December 26, 2012
LG Electronics Announces 100-inch Hecto Laser Projection TV
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
2013´s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is but weeks away, meaning most companies (and the PR firms that love them) are in a mad dash to issue as many press releases as possible before heading off to Las Vegas.For instance, LG announced a new version of their magic Remote last week. This newly revised remote has been given gesture and voice controls, encouraging people to both speak to the remote and wave it around to control their new Cinema 3D Smart TVs. These Cinema 3D Smart TVs, of course, will be proudly displayed at LG´s booth at CES.
Today, LG is announcing another new television offering, the 100-inch Hecto Laser TV. While more of a projector than an actual television, the Hecto Laser TV stands apart from all those other projection units. LG´s new laser projection TV is capable of displaying images in full HD 1080p resolution as well as projecting an image as large as 100-inches from only 22-inches away. LG has also said the Hecto can be mounted on the floor or the ceiling, giving it great functionality in any room.
"LG's 100-inch class Laser TV takes projection technology and makes it perfectly suitable for both the boardroom and the living room," bragged LG´s president and CEO Havis Kwon in the press statement. "In the coming year, LG will continue to introduce innovative TV products to provide an outstanding productivity and entertainment experience for our customers."
The Hecto Laser TV should make it easy to use as an all-in-one home theater setup. The projection unit has a digital tuner and two 10 watt speakers built right into the unit, as well as 3 HDMI inputs and an RS-232 port. LG is also including a screen with the Hecto Laser TV, thereby eliminating one more reason to not bring this high-powered laser into your home.
The Hecto laser also ships with Smart TV capabilities and will therefore be compatible with the aforementioned Magic Remote.
These Smart TVs connect to Wi-Fi networks and connect the television to LG´s Smart World app store as well as content providers such as Netflix and YouTube. Customers can even manage their own photos and videos thanks to LG´s Cloud offering or the traditional USB drive.
To stream this content directly to the TV, LG´s Smart TVs ship with Miracast, LG´s answer to Apple´s AirPlay.
LG also takes time to brag on their “dynamic Arc Design” and the pleasing aesthetic of their products, saying the design of the included Cinema Screen “makes it suitable for any interior decor.”
LG claims the laser-based illumination system in Hecto Laser-TV uses “specialized lamps” to deliver “superior picture quality.” The company also claims Hecto´s laser will be able to run for up to 25,000 hours without replacement, 5 times longer than mercury-based lamps.
Though they´re obviously very excited about this new 100-inch projection TV, they´ve yet to announce any other specifics, such as pricing or availability.
Should you be interested in such a large television, be sure to catch redOrbit´s CES 2013 coverage from January 8 – 11 where we´ll be catching up on all the latest gadgets from companies like LG and more.