LG Show is constant its pattern of reimagining the way forward for screens at CES 2021 with a brand new clear TV. The panel is a 55-inch OLED, however its clear design permits you to see by means of it even when it’s turned on and displaying a picture.
The display achieves 40 p.c transparency, LG Show says, which is an enchancment over previous clear LCDs the corporate claims achieved solely 10 p.c transparency.
LG imagines the display sitting on the foot of a mattress, the place it could actually stand up partially or in full to point out data or movies whereas retaining a view of the opposite aspect of the display. The panel because it’s designed now has built-in audio system within the type of LG Show’s Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) know-how, which makes use of vibrations of the display to provide audio. It’s the identical audio system discovered on LG’s different OLED prototype introduced at CES this yr, a bendable gaming monitor that may remodel from flat to curved.
LG says the clear OLED set may also be moved across the residence should you’d wish to place it someplace else (if it had been one thing you possibly can truly purchase, which you can not proper now).
The corporate sees this as each a wise residence system and one that might in the future be utilized in public settings, like in eating places and on public transportation.
“Transparent OLED is a technology that maximizes the advantages of OLED and can be used in various places in our daily lives, from stores, shopping malls, and architectural interiors to autonomous vehicles, subway trains, and aircraft,” Jong-sun Park, LG Show’s senior vp and head of economic enterprise, mentioned in a press release. “It will grow into a next-generation display that can change the existing display paradigm.”
This isn’t the primary clear show to make a debut at CES; we’ve seen Samsung’s transparent OLED screens before, and Panasonic showed off a prototype transparent display back in 2016 (although it was solely HD). And it’s not even LG’s first clear OLED — the corporate introduced final month it’s began developing see-through OLED sliding doors for workplace buildings and business areas. LG additionally created a 77-inch curved transparent OLED back in 2017 that it imagined could possibly be used for signage or promoting.
However that is LG Show’s first display of this sort it’s made strictly as a TV that may truly go in somebody’s residence, and never simply one thing you’d see in a futuristic buying heart or another business venue.
This is only one of many in a protracted line of LG Show experimental prototypes, a few of which do certainly develop into actual merchandise you should buy. The corporate has made waves at previous CES showcases with varied iterations of its rollable OLED know-how, whereas a business model of the TV utilizing the tech lastly went on sale in South Korea in October of last year for an eye-popping $87,000.
Sadly, there’s no indication proper now that LG’s new clear OLED TV will develop into an actual product in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later or how a lot it may cost if it does.