The pixel isn't perfect. For most everything, lining up tiny blocks and displaying them on a screen works well enough. But those blocks have limitations. Now a team of researchers is saying there's a better way to present onscreen images--one that'll replace the pixel in five years.
The team developed something called a vector-based video codec that attempts to overcome the challenges of a typical vector display. A typical vector display features drawn lines and contoured colors on a screen (rather than the simple, geometrical map of pixels we're all accustomed to). But it has problems--notably, areas between colors can't be filled in well enough for a high-quality image to be displayed, the researchers say.
A codec takes digital video and can both encode and decode it into a new format (in this case, a vector format). The team isn't releasing many details, but says it has developed a codec that gets around the in-between color problem. With the codec, they say, they'll have a "resolution-independent" system that delivers pixel quality without, well, the pixels.
This has nothing to do with vector monitors replacing pixel monitors. The project is only changing the way pictures are stored. To be displayed, the vector image has to be decompressed from the vector format and converted to a pixel format to be displayed on a standard monitor with pixels.
The headline "R.I.P. Pixels?" is just peacocking.
Yes Democedes I agree, unless the monitor is pixeless! Woo I can't wait for the day, imagine how "Hi res" images will be by then. Retina displays will look down right 8bit by comparison.
Imagine the resolution when you get your brain\computer interface!!!
Hello Matrix. ;)
Beyond that; You have to remember that we see what we see because of the limitations of our eyes(or optical sensors in your case). A brain/computer interface may even give us the ability to percieve light at the UV/IR spectrum at a sharpness/resolution beyond our wildest imaginations.
to democedes - Did you not read the how the article explains that a codec encodes and decodes to other formats? 352x240, 720x480, and 2920x1080 are formats, and with this technology the video quality would be just as good on all of them, something modern codecs cannot do.
I think that the concept is that the codec can drive a vector display in a way that somehow overcomes the historical shading issues.
Finding vector graphic displays could be an issue. Wiki says that they've been pretty much defunct for a while.
I like pixels.
When pixels procreate, we get pixie dust, lol.
Yes, it is potentially a better codec. But it is not the end of the pixel. For that, we need a vector display that outperforms a pixel display.
The article should have mentioned that VECTORS are the engine behind TrueType fonts from Microsoft. Vectors are how the same font definition is good at any size font.
The article should have mentioned that VECTORS
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Robot are you like the owner of popsci.com because when i try to open your page it says i don't have access :/
Also I hope that that becomes the new kind of screen in everything soon. It sounds really cooooooooool
Yes, a monitor has pixels.
If you increase by, let`s say 4, without increasing the data,then you must interpolate.
When you increase by 16 and interpolate,you will not see the pixels anymore.
This is already done with rescaling.
But mostly the other way around. I.e when you display a 3MB Picture on a smartphone.
So it would be more interesting, to advance the resolution of the displays and larger video memorys and to execute the improved rescaling/interpolating algorithmens directly in the display-controller.
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So we've come full circle...back to analog. A vector is an analog construct having both direction and magnitude. Unfortunately, it's much easier to steer an electron beam around a screen than it is a "modern" coordinate system.
Wikipedia doesn't know what an analog monitor is but it defines "composite monitor" here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composite_monitor.
Its funny that the technology of the 80's is now taking over the tech we thought was superior. ( i.e. the VECTREX. )