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TV technologies that you'll want nextDo you like your current TV? Not anymore.
Just got back from the Consumer Electronics show and , hmmm, you are going to hate your TV. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Brian Cooley with the top 5 new tv technologies that youÃ¯Â¿Â½re going to want when you buy your next television. Based on what we saw at the CES in Las vEgas. ----------- #5 Passive 3D: LG led a lot of TV makers coming to their senses with a move toward passive 3D TVs as opposed to those that use expensive, proprietary active electronic glasses. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll review the latest of both kinds head to head soon, but regardless itÃ¯Â¿Â½s a move in the right direction, but it still fails to conquer the odd factor of wearing glasses to watch TV at all ...which brings me to #4... (#4) Glasses-Free 3D TV. Toshiba was all over this technology with a glass free set that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t require you sit like a statue in one place to get the 3D effect -- you can sit in any of 9 positions, which is still a ways off from how people behave in their living room but its not bad. And Toshiba says these sets ship in Q1 2012 so we donÃ¯Â¿Â½t have long to see if theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re vaporware. #3 4K TV: This is the next bump in resolution that can roughly quadruple the number of dots on the screen compared your current 1080p TV that you thoght looked so good...until now. ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s like jamming FOUR 1080 sets onto one screen for ultra HD. Now we just need something to watch in 4K, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s arrival seems definite if not imminent. #2 Connected TV: The revolution has been won with hardly a shot -- because everyone is on the same side! Looked around for TVÃ¯Â¿Â½s that didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have streaming services built in...didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t really find any. Luckily that Roku box you have is the perfect size to be a drink coaster. Before we get to the #1 bit of Sexyvision of 2012, what about AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s television? ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s widely expected late 2012 with Siri...gesture control...iCloud for Video...and streaming to and from connected Apple devices... but if thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s on thing I think it needs to be a pricey hit it would be a fundamentally new model for unlocking things to watch. Too much of the good stuff is still locked on DVD. #1 TV tech youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll want next time (whether you can afford it or not) is an OLED TV. Organic Light Emitting Diode technology hit BIG with LG and Samsung offering duelling 55Ã¯Â¿Â½ jawdroppers have a picture thatÃ¯Â¿Â½ll make you just stay in all weekend...EVERY weekend, and a case so slim youÃ¯Â¿Â½re afraid youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll break it: ? to 1/6th of an inch thick?! How are they even box these things up to ship? WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll find out Q3 of 2012 when LG should be first to market. Price TBD, but youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll want to be sitting down. For all the latest on TV tech, hit CNET.com and then click on Televisions on the left. And for more Top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s like this one go to CNET.com/Top 5.