LG unveils new TV with voice recognition
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Television manufacturers have unveiled new models that sport "ultrahigh-definition" resolution with four times the sharpness of regular HD TVs, kicking off what is likely to be a mini-obsession with the latest super-clear format at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
LG showed off a 55-inch model on Monday, the smallest in a 2013 line-up that includes 65-inch and 84-inch versions. But the smaller size — and smaller price tag — begins the parade of TV makers that are seeking to bring ultrahigh-definition to the masses.
Super-clear ... Sharp shows off the ICC Purios Ultra HD television. Photo: Reuters
Also known as "4K", ultrahigh-definition screens are 3840 pixels wide and 2160 pixels tall, or more than 8 million in total. The higher resolution will let TV screens get larger without degrading picture quality, though initially the price tag will limit those sets to technology's early adopters.
LG said the 55-inch and 65-inch versions will be available later this year in the US. No price was announced, but it will be less than $US10,000. The 84-inch version that went on sale late last year costs $US20,000.
For a few years, though, there won't likely be a mainstream standard for getting native ultra-HD movies and TV shows to the screen either by disc or broadcast.
LG said these new TVs will have upscaling technology that takes images of lesser quality and renders them in high detail. The Korean electronics maker also said it has formed an ultra-HD content agreement with Korea's top broadcaster, KBS, and is seeking out deals with other global content providers. The company offered no specifics.
LG said that with an ultra-HD TV, it will be possible to play smartphone games with very sharp resolution and in 3D. The company said it has been possible to hook up smartphones to the TV to play games with current sets, but the resolution isn't good.
Sharp also jumped on the ultra-HD bandwagon by introducing two super-clear TVs and one ultra-HD computer monitor that will give PC users something to brag about to Apple fans in love with the high-resolution Retina display.
The company showed off a 32-inch monitor that uses its IGZO technology, based on a semiconductor material called indium gallium zinc oxide.
Sharp touts IGZO for its high resolution, low power, and very accurate touch response. The monitor measures 3840-by-2160 pixels, giving it about 8.3 million pixels in total. Apple's largest MacBook Pro with Retina display boasts 5.2 million pixels on a 15.4-inch screen.
The monitor, planned for launch in February, responds to 10 points of contact at once — one for each finger.
Along with the line-up of higher-resolution TVs, LG unveiled a new Magic Remote, which acts like a wand that is sensitive to motion and is used to navigate on-screen menus. LG said the new model responds better to natural speech and can be controlled with a single finger rather than "very tiring arm gestures." It also lets you change the channels by writing numbers in the air.
The company also touted the ability to tap different devices so they can share data. With that capability, you'd be able to see what's inside your refrigerator while shopping, and you'd be able to monitor how clean your house is getting with cameras on a robotic vacuum. Washing machines will also have such capabilities.