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LG showcases clear, transparent OLED at CES

Wish your TV didn’t just turn your living space into a place with a black rectangle when it’s off? LG’s OLED T is all about transparency. Literally.

There are lots of ways to improve TVs, from better colours to improvements in colour processing to greater sound depth and more, but it seems LG is thinking out of the box in its latest launch.

Over at CES 2024, the company is almost thinking literally about moving beyond the box, allowing you to see through its screens and into your world if you choose, creating the world’s first transparent OLED TV.

One of the world leaders in OLED production, LG’s Signature OLED T is a different take for its screens, building a premium OLED experience that can work as a regular TV, but also roll back the contrast levels so you can see through the screen.

Named “T” for transparency, the Signature OLED T feels like an update on LG’s rollable OLED R, which offered a literal interpretation to rolling away a TV screen by having the display roll back into its base.

Different in design, the OLED T won’t roll, but does allow you to turn down the black contrast values on the TV and see through the screen, all the way back to either what’s on the wall in a home or what’s behind the screen, and could make for interesting videos and screensavers.

A digital aquarium inside your home as the fish seemingly exist in your real world settings, or even someone singing to you live in your space.

The concept is genuinely intriguing, creating a digital canvas of sorts with a 4K transparent OLED screen.

Connecting to this display is LG’s Zero Connect Box, which uses the same wireless transmission technology used on LG’s OLED M TVs to stream sources to the TV, so you don’t need to have a black box right next to the display messing up the look of the interior. There’s also LG’s new a11 (Alpha 11) processor from the 2024 range of screens improving the processing, too.

“We know that Australians love their interior design and aesthetics, so with this TV, you can roll away the black contrast and you can see through your TV and have it all set up behind there, with family knickknacks, ornaments, and even pictures of the family,” said Tony Brown, Home Entertainment Marketing Manager at LG Australia.

But if you’re keen to jump on the transparent OLED bandwagon, you may need to wait, and have a reasonable amount of money ready and waiting. There’s no word on price or availability, but one thing’s for sure: it won’t be cheap, with a price likely in the tens of thousands for this new technology.

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