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LG announces 100 inch “Laser TV” – throws image on wall from 22 inches

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LG Hecto Laser TVJust ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG has announced a television that could become the most talked about piece of gear at CES.  The new “Hecto” Laser TV system is designed to project a 100 inch 1080p image onto a screen from just 22 inches away.  Unlike traditional projectors that require dark rooms and must be mounted on the ceiling several feet away from the projection surface, the Laser TV is designed to project images straight up or down and uses a special laser-based illumination system (with a bulb life of 25,000 hours) to produce an extremely bright, high contrast (1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio) image with a picture reportedly on par with plasma TVs.  The acute angle allows the unit to be placed directly in front of the screen on an entertainment center, the floor, or mounted to the ceiling.

The Laser TV projector, which stands a mere 5.7 inches tall, also includes two 10 watt speakers built into the projector unit, three HDMI inputs, an optical digital audio output and an RS-232 interface for custom home theater integration. It provides built-in Wi-Fi streaming for services such as Netflix and includes a USB port so users can manage personal content, such as pictures, home videos and music libraries..  Also provided is LG’s Magic Motion remote which enables voice and gesture-control operations in addition to the traditional point-and-click control.

There’s no word on pricing or a release date.  We’ll be anxious to see this unit demonstrated at this year’s CES and note whether it produces a holographic type effect or simply a flat bulb-like picture.