LG focuses on display tech and home appliances at CES 2021

Next week’s virtual CES 2021 will see LG unveiling brand new innovations in home display technology and smart home appliances.

LG Electronics has already announced its QNED Mini LED TV lineup, a new top-of-the-line offering from the company, which will be showcased on the digital booth.

But that is not the only development in home displays that the organisation will be showcasing.

Bendable display

Curved screens have been around for almost 10 years with Samsung bringing its curved OLED TV to the market in 2013, with LG following in Samsung’s footsteps the following year. However, the curved screen TV phase didn’t take off as well as expected and it was found that gaming monitors were a better use case for the curved screens due to the shorter viewing experience.

Appealing to gamers and TV viewers, LG is launching a 48-in Bendable Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) display which is designed to be flat when watching video content and bend when in use for gamin to create a more immersive viewing experience. With a curvature radius of up to 1,000R, the display can bend up to a radius of 1,000mm.

Whether in use as a curved or flat screen, the OLED display features deep blacks and infinite contrast ratio. Ideal for gamers, it has response times of 0.1 milliseconds, a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a variable refresh rate range of 40Hz to 120Hz.

The CSO uses the OLED panel as the speaker, allowing the sound to come directly from the screen, but maintaining a slim design. Vibrations from the speakers are unnoticed by the eye to not distract the viewer or gamer.

Transparent OLED for bedtime

Another exciting new development that will be on display in LG’s Smart Home Zone at CES 2021 is the Smart Bed which features a frame that can be moved to the foot of any bed. The user can then push a button which raises the smart Bed’s 55-in Transparent OLED display from its frame to show information or TV content in various screen ratios without compromising its clear image quality that does not rely on backlights.

Using LG’s CSO, the speakers are embedded in the frame meaning that users do not have to worry about adding external speakers around the bedroom. Additionally, the Smart Bed display’s moveable frame can be transported to various locations in a house to serve the diverse need of users.

InstaView home appliances

LG’s InstaView line of smart home appliances will also be getting an update, with the new InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerators and InstaView Range with Air Sous Vide being showcased in LG’s virtual showroom next week.

The InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerators have upgraded features and design innovations for an improved user experience. New UVnano technology has been built into the water dispenser to reduce bacteria.

The InstaView window is 23% larger to allow homeowners to see inside much easier. Users can knock twice on the transparent glass to view what is inside the refrigerator without having to open the door, and Door-in-Door technology helps to organise the items inside the fridge.

One of the biggest upgrades to the new InstaView refrigerators is that some models have voice recognition, allowing users to tell the appliance to open the refrigerator doors if their arms are full of shopping for example. Homeowners can also ask the refrigerator for the day’s agenda or to check the status of the ice and water dispensers.

The InstaView Range with Air Sous Vide is a complete cooking solution featuring LG’s Air Fry mode, InstaView oven door and a range of smart functions. Again, users can tap twice on the oven’s glass door to activate the InstaView technology which turns on the interior light for users to visually check the food without opening the door.

The range can also be controlled and monitored using the ThinQ app connected to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart speakers. Partnered with SideChef, Innit, Drop, and Tovala, users can access hundreds of recipes on their apps which can be sent to the oven to tell it the appropriate cooking mode and temperatures.

LG will be exhibiting virtually at the digital CES 2021 from Monday 11 January 2021.

Images credited to LG Displays and LG Electronics.