New laser TVs deliver four times the resolution of HD

A Californian company called Prysm is showing off what it considers to be the next generation of television, thanks to its low power consumption and ability to display in quad HD and 3D HD. Called a laser phosphor display, or LPD, the sets bounces laser beams off of phosphor pixels embedded in screens made of glass and plastic.

The tech was actually invented by one Roger Hajjar five years ago, but he's been hammering out the kinks on the LPDs at Prsym ever since. The screen's crispness works in big and small sizes, and to prove it the company will be using LPDs to make up jumbo-trons in Europe next month, bringing the displays to the living room sometime after that.

The lower power consumption — described as using a tenth of what a plasma screen consumes (less impressive when you consider that plasma TVs are the worst energy hogs) — is thanks to the fact that the lasers don't need to actively stimulate the dark regions of the set, leaving an LPD cool to the touch as it sips energy. The processor managing the laser varies its intensity, meaning only the brightest, most vibrant areas of an image will be hit by a high-energy beam.

The one big downside we see? Right now, it looks like LPDs have quite the back-end on them. We've certainly gotten used to having razor-thin TVs that we can hang on walls like pictures. The rear of these televisions jut out like an old CRT television.

Check out a news broadcast about the new display down below.

Via PhysOrg