer is designing televisions and planning for future advances are far from finished with revolutionizing the television.