TechTalk: OLED, virtual reality and wearables - the top tech prospects for 2015

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A lot can change in 12 months. In the technology world, a year is practically a lifetime - but TechTalk is looking to 2015 to dig out the top tech vf

trends to look out for.

A lot of fuss was made of wearable tech this year, but the market is set to explode before long, writes Alex Evans. From running shoes and sports bras fitted with sensors which feed data back to a fitness app on your smartphone, to smartwatches with their own internet connection - so they can work as a standalone device - tech giants and sports labels alike are set to push wearables hard.

But what about wearable TV? Virtual reality headsets, which allow you to view content and play games in a virtual 3D space in front of your eyes have been around a little while but have yet to hit mass market. That will change. Social titan Facebook spent a staggering $2 billion buying Oculus Rift, a leading VR firm.

Announcing the buyout, Mark Zuckerberg said: “When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away.

“The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives.”

You can be sure Facebook will be pushing the tech hard, while Sony is readying its own ‘Project Morpheus’ set which will work with PS4.

But the old-fashioned TV screen is still set for an upgrade. Two key new TV tech trends are OLED and 4K.

4K is Ultra High Definition, boasting four times as many pixels as regular Full HD. 4K content is scarce at the moment, but 4K Bluray is coming in 2015.

OLED is just as exciting for a different reason. The screen tech offers incredibly vivid colours, blacks which are pitch-black and razor-thin displays. The only firm offering OLED TVs at the moment is LG, starting at £1,999 for a Full HD 55 inch set, jumping to £6,500 for 4K OLED. It’s early days for OLED, but once it hits mass market, the tech is so good, its popularity is guaranteed.

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