While it was widely expected at the start of the year for Samsung to reveal the world’s first-ever transparent TV for commercial sale, it appears as though the product format will go down in the history books as a Dutch invention, after Philips revealed their newest TV set that is aimed at becoming an ‘object of desire’.
The new set, which will be made available in Europe in the next quarter (Q2 2013), and comes from TP Vision, a Philips and TP Technology joint venture. will be sold in 46-inch (116cm) and 55-inch (140cm) screen sizes, but boasting features that will make it a fresh alternative to regular products in this market.
Innovative features on the PDL8908 ‘DesignLine’ sets include the lack of stand or wall frame required, with the product instead built to be leaned against the wall, making a solid (and larger height-wise) single glass sheet with a slight black tint.
This brings us to the innovative televisions other notable feature, that sees the switched-off product take on the form of the transparent pane, but when active enables the top half to display as a regular TV would with assistance from Philips’ ‘Ambilight’ technology (projecting light that matches ‘off-screen content’ colors to the wall behind it).
While some critics have pointed out that the presence of cables will take away from the effect a little, the DesignLine is expected to be a groundbreaking twist to an established product of flat-screen TVs, especially with the presence of established components such as 1080p HD, active 3D, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 1400Hz ‘Perfect Motion’ refresh rate, amongst other things to back up the attention-grabbing appearance. The DesignLine TV also supports the Philips MyRemote, SimplyShare technology, Smart TV online apps, Catch-Up TV and USB recording.
The company say that, “The new TV carries the Philips DesignLine hallmark of lightness and transparency; a TV without a neck, without a stand and without a visible frame, one seamless sheet of glass leaning against a wall.”
Though many technology companies are seeing literal ‘transparency’ as a new avenue for their products, it appears as though Philips will have the first major one to actually hit the market, with the video and spec sheet below further consolidating the abilities of Philips’ creation…