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Samsung’s AI Can Convert Low-Resolution Video To 8K

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  • Samsung revealed the world’s first 85-inch 8K QLED TV that uses machine learning to convert low-resolution images to 8K quality. 
  • The TV comes with a built-in database that observes and analyzes million of pictures in advance.
  • The technology also enhances sound quality for specific scenes without having to configure auto settings.

At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, we expected a lot of 4K and 8K television, but what caught our eye is 8K display packed with artificial intelligence that can automatically upscale lower resolution pictures to 8K quality.

Although the electronic market is flooded with tons of displays supporting ultra-high-definition and 8K, most of the viewers don’t get to enjoy the experience because of the lack of high-resolution content availability. Samsung is now trying to remove this obstacle with the help of AI technology.

Samsung Electronics revealed the world’s first 85-inch 8K QLED Television that uses machine learning to analyze and convert picture to 8K quality. It can convert the traditional video content into 8K in digital cinematography, which means user can now enjoy all TV shows and movies on any channel in 8K resolution regardless of channel’s method of transmission.

Features of AI Technology

AI-8K-Upscaling

The TV comes with a database that observes and analyzes million of pictures in advance. It picks the optimal filters and convert the low-resolution source into high-quality picture.

The image processing has been increased 64 times, which helps to display natural pictures in ultra high resolution, without compromising gradation in the image. For example, in an aurora image, the TV provides viewers with seamless, subtle gradation.

Moreover, it categorizes elements of image quality (like brightness, black, blooming, etc.) in input source by scene to generate images with more detailed contrast. This enables sharp rendering of text edges, crystal clear background in moonlight image and much more.

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Along with pictures, it also enhances sound quality for specific scenes without having to configure auto settings. For example, if you are watching a football match, the cheering of crowd is amplified to give you more immersive experience. Or, if you are watching a concert, low-frequency sounds are highlighted to recreate the excitement.

About QLED Technology

QLED stands for Quantum dot Light-Emitting Diode that produces color in a different way, instead of limited combination of white LEDs and color filters. These dots range between 2 and 10 nanometers in diameters, and generates different color based on their size. For example, the larger dots focus on red and the smaller ones focus on blue.

The advantage of QLED is that they are capable of emitting brighter, more vibrant and diverse colors that can really make HDR (high dynamic range) content shine. They are also cost effective to manufacture, and have performance advantages over OLED displays.

What’s Next?

The 8K QLED TVs will be launched by the third quarter of 2018, focusing on larger than 65-inch displays with sharper and more pristine picture quality. Also, there are new features coming out to Samsung Smart TV experience, including out-of-box set-sup experience that’ll rival virtually every other smart TV platform out there.

Read: Intel Shows Brain-Like Processor And Quantum Chip

The head of Samsung’s research, H.S Kim stated that all products made by Samsung will be connected to the IoT cloud and will feature artificial intelligence that learns over all of your devices, effectively creating a “smart” everything. 

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