LG Electronics will unveil its second-generation CineBeam Laser 4K projector (model HU85L) with Ultra Short Throw technology at CES 2019. The CES 2019 Innovation Award winner follows on from LG’s first 4K projector (model HU80K) and promotes a small footprint and compact design, and will project “stunningly sharp 4K images” on any flat surface, such as a wall, floor or ceiling. Because this is a pre-announcement, there’s no pricing info as of yet.
The new projector can be placed just over two inches from a wall to project a 90-inch diagonal image. Placed seven inches away, the projector produces a larger and 120-inch image, and setup is said to be “simple and efficient.” The unit delivers 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness and supports 4K UHD resolution, as well as a wide color gamut.
LG says the new beamer is smaller than other leading 4K projectors and sports a design that shouldn’t interfere with the viewing experience. It includes a 12-point keystone adjustment feature, eliminating image distortion that can affect other UST projectors, and its webOS 4.5 function offers access to Netflix, Hulu and other 4K streaming services. The device comes equipped with standard connectivity options for USB, Ethernet and HDMI ports, and wireless support for external devices like a keyboard and mouse.
AI technology is also supported with the use of voice commands to access the natural language processing capabilities of LG’s AI solution, ThinQ. Viewers can control the operation of the projector by saying things like “turn off projector after the movie has finished” or narrow the content to view by telling it to “play yoga videos on YouTube”. Viewers can also access a list of movies starring favorite actors, and then select content by speaking into the included Magic Remote. The latter also recognizes gestures and features backlit buttons for navigation which turn on automatically when motion is detected.
“The new CineBeam Laser projector marries spectacular 4K viewing experience with the convenience of AI technology,” said Jang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT business division. “There is no other product like this on the market, illustrating how LG continues to deliver unique value to consumers.”
For those attending CES in January, you can see LG’s CineBeam Laser 4K models at the LG booth (#11100) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 8-11. For additional CES news, visit ces2019.lgusnewsroom.com.