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The rise of 4K in HE

2017 has seen a turning point with manufacturers including Casio entering the market with accessible 4K technology

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | May 23, 2017 | Higher education

By Lee Turpitt, Head of Projectors Division at Casio

The turning point for 4K has been the ability to make it accessible by both lowering the price and increasing efficiency of power consumption in 4K displays. This ensures they can achieve total cost of ownership that reflects the standards of investment in higher education establishments and delivers the picture quality and viewing standard today’s undergraduates expect. The use of 4K content is expected to grow from less than 10% to approximately 40% by 2020 and this applies in higher education throughout all departments and subjects.

In February we launched our first 4K Ultra HD projector featuring 5,000 lumen brightness; the Large Venue XJ-L8300HN, producing a 4K projector that doesn’t require replacement lamps and is very power efficient, in line with trends in the market. 

The improvement in resolution of the media being produced on people’s phones and devices is also impacting the market. Multiple smartphone models with 4K displays debuted at CES this year, and 4K is now ubiquitous in laptops and tablets. The students using your facilities now have technology in their hands which has a higher resolution than many of the facilities on campus.

The use of 4K content is expected to grow from less than 10% to approximately 40% by 2020 and this applies in higher education throughout all departments and subjects

But do universities need 4K-enabled technologies? The need for a 4K projector can be ascertained by looking at the distance at which the content is being viewed, as well as the content itself. 

The requirement for multiple sources with the proliferation of BYOD for lectures is a critical factor, as is the expectation of millennials for a great picture quality. Most importantly though students are producing their own 4K content with presentations, films and content used across most departments and disciplines, so this is no longer a question of future-proofing your investment, the future is now. 

www.casio.co.uk

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