7 features that make Toshiba ZX900 Cell TV awesome
9th Jan 2010 | 07:57
Secrets behind the most powerful TV in the world
Toshiba's Cell TV has finally arrived and with it comes a whole host of features never seen in a television before.
From gesture control to True 3D, here's a selection of the greatest things the Cell TV can do. And, yes, it will even make the tea if you ask it nicely…
The internet TV enhancer
With most TVs launching in 2010 making use of the interweb, and Project Canvas all poised to flood living rooms with internet video, it's a fair bet that we will all be watching web-based content on our big-screen TVs soon.
The problem is picture quality. Standard streams of video on the internet are shoddy at best and when blown up to 40-inches and above pixels that look small on your computer screen will be football sized on your telly.
Toshiba knows this and that is why it has put an internet TV enhancer into its Cell TV. Using Net Super Resolution, Toshiba up-converts low-resolution web content for big-screen display, courtesy of its proprietary compression noise-canceling tech.
Essentially giving your web content a decent clean-up so that it looks presentable when displayed on screen, a feature which is more than welcomed considering Cell TV will allow you to access myriad internet TV channels.
2D to 3D real-time conversion
Having a 3D TV is all very well but the distinct lack of 3D content for the home means that early adopters will be left wanting in 2010.
To satiate your three-dimensional needs, Toshiba has introduced a 2D to 3D real-time converter into Cell TV, which makes use of the TV's powerful Cell chip.
Toshiba is calling the technology Tri-Vector, and it uses proprietary software to analyse the 2D frames and figure out the depth of field in each frame.
Once this is done, the TV creates a separate image for the left eye and right. This then gives off a 3D effect, which you can view through active shutter glasses.
In the demo we say, the technology really does work, and it can also be attributed to photographs – so that old image you have of Pamela Anderson looking lovely in her hey-day can now be brought to life!
3D TV – Tosh-style
3D TV is all the rage this year but Toshiba's 3D technology is something to be admired. Due to the sheer amount of hertz it has processing the images, the 3D is brighter and more immersive than we have seen before. Although you only need 60Hz piped to each eye to watch 3D, Toshiba has upped this to 120Hz for each eye.
Toshiba is calling its 3D tech True 3D and the television accepts multiple 3D input formats, including MPEG4-MVC, RealD, and the like.
Couple this with the 2D to 3D conversion and it seems that Toshiba has all the three dimensional bases covered.
4K resolution quality
While you sit back, relax and bathe in the beauty of you 1080p Full HD TV sets just remember that all you are doing is training your peepers for the awesomeness that is 4K resolution.
Not twice but more than four-times the resolution of 1080p (4096×2160 to be precise), 4K in the home will blow your mind.
Not only does it make 3D crisper, it will give movie studios the chance to truly show off their movies in the future, as 4K is equivalent to the quality found in 35mm film and is what is behind the brilliant images that the RED Camera creates.
Twice as bright LED tech
LED technology has got the television industry in a bit of a tiz at the moment. The benefits of the technology are for all to – see- brighter images but using less power – but it's problem is that it is confusing consumers who think it is another panel option, like LCD and plasma.
Regardless of the issues it is causing for advertisers LED technology is here to stay and Toshiba is boasting that its full-backlit LED tech is twice as bright as the average.
The technology powering it is called a KIRA2 Super Local Dimming LED Display. KIRA2 has an amazing 1,000 cd/m2 brightness and has 512 controllable zones (5X that of previous local dimming models) for the ultimate control over black levels.
What this means is that you get an unbelievable 9M: 1 Dynamic Contrast.
The little black box
Behind every good TV is some brilliant piece of technology and the Cell TV is of no exception. As the TV is the most powerful ever seen (43x beefier than your average TV set) Toshiba couldn't house that much power in the display, so have opted to pair it with a black box.
Yes it's chunky and a little unsightly, but it is in here where you will find a Blu-ray drive and the eight-core Cell processor.
Because of the box, users will be able to record eight channels at once and if you really want to assault your eyes, then you can have all eight channels on the screen at once.
It's unnecessary, but very very cool.
The humble remote control could well be a thing of the past if Toshiba gets its way. Demoed at CES 2010 and coming to a Cell TV near you is gesture control.
That's right, flapping your arms about like a mentalist will now make your TV work. Pre-determined gestures mean that you can switch channels, change the volume, fast-forward and record all with the swipe of a hand.
Although you will also get a remote with the Cell TV, gesturing looks a whole lot more fun and it will be the ultimate way to impress everyone who comes round to watch the football.