The 100-inch Plasma, while an amazing feat of technological display awesomeness, is just too damn expensive and cumbersome to put into an apartment or small home. The alternative to big screen impressiveness, is to install a projector, though you’ll need a significant amount of “throw” room to display the image properly. But not any more.
LG just announced plans to unveil their LG “HECTO” Laser TV, a special screen and an external Ultra Short Throw (UST) projection unit, at CES next month. Unlike traditional projectors, the LG HECTO only needs to be a mere 22-inches from the included screen to produce a 100-inch image. That’s less than two feet, and LG even says you can toss it on the floor if you’re not into mounting it to the ceiling. The projector itself measures just 5.7-inches high, so suffice to say its perplexingly small and powerful all that the same time.
Other features include full HD, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, WiFi, WiDi with Miracast, a USB input, three HDMI inputs, and an RS-232 interface for integrating the projector with preexisting home theater components. In addition to the included screen, there is a 10w speaker, and LG’s Magic Remote and apps for accessing Netflix and other on demand content providers. Lastly, LG says that the HECTO Laser TV’s laser will last up to 25,000 hours before it needs to be replaced; that’s 2.8-years of continuous use.
Unfortunately, LG hasn’t made mention of a price, but expect additional details to roll out at CES in January.