The new Samsung TV can blend seamlessly into the wall behind it, ostensibly disappearing

By Jean-Jacques DeLisle,
contributing writer

Samsung
has recently unveiled its
new lineup of smart TVs for 2018
, and they come with some surprising
new features. The new TVs will be able to blend into their surroundings when
not in use, display traffic and weather alerts, and the high end of its new
series of TVs are equipped with quantum-dot light-emitting-diode (QLED)
displays, which
our editor-in-chief, Rich Quinnell, described in more detail in his report from CES.

The
new Samsung QLED TV will include Bixby, Samsung’s new smart technology, which
allows the TV to be controlled with voice commands. They also boast effortless
login and universal guide features that will drastically lower setup time and
allow users to stream across different platforms all from the same menu.

The new Samsung TV can blend
seamlessly into the wall behind it, ostensibly disappearing. Image source: Samsung.

According
to Jonghee Han, president of visual display business at Samsung Electronics,
the 2018 lineup of televisions is the most innovative and sophisticated yet,
designed for today’s consumer who is mindful of the aesthetics of their space.
“We are excited for consumers to experience our new TV lineup and features that
offer more freedom to decide where and how the TV can be best enjoyed within
the home,” said Han.

QLED
TVs are also equipped with direct full array (DFA) technology, a feature that
uses backlights built into the TV to darken or lighten areas of pixels,
resulting in deeper blacks and brighter colors. They’re also outfitted with
ultra-4K UHD technology for a pristine and detailed picture.

One
of the most innovative features of this new lineup in the televised world is
the TV’s new ambient mode that can be activated when it’s not in use. In
ambient mode, the new Samsung TV can blend seamlessly into the wall behind it,
ostensibly disappearing. In this mode, a clock can be displayed, as well as
weather or traffic updates if so desired. The illusion is further reinforced by
Samsung’s new One Invisible Connect. The new type of connection uses a thin,
nearly invisible, transparent wire to carry all AV signals to and from the TV.
New advancements in Samsung’s One Invisible Connect have even managed to allow
the same wire to power the TV completely, thus making installation simple and
cluttered cord piles a thing of the past.

These
new advancements will allow technology to integrate even more seamlessly into
our lives. Unused TVs and devices will be able to blend into our surroundings,
providing us with useful information without interrupting our daily routines or
disturbing the aesthetics of the spaces around us.

Though
the exact prices and release dates are still unknown, the prices are expected
to range from around $899 for the 55-in. UHD, $3,799 for the 65-in. QLED, and a
staggering $20,000 for the 88-in. QLED TV.