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Laser TVs launching Christmas 2007

Discussion in 'Geek - Computers - Gaming - Gadgets' started by migzzzz, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. migzzzz

    migzzzz TRIBE Member

    http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/10/10/laser-tvs-launching-christmas-2007

    IT'S being hailed by its developers as the next revolution in visual technology - a laser television that will make plasma screens obsolete.

    Soon-to-be-listed Australian company Arasor International and its US partner Novalux unveiled what they claimed to be the world's first laser television in Sydney today, with a pitch that it would be half the price, twice as good, and use a quarter of the electricity of conventional plasma and LCD TVs.

    Manufacturing company Arasor produces the unique optoelectronic chip central to the laser projection device being developed by Silicon Valley-based Novalux, which is being used by a number of television manufacturers.

    And displayed beside a conventional 50 inch plasma TV this afternoon, the Mitsubishi-built prototype does appear brighter and clearer than its “older” rival.

    With a worldwide launch date scheduled for Christmas 2007, under recognisable brands like Mitsubishi and Samsung, Novalux chief executive Jean-Michel Pelaprat is so bold as to predict the death of plasma.

    “If you look at any screen today, the colour content is roughly about 30-35 per cent of what the eye can see,” he said.

    “But for the very first time with a laser TV we'll be able to see 90 per cent of what the eye can see.

    “All of a sudden what you see is a lifelike image on display.”

    Combine that with energy efficiency, price advantage and the fact that the laser TVs will be half the weight and depth of plasma TVS, and Mr Pelaprat says “plasma is now something of the past”.

    Mr Pelaprat predicted LCD TVs would come to dominate the market below 40 inches, and laser television the market above that screen size, displacing plasma.

    The optoelectronic chip-laser technology won't be confined to TVs.

    The technology is also being trialled in mobile phones, where it will be used to project images onto any surface, and in home theatres and cinemas.

    The unveiling of the laser TV prototype was held on the eve of Arasor's public float on the Australian Stock Exchange next week.
     
  2. SuperKennyK

    SuperKennyK TRIBE Member

    Awesome!


    I think I'll stop thinking about buying that LCD now.
     
  3. Dialog

    Dialog TRIBE Member

    Someone's gotta say it:

    TVs with fricken lasers?
     
  4. Aerius Zension

    Aerius Zension TRIBE Member

    Awesome. I can make the leap from rabbit ears to laser.
     
  5. TaCk OnE?

    TaCk OnE? TRIBE Member

    sounds interesting.

    30% visible colour spectrum to 90 sounds like a vast leap....and at half the price?


    cautiously excited....
     
  6. Rataxès

    Rataxès TRIBE Member

    I'm skeptical. The technology may work but for consumer electronics price is king. Plasmas and LCDs are mature technologies, which while they have their share of problems, have passed from exotic, low-volume products to mass market volume. The price of panels has dropped precipitously in the last 2 years to the point where they have displaced CRTs in everything but the value end of the market.

    If this laser technology works and can be mass produced then I can see it becoming a viable alternative in a couple of years, but it will take time for the volume to ramp up to levels where commodity pricing kicks in. Toshiba also has SED in the wings which also promises to be a plasma killer too. Time will tell.
     

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