In the ever growing technological culture in which we live each one of us at some point has lapsed in our shrewd scrutiny of keeping up with current trends. It could be something small or large given how much you as an individual stays up to date, but it never fails in making us all feel a bit dumb at times. Change has always been an accelerant for capitalism, and never more relevant than now. We as consumers are left to keep pace or fade into darkness with words like flip-phone and Standard Def.
The generations before us didn’t do an exceptional job at this, no offense. If my mother is an example, and I love her dearly, she proves that your technological mind just like the actual brain needs to be continually sharpened. She is constantly adopting new ideas about health, wellness and aging, but if you mentioned 4K she would probably think you were talking about a mountain. She’s funny like that and I love her for it, but it does motivate me to stay on top of my game.
The American Point Of View
There are many popular topics worth writing about with regard to technological change, but I think we can safely say that entertainment holds more relevance. The NY Daily News reported in an article in March of 2014 the average American household consumes 5 hours of TV per day, and the average adult spends 11 total hours each day on some type of device. We resolve our duties by watching resolution. Words like High Definition, UltraHD and 4K are thrown around by TV ads and camera companies, but what do they mean to you?
What Is 4K?
The chart above details the resolving power of Standard Definition (SD) to High Definition (HD) to Ultra High Definition or 4K as it is mostly referred. As you can see, 4K equals to be four times the quality and size of HD. That means a larger amount of information, which includes detail, color, depth and so much more. The main thing you need to understand is that it looks better and more life-like. The idea is to submerge the audience in fantasy, but suspend their belief with the most realistic environment.
How Do I See 4K?
If you have a 4K television and a corresponding disc, then you can see 4K. Otherwise you will see 4K downscaled to HD because most of us own High Definition televisions. Most TV programming is broadcasted in HD or SD, but 4K will be the next logical step for cable companies. Any resolution beyond that is a topic for another article, so I won’t digress.
Is There Really A Noticeable Difference?
You can see the difference. Depending on how avid a viewer you are, you may see it clearly or need a side by side comparison. Be sure to consider whether or not the elevated resolution is a big deal for you. HD looks amazing, but a 4K or UltraHD television does stand above the former. Although, the contrast may not be large enough to sway you into making a purchase.
You Should Be Excited!
I want everyone to think about how much we have jumped in the last few decades. In the 1990s every household had 30 common items. Now those objects have become apps for our cell phones, and our cell phones do practically everything. Our movies look so real we can almost touch them, and pretty soon Virtual Reality will be commonplace. Change is both scary and exciting, but I want you to be thrilled! Try to keep up with what you can, but don’t chase every single glimmer of new tech. Every now and then remind yourself the advancement of our technology means progress in learning and the exchanging of ideas, and that is more than an acceptable consequence.