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LG Wallpaper TVs Raise OLED & Super UHD Bar

Takes machine learning approach to majaps

LG is boosting OLED-TV peak luminance by 25 percent, rolling out a pair of OLED TVs so thin that they’re dubbed “wallpaper TVs,” and launching proprietary nano-cell technology to boost the performance levels of its Super UHD LCD TVs.

Nano-cell technology, which does not use quantum dots, boosts black and luminance levels, widens the color gamut, and exceeds quantum-dot off-axis color accuracy, delivering accurate color at viewing angles up to 60 percent, the company said.

The company also unveiled two premium 77- and 65-inch Signature-series OLED TVs with depths of only 2.57mm and with magnetic wall brackets that eliminate the gap with the wall. The TVs, dubbed “wallpaper TVs,” look like pictures hanging on a wall, said David VanderWaal, marketing head for LG Electronics USA. The TVs’ audio and video electronics are contained in an included soundbar, and they also pass Dolby Atmos metadata through the TVs’ HDMI audio return channel (ARC).

The new Super UHD and OLED TVs will support two more HDR formats — hybrid log gamma (HLG) and Technicolor’s Advanced HDR — to go with their predecessors’ HDR 10 and Dolby Vision HDR. The Super UHD and OLED TVs will also get LG’s new Active HDR technology, which adds dynamic metadata to HLG and to static-metadata formats such as HDR 10 to enhance dynamic range. The company’s other 4K LCD TVs will get HLG.

LG also demonstrated how it’s leveraging deep learning technology to attune its newest appliances to consumers’ behaviors, environment and usage patterns in order to deliver customized solutions and greater conveniences.

Applied to refrigeration, LG’s second-generation InstaView smart fridge can predict family activities based on past behavior, and, for example, automatically fill the ice tray at the time of day when cold drinks are most in demand, or initiate a four-stage sterilization system to extend food life when it senses temperature and humidity conditions that could promote spoilage.

Like its predecessor, the latest InstaView fridge features a 29-inch vertical touchscreen that becomes transparent with two knocks on the glass. But its newfound connectivity also allows users to place food orders via web-OS; stream video content; play music through a 10-watt Bluetooth speaker; converse with Amazon Alexa; and “smart-tag” food items by their expiration dates and alert owners when their time has passed.

In laundry, a new collection of deep-learning front loaders can, for example, add another rinse cycle in areas where dust storms are common, and can detect excessive calcium carbonate in the water supply (hard water) and adjust the washer’s water temperature and volume to compensate.