Wires can be annoying, but one startup has eliminated them entirely from its new TV, which runs on battery power.
At CES, a company called Displace(Opens in a new window) is showing off its “truly wireless TV,” which is now up for pre-order in limited quantities. The so-called Displace TV drops the conventional electrical cord for four rechargeable batteries.
On the plus side, the 55-inch OLED TV clears away unsightly wiring. However, it can only run for about a month on the four batteries, depending on how much you watch it. To keep the TV functioning, the owner will need to recharge the batteries periodically. That may sound like a hassle, but the batteries can be swapped out and recharged individually while the TV is still on.
Displace designed the 20-pound TV to be easy to transport and mount. It comes with a “proprietary active-loop vacuum technology,” which promises to suction itself to any surface.
In addition, Displace eliminated ports entirely from the TV. To receive content, it streams programs from a “base unit,” which essentially acts as a mini computer outfitted with an AMD CPU and an Nvidia GPU. The same base unit can connect to Wi-Fi, but has to be plugged into an electrical outlet the old-fashioned way. The TV itself has a 4K resolution and supports Wi-Fi 6E.
On top of all this, Displace is ditching remotes for the TV. Instead, the product relies on gesture, voice, and touch controls to access and flip through content.
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The product isn’t cheap. It starts at $2,999 for one Displace TV and a single base control unit, but can run as high as $8,999 for four Displace TVs and a base control unit. The company is taking orders on its website(Opens in a new window) now, with shipments slated to begin in December 2023.
It’ll have competition from at least one well-known TV maker. Also at CES, LG unveiled the 97-inch OLED M3, which uses a Zero Connect box kept physically separate from the TV to send video up to 4K 120Hz wirelessly to the screen.
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