Would it not even be a tech tradeshow with out a new throne? 2020 introduced us the scorpion chair, 2019 gave us the “fully-immersive” rest room, and makes an attempt to encase players in their very own PCs have been a factor so long as I’ve been on the beat. However LG Show has a brand new, extra elegant tackle the concept: a rotating curved 55-inch OLED TV connected to a reclining slice of chair that positions you on the candy spot of these pixels.
Like most of LG Show’s concepts, the “Media Chair” is an idea, not a product — not less than for now. LG Show tells us it’s truly working with an unnamed Korean therapeutic massage chair firm to convey it to market sometime. “It’s being commercialized by them, they’re going to promote it,” spokesperson Matthew Weigand tells The Verge.
However whereas there aren’t built-in robotic massagers fairly but, the idea does have a variety of vibration occurring — audio system within the chair, and a speaker within the type of the OLED panel itself, because of LG Show’s Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) tech that vibrates the display to supply audio. (We’ve coated that tech since 2017 for TVs and telephones, and it additionally appeared in LG Show’s idea display that bends from curved to flat final 12 months.)
As for the TV, it’s a 55-inch OLED panel with a 1500R curve, which presents the “good focal distance away from an individual to allow them to get an optimum viewing expertise,” says Weigand. (We haven’t seen it for ourselves but.) It might probably additionally rotate between portrait and panorama modes; you press a button on the touchscreen management panel on the proper armrest to take action. Because it’s connected to the chair’s body, the TV additionally stays in your sightline as you recline all the chair.
I don’t suppose there’s any query that such a factor could be far, far out of my value vary, although there’s at all times an opportunity that among the idea’s advantages may trickle down sometime. In any case, LG’s consumer-grade OLED units have lately come down under the $1,000 mark, and whereas remarkably costly, its eye-popping rollable show ideas did lastly make their manner right into a $100,000 TV that even managed to reach stateside this previous 12 months.
The Media Chair isn’t the one idea LG Show is displaying off at CES: it’s additionally acquired the “Digital Trip,” which makes use of three 55-inch curved 4K OLED screens to create a single big wrap-overhead show to theoretically really feel such as you’re biking outdoor. Along with being a showpiece, LG Show can also be pitching it as a possible different to VR headsets, although clearly it’d be slightly extra convincing if it had some 3D depth. Or maybe further screens that wrap across the sides, as an alternative of simply vertically.
What may impress you is the curve: the highest display has one portion that curves to a radius of simply 500 millimeters (500R), which LG Show says is the tightest bend we’ve seen from a big show. For context, the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor I reviewed final 12 months has a 1000R curve, and that was the state-of-the-art.
What I hope we get out of that is extra curved screens, to be sincere. Whereas a curved TV could be a mistake for a family, significantly in a vivid room, I wound up wishing LG provided a curved OLED gaming monitor after I reviewed its 48-inch TV earlier this month, only for productiveness’s sake. Accomplished correctly, that’s one thing I might see paying for, not like a TV throne for one or a biking station.