Curved OLED Gaming Monitor to Debut at CES 2021

Lots of questions on this monitor tech.

As a techie, I used to attend CES and write extensively about my findings at this amazing conference. Due to the pandemic, 2021 will not be an in-person conference, instead a virtual conference. I’m not sure that type of conference works not being able to see the tech in person vs. online, but that’s a whole other topic.

Let’s talk curved monitors. I’ve been fascinated by this space and how watching movies on current screens might provide 3D-like properties.

Watching movies on a curved monitor? Will this be videogames-only useful or will there be non-interactive content on these high tech bendable screens?

In addition to several transparent OLED demos, LG Display will also be showing off a gaming-related concept product at its CES 2021 virtual showroom: a 48-inch 4K “Bendable CSO (Cinematic Sound OLED) display” that can switch between a flat screen and a curved screen. The idea here is that you can enjoy watching videos in flat screen mode, and at the press of a button, the monitor morphs into a curved screen — up to 1,000mm radius — for more immersive gaming.

LG will demo a ‘bendable’ OLED gaming monitor at CES 2021 | Engadget

How ‘bendable’ will these screens become? I think once they are able to wrap to extreme angles, we’ll see something like Regal Cinemas Screen X technology for movies (see: Is ScreenX the Perfect Way to Watch Ford v Ferrari?)

The whole idea of projecting an image on a flat wall isn’t as exciting to me as an actual screen, especially one that doesn’t have to be completely flat. Talk about real contours, real 3D, oh, the possibilities.

Admittedly, it’s going to be a very small subset of directors — like James Cameron — that would enjoy playing around with a non-flat surface providing creative possibilities.

When the pandemic is over, or at least mostly over, maybe it will be something different like this that piques the curiosity of moviegoers into coming back. Theaters need to keep an eye on tech and do whatever they can to make the cinema experience have bells and whistles that aren’t easily replicated at home. This is one clear and obvious way to remain a different experience.

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