You may be perfectly satisfied with your home entertainment set-up, but it’s poised to get even better with more innovation. If these educated guesses are any indication, the future will be bright and exciting.
1. You Will Paint Your TV Directly On the Wall
Think your flatscreen is thin? New technologies are so advanced, scientists have begun manipulating the light-making polymers to become flexible enough to concievably be used as a layer of paint.
2. Or Your TV Will Be a Window
Ever wish you could make your TV disappear when you aren’t watching it? Soon, you’ll be able to install an LCD monitor in your living room that will become completely translucent when turned off. If your window is a TV, you’ll never be at a loss for things to watch.
3. Everything—and we mean everything—will be at your fingertips
Current-day on-demand offers a good selection of movies and TV shows, but it’s just scratching the surface. With cloud-based networks, every movie, TV show, or sporting event ever broadcast will be available with just the click of a button. If you think you’re distracted by your binge-watching habits now, just wait.
4. But That’s Assuming You’ll Opt To Choose What to Watch
In ten years, your tastes and predications will be so well understood by networks running advanced algorithms, your TV will know what you want to watch before you do. This means you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy hours of programming tailored for you that you didn’t even know existed.
5. Expect Lots of Sound From Little Packages
Today, it is possible to achieve “virtual surround sound” from a single sound bar placed under your television. As the technology advances, home theater systems will only have to rely on one small unit to create convincing and realistic surround sound that will fill a room.
6. Video Games Are Going to Get Personal
Virtual reality has been the “thing of the future” for decades, but it has always been blighted by poor graphics and nausea-inducing headsets. Forgive us if you’ve heard this before, but virtual reality really will be the next best thing, and soon. Thanks to advanced computing and a greater understanding of how the human mind processes information, virtual reality is finally destined to become reality reality.
7. A Watch Party When You Want It
The “second screen” experience has revolutionized the way we watch TV, but in the near future, it will be the norm—and it will be totally immersive. This is thanks to integrated devices with advanced cameras that will put you in the action. You’ll get to instantly taunt your buddy in California the moment your favorite team hits a buzzer-beating shot and, unfortunately for him, it’ll be like you’re sitting there on his couch with him.