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LG Hecto Projector Uses Lasers to Create a 100-Inch Viewing Area

by Sean P. Aune | December 26, 2012December 26, 2012 11:00 pm PST

LG Hecto projector

LG’s new Hecto projector may be just the thing for folks who want a huge viewing space, but have a limited area in which to do it.

High-end projectors have been around for some time now, but the big issue has been that you needed to have a lot of space between the device and the screen. Using lasers, this latest device from LG only needs 22-inches of clearance to give you a 100-inch diagonal display.

At just 5.7-inches tall, the Hecto is packing a lot of punch for its size. Capable of 1080p projection, the Ultra Short Throw unit also features a digital tuner and three HDMI slots for all of your other accessories. It also includes smart TV features such as Netflix and YouTube apps, so at last you can watch all of those viral cat videos in a larger than life size. The laser system is rated for up to 25,000 hours of use, so you should be able to get a heck of a lot of use out of the device before you even have to ponder replacing anything.

No word as of yet on a price or release date, but as this one of the many pre-CES 2013 announcements the company is making, we’re sure to learn more in just a few weeks.

LG Announces Cinematic 100-inch Class Laser TV

‘HECTO’ Laser-based Illumination System Delivers Full HD Picture, Creates Brilliant, Space-Saving Home Theater Experience

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics (LG) announced the launch of its 100-Inch class (100 inch diagonal) Laser TV featuring both Smart TV and Digital TV capabilities.

“LG’s 100-inch class Laser TV takes projection technology and makes it perfectly suitable for both the boardroom and the living room,” said Havis Kwon , President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “In the coming year, LG will continue to introduce innovative TV products to provide an outstanding productivity and entertainment experience for our customers.”An impressive home cinema system, the 100-inch class LG “HECTO” Laser TV comprises a special screen and an external Ultra Short Throw (UST) projection unit. The unique system, which will be demonstrated for the first time next month at the 2013 International CES®, offers Full HD 1080p resolution and incredible contrast as a result of LG’s advanced laser-based illumination system.

Brilliant Home Theater Experience

Between its picture quality and large screen, LG’s 100-inch class Laser TV offers an uncanny theater-like experience at home, but without the difficult installation required by previous projector-based systems. A standard projector system requires a considerable distance from the screen to create a large image and typically needs to be installed on the ceiling. However, LG’s Laser TV makes installation and viewing easier by allowing users to place the lens a mere 22 inches (approximately 56 centimeters) from the screen, while having the flexibility to position it near the floor or fasten it to the ceiling. LG’s Laser TV offers 1080p Full HD resolution and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, rendering vivid and crisp images that pop out in dark as well as lighter environments.

LG’s Laser TV has a digital tuner and two 10W built-in speakers embedded in the projection unit to support virtual surround sound for a more authentic cinema experience at home. A complete complement of inputs, including 3 HDMIs, allow for connection of other source devices. An optical audio output, as well as RS-232 interface, will allow for integration into virtually any home theater environment. The device itself features LG’s understated yet stylish Dynamic Arc Design, creating subtly curved surfaces that reach a mere 5.7 inches in height. The 100-inch class screen adopts LG’s CINEMA SCREEN Design aesthetic which limits the bezel and makes it suitable for any interior decor.

Smart TV Capabilities             

The Laser TV supports LG’s Smart TV platform, which includes a host of impressive features, from built-in Wi-Fi, premium content providers, like Netflix or YouTube, Smart World app store, to the easy-to-use Magic Remote*. The system also allows consumers to manage personal content, such as pictures, home videos and music libraries via USB or LG Cloud.

LG’s Smart TV platform provides a customizable dashboard and smart connectivity features that streamline access to content from compatible smartphones, laptops, storage devices and the Internet. With built-in WiDi and Wi-Fi direct (Miracast), content from any compatible external device can be wirelessly shared with the TV. Navigation of services and external devices via the dashboard is made easy with the Magic Remote which utilizes four modes of control – voice, gesture, point and wheel.

Better Reliability

The laser-based illumination system uses specialized lamps embedded in the projection unit, delivering superior picture quality. This system can run for up to 25,000 hours without replacement, roughly five times longer than mercury-based lamps.

*Smart TV devices include HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Network Home Theater Systems. Internet connection and certain subscriptions required and sold separately. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice.

*Designs, features and specification subject to change without notice


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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