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I promised a new TV this Christmas. Should I still wait? I told my Girl friend I wanted a laser TV and we had to wait. Hmmm The Wait may be longer


Laser TV billed as "death of plasma"
11 October 2006 17:01 by Lethal_B

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Australian firm Arasor International and its US partner Novalux have unveiled what they see as the next revolution in visual technology - the world's first laser television which is poised to be half the price, twice as good, and consume a fraction of the electricity of conventional plasma and LCD TVs.

Manufacturing firm Arasor produces a special chip, the unique optoelectronic chip which is central to the laser projection device being developed by Novalux.

And according to the Herald Sun, when displayed beside a conventional 50 inch plasma TV, the Mitsubishi-manufactured prototype does appear brighter and clearer than its "older" rival.

Worldwide retail of the new TV's - which will launch under well-known brands such as Samsung and Mitsubishi - is scheduled for the close of '07, with prices expected to be below $1,000 U.S.

Novalux chief exec. Jean-Michel Pelaprat boldly predicted that while LCD TVs would come to dominate the market below 40 inches, an end is in sight for the plasma televison. "If you look at any screen today, the colour content is roughly about 30-35 per cent of what the eye can see," he said. "But for the very first time with a laser TV we'll be able to see 90 per cent of what the eye can see.

"All of a sudden what you see is a lifelike image on display. Combine that with energy efficiency, price advantage and the fact that the laser TVs will be half the weight and depth of plasma TVS, and," Mr Pelaprat says "plasma is now something of the past."

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Mitsubishi will show Laser TV at CES 2008
Posted on Sun, 24 Jun 2007 11:00:00 CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr


The CES 2008 is still over 6 month away, but we already have the first news about the largest consumer electronics show: Mitsubishi will show their Laser TV.

At the last CES SED and Laser TVs have been no shows. In an NY Times article rank DeMartin, vice president for marketing and product development at Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America said that Mitsubishi will show a large-screen laser TV. I am already all tingly.
Mitsubishi announced the first Laser projection TV back in 2006 and said they would bring Laser TVs to market in 2007. Now we know for sure that this will not happen; It will be 2008.

The advantages of Laser TVs are bright and deep images on large, thin, lightweight screens. Laser TVs are also supposedly cheaper to make than Plasma screens.

There are other companies like Coherent and Arasor that work on Laser TV technology. Coherent demonstrated a Laser TV on Kron 4 earlier this year. See the video here.

2008 could be the year when a new kind of TV is entering the market.


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Sony's laser TV using Novalux technology at CES

The key benefits of the Laser Light Engine

Laser hardware replaces lamp and color wheel to deliver superior picture

Traditional UHP technology with lamp and color wheelLaser TV will be here within a year to best plasma and LCD picture quality


Plasma and LCD represent the two main technologies of choice for today’s high definition televisions, but by this time next year a third technology called laser TV will emerge in hopes of bringing the best picture quality yet.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Novalux Inc. is one of the main developers of the upcoming laser TV technology, and promises that its products will deliver appreciable benefits over plasma, LCD and CRT televisions. When compared to plasma and LCD, laser TV technology boasts half the production cost, double the color range, and three-quarters less power consumption.

Laser TV technology is suited for projection (either front or rear), and is likely to become the replacement for the UHP lamp currently used in today’s projection displays. Novalux unveiled its technology last fall by demonstrating a Mitsubishi 50-inch rear-projection with lasers side-by-side with another Mitsubishi plasma television, with the special-made laser TV producing a richer image.

While Mitsubishi products were used as a part of the demonstration, the Japanese electronics company played no part in Novalux’s event. Rather, the use of a standard consumer Mitsubishi television was to prove that lasers could be fitted into existing rear projection cabinets.

“We took the off-the-shelf Mitsubishi projection TV and removed the lamp and color wheel, stuck our lasers inside the box, and then we had our TV,” explained Greg Niven, vice president of marketing at Novalux, also adding that the retrofitted projection TV was for demonstration purposes, and that upgrading existing sets would be cost prohibitive.

Mitsubishi has since then been planning a laser TV product, though Niven was unable to comment on the whether or not the Japanese electronics giant is using Novalux technology. Sony, however, has publically displayed Novalux-powered laser TV technology at its booth at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, though the company has yet to formally announce a laser-based product.

“At CES we had a laser TV beside a plasma TV, an LCD TV and a traditional UHP lamp TV,” said Niven, speaking about Novalux’s showroom in at this year’s CES. “So that’s four TVs lined up running our own produced high definition content, and I mean, it was a no brainer. The laser TV had a way, way better picture than any of the other conventional technologies.”

One area where laser TV may give up to the flat panel technologies plasma and LCD is in profile. The thin profile of flat panels allows users to hang their televisions on a wall, like a picture or painting. Rear projection televisions, by nature, are thicker than flat panels, but thanks to recent developments in the DLP market and the weight savings of laser technology, clever manufacturers may be able to put laser TVs on the wall too.

“The one that Sony had on the show floor was one that they built themselves using our lasers, and it was a thin cabinet TV—maybe 8 to 10-inches—thin enough to mount on the wall,” Niven added.

Novalux is currently in discussions with various OEMs for bringing TVs to market using its lasers and remains confident that its technology will hit consumers within a year’s time. “We now have over four design wins in laser TVs for four different brands that are scheduled for launch in 2008,” said Niven.

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eh, next thing you know they'll be implanting microchips in us so it can be REALLY life like...I'm happy with my sony, and I wouldn't get your hopes up just yet on this thing coming out anytime soon...they still have to make their money of all the LCD's they've been pushing for the last couple years.
 

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It sounds alot more glamorous than it actually is. Essentially they're replacing the HID lamp and color wheel with a tri-color laser system. Lasers are ridiculously cheap now which is why theyll be able to keep the cost remarkably low. However, Samsung has already started selling their alternative to the lamp with LED based projection sets.

Hopefully this laser thing will get out to the market relatively quickly. Im curious to see how good it really is. In the consumers mind though, LCD's and Plasma's will still be "the flat TV's".
 

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Well I hope they drop before July 2008, because I can return my TV up till then. Haha.

Hmm any news on how they are for gaming? Any ghosting/lag or any of that crap that will hinder a gamer from investing in this new technology?

I'll go Google it.
 

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That sounds a brill product but I am happy with Sony plasma for now lol
 

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I been waiting almost 2 years for a new TV:bomb:
 

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I been waiting almost 2 years for a new TV:bomb:
So then why don't you just go get one... prices of flat-panel televisions, whether they be plasma or lcd have been dropping dramatically over the past couple of years.

Everything always sound fantastic in press releases... but in reality, you'd only be paying extra for the "novelty" of something, not necessarily for dramatically improved quality.

Honestly, you'd be much better off just going to Best Buy, Circuit City, or heck - even Target or Walmart and picking up a reasonably priced set that's already been on the market.

So... yeah, just go get one already!
 

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What's the point? Television is a vast waste land. The programming is aimed at an audience of pre-teens. Get off the couch and take your main squeeze for a romantic walk. You might be pleased by the results.
 
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