Interactive ‘wallpaper’ screens are the future of TV

The way we watch TV in the future is likely to change significantly from today. Tileable, interactive TV “wallpaper” will dominate the room, with wrap-around screens that recruit your peripheral vision to create a truly immersive experience. What’s more, you’ll be able to use part or all of the screen for different shows, movies, web pages or Twitter timelines.

The firm News Digital Systems, based in the UK, has built a prototype TV using Organic LEDs.  OLEDs don’t need side-lighting, so the picture can go right up to the edge of the device.  That means they can be tiled together to expand the screen.

They’ve been using screens on side walls to improve the experience – you’re not supposed to watch them, really, but they use the fact that peripheral vision is good at picking up movement to make people think they are really in the middle of the movie.

I think what disturbs me most about this article is the fact that they keep going on about splitting the screen.  When I’m watching a film, especially if I’m attempting to have an “immersive” experience, I don’t want a Twitter feed along the bottom of the screen.

I can understand the appeal of having multiple things open if you are, say, watching the news – and also trying to keep track of public opinion about the news item.  Useful for journalists, politicians, and so on.  Or if you are a stock broker and need to keep track of the stock market and any news about the companies you are trading in.  But watching a film?  No, that should be just the film.