4K resolution—also known as ultra-high definition (UHD)—is a fast-growing technology, with use of 4K content expected to increase from around 10 percent today to almost 40 percent in 2020. It was a trending topic at the recent InfoComm and UBTech conferences in Las Vegas, where higher education leaders considered implementation strategies for 4K and other emerging audiovisual innovations.
You might look at 4K adoption as a future goal for your campus, but it’s rapidly moving into the mainstream and should be a current consideration. Today’s college students come equipped with their own smartphones, laptops, and tablets, often with 4K displays, and they expect to find the same visual quality in the classroom. Although adopting 4K can be a formidable expense for colleges and universities, it’s becoming more affordable all the time.
Above all, 4K displays and projectors make the classroom experience more visually rich. Images remain constant despite different viewing angles, have more accurate and controlled colors, allow for pixel-free viewing, and can handle long uninterrupted operating times. 4K displays and projectors create visual workspaces in such disciplines as healthcare, engineering, architecture, and design that can result in time and cost savings for institutions.
Here are five ways 4K can make an impact on your campus.
1. Shared student content
More than ever before, instructors are asking students to create videos, capture images, and create multimedia presentations for their classes. Using personal devices, they’re taking photos and videos in 4K, and classroom displays need to relay content in its original quality to do it justice.