At the CES in Las Vegas we can once again admire exciting innovations from the world of technology. One of them is the world’s first TV that is completely wireless. The device, which goes by the name of Displace, has an OLED panel and is supposed to last for almost a month without an external power supply in average use. However, some dampers have to be accepted.
Displace comes in a completely wireless design
It’s quite impressive when you take a look at the Displace. After all, the TV comes entirely without a cable, which is why you can hang it wherever you like. However, a closer look reveals that the wireless design also has a few weak points. But let’s stay on the positive side for now. In order to supply the TV with energy at all, the manufacturer equips it with a total of four batteries.
When fully charged, the Displace is said to be able to last an entire month with an average daily use of just under 6 hours. The lack of cables does not only apply to the power cable. You won’t find any other cable connections on the TV either. Instead, the TV comes with an external box that provides the appropriate ports. The box is supposed to be able to send its signal to a maximum of five different dislocations in the household. This is reminiscent of multi-room concepts from the hi-fi world.
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Everyday usability is questionable
Another cool feature that the manufacturers promise from the Displace is the extravagant holding capability. Thus, you should be able to save a classic wall mount with the somewhat different TV and lightning-fast rehanging should also be possible. The Displace wants to make this maximum flexibility possible with its vacuum mount. An airless space is formed between the back of the device and the corresponding wall, whereby the TV holds on as if by magic. This feature could also be admired at the tech show in the Nevada desert. However, one has to doubt its transfer into reality. Thus, the people standing behind Displace used a glass wall to attach the TV as part of their demonstration.
Of course, it’s extremely easy to create a vacuum on this surface. How this looks on a classic wall is again extremely questionable. Especially if this is not particularly smooth. The system does not seem to be really suitable for everyday use. On a classic wall, a standard wall mount will probably be necessary, which puts a damper on the system’s flexibility. A much bigger problem is the fact that the vacuum can only be maintained when the TV is powered. In other words, you always have to keep an eye on the battery capacity. If the battery fails, the expensive piece of technology will fall off the wall.
By the way, the operation of the Displace is anything but classic. Apparently, no conventional remote control is used here. Instead, the user is supposed to become the remote control. In other words, the TV is controlled with the help of gestures. To recognize the user, the TV has a camera on the top that is supposed to be able to recognize the user’s movements. Since the camera is not optional, but has no alternative, it also has to be turned on all the time. This means that you will be eyed by the TV all the time while watching TV. Who wants that in times when data protection plays a major role?
Connection box from Displace is a question mark
Probably the biggest question mark so far is still the connection box. After all, this ensures that you can connect source devices to the TV. At least the manufacturer did not show any pictures of the box at the CES. The experts from 4KFilme.de were also present at the presentation of the completely wireless TV. And they were anything but convinced by the new device.
Thus, the OLED panel is said to have delivered a surprisingly poor picture performance. This is certainly due to the fact that the Displace wants to be as energy-efficient as possible. However, OLED TVs are usually not known for their energy-saving work, so parameters like brightness have been reduced to a minimum. This ensures that picture quality has to suffer in favor of battery life.
Price and Availability
As cool as a TV completely without cables may sound, the Displace is unfortunately unsexy in the end. After all, you simply have to make too many compromises to do without the power cable. By the way, TVs already offer wireless transmission of signals from the end devices via suitable connection boxes. Consequently, the power cable, which is getting thinner and thinner and more and more inconspicuous anyway, has to bother you a lot. It is not yet clear when the Displace will go on sale. Perhaps the manufacturer should take some time for fine-tuning anyway. However, the price is apparently already fixed. The wireless TV is supposed to cost an impressive $3,000.