If you’re taking a poll on which tech giant has won CES 2018 so far, we’d like to throw our hat firmly on LG. Having announced a 150-inch 4K HDR Projector before the event in Vegas had even begun, they’ve just unveiled a 65-inch OLED TV which can be rolled up just like a poster.
LG first unveiled roll-up OLED tech two years ago at CES, but it’s fair to say the 16-inch prototype they showed off was a little on the delicate side. But the company are finally ready to announce they’ve developed a functioning roll-up OLED TV, which comes in a 65-inches no less.
Naturally, the idea of being able to roll up your TV, throw it in your backpack and take it wherever you want is appealing in itself, but LG think they’ve found a genuinely practical use for a rollable OLED TV. It’s both literally and figuratively the most flexible TV ever made.
The flexible OLED panel is mounted on a motorised spindle, which is set in a box. The box covers up all the mechanics, so all you see is the television going up and down. The obvious advantage of this is that you can literally hide your TV at the switched of a button. And importantly, unlike large end-of-the-bed set-ups, you won’t need a large amount of space to do it.
Not only that, LG’s roll-up TV can accommodate essentially any aspect ratio you like. Most TV’s come black letterboxes on the top and bottom of the screen thanks to many films between filmed in a 21:9 aspect ratio. But LG’s invention can simply be rolled down to obscure part of the screen, thus giving it a 21:9 ratio rather than the standard 16:9 TV ratio. You could even roll it down further to give it an extremely low-profile display for computing and displays, for example.
LG say the 65-inch roll-up OLED screen won’t be sold anytime soon but it could reach the market at some point in 2019. In fairness, the screen at CES doesn’t appear to have any connection points for HDMI and the like, so it still needs some development. Head over to the LG Website to see more of their releases at CES 2018.
Also fresh from the CES 2018 press, Sony have unveiled the ‘world’s first truly wireless’ Noise Cancelling headphones.