Memphis-inspired streaming box comes with a unique intersecting design to prevent remote loss

While the idea of losing a remote will pretty much still terrify anyone for the rest of their lives, the Pop Art TV Box has a uniquely creative solution – use someone’s OCD to combat their forgetfulness! With a unique design that has the TV’s remote intersecting with the TV’s hardware unit itself, the Pop Art relies on visual gestalt to complete itself. You’re much less likely to lose the remote, because you’re going to be compelled to dock it in its place once you’re done… sort of like how you dock a telephone receiver into its holder.

Designer: Shenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology

The Pop Art’s design borrows from the Memphis 2.0 and Bauhaus design styles, relying on simple geometric shapes and bold colors to create powerful compositions. The hardware duo features a square-shaped streaming box, with a cutout designed to dock the circular disc-shaped remote, allowing it to wirelessly charge when docked. “This recess serves as a visual cue for users to return the remote control to the charging dock when not in use. When the remote control is put back in place, the set-top box automatically shuts down to save power”, say the designers.

The Pop Art is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2022.

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LG unveils world first bendable OLED TV with 20 curved level settings for personalize viewing experience

Curved screen displays have been in trend for the last couple of years, and now we are looking up the horizon for the next big move. LG has just announced a cool OLED TV that is capable of bending on demand to morph into a curved display. This announcement comes on the back of Corsair showing off its 45-inch bendable gaming monitor at Gamescom just a few days ago.

Dubbed the LG OLED Flex – a.k.a LX3 model – it is touted to be the first bendable OLED TV on the market. The 42-inch display is targeted at gamers and professionals who demand the next level of immersion, and also want the flexibility to have a normal flat screen TV. The transition between the two modes happens seamlessly with remote control.

Designer: LG

Even better the display can be set anywhere between the twenty levels of curvature. That means, the bendable feature is fully customizable to a maximum of 900R curve. I can think of scenarios where the screen bend can be toggled for strategy, FPS or racing games for maximum gaming prowess.

The 4K display comes with a 0.1 millisecond response time, 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.1, ALLM (auto low latency mode) and support for VRR (variable refresh rate). This display is also G-SYNC compatible and AMD FreeSync Premium certified for a smooth viewing experience. Thus, making it ideal for pairing with the latest gaming consoles like Xbox Series X or PS5.

Another feature that’s very useful is the anti-reflective coating for minimum distraction in a bright environment. The stand on the display is height adjustable – 10 degrees towards or 5 degrees away from the gamer, and tilt adjustable – up and down by 140 millimeters. It also gets dual front-firing speakers for ultra-premium immersive sound output. Therefore, it can be used for other purposes like video editing or binge watching too.

There’s no word on the pricing or availability of this amazing display yet, but it should be positioned competitively to capture the chunk of geeky buyers. As per LG, the Flex bendable display is going to be on display at the IFA 2022 in Germany this week, so better keep an eye!

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This flexible TV folds into a suitcase, is tailormade for amusing camping

As an avid camper, one thing I can take the liberty to identify as what we all miss in the great outdoors is the possibility of being able to relax in front of a TV. It’s a general routine for me to cuddle up on the couch in front of the TV as soon as I get back home after a grilling day at work. Arguably an idiot box for some, a TV set helps me relieve stress, while something interesting on the screen enhances the mood, improving the immune system in a way. Perhaps even for all the goodness on the platter, it’s not possible for me to enjoy the same convenience when I’m camping out in the wilderness.

If you’re a TV addict like me, and have been to a few campsites yourself, you’d relate to what I’m saying. Of course, with the rise in adventurers and campers through, and even before the pandemic, a pandora’s box of camping gear and televisions tailored for campers and RVers has hit the market with much fervor. TVs part of this influx of goodies is frankly designed for the indoors and not so much to be lugged around to the beach or the forest.

Designer: Hyeonseok Kang

This is because “the most crucial necessity of camping products is portability,” and that’s exactly what the larger screen TVs for the outdoors lack. Presenting a definite alternative – which is both portable and trendy – Korean designer Hyeonseok Kang has conceptualized ‘The Suitcase’; a TV in a suitcase, that simple! Not really, it’s not a TV packed into a suitcase, in fact, it is a flexible display that can fold back into a suitcase for carrying in the boot of your car. It is not like the traditional camping TV with a portable stand, The Suitcase is a display with a combined stand and TV.

For user convenience, the flexible display has a two-axis hinge running in the middle, which allows the TV screen to be freely adjusted at any angle and be folded and unfolded easily. The Suitcase can be carried conveniently by holding the leather handle attached to the top. There is also something called the hold button, which allows the display to be locked firmly in either configuration. The TV is packed with a USB Type-C, 3 USB A, and a pair of HDMI ports to ensure unhindered amusement while camping!

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LG UltraGear 48GQ900 UHD 4K OLED display so ready for gaming

48 LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED TV Specs

LG is a brand that we can always trust when it comes to smart appliances. Forget about smartphones because the company has discontinued that direction. But then, the South Korean tech giant has maintained its lead in the smart TV arena.

LG has plenty of TVs to offer, but one remarkable model is a 4K monitor that is ideal for watching movies and gaming. That is one ultimate entertainment TV as its size alone is enough to make an impression. As part of the LG UltraGear Gaming Monitor Series, the 48-inch OLED model has several features like the Nano IPS with ATW Polarizer Technology and a 260Hz refresh rate.

Designer: LG

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Most smart TVs could probably be used for gaming, but they can still be improved. So LG wants to make a difference by creating an optimized version for gaming. Specifically, the LG UltraGear 48GQ900 comes with a V-shaped foot, so the screen is elevated.

The LG UltraGear 48GQ900 has built-in 20W stereo speakers, a 3.5mm four-pole headset jack, and a two-port USB 3.0 hub. It comes with a remote control that may be used for gaming. The remote control features a Game Mode toggle and more buttons for power, mute, video inputs, and audio outputs. Expect the standard headset jack, but it is also powerful enough to support DTS Headphone X technology.

48-inch LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED

48-inch LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED TV Specs

Like most premium gaming monitors in the market today, the LG UltraGear 48GQ900 can show an FPS counter and an on-screen crosshair. In addition, it comes equipped with a host of gaming and connectivity features to satisfy every gamer. The 48GQ900 is the biggest LG UltraGear model. Of course, there are also the 32GQ850 and the 32GQ950 models, but those two come with a 4K Nano IPS display.

The 48-inch gaming display is huge and is the first in the OLED gaming monitor category from LG. Its big form still shows sleek aesthetics with the angular stands. Moreover, LG added a new Hexagon Lighting for better gaming effects. There’s HDMI 2.1 connectivity which means the latest gaming consoles and 4K PC gaming can be supported. We can also expect variable refresh rate (VRR) support and a very quick response time.

48-inch LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED TV Features

48-inch LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED TV

The LG UltraGear 48GQ900 features a 48-inch 4K display, making it a gaming powerhouse. It offers a 0.1ms response time and a 120Hz (O/C 138Hz) refresh rate, plus a fully-borderless design. Color accuracy is impeccable, so no wonder it’s been recognized by the Red Dot and iF Design Award. Add to that; the TV offers the brand’s anti-glare low reflection (AGLR) coating. This reduces those visual distractions that may come up during gameplay.

48 LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED TV Price

LG Electronics Business Solutions’ SVP and head of the IT business unit, Seo Young-jae, said the TV is “ideal for both PC and console gaming.” He added, “the new monitors offer features and capabilities that take the entire gaming experience to the next level. We will continue to solidify the UltraGear brand’s strong reputation with innovative products that put the needs of gamers first.” The new LG UltraGear gaming monitor series will be released in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. Japan will get the products before this month ends.

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48-inch LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED TV Price

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Concept LG Display appears like a scroll, looks great in matte finish

LG Display Scroll Display Sample

Concept displays will continue to be designed and introduced as technology advances. In the past few years, we have seen flexible displays implemented on smartphones. The rise of foldable phones has started years ago, and soon, we may see bigger projects with rollable or flexible screens like a door, cabinet, or a window.

The recent OLEDsGo competition is about to conclude. Several groups have shared their designs, including the Totem Rollable OLED Display. Another project presented by Studio Booboon is the Scroll, but it’s an old design. This one is a transparent OLED television that can fit most homes. It’s not exactly a flexible display but the shelf shows a curved design.

Designer: Studio Booboon

LG Display Scroll Display Sample

LG Display Scroll Display Sample

The Scroll transforms into a shelf when not in use. Once it is turned off, it becomes a shelf that can carry your stuff. The Scroll appears like a scroll with its curved portion at the bottom of the screen. The display device’s shelf is made of weighted metal pipe don’t put anything too heavy on top.

It’s mainly a TV, but it looks nothing like a boring TV. It features an elegant and clean look in different color options: Gray, White, and Pink. It seems more like a furniture item than a gadget. It can match most interiors with its minimalist style.

LG Display Scroll Display Sample

LG Display Scroll Display Design

The project Scroll was awarded first place in the OLEDsGo! Competition 2021. It showed an almost bezel-less curving display. It may remind you of an iMac with its smooth finish and super slim display. It doesn’t have any speakers, unlike the LG Totem with Soundbar. The TV can be placed on the wall or the floor as it can stand on its own.

The name Scroll is obviously after a scroll that curves and scrolls out. The shelf portion is one end of the scroll that offers high-resolution images. It can also work as a digital photo frame or a digital painting. Just share your photos and view them on the TV or simply watch your favorite TV series or movie.

The concept LG Display is expected to also offer an enhanced viewing display experience like the Totem Rollable OLED Display. It could have been better with a soundbar but it’s already a great design on its own. The design team has also previously come up with other interesting designs like the Sombrero Table Light which looks like a hat and functions as either ambient light or focused light.

LG Display Scroll Display Flexible

LG Display Scroll Display Features

LG Display Scroll Display Details

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The best Super Bowl TV deals we could find

Game day is right around the corner, which means it’s one of the best times of the year to upgrade your TV. Aside from the holiday shopping season, the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl have some of the best TV deals you’ll find throughout the year. Sets from Samsung, LG, Hisense and others can be hundreds of dollars off and you can even find devices like soundbars and streamers for less, too.

Just keep in mind that often the best discounts will be on more expensive TVs. That’s great if you’re looking for a high-end or very large television for your living room, but not ideal if you’re on a strict budget. But retailers like Amazon and Best Buy still have a bunch of TVs under $500 that are worth considering if you don’t want to spend too much — and it's possible to save money on those, too.

If you’re going to upgrade this year and plan to order online, we recommend doing so soon so you can have the new tube delivered and set up before game day arrives. Here are the best Super Bowl TV deals we could find, plus a few other home entertainment sales that are worth considering.

50-inch Samsung Class 7 4K smart TV

This highly-rated 50-inch Samsung 4K TV is $80 off and down to $400. This Tizen set has a crystal display plus support for HDR, Motion Rate 120 and Game Enhancer.

Buy 50-inch Samsung Class 7 4K TV at Best Buy - $400

55-inch Hisense U7G Quantum Dot 4K smart TV

Hisense's 55-inch Quantum Dot 4K TV is 30 percent off and down to just under $600. It packs a lot of value into a relatively affordable TV — the set supports a 120Hz native refresh rate, Dolby Vision and Atmos, 1,000 nits of peak brightness and Game Mode Pro, the latter of which makes use of HDMI 2.1, low latency mode, variable refresh rates and more.

Buy 55-inch Hisense Quantum Dot 4K TV at Amazon - $600

55-inch Samsung QN90A Neo 4K smart TV

Samsung's 2021 55-inch Neo QLED smart TV is $300 off and down to $1,300. It uses Quantum Mini LED technology to improve details in both dark and bright scenes, and it supports things like 4K AI upscaling, Quantum HDR, 120Hz refresh rates, FreeSync Premium Pro and more.

Buy 55-inch Samsung QN90A 4K TV at Amazon - $1,300Buy 55-inch Samsung QN90A 4K TV at Best Buy - $1,300

65-inch Samsung The Frame 4K smart TV

65-inch Samsung The Frame LED 4K TV
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Samsung's 65-inch Frame set is down to a record low fo $1,500, which is $500 off its normal price. In addition to 4K support and Quantum Dot technology, the Frame TVs have Art Mode, which lets you show pieces of art on the screen when you're not using it.

Buy 65-inch Samsung Frame 4K TV at Amazon - $1,500Buy 65-inch Samsung Frame 4K TV at Best Buy - $1,500

65-inch LG C1 OLED 4K smart TV

LG's 65-inch C1 OLED set is on sale for $1,800, or $300 off its normal price. In addition to excellent contrast, intense colors and webOS 6.0, it supports HDMI 2.1, NVIDIA G-Sync and FreeSync Premium for a better gaming experience along with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice commands.

Buy 65-inch LG C1 OLED TV at Amazon - $1,800Buy 65-inch LG C1 OLED TV at Best Buy - $1,800

75-inch Hisense E9DG Dual-Cell 4K smart TV

This 75-inch Hisense set is down to $2,000, or $1,000 off its normal price. It uses a luminance control panel behind the 4K screen to manage color more accurately, plus it has high contrast and up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness. The set also supports HDR, Dolby Vision, 120Hz refresh rates, low latency mode, VRR and more.

Buy 75-inch Hisense E9DG 4K TV at Amazon - $2,000Buy 75-inch Hisense E9DG 4K TV at Best Buy - $2,000

77-inch Sony Bravia XR A80J OLED 4K smart TV

This large Sony OLED smart TV has been discounted by $600, bringing it down to $2,900. It uses Sony's Cognitive Processor XR for strong performance and Acoustic Surface Audio+ for immersive sound, plus it supports 4K AI upscaling, XR Motion Clarity, HDMI 2.1 and more.

Buy 77-inch Sony XR A80J OLED TV at Amazon - $2,900Buy 77-inch Sony XR A80J OLED TV at Best Buy - $2,900

Apple TV 4K

The latest Apple TV 4K is on sale for $160, or $20 off its normal price. While the 2021 version isn't drastically different from the previous model, its new Siri remote is a big selling point. We gave it a score of 90 for its speedy performance, HomeKit integration and the easy of use that comes with the improved Siri remote.

Buy 2021 Apple TV 4K at Amazon - $160

Roku Streambar Pro

Roku Streambar Pro
Roku

The Streambar Pro is $30 off and down to an all-time low of $150. It has all of the features that the standard Streambar does along with four 2.5-inch full range drivers, private listening and a lost remote finder in the Roku mobile app.

Buy Streambar Pro at Amazon - $150

Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon

Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K has been discounted to $30, which is 40 percent off its normal price. This gives you 4K streaming with Dolby Vision in an ultra-compact package, and the stick also supports Dolby Atmos audio and Alexa voice commands.

Buy Fire TV Stick 4K at Amazon - $30

Fire TV Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube streaming device.
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The Fire TV Cube is down to $85, or only $10 more than its record-low price. Despite being a few years old, it's still a strong set-top box and the most powerful in Amazon's lineup. It supports 4K HDR streaming, Dolby Vision and Atmos, HDR10+ and Alexa controls for both your TV and compatible smart home gadgets.

Buy Fire TV Cube at Amazon - $85

Optoma CinemaX P2

Optoma CinemaX P2
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Optoma's CinemaX P2 projector is $800 off, bringing it down to $2,499. This earned a spot in our best projectors guide thanks to its 3,000 lumen brightness, improved color accuracy and 80 percent DCI-P3 coverage.

Buy CinemaX P2 at Amazon - $2,499

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This shapeshifting TV turns into a virtual fireplace when you’re not binge-watching Squid Games on Netflix

A winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award, the 77W isn’t a television, but rather a versatile display that can alter itself based on need. For long, televisions have been just ugly black rectangles on walls when they’re switched off, making them rather unappealing to look at 90% of the time. LG’s attempted at solving this problem with their rollable TV, and even Samsung’s tried to address this with their Serif TVs as well as the ‘Ambient Mode’ on their QLED TVs that allowed the television to blend into the background. While the Ambient Mode was a fairly technical feature that required AI to be able to guess what the wall behind it looked like (and LG’s rollable display is just downright expensive), the folks at Skyworth have figured out a rather nifty way to turn the television into an ambient little decor-piece when not in use.

The 77W’s display unit sits on a stone-textured base, and comes with a wooden sleeve that can move up or down (as can the display itself). This allows the TV to assume 3 modes – a TV mode, a concealed mode, and a fireplace mode. The concealed mode allows the display to descend downwards into the wooden sleeve, hiding most of that black box behind a textured wooden panel… but the other two modes allow the 77W to truly shine… either as a high-definition television for watching news, videos, sports, and entertainment content, or as a fireplace that peeks from below the wooden panel, playing a looped high-definition video of burning logs and crackling flames.

What the 77W really does is turn the TV into less of an attention-commanding gadget and more into an ambient piece of technology that fits into homes – just like your smart speakers are designed to blend right into your interiors. The wood and stone aesthetic is relatively minimalist and works well with Scandinavian and Nordic-style of decor, and should really sit well around stone walls or wooden flooring. If you’ve got an inactive or faux fireplace in your apartment to begin with, putting the 77W TV right in front of it could really spruce your place up (and give you a reason to have your furniture facing the fireplace to begin with!)

The 77W Art Display Device is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2021.

Designers: Shenzhen Chuangwei-RGB Electronics (Skyworth)

Samsung-inspired TV dangles like a jeweled pendant on your wall in desired orientation

Hanging a TV set like a picture frame on the wall may seem too risky at the first glance, but if you consider that it’s a design that’s pretty tested, and it opens up the TV for a range of use case scenarios, you’re instantly intrigued!

If you have used a Samsung Series 4 LED TV, you’d relate to the fact that they came with a metal string like this one predicted for the Pendant TV. It would rest on a pulley-like mount screwed into the wall, allowing the TV set to hang like a good old picture frame.

This way of mounting a TV, for me definitely, was a far better choice than the current day mounts. It was way sleeker and held the TV set closer to the wall, unlike the brackets now used with larger display-sized televisions, which tend to protrude from the wall leaving a sizable gap between the wall and the TV. We can give it for the fact that hanging the large displays this way would be a little dicey and unstable, but the entry-level sizes, maybe even up to the 43-inch odd, can still resort to this sleeker and convenient way of hanging TVs to the wall.

That said, Pendant TV is influenced but different from the hanging mechanism Samsung has executed. Considering this conceptual TV is a result of a workshop with Samsung, we can presume the design here is influenced by the South Korean tech giant. While the marketed hanging style from Samsung actually ensured the hanging sting hid behind the display; the clean hanging layout makes the fine fabric strap visible with the Pendant TV display.

Interestingly, the Pendant TV can be hung on the wall, using an eye-pleasing hook, in either landscape or portrait orientations – facilitating you to match the display to the sort of content you’re binge-watching – just like you’d with a smartphone. What really makes me intrigued is the kind of convenience it brings to the ultimate technology Samsung has been working on. You’d remember the Sero 4K OLED TV Samsung introduced at the CES 2020. The TV automatically tips between landscape and portrait orientations to match the content user’s playing.

With a TV set like the Pendant, you’d have to make some effort to get up from the sofa and change the orientation, but the humungous cost it’ll save you is going to be worth that long walk from the couch. Besides, the Pendant TV is also versioned with an attachable kickstand, which you can connect to instantly allow the TV unit to sit on the table in either orientation. Now that’s as convenient as picking the TV from the wall and placing it on the table – no installation, mounts, or any sort of help required.

Designer: il-seop yoon

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

Apple TV+ will offer shows from women’s rights advocate Malala Yousafzai

Apple is using International Women's Day to expand its slate of influential TV+ programming. The company has struck a "multiyear" deal with female education rights advocate and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai to produce original content...