No 180-inch LG plasma after all, but …

September 3, 2010 by Dave Haynes

LG managed to whip up a fair amount of hoohah this week when it announced it would be showing (quoting LG UK) a “staggering 180-inch plasma 3D TV prototype” at this week’s IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.

Wow. That would be one big piece of TV. I don’t think the floor joists in my house could even support something that big – though I probably wouldn’t be living in this money-pit if I could afford a wall-sized TV.

Turns out, LG was s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g the description just a wee bit. It was a three by three wall of nine plasmas, which is hardly a prototype of anything. So the PR people should get wrist-slaps.

However, what’s interesting and really hard to find detail on is the plasmas that are stitched together.

Engadget says the seams are just 1.5 mm,which is getting into MicroTiles territory. I am not sure if that means a 1.5mm seam, period. Or 3mm when two are butted together. Either way, that’s getting close to making those grid lines insignificant.  I have seen nearly bezel-free plasmas for two or three years at shows, but always from little companies. I think this is the first time one of the big boys has marketed one.

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