If you're into TVs, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the place to be every January. You'll find literally hundreds of them there every year, and they only get better and better. LG plans to make next year's event particularly special by showcasing the first Ultra HD set with quantum dot technology.

A quantum dot television sounds like something you might find on the Starship Enterprise, but if LG has its way, they'll be making their way into our living rooms instead. Those who adopt the new technology can expect to see a wider color palette and improved color saturation than conventional LCD TVs, LG says. And because of these benefits, quantum dot is ideal for future 4K Ultra HD sets.

Here's how the technology works: A film of miniature nano crystals — which range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers — is placed in front of the LCD backlight. Each one emits a different color depending on its size, resulting in significantly improved picture color reproduction rates and overall brightness.

LG's existing IPS (in-place switching) panels, which already offer high color accuracy and extra-wide viewing angles, see an increase in color reproduction rates by more than 30% when quantum dot technology is introduced.

"Quantum dot's vibrant and vivid color reproduction capabilities brings LG's LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality," said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company.

"The addition of ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV lineup positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry."

LG hasn't confirmed when its first quantum dot sets will go on sale, but we expect to see the first models sometime next year. It could be several years before they're actually affordable enough for the average consumer, however.