LG shows TVs that can be bent at the push of a button

The display plays a decisive role in the entertainment factor in films and games. 

The South Korean manufacturer LG is now relying on a new OLED TV in which the display edges turn towards the viewer at the push of a button.

Curved projection surfaces that turn towards the audience were already in use in the 1950s. At that time, however, only in the cinema sector. These so-called curved displays have also been available for home use for several years. Both in the form of gaming monitors and TVs. However, the Curved devices have never really prevailed over their flat competitors. Now LG is relying on a 2-in-1 combination solution.

For gaming fans and film lovers

For this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the South Korean manufacturer presented an OLED TV, the screen surface of which changes from a pane into a curved display at the push of a button. LG puts the screen diagonal at 1.20 meters, or almost 48 inches. The device is aimed primarily at game lovers and film fans.

The reason for the combination solution is probably the different user behavior. When watching movies, a straight display is more popular because it is more appealing to the viewer if the distance between the seats is greater. When gaming, on the other hand, the user sits closer to the screen. An additional curved display adapts the image to the natural shape of the human eye. This creates an effect that lets the player immerse himself more in the action.

Technology of the bendable OLED TV in detail

The new OLED TV will initially come in a 48-inch version. It is not clear whether there will be limitations when the display is turned up and down. It is known that the device has a bending radius of 1000R. A 4K panel already installed in another television (model 48CX9), which is also suitable for gaming, serves as the basis. The switching time is specified as 0.1 milliseconds. For the refresh rate, LG sets a maximum of 120 Hertz, whereby it adapts itself to the incoming graphics signals with variable refresh (VRR) between 40 and 120 Hertz.

Sound comes from the surface of the display

When it comes to sound, Acoustic Surface is used. The technology, first shown three years ago, brings the sound from the screen directly to the viewer. The audio signals are made to vibrate with small actuators behind the display – so the surface of the screen serves as a sound projector. Here, too, LG has diligently developed further, according to its own statements, the sound technology used has little influence on the thickness of the OLED.

Little is known about price and availability. It is clear, however, that this fun will not be cheap.

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