A new survey finds that most people with smart TVs aren't using the majority of the smart features. TV manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Sony stick all kinds of internet-connected features into their mid- and high-end TVs, but the interfaces are generally confusing and not optimized for sitting on a couch 10 feet away from a screen, and this survey confirms that nobody really wants to browse Twitter on a TV. But the silver lining is that a high percentage of users--more than half--are using the video-related apps, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. That's great! [via The Daily Mail]
OLED TVs are as much a tradition at the annual CES electronics conference as anything else: you see, you drool, you shake your head and remember that OLEDs are still several years away. But CES 2012 seems to have broken the curse: Samsung promised to release their 55-inch OLED "this year," and LG, according to a "respected Korean business daily," will release theirs in May, after a big to-do at the Cannes Film Festival. They've even got a price: 9 million Korean won, about $7,900 USD. That sounds like a ton for a TV, but remember that just a few years ago, an 11-inch OLED TV sold for $2,500--I'm actually impressed by the $7,900 number, if it's true. We'll keep you guys updated if we learn more. [via The Verge]
The overwhelming success of Microsoft's Kinect sensor is just now showing up in grainy photocopied forms--meaning, the ripoffs are emerging. But that's actually okay with us. Some of them work really well, and do things the Kinect, due to it being a third-party accessory, won't ever be able to do. We played with new gesture experiments from LG and Samsung, and we're kind of looking forward to the next year, when we can heave our remote controls out the window forever.
At the very first press conference of this year's CES, LG started things off by making my (pretty nice!) TV feel like the 32-inch CRT that's in my hotel room. There are precious few details about this guy, including when (or if) it will ever go on sale. But based on my limited time with the screen, crammed in with a hundred other people at the press event, I am very, very impressed.
3-D TV is still experiencing some growing pains, in large part because of its reliance on bulky, uncomfortable and expensive active-shutter glasses. That's now changing. A new wave of 3-D sets are using lighter glasses to make immersing yourself in the third dimension less cumbersome. Eventually, believable 3-D won't require specs at all.
3D glasses are a hot topic at CES 2011. Monster has been bragging about their $250 pair that works with any 3DTV. Samsung debuted their "lightest pair ever," weighing in at just one ounce. And Vizio — among others — have been touting the fact that their passive 3DTVs work with the cheap-o polarized glasses you get at the movies.
But what has really caught our attention are those that have managed to nix the eyewear all together.
CES has barely started, and already the smartphones are coming fast and furious. It's tough to keep track, especially when so many share similar specs, but there are some that you should know about. So far, we've got the LG Optimus Black (world's thinnest), the Samsung Infuse 4G (with a massive 4.5-inch screen), and the Motorola Atrix 4G (which can turn into a laptop).
Microsoft's Windows Phone unveiling this morning was all about variety. Nine different phones, just in the U.S., built by four of the top hardware makers in the game. All kinds of different hardware shapes, including some we've never seen before. And they'll be available on 60 different carriers worldwide--none of which is the U.S.'s biggest and best, Verizon. But even so, Windows Phone 7 is tremendously exciting, a worthy competitor to Android and iPhone that bests them both in some ways. Here's what's coming.
Solid 3D and a wide viewing angle distinguish LG's 6500 series TVs
By Al GriffinPosted 08.01.2010 at 12:29 pm 0 Comments
For some, 3D TV’s arrival came on a bit too suddenly. Avatar was still lighting up theater screens when the first 3D sets checked in to tempt us with the promise of stereoscopic golf tournaments — as if that alone was reason enough to buy a new TV. But while it’s easy to dismiss the whole matter as a marketing-driven phenomenon, even the most cynical consumer would be foolish to not at least consider the possibility that they might one day want to watch things in 3D.