Wireless TVs aren’t completely a sci-fi idea – LG is showing off a 97-inch wireless OLED at CES 2023, where it was one of the most eye-catching elements of the company’s crowded stand. But far away in a quiet, secluded corner of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s crowded Central Hall is something perhaps more intriguing: a 55-inch, completely wireless 4K OLED TV.
Completely wireless as in no wires – not even a power cable (which LG’s 97-inch wireless OLED has). Move the TV has created a screen that runs on four rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, giving you a month of six hours of viewing a day before a recharge is needed. The TV, wireless base station, batteries, and charger are priced at $3,000 for the bundle, and you can buy four TVs from the company for $9,000.
Why would you want four wireless Displace TVs? Because you can combine them to create a 110-inch 8K TV. The sets have top-mounted cameras that track hand movements, and by using a pinch-and-expand gesture, you can get an image displayed on one of the screens to expand it to fill all four. (The Displace TV wireless base station, which streams to screens via Wi-Fi 6E, has multiple video inputs to allow simultaneous viewing of different sources, and it also has a Smart TV interface.)
Witnessing this pinch-and-expand function was kind of mind-blowing, but what was even cooler was being able to watch a wall-mounted TV.
Displace TV’s exclusive active-loop vacuum technology, which draws low power from batteries, is used to secure the set to a surface without any mounting hardware – just grab the latches on the sides of the panel, pull and the vacuum seal is released. You can then carry the lightweight TV (about 16 pounds) to another room, push it to attach it securely to the wall, and resume watching.
As impressed as I was with Displace TV in action, there are a few downsides to the current version. When multiple TVs are grouped together, there is a visible gap between the panels. That’s a far cry from the seamless images you get with MicroLED displays over 100 inches, which are also assembled from multiple panels. The TVs also had a highly reflective screen surface, which was easy to see on a living room floor with bright overhead lights.
But given the cutting-edge technology here and the relatively low price you pay for a 110-inch 8K OLED TV (LG’s 97-inch 4K OLED is $25,000 and uses wires), Displace’s offering TV is quite the deal.