Huge TVs only destined for footballers’ homes no longer get most of us excited, but Panasonic's new 1.8m tall, 3.2m-wide plasma is pushing the boundaries of science. At 145 inches in diameter, the screen – fresh from behind-the-scenes trials at London 2012 – has a resolution that dwarfs any other visual device. The panel’s 8K pixel count (7,680 x 4,320) is technically 16 times more detailed than traditional 1080p HD TV.
Panasonic built the set with the help of Japanese state broadcaster NHK, the same body that originally came up with the high definition format back in the 1980s. Crucially, if Japan wins the Olympic bid for the 2020 Olympics, they hope to broadcast the games to the world in Ultra HD.