OPINION

TV viewing may be moving away from big screens and toward tiny screens built into a pair of glasses

The latest innovation in TV viewing is not a bigger screen on our wall, but a tiny screen built into a pair of glasses. Picture: Shutterstock.
The latest innovation in TV viewing is not a bigger screen on our wall, but a tiny screen built into a pair of glasses. Picture: Shutterstock.

Somewhat ironically, for someone who doesn't actually have enough time to watch TV, I do like a big TV.

My wife tells me that our current 85-inch is as big as I can logically fit on the wall in our lounge room.

I hate to say it but I think she is right. I saw a 140-inch TV recently but, at 3.1 metres wide and 1.8 metres tall, I do actually agree that it may look a touch large in most lounge rooms.

But ... being creative and innovative involves breaking out of our established patterns and looking at things in a different way.

Looking at a 140-inch TV from four metres away might be the same as looking at an 85-inch TV from three metres away ... or a one-inch TV from three centimetres away. Why a one-inch screen?

The latest innovation in TV viewing is not a bigger screen on a wall, but a tiny screen built into a pair of glasses.

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The manufacturers say that putting on the glasses gives your eyes the equivalent experience of a 140-inch TV at four metres.

The glasses boast a resolution of 47 pixels-per-degree with their dual 1080p Micro OLED panels. To add to the overall experience, the arms of the glasses host small stereo speakers that sit just above the ears of the wearer.

These aren't to be confused with VR headsets. Those headsets have a lot of computing power built in to them and they are designed to be completely immersive.

TV glasses are designed to let you be aware of the world around you and only when you look directly ahead will you see your TV screen. But more importantly, they are lightweight (100 grams) and don't look much larger than a chunky set of sunglasses. They use a USB-C cable to receive a signal for the screens as well as provide enough power to run the experience.

The portable nature of the glasses is a big plus. A big screen in your home cinema is great, but you may wish to enjoy viewing a movie elsewhere. Another room of the house or even outside.

Rather than have multiple TVs in the house why not just take the TV with you? Wherever you want to view your TV or play a game, just put on your glasses and plug in!

I remember back in the good old days when we used to hop on a plane and fly overseas. I was one of those annoying passengers that would work on my notebook at night while other passengers tried to sleep.

Imagine sitting on a plane with a pair of glasses that gave me the equivalent of a 140-inch monitor in front of me. Now I am excited. How many rows and columns in Excel can I fit on a 140-inch screen?

  • Mathew Dickerson is a technologist, futurist and host of the Tech Talk podcast.
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