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SKorean Electronics Giant LG Shows Off Transparent and Rollable TVs

by HAEIN JUNG

“Life’s good” when you can turn off your transparent TV and have it blend in with your wall. Or when you can roll up your TV and carry it to another room.

South Korean electronics giant LG—which stands for its motto “Life’s Good”—has announced that it has developed a prototype of an 18-inch television that is transparent and another TV that is so thin it can be rolled up like a taquito for your convenience, according to the Wall Street Journal blog.

“We are confident that by 2017, we will successfully develop an ultra HD (high-definition) flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches,” said Kang In-Byung, LG Display’s head of research & development, as reported by the WSJ blog.

What does this mean for the consumer? Moving will be much easier, lunch breaks more entertaining, and the gigantic television screens we love today will become less of a hulking presence in the living room.

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The transparent TV relies on OLED technology, using an organic light-emitting diode. The company’s first OLED TVs debuted early last year. Since OLED does not require a backlight, it allows screens to be brighter, more energy efficient, and unlike the previous generation’s plasma TVs with glass displays, OLED won’t be susceptible to glare, according to a report by Fox News.

The rollable TV is made from polyimide film, a material that’s much thinner than conventional plastic and gives it the flexibility needed to roll it into a tight cylinder, ABC News reported. Once rolled up, the latter has a 2.4-inch diameter, but that apparently does not take away from the high-definition display.

Photos courtesy of WSJ blog

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Koreans Toss Out TVs in Favor of Smartphones

Say anyong to television sets and anyong to mobile devices. Smartphones and tablet PCs are taking over as the dominant way to watch TV in South Korea.

South Koreans are scaling down how many TVs they own, according to a study conducted by the Korea Information Society Development Institute. There has been a growing trend of consumers who have tossed their outdated TVs due to the end of analog broadcasting in 2012 and never bothered to buy a new one.

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Instead, they are finding the convenience of portable technology to be more desirable.

In a recent door-to-door nationwide survey conducted by the institute, among the 5,000 participant households, that 77 percent of households own only one television set, which increased from 71 percent in 2012, and 69 percent in 2011.

The institute also reported that only 37 percent of the households owned analog TVs compared to 57 percent in 2011. The other 63 percent of consumers owned digital TVs.

With consumers no longer interested in a house full of TVs, the number of smartphone users was estimated to be about 38 million out of a population of 50 million people, or smartphone penetration of 76%, at the end of January.

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