On the slim reclining chair’s armrest is a button that rotates the screen from vertical to horizontal orientations so you can switch between watching movies and, say, browsing the web. And since the TV has a 1500R curve (the same curvature of a circle with a 1.5 meters radius), you can sit close to the screen and see everything within your line of sight, no neck twisting necessary. For now, the Media Chair is a concept, but LG Display told The Verge it will be working with an unspecified Korean massage chair maker to bring the product to market. We don’t know how much this will cost, but it certainly won’t fit anywhere close to within my budget. Perfect for the introverted, this sort of thing will be for the wealthy who can buy curved TV viewing stations for each of their guests so nobody has to fight over what to watch.
Flexible screens are now commonplace in smartphones and laptops, but LG believes they should be the focal point of your house, and it’s bringing two bizarre prototypes to the CES 2022 show floor to prove it. The first concept, dubbed “Media Chair” by Samsung, features a rotating curved 55-inch OLED TV in front of a simple recliner, both of which are encased in huge curved fixtures. The chair has built-in speakers, and the TV vibrates to create its own sound, so you should get a 3D sensation.
Flexible screens, in general, will remain a luxury until they see the same adoption as OLED panels, which dropped from tens of thousands of dollars to around $1,000 at the cheapest in just a few years. We’re hopeful that happens soon because LG’s other concept could do the impossible: get me excited about Cardio Day. Called “Virtual Ride,” this bonkers setup uses three vertical 55-inch curved OLED displays placed in front of a strangely elegant stationary bicycle (This one, I believe). Drawing your attention away from the wonky-looking bike is the massive r-shaped screen that starts near the floor, rises up several feet, then curves above your head.
You could spin while watching some relaxing scenery, or in my case, turn on whatever TV show or movie will best distract from the pain and suffering (I’m kidding, sort of). These two concepts demonstrate how LG’s flexible OLED panels can be used outside of traditional applications like your phone, laptop, or TV. We won’t be at CES 2022 this year to gawk at these screens, but I hope LG pushes to make them mainstream. Hell, enough time on that bike, and I might adopt these screens’ flexibility.