CES: TV makers still bullish on OLED

OLED variety-logoTVs have been touted as the next big thing in television for the past six years, when Sony rolled out the first prototype — an 11-inch set that sold for $2,500. To date, though, the organic light-emitting diode TVs have failed to materialize on a large-scale basis. But the technology’s time may finally have come.

That seemed the case in 2012, when LG and Samsung both had OLED sets prominently on display at CES to wide acclaim (LG’s 55-inch OLED won CNET’s coveted Best of CES award, with Samsung taking a very close second place).

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4K sets officially arrive

We’re likely to hear a lot about 4K before the end of today – press conference day at CES – but the first couple of sets have already made their debuts.

LG has announced a trio of 4K sets, measuring 60, 72 and 84 – yes, 84 – inches). Each boasts a staggering resolution of 3480×2160 and they’ll be available this July. Toshiba, meanwhile, showed off a 55-inch, glasses free 4K set last night.

Toshiba vows glasses-free 3D TV within a year

Glasses-free 3D is something of the Holy Grail for television manfucturers – and Toshiba is making some pretty big claims about finding it.

The manufacturer announced at its Toshiba World conference in Rome that it plans to launch a glasses-free 3D set within the next 12 months. Toshiba officials didn’t offer a lot of details, but did say the sets will be 40-inches or bigger.

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CES 2011: Toshiba unveils 3D glasses-free laptop

The 3D holdouts that are using the mandatory ridiculous glasses as an excuse might want to start coming up with another reason.

Toshiba has taken the wraps off of a prototype laptop that offers stereoscopic 3D images without the need for any sort of headwear. The machine uses the same technology Toshiba is using to power similar 3D TVs in Japan and lets users play games and watch movies in 3D. There’s one slight difference here: Those TVs are 12 inches. This machine boasts a 15 inch screen.

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Hot Products at 2011 CES: Tablets, Apps and Mobile Devices

CES 2010 had thousands of items on the show floor, but at the end of the day, it was about 3D TV. The show marked the coming out party for the technology—and pretty much everything else was caught in its wake.

This year, though, there’s not likely to be a theme that’s quite so dominant, which will give other products a chance to shine.

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