Do you know any things about 1080p? Well it means a monitor with a screen resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels scanned progressively (i for interlaced). At 1080p, you’re talking the best and most graphic High Definition Video publicly available (presently). Pretty neat. Today’s best Telepresence units run video at 1080p and 30 frames per second (fps). Pretty doggone amazing. These hi pixel count monitors are integral to the “Telepresence Experience”. Kinda’ hard to have a telepresent experience on a 15″ desktop monitor, but walk into a Telepresence Studio with three 65″ (or larger) 1080i plasma monitors and remember those old Memorex commercials – Is it Live, or is it Memorex? You get the idea.
But…. Just over the edge of the horizon and just inside our “Field of Vision” is something that will stretch our human visual senses to their absolute limit.
They’ve already nicknamed it “4K”. 4K stands for 4096 x 2160 pixels. FOUR TIMES the pixel count of today’s 1080p HDTV’s and monitors. FOUR TIMES the vividness of today’s best resolution. Engineers and “people in the know” are calling 4K the most unbelievable thing you or I will ever see. 4K Telepresence and 4K Video Conferencing will take Telepresence and “being telepresent” to a whole new level of lifelike conferences and meetings. How can it fail?
When will all this happen? Check it off your Christmas list for the fall of 2010, just two years away. 4K monitors are already being built and demonstrated today with consumer rollout scheduled for the summer of 2010. 4K Telepresence and lower grade 4K Video Conferencing units will be right behind the consumer rollout on these 4K television monitors. With Cisco and others publicly stating that Home Telepresence will be available in 2009, 4K Telepresence will be just in time for that 4K TV in 2010.
One thing that never changes in today’s “tele” world is that everything’s always changing. What’s new and “best” today, is old news and considered “antique” tomorrow. Funny, we just said that with HDTV a few years ago….
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