LG: 1mm bezel on your telly, anyone?
Almost borderless TV demo'd
LG's highlight at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicks off in Las Vegas this week: an HD TV with a bezel that's just 1mm thick.
The set is part of LG's Cinema 3D line of smart TVs - in this case, it's one of the company's active 3D tellies.
LG has used that to deliver two separate 2D images effectively simultaneously, a trick Sony has employed on its PlayStation TV for multi-player gaming.
Instead of flipping rapidly between left eye and right eye images, to create the 3D effect, the telly can swap player one and player two screens, so each gamer sees the correct viewpoint.
LG calls the tech DualPlay, and it demo'd it at the Berlin IFA consumer electronics show in September 2011.
No word just yet on when the micro-bezel telly will be out - or how much it'll cost (a lot, we'd say) when it does. LG's formal CES announcement starts this evening, UK time. If the company says more, we'll let you know. ®
yay to 1 mm, but,..
any multi monitor users have been waiting 5 years or more for smaller bevels, so it's about time, but does anyone give a flying poo about 3D. What is wrong with these companies? don't they do research? FORGET 3D, and concentrate on resolution. 1440p should have been here 2 years ago, and where's 2160. I hope they remember that many people prefer 16:10 over 16:9 as well
It has nothing to do with the bezel
As you don't seem to be aware: active 3D TVs work by alternating their display between an image for the left eye and an image for the right eye. The glasses you use to watch 3D on these screens have shutters that alternately close in sync with the images on the TV, so all you see in your left eye is left eye images and vice versa. The speed at which this occurs is faster than your optic centres "refresh", so your brain gets a continuous stream of data.
What LG have done is devise a system where the "left eye" image is player 1's screen and the "right eye" image is player 2's screen. The glasses are then set up to close both shutters simultaneously, so each player's glasses only let him see images for his own game. The result is full-screen play for two players on the same TV.
Screw tv's, I've been waiting for some slim bezel computer monitors to come out for AGES to make a kickass 3 screen Eyefinity set up. It's not like it's impossible to do - people have reported hacking off the bezels of certain monitors fine, showing it's just plastic and air in there in most cases...
To anyone without 3D glasses...
it will look like the two players will be staring at a highly defective TV, since the 2 2D images wont be the same for each player. You already get 2-seconds-feeling of "defective TV" when you enter a store with a 3D-enabled telly.
Although I can see some future there, just add separate earphones and you can watch your football, while the missus watches... whatever she wants. It's two TVs for the price of one.
Win - win.
And yes, TVs with 2k + resolutions are due.
It's been done
Almost. Spotlight speakers have been about for a few years now- modulate an ultrasonic carrier wave to 'carry' audible sound. The ultrasonic signal doesn't diverge very much, so you can only really hear the sound in a roughly-conical volume of space coming from the speaker.
4 of those would mean you'd be able to have Jane Austen on for mum and the sport on for dad- while the kids are both playing head-to-head Xbox games on the same screen.
Now THAT Would be worth developing! If for no other reason than watching the other side' being given a literal meaning.