Known for its furniture and maybe its prefab homes, IKEA is entering the TV market with an all-in-one HDTV/furniture that's sole purpose is to declutter your entertainment center.
Last year, we saw a holographic display that could be used to create a holographic TV. This year, TCL's apparently got one in the wings. Is this the future of TV? (Spoiler: if it is, it's the far future, but it certainly makes today's 3D look silly.)
While every company is trying to beat Apple to the punch with motion and voice-controlled TV interfaces, Haier's working on something entirely different: mind-controlled TV.
No more sharing the main TV in your living room anymore. TCL's "Dual Display" TV lets two people watch two different movies at the same time. You just need to wear 3D glasses to do so — a bit like the PlayStation 3D display's SimulView.
Clear the path, a Wedge Partners analyst is saying that Apple will ease consumers with a 27-inch iMac with built-in TV functionality, testing the waters, before going all in to sell full-fledged Apple HDTVs or iTVs or whatever it'll be called.
Having a gesture-detecting peripheral for Xbox 360 and plans for a refined PC version of Kinect isn't enough for Microsoft. It wants Kinect to become the new remote control from the moment you unbox your new TV.
HDTV-based video telephony has always been a holy grail of sorts. It's such a natural milieu for video chatting — big screen to get a broad view of the whole fam damily and all that. But no TV-based video telephony system has been taken off, for one reason: You always had to buy two gadgets to attach to your HDTV to video telephonate, one for you and one for whomever you wanted to video telephonate with. What we want is to video telephonate as we do on our laptops and desktop PCs, with anyone anytime, regardless of the HDTV we own and regardless of the video telephony gadget we have connected to it (if any). Several recent developments — and a future trend too long in the unveiling — may expand this limited HDTV video telephony landscape and jump-start our (I believe) latent desire to WANT to video telephonate via our HDTVs.
A few rumors have gone around suggesting Apple's going to revolutionize the TV with Siri and Sony's already quaking in its boots. Sony CEO Howard Stringer says it's already building a "different kind of TV set" to "compete with Steve Jobs." Does that mean Sony's "cracked the TV" too as the late Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson in his biography?
UPDATE: LG's requested the photo of the sexy TV be taken down. 3D TVs keep getting thinner and thinner with all those fancy LEDs, OLEDs and trying to hide all the components in their stands. Thin is nice, but most...
Look, I'm just going to come out and say it: 3D TV is awful. And I'll tell you why it's awful: that "third dimension" that is supposed to justify everyone running out and buying expensive new 3D TVs is just not good enough. I want to be able to actually look around corners, and this massive new projector system makes that possible, glasses-free.