LG Display brought a tilting curved OLED throne to CES this year

Could it even be to be a technology fair without a new throne? 2020 brought us the scorpion chair, 2019 gave us the ‘fully immersive’ toilet and tent to lock up gamers in their own PCs have been a thing for as long as I’m on the beat. But LG Display has a sleeker new take on the idea: a 55-inch rotating curved OLED TV attached to a reclining chair slice that positions you at the sweet spot of those pixels.

Like most LG Display ideas, the “Media Chair” is a concept, not a product – at least for now. LG Display tells us that it is actually working with an unnamed Korean massage chair company to someday market it. “They’re marketed by them, they’re going to sell it,” spokesman Matthew Weigand said. The edge.

LG Display’s Media Chair concept.
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But although there are no integrated robotic massagers yet, the concept Is it that have a lot of vibration – speakers in the chair and a speaker in the form of the OLED panel itself, thanks to LG Display’s Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) technology that vibrates the screen to produce sound . (We’ve been covering this tech since 2017 for TVs and phones, and it also appeared in the LG Display concept screen which went from curved to flat last year.)

As for the TV, it’s a 55-inch OLED panel with a 1500R curve, which provides a “person’s perfect focal length so they can get the best viewing experience,” Weigand explains. (We haven’t seen it for ourselves yet.) It can also switch between portrait and landscape modes; you do this by pressing a button on the touchscreen control panel on the right armrest. Since it’s attached to the chair frame, the TV also stays in your line of sight when you recline the entire chair.

Image: LG screen

I don’t think there is any doubt that such a thing would be far, far away from my price range, although there is always a chance that some of the benefits of the concept will trickle down one day. After all, LG’s mainstream OLED sets have recently fallen below the $ 1,000 mark, and while remarkably expensive, its jaw-dropping roll-up display designs have finally found their way into a $ 100,000 TV that has even made it through. to arrive in the United States last year.

The Media Chair is not the only concept that LG Display presents at CES: it also has the “Virtual Ride”, which uses Three 55-inch curved 4K OLED screens to create a single, giant wrap-around screen that theoretically feels like riding a bike outside. As well as being a centerpiece, LG Display is also pitching it as a potential alternative to VR headsets, although obviously it would be a bit more convincing if it had some 3D depth. Or maybe additional screens that roll up to the sides, instead of just vertically.

What might impress you is the curve: the top screen has a portion that curves to a radius of just 500 millimeters (500R), which LG Display says is the tightest bend that we saw on a big screen. For context, the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor I reviewed last year has a 1000R curve, and that was state of the art.

LG Display’s Virtual Ride concept.
Image: LG screen

What I hope we get out of this are more curved screens, to be honest. While a curved TV can be a mistake for a household, especially in a bright room, I ended up wishing LG had a curved OLED gaming monitor when I reviewed their 48-inch TV earlier this month. here, just for the sake of productivity. Done well, this is something I could see paying for, unlike a TV throne for one or a bike station.

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