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HD! 3D! Now it’s smell-o-vision Smell-o-vision TV in our future

Someday in the future, your TV set will smell.

Now it turns out that day is not that far away.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with Samsung, have developed a compact device capable of generating on command thousands of aromas, according to a paper published this week in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie.

The device is small enough to attach directly to the back of any TV set or to mobile phones, the article says.

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Streaming Service Round-up

HD in the Clouds: A Streaming State of the Union

By Michael S. Palmer

Let it be said that, as of the summer of 2011, there is no greater home theater medium to watch high definition film and television content than Blu-ray. And yes, I’m especially serious about the television part. Anyone who has fired up ‘Lost’ or ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Sons of Anarchy’ in true 1080p HD with lossless or uncompressed sound knows the limitations of broadcast/satellite/cable television make for some pretty meager “HD.” Blu-ray remains the King of Bandwidth and the holy grail of home entertainment quality.

All of that aside, Blu-ray won’t be king forever. Gone are the days where the masses would migrate from one format to the next (VHS to Laserdics to DVD to Blu-ray); we live in a world where platform and format are secondary to Content. And our HD content of the future, if we trust in Steve Jobs and this guy, will likely live in “The Cloud.”

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Download Episode #486

Posted by The HT Guys, July 8, 2011 1:15 AM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.