Samsung ahead of the curve with bendable TV

Samsung ahead of the curve with bendable TV
Samsung Electronics America Executive Vice President Joe Stinziano speaks at the Samsung press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Curved televisions have only just hit the market, but tech companies are already showcasing the next leap in living room technology - flexible screens.

On the weekend before the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Korean tech giant Samsung demonstrated its bendable television prototype, which uses moving gears behind the TV panel to shift it from a flat screen position to one that curves the sides towards the viewers.

A company spokesman said the user can control the degree of the curve. No details were provided on when the bendable TV would be ready for mass production.

Samsung and LG also showed off their first 105-inch curved ultra high-definition televisions. Available with a resolution of 5,120 x 2,160 and an aspect ratio of 21:9, the new displays are almost six times sharper than current full high-definition screens.

To make its point that bigger is better, Samsung launched a new slate of Android tablets, with the largest ones sporting a 12.2-inch screen. While there are Windows tablets that go above 12 inches, most Android tablets stop at 10.1 inches.

Samsung will release two versions of its 12.2-inch Android tablets, which come in Wi-Fi and 4G models and offer 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO will come with the S-Pen stylus while the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO will not have the accessory. Both versions will offer a new four-way split screen multitasking mode, as well as a new magazine-style user interface.

At another press conference, chipmaker Nvidia surprised journalists by announcing Tegra K1 - its new mobile processor with integrated gaming-grade graphics.

Chipmaker Intel is rumoured to be behind the push for hardware makers to announce new devices that run Windows 8 and Android operating systems together.

Over the next few days, more tech companies, such as gaming company Razer and LG, are expected to announce their entry into the wearable technology market, most likely in the form of fitness bands that track users' heart rates and movements. Even before the main show started, a small company, Wellograph, showcased its wellness watch of the same name that is an activity tracker, a heart rate monitor and a running watch combined into one during CES Unveiled Las Vegas, a media preview event.

Thousands of vendors and media personnel from around the world are expected to attend CES this week, though hundreds have been stranded in Chicago's O'Hare airport and New York's LaGuardia airport because of a snowstorm in the US north-east.

sherwinl@sph.com.sg

Additional reporting by Trevor Tan


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