4K Displays: Going Beyond Consumer TV?

By Richard McKayJanuary 5, 2017

4K Ultra-HD or 4K UHD is currently a top trending topic in today's consumer TV landscape. With four times the resolution of conventional HD displays, 4K Ultra HD offers unparalleled improvement in picture clarity over existing HD resolutions.

4K refers to the resolution, precisely, the number of pixels. So in other words, 4K devices produce nearly four times the pixels as compared to any other leading technology. The result — four times sharper images than the standard 1080p screens, which even a year ago was considered a benchmark for HD resolution.

Last year, 4K came out of its restricted mainstream area of consumer TVs and made an impactful debut in the industrial domain. The buzz encompassing the 4K technology was unmissable at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show, where 4K happened to be the most dominant theme.

As 4K monitors shift towards a more affordable price-point, audiovisual firms are racing to introduce video processing systems that are compatible with the newest display technology. While 4K display has been a mainstream in consumer TV market, now they are increasingly being deployed in a varied range of display applications across industry verticals like broadcasting, digital signage, corporate boardrooms, military, and medical. Let’s discuss how 4K technology is being rolled out across various market segments.

Healthcare

Assuredly, the most critical applications of 4K technology can be seen in the medical and healthcare landscape. Access to ultra-high resolution imagery is crucial for doctors and medical professionals to make right decisions about patient care. The advent of certified 4K monitors for applications in surgical suites is transforming the traditional operating room by facilitating synchronous display of vital signs, patient data, video from a surgeon’s forehead mounted camera, endoscopes, and other devices, all on a single monitor. 4K monitors render unmatched video quality with 8 megapixels of resolution to display simultaneous medical information and imagery of all kinds.

Broadcasting

 In the broadcasting industry, prime sports networks are adopting 4K cameras and replay systems to telecast sporting action with exceptional clarity and heightened viewing experience. 4K enables zooming in on selective areas without losing resolution. When viewers access the ultra-high-resolution content on 4K displays, the effect is simply amazing.

Digital Signage

In the field of digital signage, advertisers are starting to realize that one 4K monitor is more beneficial than a 2x2 VideoWall embedded in a narrow bezel. With a large 4K monitor, advertisers get superior resolution than that offered by a 2x2 VideoWall, without the visual inconvenience of a bezel. For bigger installations, a VideoWall comprising of multiple 4K monitors have fewer bezels as compared to an HD VideoWall of the same size, which magnifies the viewing quality.

Enterprise

4K is also making significant inroads into corporate boardrooms. As business enterprises replace HD projectors and monitors with 4K, they dramatically benefit from enhanced brightness, clarity, and visibility. High-resolution 4K devices, be it a single monitor or a VideoWall array, support simultaneous display of data with improved clarity suited for corporate applications such as video conferencing and collaborative workflows that enable faster decision-making.

Military

Modern day military and security applications require high visual clarity and precision sustained by the 4K technology. A single 8 Megapixel 4K monitor, coupled with a 4K multiviewer, is an ideal choice for a range of display applications including vessel and airborne consoles, surveillance cameras, mobile command centers, UAV ground control stations, and tactical operations centers. 4K VideoWalls, integrated with a 4K display processor, can be immensely useful in providing improved situational insights during mission-critical applications.

The genuine advantage of the 4K technology is portrayed by its 8 megapixels of resolution, capable of simultaneously displaying multiple images without downscaling. The 4K multiviewer, offered by leading manufacturers, permits users to manage native 4K images in a combination of 4K and high-definition video, or up to eight graphic video windows on a single 4K monitor.

Likewise, 4K processors for UHD VideoWall systems, introduced by the frontrunners of display technology, efficiently manipulate a range of signals to achieve fully-scalable windowed imagery on one or across a series of 4K monitors with excellent clarity and ultra-high resolution.

The dominance of 4K ultra high-resolution is growing at a dramatic pace, and taking into account its features and benefits, its presence is going to increase far beyond the consumer TV landscape in the coming years.