Upconversion Technology Provides HDTV Owners With Alternatives

HDTV owners are faced with a very real challenge when it comes to figuring out what to watch on their new High Def sets. After all, with only a handful of HDTV channels available from most service providers and the fact that the high def DVD format war is still very much undecided (though a lot of indications point towards Sony’s Blu-ray format coming out on top), it can be pretty difficult to figure out where to get a decent amount of high def programming. At least it’s a lot better than it was a few years ago before high def DVD’s were available at all, and HDTV channels were even more limited!

There are other options for enjoying and getting more out of an HDTV set though. One good alternative is upconversion. Upconversion is a technique that electronically increases the resolution of a TV image to more closely match that of a real HDTV picture. Basically, an upconverter will analyze an image and add pixels to the picture that are similar to the pixels surrounding the empty space. Put another way, upconversion fills in the gaps in the quality of the picture that would otherwise be left by displaying a standard definition TV picture on a high def TV set. This technology definitely improves the picture beyond what you would get with an ordinary TV picture, but not to the same level of detail and quality that you would get with a recording that’s true HDTV.

There are a number of devices on the market that take advantage of upconversion technology. One of the most popular devices is a DVD player that plays conventional DVD’s that have a resolution of 480p and bump it up to resolutions that are much closer to the 720p, 1080i, and 1080p that truly count as high definition pictures. Of course the end result won’t meet the high level of quality reflected in those resolutions, but they will be close. This type of upconversion that’s built into DVD players is a good way to take advantage of DVD’s that you might already have- as well as those that you rent- without having to invest in a high def DVD player that may or may not be compatible with anything a year from now.

Another device that takes advantage of upconversion technology is the Vudu. The Vudu is a set top box that takes advantage of your broadband Internet connection to download video in standard definition resolutions and then boost its resolution up to HDTV quality before delivering it to your TV screen. This technique of downloading video in standard def and then upconverting it is certainly a good way to save bandwidth on the network connection, but it really doesn’t provide the quality of a real High Def picture. By all accounts it seems that the Vudu’s technique is more of a short cut than a way to offer quality.

Another good solution comes in the form of the Play Station 3 from Sony. The Play Station 3 is a video game platform that plays high def movies from Blu-ray discs. The device also has the ability to upconvert normal DVD’s and the graphics of older play station video games to high def resolutions. While this does represent an investment in high def DVD technology, it’s also a good way to get a variety of entertainment in one device.

Despite the shortcomings of upconversion, it does have a decent amount of potential as an alternative for HDTV viewing.

How Is Technology Helping You to Work Remotely This Holiday?

It is tough to decide whether it is a boon or bane that you can work whenever and wherever you want to provide you have a device and internet connection at your reach. The current scenario is such that many people are opting for working from home wherein they can make the best use of the technology and complete the work.

Earlier, a holiday meant holidays be it Saturday Sunday or a long leave there was no sign of work because there was no way in which one can. However contemporarily with the evolution of technology, one can easily work in holidays and balance the work.

FLEXIBILITY – This breakthrough of technology definitely makes our work, even more, flexible to handle. Post holidays you need not to worry about the pending piled of files because, thankfully some of the files can be sorted whenever you get time to do so even in holidays. Despite being on holiday or travelling an access to the internet is all that you need.

BALANCING OUT – Holidays are meant for families and friends, but the helping hand of technology is just letting you balance your work alongside. Earlier, it was quite inconvenient for employees to give some work related information especially when they are on holidays but now, be it checking a mail, checking files on Google drive or anything else is possible through your phone. In this way, you neither miss your family time nor you let your work suffer.

RELAXATION – Yes, the human mind is a machine but even a machine can refuse to work if pressurised. Holidays tend to make you feel relaxed and with the same sort of relaxation, you can think better. This applies especially for creative jobs such as writing, graphics, and music and so on. Spending some time on holidays and working side by side is the best thing that the evolution of technology that was gifted to us.

STAY CONNECTED – One of the best reasons that technology is a boon to working especially during holidays resides in the fact that you are always connected. This is not given that, just because you are on holidays maybe the crises will not wait nor will the important deals. In such times, a mere internet connection that facilitates conference calls, emailing, and chats can turn out to be one of the major saviours for all.

It is clear that technology helps a lot when it comes to working remotely from home, you can have the privilege to enjoy your holidays at the same time you can ensure that your work does not suffer in any way. It is more as if you balance the two tracks of your life that are Professional and personal, more like how Rajnikant does it in his movies! MIND IT..!

Technological Evolution – Now It’s Time to Use a Micro HDMI Cable

High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) has been available since 2003, but the connectivity has gained widespread use with the spread of Blu-Ray, HD TV and similar High definition into mainstream life. Micro HDMI cables are the newest development of the technology, using smaller USB style end connectors to plug into the ever decreasing size ports. It is only a quarter of the size of previous connectors, but allows the same high standard technological transmission of media data to provide high definition data in the receiving device, typically home theater systems.

The micro HDMI Cable uses the latest HDMI technology that only arrived during the summer of 2009. It is able to transmit a far higher resolution of picture – typically 4096×2160 pixels, offering over double the clarity of previous versions. And compatible with digital theater definition and currently being developed to allow 3D technology to be transmitted – as in movie theaters.

The micro HDMI Cables are relatively higher prices than previous versions. As with all technological advancement, the prices are likely to fall as take becomes more prevalent. There are only a few Televisions and media devices on the market that offer the medium as a connection, but it is anticipated that this will also increase with time. In the meantime there are also a number of adapters available on the market to enable users to plug in new to old style connectors. The lengths of lead available still follow the same definitions as with previous wiring. Up to 5 meters can be provided relatively cheaply with no loss of information, but going to 10 meters and beyond can cause issues and the leads need additional work to ensure loss less transmission making these more expensive to purchase.

One of the many advantages of using the micro HDMI cables is that the use of the version 1.4 HDMI connectivity which permits 2 -way data transmission. This effectively enables the information to be responsive, allowing for return flow data whilst receiving information. Often referenced as HDMI with Ethernet, this technology will permit internet connectivity at far faster rates than currently available and permit live streaming of media in high definition 4k mode through to home theaters, that being if the appropriate web connectivity speed is available. The 4k reference is used to reference the new technology having 4 times the definition of the old and up to 4080i output.

There are a number of other advantages to using the micro HDMI cable in that the connectivity input point takes so little room that it is ideal to be used on Camcorders, Smartphone’s and other portable digital media devices. There is very little space and technology requirement enabling high definition transmission for such devices without the need to take up large amounts of space on the outside body of the item.

The new technology does require the use of the new micro HDMI cable as the connectivity is not compatible with the old leads. However, simple cost effective adapters allow the older devices to use the new connectors and enable both old and new technology to be utilized and hence purchase of only new leads is required to meet all future and current demands.

Undoubtedly the take up of micro HDMI cables will depend on the extent to which manufactures take on board the technology and how rapidly they choose to do so. However there are a number of devices on the market, home theater systems, digital cameras and digital display units that are already being manufactured and most importantly sold with these connections. It will surely come down the economics of consumer purchasing power to drive forward the take up of the technology across all appropriate devices.