Flexible displays are now used in smartphones and even laptops, but LG thinks they should be the centerpiece of your home and it carries two wacky concepts to the CES 2022 exhibition floor to convince you.
The first concept, what the Korean tech giant calls “Media Chair,” consists of a 55-inch rotating curved OLED TV behind a simple recliner, both housed in large, curved light fixtures. Speakers are built into the chair and the TV vibrates to produce its own sound, so you should get something close to a 3D effect.
On the armrest of the slim recliner is a button that rotates the screen from vertical orientation to horizontal orientation so you can switch between watching movies and, for example, browsing the web. And since the TV has a 1500R curve (the same curvature of a circle with a 1.5 meter radius), you can sit close to the screen and see everything in your field of vision, no neck twisting required.
For now, the Media Chair is a concept, but LG Display said The edge it will work with an unspecified Korean manufacturer of massage chairs to bring the product to market. We don’t know how much it will cost, but it certainly won’t fit my budget. Perfect for introverts, this sort of thing will be for the wealthy who can buy curved TV stations for each of their guests so no one has to fight over what to watch.
Flexible displays, in general, will remain a luxury until they see the same adoption as OLED panels, which have gone from tens of thousands of dollars to around $ 1,000 at least in just a few short years.
We hope that will happen soon because LG’s other concept could do the impossible: get me excited about Cardio Day. Called “Virtual Ride,” this wacky setup uses three 55-inch vertical curved OLED displays placed in front of a weirdly sleek stationary bike (That one, I believe). The massive R-shaped screen that starts low to the ground, rises several feet, then curls over your head, drawing your attention away from the wobbly-looking bike.
You can shoot while watching relaxing landscapes, or in my case, turn on any TV show or movie that best distracts from the pain and suffering (just kidding, sort of).
Allowing the panel to dominate your head is a 500R curve, or a 500mm radius (remember, the TV had a more gradual 1500R curve), which LG claims to be the narrowest curve among existing large screens.
These two concepts show how LG’s flexible OLED panels can be used outside of traditional applications like your phone, laptop, or TV. We won’t be at CES 2022 this year to admire these displays, but hopefully LG pushes them to make them mainstream. Damn, enough time on this bike, and I could embrace the flexibility of these displays.