More news from the Consumer Electronics Show:
Sharp’s 8K LED TV is so breathtaking that looking at the 75-inch set is like looking out a window—it’s indistinguishable from reality to the naked eye. 8K refers to the resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels—double the resolution of the older (yet still not for sale) “4K” TVs that litter the show floor. The trick: There’s no readily available content at this resolution, or a way to play it.
Saw Toshiba’s 3D, no-glasses TV today, among similar sets from other producers. Quality varies wildly, and if you’re not in the “sweet spot” right in front of the set, it looks awful, like one of those old lenticular prints that you move back and forth to see a faux moving image. Toshiba’s set is arguably the best, but the 3D effect isn’t that dramatic. Unlike glasses-based sets, you often can’t even notice the effect at all. I’ll pass on this when buying my next TV.
Cubify is a 3D printer you can use at home. Download templates from the web, customize them, and print them out in 3D on your desk. The size has to be smaller than a baseball or so, but watching these things print is quite fascinating. Kids will love it, but the printer costs $1299.
Buffalo is the first company to demonstrate publicly the next big Wi-Fi standard, called 802.11ac. With real-world speeds of 800Mbps (I saw it with my own eyes), it’s 3-4 times as fast as the fastest Wi-Fi commercially available today. This will be a godsend for anyone who’s ever tried to back up a 100GB hard drive over their wireless network, only to find out it’s going to take 2 days to complete. Available roughly holiday time.