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Technology: visual aid or visual AIDS?


Every hour technology speeds towards a never fulfilling goal, unleashing the endless capabilities of human brain. In the world of visuals, the desire to be able to capture the highest quality pictures and delivering the most vivid screens has been partially fulfilled via High Definition technology. Higher pixel density on our digital cameras or camcorders help us capture high quality pictures; and in our living rooms a fullHD LED televisions will bring the tiniest fly in the far distance to life.

But how does the picture quality of our TVs increase? Well, by increasing the pixels of the screen. Pixels are tiny dots which are the smallest components of images or screens. You have most probably seen the golden mark on devices “1080p fullHD” which tells you that this device has 1080 lines of vertical resolution. Assuming a widescreen TV with a 16:9 aspect ratio it will have 1920 lines of horizontal resolution. Now if you multiply these 2 numbers your answer will be a little more than 2 million, which brings us back to the pixels. Your television has 2 million pixels, or as you’ve heard, mostly for digital cameras, 2 megapixels. Other than that ever since the black and white TVs were wiped out by color TVs the battle for a wider color range and truest color combinations has begun.

Now let me ask you several questions. Would you poke a needle into your beloved television burning out the pixels? Can you imagine every other pixel of you TV being burned out, leaving you a lousy and blurry picture? You might say: “of course not, if the picture goes a little fuzzy I go crazy”. Well I would too. But have you thought about the cars we drive? Every single car is burning out millions and millions of pixels in our huge 3 dimensional world LED, by releasing the exhaust fumes in our views. Leaving us a color less, low quality picture to see every hour of every day.

Once in a while the repair man sends the wind and the rain to clear out what we see. Fixing our screen, as there has never been anything wrong with it. Only then we look at the trees and we can see the green, the yellow, the red, or the brown the way they were meant to be seen. We look far away and we can see the windows of smallest buildings at the other side of the town. We look to the north, wait a minute did we have mountains over there? And we think, Wow, amazing resolution, such clear and crisp view, brightest colors I have ever seen. Well too bad, I’m going to destroy it again tomorrow.

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  1. May 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I loved it.

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