LG Electronics makes everything from phones to washing machines. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show they're winning some EcoGeek points by focusing on more than just the massiveness of their televisions.
In fact, LG is setting records with the efficiency of its flat-screen televisions (and not at all too soon). A new kind of 32 inch TV uses more than 50% less power than the average 32 inch LCD TV. They've done it by increasing brightness through including a fourth white pixel along with the red, blue and green. We're not sure what this is going to do for the contrast ratio, but frankly I don't care.
LG also touted it's next generation AMOLED and OLED displays. While LCD is obviously getting pretty efficient, the general consensus is that OLEDs will one day take over, and be even more efficient. LG offered up one of the largest OLED displays yet, a 15 inch laptop screen.
And for those of you who think that a reduction in the amount of material used, you can't get much smaller than LG's watch phone (I just had a vision of people ten years from now on their knees laughing at that statement., so, who knows.) The phone straps to your wrist and connects to a bluetooth headset...so you never need to be away from your phone again.
And while this might not seem that green at first, LG also is debuting a television that will automatically connect to Netflix and stream HD content. The advantage here, of course, is more than just being able to cancel your cable subscription. You also never need to drive to the movie store (or get the movied shipped to you.) In fact, there will be no need to create the physical DVD. Suddenly, streaming content is looking a lot more realistic, and that's definitely a green proposition.
written by Ron Mertens, January 08, 2009
written by Sam Crutsinger, January 09, 2009
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