Retractable, roll-up TV screen unveiled at CES

Ian Bush
January 07, 2019 - 2:04 pm
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Las Vegas signs are displayed on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, prior to the opening day of CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS (KYW Newsradio) — The simple act of switching on and off a TV is about to become a spectacle in its own right — with a new screen that rolls up when it's not being used. It was unveiled Monday at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. 

It looks like a soundbar on a squat stand, but when the user hits the "on" button, "a TV with a display that magically rolls up by rising out of its base," LG's Tim Alessi said.

In a few seconds, the silver-and-black box reveals a 65-inch screen that Alessi says they've made flexible without sacrificing picture quality.

Its base — the furniture it rolls back into — is a Dolby Atmos speaker.

"What science fiction directors imagined decades ago is now reality," LG's Dave VanderWaal said.

"In zero view, the TV screen disappears completely, hiding within the body," he said. "This provides a new level of space integration, allowing users to relax in an open environment when they're not watching TV."

And the sound system can stay in use. VanderWaal says there is also a "line view" mode, which leaves one-quarter of the screen out of the box to display a clock, photos, or a kind of screensaver with animated designs.

These dramatic aesthetics are likely to come with a similarly jaw-dropping price when LG releases its Signature Series OLED TV R later this year.