Lego TVs? Just Kidding. But, Close Enough!
At the CES 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this year, Samsung had the technophiles completely floored. Anyone who ever played with Legos now can see their dreams coming true. Yes, if Samsung has its way, you will soon be able to stack up your TV just like a Lego block, and enjoy it any way you like. This might sound like something out of a futuristic movie, but this technology is here! Now! But, this TV is not here to just fulfil your childhood Lego fantasy. Samsung intends to achieve a host of things with this TV. And no, the adage – kill two birds with one shot – does not apply here, simply because Samsung is killing here at least half a dozen birds…err…features or technologies with this single masterstroke.
Samsung Killed Bezels
For as long as we have had televisions, bezels have always been something that we resented. In case you don’t know, bezels are those regions of a TV’s face, which are not covered by the screen. For long, we have come to accept the fact that the bezels are here to say. Many manufacturers have tried to make them as thin as possible, and have had some success with it. But now, Samsung intends to bid adieu to those spaces that serve no practical use to the viewer. The stackable TV will not have any ‘noticeable bezels. Not our use of the word ‘noticeable’ here. Although the company claims that it has created a bezel-free TV, that is not the whole truth. But, it has come very close to doing that. The bezels on its latest stackable TV are so small that you may not even notice them. It’s true, it looks like the pictures are just hanging in the air over there, without any support.
Samsung Also Killed Size Wars
For decades now, TV manufacturers have been in a state of constant war with each other on who has the biggest TV in the world. And why wouldn’t they? People at Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and other major players are not fools sitting in their board rooms with some insecurity issues. They know what their customers want, and try hard to meet that demand. Lately, the manufacturers have reached their wit’s end on how large a TV can be. But, Samsung, in one stroke, ended that years of war conclusively and in the most spectacular fashion.
The latest marvel from Samsung, the stackable TV, features a modular design. For all practical purposes, you can add as many screens as you want, until you are satisfied with the size. All the stacks, also known as panels, fit together perfectly to produce a single unified picture. In other words, YOU get to decide the size of TV you want. Whether you want a 100-inch television, or a 200-inch television, anything is possible. While the other manufacturers are slowly trying to push the bar by a couple of dozen inches every time, Samsung clearly had different ideas. And, we love this.
Have you seen those dark bars that appear on the top, bottom, or sides of the screen, when the video’s aspect ratio does not match that of the screen? Well, guess what? That problem is a thing of the past. The modular TV from Samsung is completely customizable. You can rearrange each and every panel of the screen in any way you deem fit. The built-in processor always knows the position of each panel, and will adjust the picture accordingly. Yup, it is quite smart.
Now, suppose you usually watch television in 21:9 aspect ratio, but the video you are watching is in 16:9 format. You can rearrange all the panels of your TV to accommodate the aspect ratio of the video. Now, your TV screen will also have the aspect ratio of 16:9. There is very little limit on how you can stack the panels of this modular TV.
Further, if you want to have a Times Square style screen in your home for a special event, then you can bundle up a whole set of these panels to build a massive TV. In fact, this is what Samsung did with its 170-inch UHD TV that it showcased at CES 2016. Slick, isn’t it?
So, will Samsung soon ship these beauties?
From all that we have seen so far, there is absolutely no reason for Samsung to not ship these TV in the near future. In fact, we believe that this will become the thing in the near future for many reasons. For one, modular TV solves one of the biggest problems that manufacturers face during shipping – breakage. The bigger a TV gets, the harder it is to ship it. Even will all the careful packaging, there is a significantly high risk of damage in case of big TVs. Modular design solves this problem quite efficiently. Every time a TV needs to be shipped, it can be unstacked into individual panels, which are much easier, and safer to transport from one location to another without getting damaged.
The second problem that modular TVs solve is the cost of production. Manufacturing facilities are designed to facilitate manufacturing TVs of all shapes and sizes. But, the more varieties there are to produce, the higher is the cost of production. With modular TVs, this problem is eliminated completely. Samsung can now produce TVs in only one size, and then build bigger TVs simply by stacking together any number of these modules. This will increase the production of the TVs, and also make them a lot cheaper. When Samsung transfers this cost savings to customers in the form of price reductions on big televisions, there is going to be a standing outside Samsung stores looking to buy these TVs.