Bigger Yet Smaller
While viewing screens on HDTV’s have gotten bigger over time, these same TV’s have gotten smaller as well. Where the reduction mainly lies is their thickness. TV’s today are thinner than ever before. Until now, the thinnest TV measured a mere 4mm thick. However, this new LG model measures only 1 mm thick. To put that into perspective, that is roughly the thickness of the average DVD. It’s little wonder why it is often referred to as Interactive Wallpaper.
Flexible and Light Weight
In addition to its ultra thin composition, it is also flexible, meaning it can be curved or bent to suit any view requirements. To round things out, as one might expect, it is also extremely light. The LG model weighs in at around 4 pounds, making it a breeze to hang on a wall without bulky TV mounts.
How This is Possible
There are plenty of questions that surround the emergence of this new technology. For example, how are manufactures able to produce such technology? In regards to this concept, it has to do with using an OLED screen. Most flat screens today use LED, or light emitting diode technology. While these make for fantastic viewing screens, far superior to LCD screens of the past, LED screens require backlight to complete the end result.
OLED screens are organic light emitting diodes. The advantage is when organic light emitting diodes are subjecting to electrical current; they produce their own light, rather than having to be illuminated by a backlight. This significantly reduces the width of the screen.
The Cinema Experience
Another benefit to OLED screens is the blur free picture that they offer. Since no backlight is needed, there is no issue with blurred or distorted images on the screen as can be common with standard LED screens. It’s also worth noting that these screens offer unlimited contrast.
Something flat screen TV’s, with the exception of plasma TV’s, have struggled with is true color contrast, especially when it comes to color richness. Plasma TV’s always gave deep rich saturated color contrast, as well as deep black levels. LCD screens often struggled with this. LED screens have been a tremendous improvement in regards to contrast levels, but OLED screens offer contrast levels and richness of colors, especially dark colors, that are unparalleled. This could be the TV to create the true Immersive cinema system home theater enthusiasts have been looking for.
The Low Down
There are many possibilities with this type of TV especially when decking out your home, but understand this, it’s not yet in production. LG hopes to have this or a similar model in stores by 2017. With that said, there isn’t much in the way of details as of yet, aside from picture specs. Some have asked if it will be an Interactive TV with apps. While it is a strong possibility, there is no word on if these features will be included.
The next question is how much will a TV like this cost. Once again, since this TV is a mere concept, there are no concrete answers on how much this TV will retail for when it hits the stores. However, given the cost of current LED TV’s, as well as current OLED TV’s, some experts have suggested that wallpaper thin TV’s could initially retail at around 5 times more than current LED TV’s.
The bottom line is that the future is bright and exciting for TV’s. With the advent of bendable, wallpaper thin TV’s offering unparalleled color and clarity, it’s hard to see things any other way. Whether these new TV’s will be used for striking Ambient decoration or as a one of a kind home theater experience, as it relates to TV’s of the future, there’s a lot to look forward to.