Wouldn’t it even be a tech tradeshow with out a new throne? 2020 brought us the scorpion chair, 2019 gave us the “fully-immersive” toilet, and attempts to encase gamers in their very own PCs have been a factor so long as I’ve been on the beat. However LG Display has a new, extra elegant tackle the concept: a rotating curved 55-inch OLED TV hooked up to a reclining slice of chair that positions you on the candy spot of these pixels.
Like most of LG Display’s concepts, the “Media Chair” is a idea, not a product — not less than for now. LG Display tells us it’s really working with an unnamed Korean therapeutic massage chair firm to deliver it to market sometime. “It’s being commercialized by them, they’re going to promote it,” spokesperson Matthew Weigand tells The Verge.
However whereas there aren’t built-in robotic massagers fairly but, the idea does have a lot of vibration occurring — audio system within the chair, and a speaker within the type of the OLED panel itself, thanks to LG Display’s Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) tech that vibrates the display screen to produce audio. (We’ve coated that tech since 2017 for TVs and phones, and it additionally appeared in LG Display’s concept screen that bends from curved to flat final year.)
As for the TV, it’s a 55-inch OLED panel with a 1500R curve, which gives the “good focal distance away from a particular person to allow them to get an optimum viewing expertise,” says Weigand. (We haven’t seen it for ourselves but.) It might additionally rotate between portrait and panorama modes; you press a button on the touchscreen management panel on the suitable armrest to achieve this. Because it’s hooked up to the chair’s body, the TV additionally stays in your sightline as you recline the whole chair.
I don’t assume there’s any query that such a factor can be far, far out of my worth vary, although there’s at all times a probability that a few of the idea’s advantages may trickle down sometime. In any case, LG’s consumer-grade OLED units have not too long ago come down under the $1,000 mark, and whereas remarkably costly, its eye-popping rollable display concepts did lastly make their manner into a $100,000 TV that even managed to arrive stateside this previous year.
The Media Chair isn’t the one idea LG Display is exhibiting off at CES: it’s additionally acquired the “Digital Journey,” which makes use of three 55-inch curved 4K OLED screens to create a single large wrap-overhead show to theoretically really feel such as you’re biking outdoor. As well as to being a showpiece, LG Display can also be pitching it as a potential various to VR headsets, although clearly it’d be a little extra convincing if it had some 3D depth. Or maybe further screens that wrap across the sides, as an alternative of simply vertically.
What may impress you is the curve: the highest display screen has one portion that curves to a radius of simply 500 millimeters (500R), which LG Display says is the tightest bend we’ve seen from a giant show. For context, the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor I reviewed last year has a 1000R curve, and that was the cutting-edge.
What I hope we get out of this is extra curved screens, to be trustworthy. While a curved TV might be a mistake for a household, significantly in a vibrant room, I wound up wishing LG provided a curved OLED gaming monitor when I reviewed its 48-inch TV earlier this month, only for productiveness’s sake. Accomplished correctly, that’s one thing I might see paying for, not like a TV throne for one or a biking station.