One of the fun things about CES is a completely different approach to established tech norms. Displace’s 55-inch OLED TV not only runs on batteries and has a pop-out camera but also attaches itself with a vacuum seal to most walls and windows. There are even handles on the frame. Is this the end of wall mounts? Probably not.
It apparently keeps itself in place through multiple vacuum loops on the back. When the display detects a surface, the vacuums kick in, sucking the device to the surface of your choice. Displace TV can also do without a power cord because it doesn’t do much image processing onboard. It’s basically streaming media from a base station that performs the rendering. So no wires and no ports on the OLED TV itself.
There are more quirks. You could watch roughly six hours of content before swapping out batteries, and there’s no remote, so you’ll have to suffer the erratic method of hand gestures – which I don’t think anyone truly likes. At $3,000, though, the Displace TV is predictably pricey. Only 100 units are available for pre-order at the moment, and the company said shipping starts in December. And if you get four of them, apparently you can put them together to create a 110-inch 8K TV.
– Mat Smith
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The Roku TV Select and Premium Series lines range from 24 to 75 inches.
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Too light to be classified as SUVs and too expensive to qualify as cars.
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PornHub is already on it.
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The new model won’t cost more than the current version.
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Powerful laptops are incoming.
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