Audio and video technology is constantly evolving. From DVD’s and VCD’s to 4K Ultra HD stream able content that supports Dolby Atmos, home theater technology has come a long way making it even more exciting day by day. Take a look at some of the upcoming A/V trends. 

Multiple Screens

Today, people are opting for additional screens in their home theater and media rooms. This is mostly enjoyed by those who wish to watch live events especially sports lovers. Two or more screens can provide that feeling of a sports bar set up. Some AV receivers do allow output for two monitors simultaneously. Sure not everyone would want their living room to look like a gaming room, but as display tech has become more affordable, we can see multiple screens in a room becoming more prevalent.  

Smarter Voice control

Be prepared for more voice control products in the years to come. You can control your smart devices using Amazon Alexa and Google Home. AV receivers will be able to be controlled without the requirement of a middle device like smart speakers. You can talk to the receiver and control it. This year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) featured LG’s Alexa enabled TV, the ThinQ Al. It has features like “Conversational voice recognition” which allows the device to understand commands more contextually so that users won’t have to repeat themselves. With the help of your voice,  you can change channels, set alarms and do so much more. 

Projection Mapping

A Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan

This trend has taken the audio video industry by storm. Projection mapping is not like your ordinary video projection. It uses multiple projectors to extend images across irregular surfaces. Multiple images or videos can be projected onto unconventional surfaces providing users with a 360 degree immersive viewing experience. 

4D Cinematic experience

A 4D cinema combines a 3D film with special physical effects to provide users with a thrill and an immersive experience. It makes use of sound and light technology along with various other equipment that provide users with special environmental effects. Some of the effects stimulated in a 4D film may include rain, changes in lighting and temperature and vibration. For example compressed air is blown onto the viewers face to stimulate the impact of an explosion or bullet flying. 4D dynamic seats are used to provide users with stimulation’s such as falling effects, vibration, shaking, etc. These effects are controlled by a computer to suit the story line of the film. In addition to these effects, these seats are also designed with equipment that releases elements such as bubbles, scent and fog; making viewers feel  like they are a part of the movie!