Wednesday, April 4th 2007

Laser TV Set to Compete Against Plasma and LCD

A new technology called Laser TV could soon be in stores competing against plasma and LCD televisions if California based company Novalux has its way with things. The new laser TVs is designed to be used for either front/rear projection and because it can be used in current rear-projection cabinets it should be cheaper to produce. Not only will it cost less than LCD and plasma, it also boasts double the colour range and uses three-quarters less power, which should attract those who are after the best image quality available. However, the downside of laser technology remains in the design of rear-projection TVs: because of the way they work, they have a much deeper profile than LCD or Plasma TVs, so they are not ideal for hanging on walls. Sony’s prototype laser TV (shown below on the left) is estimated to have a depth of between 8” and 10”, whilst even large LCD displays are under 5”. Novalux already has four designs ready and is in discussions with numerous OEMs, with the company hoping to see the technology go on sale in 2008.

Source: DailyTech
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11 Comments on Laser TV Set to Compete Against Plasma and LCD

#1
Zalmann
I read this earlier on DailyTech. I can't wait to see them, I'll be waiting to trade in my LCD TV for something reportedly so much superior to current technology.
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Zalmann
OLED, that technology has been out for 3 years, and still haven't seen shit all. They probably having problems creating screens over a certain size, this laser technology on the other hand, sounds more promising. OLED is good that you don't need backlighting, the only OLED thing that I've seen so far as been on my el-cheapo MP3 player.
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Sasqui
Zalmann said:
OLED, that technology has been out for 3 years, and still haven't seen shit all. They probably having problems creating screens over a certain size, this laser technology on the other hand, sounds more promising. OLED is good that you don't need backlighting, the only OLED thing that I've seen so far as been on my el-cheapo MP3 player.
Yea, it's been a frustrating road full of hopes that never meet expected timeframes... but there's still HUGE promise. Look at the 40" OLED prototype HDTV in the second link.
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#6
Zalmann
Promising, yes, but it's going to be like the playstation 3, too little, way too late. If they had products around 12 months ago, then I would have bought one. Unfortunatley, only Plasma and LCD were available then, both quite power hungry and heat generating, tho great for winter, especially plasma.
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#7
ryboto
What the hell. I've been waiting for Laser televisions since I read about them a year ago. The last article I read about them promised availability by the 2007 Holiday season, and now we have to wait even longer?? Still, consider the pros, cheaper, better color range, and lower power consumption. The con being the depth, but I would personally never hang a television from a wall, too much hassle with runnning wires.
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#8
EastCoasthandle
OLED is a joke, even if they finally reach the market I heard they will cost more then when Plasma was 1st introduced. And the price won't drop because no one will be able to afford it. Stores like BB and CC may not even display them because of the potential costs.
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#9
Sasqui
EastCoasthandle said:
OLED is a joke, even if they finally reach the market I heard they will cost more then when Plasma was 1st introduced. And the price won't drop because no one will be able to afford it. Stores like BB and CC may not even display them because of the potential costs.
A joke? A good percentage of hendheld devices already use it. And yes, it'll be as expensive as Blu-Ray when it comes out, but will come down just as LED did... Samsung has a huge investment in OLED technology for good reason.
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#10
Wile E
Power User
The only factor that I don't like in this, is that it has to be projection. I just don't like projection TVs. Direct view TVs always look better to me. I'll reserve final judgement for when I see one in person, however.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
8 to 10 is not bad

Granted, its a little bigger than my LCD TV (32" Vizio 720P HDTV, kicks ass and better than plasma IMHO) its not too terrible for wall mounting. I have my TV wall mounted and its nice, tidy and clean. Hell, I love it that way.
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