Wireless TVs aren’t quite a sci-fi idea – LG is showing off a 97-inch wireless OLED at CES 2023, where it is one of the more eye-catching items in the company’s crowded booth. But far away in a quiet, isolated corner of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s crowded Central Hall is something perhaps more exciting: a completely wireless 55-inch 4K OLED TV.
Completely wireless as in no wires – not even a power cable (as LG’s wireless 97-inch OLED has). Move TV has created a display that runs on four rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, giving you a month of six hours a day before a charge is needed. The TV, wireless base station, batteries and charger are priced at $3,000 for the lot, 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 together to make 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 scale up and fill all four. (The Displace TV wireless base station, which streams to the screens via Wi-Fi 6E, has multiple video inputs to enable simultaneous viewing of different sources, and it also has a smart TV interface.)
Witnessing the pinch-and-expand feature was a bit overwhelming, but what was even cooler was seeing a TV being mounted to a wall.
Displace TV’s proprietary active loop vacuum technology, which draws little current from the batteries, is used to secure the set to a surface without any mounting hardware – you simply 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, press to mount it securely on the wall, and continue watching.
As impressed as I was with Displace TV in action, there are some downsides to the current version. When multiple TVs are grouped together, there is a visible gap between the panels. This is a far cry from the seamless images you get with 100-plus-inch MicroLED displays, which are also assembled from multiple panels. The TVs also have a highly reflective screen surface – something that was easy to see on a trade show floor with bright overhead lights.
But considering the cutting-edge technology here, and the relatively low price you’ll pay for a 110-inch 8K OLED TV (LG’s 97-inch 4K OLED costs $25,000, and it uses wires), the Displace TV offering is pretty decent .