January 1, 2013
Samsung “Transparently” Teases A New Way To Watch TV
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
As we approach this year´s CES, many companies have already begun to pre-announce what they´ll be announcing when they arrive in Vegas.LG, for instance, has already announced a handful of televisions which they´ll be showing off next week, including some Google TVs and even a 100-inch laser projected TV.
Not to be outdone in the announcements of semi-outlandish TVs, Samsung has seemingly teased a screen which stands in the wrong way.
While all televisions rest in landscape orientation, this new television looks as if it will stand in portrait mode, an interesting choice. What makes this new screen even more odd is its supposed transparent display.
The thought of a transparent screen which displays images or information isn´t a new one. During last year´s CES, Samsung showed off the Transparent Smart Window, a clear device which allows users to gaze outside like any other window, but also display calendars, clocks, social feeds and the weather. There´s even a cool feature which mimics a set of blinds, closing off the view to the outside world.
Samsung´s little tease is listed at SamsungTomorrow.com and is spelled out in Korean, therefore making it a little difficult to fully understand exactly what it is they´re tipping their hat towards.
The picture looks like a transparent television in portrait orientation with a single tree displayed in the distance.
One translation, as posted by VentureBeat, reads: “A true innovation of TV design is coming up with a unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design.”
In addition to their transparent smart window, Samsung also unveiled some other prototype televisions at last year´s CES, including a 55-inch OLED model and a super-sized 70-inch with a 4K definition display.
While the notion of a transparent TV certainly sounds interesting, the real head-scratcher here is the choice of portrait orientation.
As this layout is not the common choice of viewing television shows and movies, it would be interesting to see how such a television would display content made for wider (not longer) screens.
redOrbit will once again be on hand at this year´s CES and will be sure to get to the bottom of this new Samsung screen.
Be sure to check back next week for in-depth coverage from the CES show floor from LG, Samsung, and many more.