Big-screen blowout

IM­AGES ARE ABOUT TO QUADRU­PLE IN SIZE; HERE’S HOW THEY’LL LOOK

Popular Science - - BEST OF WHAT’S NEW 2017 - BY STAN HORACZEK in­fo­graphic by Ni­cholas Rapp

MUPPET BA­BIES PROB­A­BLY LOOKED PLENTY CLEAR ON THE 20-INCH STAN­DARD-DEF­I­NI­TION TV that sat in the cor­ner of Mom’s liv­ing room in the late ’80s. That rel­a­tively low-res pic­ture had the equiv­a­lent of 25 pix­els of im­age data per inch; blow it up much be­yond 32 inches, and Baby Ker­mit’s nappy would start to split, re­veal­ing gaps and jagged edges. Let’s call that size the im­age’s break­ing point. Ap­ply the same den­sity of color blocks to mod­ern high-def screens, and you can fig­ure out just how mas­sive they could get be­fore they’d fis­sure. Take a look.

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