Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Would it even? are a tech fair without a new throne? 2020 brought us the scorpion chair, 2019 gave us the “fully immersive” toilet, and attempts to wrap gamers in their own PCs have been a thing as long as I’m on the beat. But LG Display has a new, more elegant take on the idea: a rotating curved 55-inch OLED TV attached to a reclining chair that puts you in the sweet spot of those pixels.

Like most LG Display ideas, the “Media Chair” is a concept, not a product – at least for now. LG Display tells us it’s teaming up with an undisclosed Korean massage chair company to bring it to market someday. “It’s being commercialized by them, they’re going to sell it,” spokesman Matthew Weigand said The edge.

LG Display’s Media Chair concept.
Image: LG screen

But while there are no integrated robot stimulators yet, the concept is doing have a lot of vibration – speakers in the seat and a speaker in the form of the OLED panel itself, thanks to LG Display’s Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) technology that vibrates the screen to produce audio. (We’ve covered that tech for TVs and phones since 2017, and it made an appearance in LG Display’s concept screen that bends from curved to flat last year.)

As for the TV, it’s a 55-inch OLED panel with a 1500R curve, which provides the “perfect focal length for a person so they can get an optimal viewing experience,” Weigand says. (We haven’t seen it ourselves yet.) It can also flip between portrait and landscape modes; you press a button on the touchscreen control panel on the right armrest. Since it is attached to the frame of the chair, the TV remains in your line of sight even when you recline the entire chair.

Image: LG screen

I don’t think there’s any doubt that something like this would be far, far out of my price range, though there’s always a chance some of the concept’s benefits will trickle in one day. After all, LG’s consumer-grade OLED sets have recently fallen below $1,000, and while remarkably expensive, the dazzling roll-up display concepts have finally made their way onto a $100,000 TV that even arrived in the United States in the past year.

The Media Chair isn’t the only concept LG Display is showing off at CES: it also features the “Virtual Ride,” which uses three 55-inch curved 4K OLED screens to create one giant enveloping screen that theoretically gives the feeling of cycling outdoors. As well as being a showpiece, LG Display presents it as a potential alternative to VR headsets, although of course it would be a bit more convincing if it had some 3D depth. Or maybe additional screens that wrap around the sides, rather than just vertically.

What might impress you is the curve: the top screen has a section that curves to a radius of just 500 millimeters (500R), which LG Display says is the shortest curve we’ve seen of a large screen. For context, the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor I reviewed last year has a 1000R curve, which was state of the art.

LG Display’s Virtual Ride concept.
Image: LG screen

What I hope we get out of this is more curved screens, to be honest. While a curved TV might be a household mistake, especially in a bright room, I wished LG offered a curved OLED gaming monitor when I watched its 48-inch TV earlier this month, simply for the sake of productivity. Well done, I could pay for that as opposed to a TV throne for one or a bike station.

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