CES 08: Part 4 – The future of LCDs and Plasmas

The main reason I went to CES was to see what new innovations and wonderful technologies would be gracing my home over the next year. Sadly, much of CES appeared to be a ‘lot of the same’, but there were some saving graces. Let’s take a look at some of the more promising of the technologies, and also some of the ‘wtf’… I know I said I wouldn’t cover the LCD/Plasma madness, but, this should be suitably different..

You cannot walk 10 feet at CES without seeing walls of big screen TVs. So, what can you look forward to? Mostly, a lot of the same. Look for more 120hz tvs. But, there were a couple worth mentioning. Panasonics 150″ Plasma (pictured below) was certainly impressive. Not quite sure if it has any practical merit, but it was pretty.

150

Equally impressive was Samsungs UHD (4x 1080p resolution) that showed that HD may not stop at 1080p. I’m unsure if blu ray or HDDVD support the higher resolution, but it seems that tv makers aren’t stopping at 1080. Good news for PC integration in your living room.

Ultra High Def

Pictures obviously do neither justice. But, I feel both of these are a ways off, and the technology I am rooting for is the OLED technology. Lower power, and super sexy-thin to boot. Sorry for the horrible pictures, but check out the thickness (left) of this sony OLED.

OLED Sony

(Sony Vaio UX series does not take very good photos, despite being a $2000+ dollar UMPC)

Apart from that, there were some other little things dealing with LCDs that appealed to me

A small taiwan (?) company was marketing LCD tvs that were different looking than others in the market. Forget black bezel, they manufactured wood bezeled tvs.

Wood LCD

Maybe not for everyone, but certainly quite different. Another small company made housing for large lcds that stored themselves under your bed when not in use. It was motorized and on the press of a button, would pivot up. Kind of neat to watch, but probably not practical.

LCD Bed

I seem to remember seeing something similiar featured in Vanilla Sky ;) (only that came out of the floor).

The winner for ‘most WTF LCD’ goes to the monster truck with lcds in the wheel wells. Yea, seriously, wtf.

Wheel well LCD

Ugh, thats a bad photo, but you get the point. I doubt that thing will ever see road use.

Most pretty use of existing technology goes out to Hitachi (I think) who made this pretty screen with 36″ LCDs.

Hitachi Screen

Screw 10″ photo frames, this is the real deal. They all connected together into one coherent image.

And on a similiar topic, LCDs showed their heads in places you didn’t really expect them. An overseas company came up with the idea of.. well if you are proposing, might as well make it.. special. LCD screens showing a slideshow or video in a ringbox.

LCD Ring box

I guess whats a $40 ring box when compared to a multi thousand dollar ring.

And, in the ‘best of CES’ section of the floor, they had this little gem. Just what your fridge needs, an LCD.

fridge LCD

Attach a USB drive and have a slideshow of family photos. I think it also could control fridge functions, etc.

And as a final little wonder, there is this. A super micro projector using LED lights. Low throw, low voltage, no heat, long bulb life… just not sure of the purpose of it. Its battery powered (or use 5V), and small enough to fit in your pocket.

mini projector

I think that just about wraps up this issue of CES 08 at connectedinternet. Let me know if you’d like me to dig up any information on any of the things youve seen here, or if theres anything else you’d like me to cover from the show.

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6 Responses to CES 08: Part 4 – The future of LCDs and Plasmas

  1. mlankton January 16, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    I was disappointed with CES 2008, and didn’t think there was as much interesting equipment as was featured at CEDIA 2007. I can only read about one or two flatpanels, media servers and iPod docks before I start to get sleepy, and audio and home theater is the focus of my site.

    Regarding 4K: it is the next step and we’ll all have it. Don’t be in such a big rush to build a huge Blu Ray library. 1080p will be obsolete within 5 years I’m guessing.

    Here’s hoping CEDIA 2008 in September has more electronic goodness to entice the devoted. I’ll be there with laptop and digital camera in hand, and hopefully Gizmodo hasn’t screwed things up too bad for us small fry.

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    Kline January 16, 2008 at 4:09 am #

    Yea, higher res beyond 1080 seems like a step that will be taken even before blu ray gets its foot in the door.. only thing keeping me from getting a nice 46″ lcd at the moment.

    Yes, CES was rather disappointing, especially for a first timer like me, who was expecting to be wow’d at every booth only to see much of the same.. 70 (american) football fields (or was it 700?) and only a handful of nice things.

  3. The Critic January 16, 2008 at 7:46 am #

    With all the EMF and debilitating microwaves snarling that convention, I wouldn’t walk that place without a Qlink!

  4. rutherford January 18, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    Which one? The Ally or the Pendant?

  5. Patrick January 19, 2008 at 4:54 am #

    Yeah, they will not stop at 1080p. It looks like OLED TV is the next generation like the Sony 27″ OLED at the CES show.

  6. Jeff March 25, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    The pico projectors with their LED light source are a bit like toys at the moment.  It will change soon though with the PhlatLight by Luminus Devices which powers the pico projectors now being capable of brightness levels (ANSI lumens) suitable for home theater projectors and even business projectors.  With all the advantages of LED it is going to be a game changer for the projector industry.