LG DVLED Super-Sizes TV Cinema Walls up to 325 Inches

The biggest screen I’ve ever had in my house measured 96″ diagonal and used a front projector and a traditional movie screen. The room had to be totally dark to really enjoy it, but it was cool having a screen that big. Now, thanks to LG’s new DVLED technology, they can make screens up to 325″ diagonal, which can be viewed even in rooms with lots of ambient light.

LG DVLED Extreme Home Cinema screens comprise a grid of 2 million to 33 million individual diodes, each of which is self-illuminating for vibrant, high-contrast images at up to a 150,000:1 contrast ratio. LG says the display panels also offer a high color gamut for vivid and colorful images. The screens will come in 2K, 4K, and 8K resolutions in sizes from 108″ to 325″ diagonal, with both 16:9 and ultrawide 32:9 configurations available.

LG’s webOS tech allows the screens to display artwork stored locally and content streamed via Wi-Fi and supports multiple windows for viewing different source content simultaneously.

The displays are only available via LG’s custom dealer/installer program, and you can register your interest on the LG website. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but I can only imagine that something described as “the supercar of home display technologies” and “highly exclusive” by LG is likely to be extremely expensive.

LG’s Rollable TV was just the beginning. Here’s a crazy new concept of a rolling screen that can change sizes and aspect ratios

Let’s get our terminology straight right at the very beginning – the SHIFT is an adaptive rollable TV, not just a regular rollable one. That’s just a fancy way of saying that instead of having a scroll-shaped display that sits hidden inside a small chamber and unrolls to reveal itself (like LG’s Rollable TV), the SHIFT is ‘adaptive’, which means it shifts or adapts between two formats – a smaller monitor-sized display, and a larger television-sized one.

The common justification of a rolling display is to have a television that can ‘disappear’ when you don’t need it, but the SHIFT creates a new sort of format. Instead of disappearing when you don’t need it, the SHIFT’s format explores an A vs B arrangement, where you can alternate between two screen sizes, choosing a smaller one while working at your desk, and a larger one for sitting back and watching a movie. To manage this, the SHIFT uses a display that extends sideways while rotating too (the GIF above should really explain how it works), effectively being able to expand in BOTH directions. The expanded display isn’t just wider, it’s taller too because the entire display rotates 90° while rolling open (so the horizontal width of the smaller screen becomes the vertical height of the larger screen).

The justification for this ‘adaptive rolling display’ is less of a cosmetic one and more of a functional one. While LG’s Rollable TV was designed to disappear into its base so you’re not left with an ugly black rectangle on your wall when the TV’s switched off, the SWITCH doesn’t really focus on the aesthetics of a disappearing TV, but rather tries to be dually functional, as a smaller work monitor, and as a larger television/entertainment system.

In serving its work purpose, the SHIFT comes with a rather interesting design detail concealed within its form. One of the rolling elements on the SHIFT’s bezel features a swiveling webcam that can rotate to face outwards when in use, and back into its dark void when not needed. When you’re working, or even joining large video conferences, the webcam swivels out and captures you while the screen itself shape-shifts to accommodate the web layout.

A notable feature of the SHIFT’s design is also its ability to change aspect ratio. The rolling screen is natively 21:9 in its smallest and largest formats, but it fills in a lot of intermediary aspect ratios too, going to 16:9 when you’re watching widescreen content, or even 4:3 for older shows or applications that run in 4:3. If you’re using the SHIFT to run an emulation of content on your phone, the rotating display can be used in portrait mode too, and can expand ever so slightly to mimic a tablet’s aspect ratio if needed.

For all that innovation packed in a somewhat utilitarian format that aims to ‘have your cake and eat it too’, the SHIFT isn’t a utilitarian-looking appliance. On the contrary, it’s incredibly well designed, sleek, and can shapeshift between the monitor and TV mode while looking ever so classy. The screen is backed by a fabric-clad panel that houses all the electronics and elements like the SHIFT’s speakers. The backside of the fabric panel even has a cable concealer that lets you hide all the ports, so no matter whether you look at the front, the side, or the back of the SHIFT, it looks incredibly clean and sophisticated, almost with the air of Samsung’s Serif TV.

Ultimately though, the SHIFT balances multiple roles and is designed to be used in different parts of the house. Unlike its LG counterpart, which focuses solely on using the rollable technology to make the TV as sleek and nonexistent as possible, SHIFT wants to be the TV that you also use in your WFH setup as well as for binge-watching Money Heist in the living room. The TV features a wheeled easel-style base that can conveniently be pushed around the house (just avoid the carpets), and the fabric clads on the back sport a palette of home-decor-friendly colors that should easily fit into most contemporary homes or office spaces.

Designers: Seungho Ro & Junha Kam

LG’s PuriCare face mask gets in-built mike and speakers, giving the wearable design improved functionality

Who would have thought a couple of years earlier, that face masks would be in line for a high-tech upgrade. In fact, big brands like Razer and Mastercard deploying their precious resources and time to develop next-gen masks that ups your style quotient exponentially in the current uncertain times. Even lifestyle brands like Will.i.am or upcoming designers like Ollie Butt believe the face masks are here to stay. LG is another big name that forayed into developing a high-tech face mask last year and has been improving the design and function of the beta model ever since.

Now they’ve announced the latest version of the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier (that’s an odd naming convention) that had three fans and a couple of HEPTA filters to keep most pathogens out. The new face mask has a smaller and lighter motor, and built-in microphones and speakers. The latter helps in automatically amplifying the wearer’s voice when talking courtesy of the VoiceON technology. For that matter, the techno Razer Project Hazel face mask has a similar tech to make communication easier. The improvements on the LG PuriCare don’t stop there as it weighs just 94 grams now and has a 1,000mAh battery with a recharge time of two hours. LG says it can be worn without any discomfort for around eight hours, but hey, remember it is a mask, and it will feel a bit uncomfortable after just a few hours. LG claims in the fresh press release that the ergonomic PuriCare Wearable is designed in a way to “minimizes air leakage around the nose and chin to create a tight but comfortable seal for hours.”

The improved version targeted towards active individuals is slated to come to Thailand in August, and it was worn by the Thai Olympics team on their way to the summer games in Tokyo. Launch in other markets is dependent on the local regulatory authority approvals. So it remains to be seen how the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier fares in real-life settings. How the users perceive it is going to be more important than anything else, so we’ll have to wait and watch!

Designer: LG

LG’s Foldable + flexible OLED screen can be carried like a folio bag!

A foldable phone and rollable TV are considered passe – that is the bane of innovation that finds us always looking for the next big thing! But, soon, you will be able to wear a screen around the wrist or even carry a display like a briefcase. If this scenario seems animated, industrial designer Kevin Chiam has stretched the limits of flexibility and conceived a portable LG branded OLED screen that you can carry along like a folio bag.

Companies like LG, TCL, Royole (the Chinese manufacturer who pioneered foldable phones), and more brands have experimented with rollable, bendable, and stretchable displays. The concept Chaim has envisioned for LG, however, throws open the domain for more enticing applications. It is directed toward the urban nomads working remotely and are always on the move, ready to explore options at work, home, and anywhere in between.

Dubbed the Folio – visibly because of its shape inspired by a folio bag – this conceptual display design works as a modular entertainment system featuring an extremely thin yet flexible 32-inch LG OLED screen with a leather back. The screen is fastened by cylindrical aluminum arms – with integrated magnetic clasps – on either end, and it can fold up in the middle and close seamlessly with the magnetic clasps. In addition, the display becomes its own carrying case has a handle attached to it for convenience on the go.

When unfolded, the display has infinite uses – entertainment, gaming, or even to display digital information and artwork. In addition, the magnetic clasps on the arms in the display’s open orientation can be used to connect speakers, cameras, and other accessories to the screen. Being extremely flexible and modular in design, the Folio complements a user’s ever-changing lifestyle by transitioning between work and play!

Designer: Kevin Chiam

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