High-Def x 16

Here’s a hot tip for those of you trying to figure out what to do with your lives. Make up. You know, like powder, foundation, mascara - yeah, make up. If a newly approved television broadcast standard, which allows TVs to produce pictures with 16 times more resolution than current HD systems, is an indication of what’s to come, make up artists stand to strike it rich and be in high demand.
The new standard, called Super Hi-Vision 8k, was ushered in and ballyhooed by Japanese broadcaster NHK. The technology was recently showed off for spectators wanting to catch the Olympics in “just like being there” quality, who gathered around giant screens broadcasting in Super Hi-Vision. The BBC writes:


NHK has used a 145-inch (3.7 metre) prototype display co-developed with Panasonic to show off its footage.
But it will be some time before such models become commercially available.
TV makers are currently focusing efforts on launching 4K enabled devices offering half the resolution. This is the format currently used by most digital cinema cameras.
LG unveiled the biggest 4K television set to date earlier this week - an 84 inch screen costing more than $22,000.
But manufacturers are likely to want to offer 8K screens by 2020 when NHK aims to begin its first experimental broadcasts in the standard.


2020 might be too long a wait for your budding make up career to take bloom, but I’m pretty sure beauty schools will be accepting college savings plan money by then. So maybe you should just save your pennies and push this career path on your middle-schooler. 

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Marc Sanchez is the technical director and associate producer for Marketplace Tech Report where he is responsible for shaping the sound of the show.
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