LG Electronics hopes to revolutionize the TV and the Internet. Various device-makers have integrated the Web into modern television sets with their Smart TVs. But LG takes the convergence to a new level with a magic touch pen.
The South Korean device maker has launched LG PenTouch TV – an innovative series of plasma HDTVs that takes TV interaction to a whole new level.
When connected to a dual-core 2GHz computer via RGB or HDMI output, the LG PenTouch TV lets viewers use a special touch-sensitive stylus pen to interact with the Internet and to create, modify and control a variety of content directly on the screen.
Touch displays have become the norm in mobile phones and tablets, but remain almost unheard of in TVs, said Jay Vandenbree, senior vice president, home entertainment, LG Electronics USA. The PenTouch TV brings all the excitement of touch displays, computers and the Internet to the world of television, with functions and programs that are great fun and really educational. Families, in particular, will have more than ever to enjoy on LG PenTouch TV plasma screens.
Users can activate the PenTouch mode with a single click on the remote control. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. In PenTouch mode, users can access files created on their PCs, and work on them, edit them or move them around the screen using the stylus. The TV supports simultaneous two-pen use, and pen batteries can be recharged through USB ports on the TV or PC.
Using PenTouch software provided with the TV, users can draw pictures directly onto the screen and then save the files for further editing or effects manipulation. PenTouch creations can be printed by connecting the PC to a printer. Additional software features include Gallery, which comes with a built-in slide show feature; Digital Photo Frame, which lets users embellish their work with the frame of their choice; and even a Family Calendar, where you can leave notes and to-do lists for your family members to see. The LG PenTouch TV can also interact with Internet content when connected to a PC.
The LG PenTouch TV uses a scratch-resistant glass screen, while auto sharpness control and color materialization technology enhance viewing. Comp-lementing the unit’s stylish TruSlim Frame design, the LG PenTouch TV incorporates a stand that has been specially designed to provide more stability when owners or their children are using the PenTouch feature.
Three LG PenTouch models, two 60-inch (59.8 inches diagonal) class and one 50-inch class (49.9 inches diagonal) plasma HDTVs are available. The 60-inch class 60PZ850 is 3D capable, earning the coveted THX 3D and 2D Display Certification. It has a suggested retail price of US$2,199 in the U.S. The 60-inch class 60PV490 and the 50-inch class 50PV490 both offer Full HD 1080p display capability and exclusive LG technologies, including Picture Wizard self-calibration, Intelligent Sensor automatic picture adjustment and Smart Energy Saving features. The 60PV490 and 50PV490 have suggested retail prices of US$1,699 and US$1,099, respectively, in the U.S.