The Laser TV projector unit is designed to project images straight up or down, and needs only 22 inches of distance from its accompanying screen, meaning users can place it directly below the screen on an entertainment cabinet, a desk, the floor, or mount it to the ceiling just above the screen. LG’s proprietary screen is designed to take the acutely angled projection and refract it directly out to viewers. LG told Digital Trends that the resulting image quality is on par with that of plasma TV technology.
LG says the special lamps used in its Laser TV enable the projector to produce an extremely bright image with high contrast, and can be expected to last about 25,000 hours – roughly five times longer than mercury-based lamps.
Built into the projector unit are two 10-watt speakers, a TV tuner, three HDMI inputs, an optical digital audio output and an RS-232 interface for custom home theater integration. LG is also arming the Laser TV with its Smart TV platform, built-in Wi-Fi for streaming media from services such as Netflix and Hulu, and both WiDi and Wi-Fi direct technologies for wireless sharing of media from personal devices.
Bundled with the Laser TV will be LG’s revamped Magic Motion remote, which enables voice and gesture-control as well as point-and-click control.
If the Laser TV performs as well as LG suggests it does, then it will likely draw plenty of oohs and aahs at CES 2013 next month. Digital Trends recently saw digitally rendered images of the Laser TV in action, and we think it’s almost holographic appeal will probably attract quite a crowd of onlookers.