While most of the world is still languishing in 4K and dreaming of the day when 8K finally comes around, Sony is launching a 16K screen using their Crystal LED technology. The screen is located in the research centre for Yokohama-based cosmetics company Shiseido, where the immense 63’ by 17’ screen makes up an entire wall.
And you need that much space for the number of pixels this screen has—64 times the number of a 1080p TV. For the time being, the screen is displaying animal wildlife footage that Sony put together specifically for the installation.
The Crystal LED technology uses micro LEDs that are half the thickness of a human hair. That tiny size is mounted in an area that is 99 per cent black, which creates a contrast ratio of more than 1,000,000:1. The LEDs also have a high brightness, measuring up to 1000 cd/m2. The nearly instant response of the screen smooths out blurs and the 120fps maximum refresh rate makes the screen ideal for sports or simulation.
Finally, the screen has a full 180-degree viewing angle. All these features make it perfect for large scale displays. What’s more, the tile design of the screen has a borderless design, so tiles can be linked together into whatever size and shape you want.
The good news is that at least we know we have something to look forward to.