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(CES 2020) Samsung develops cordless TV

All News 17:01 January 06, 2020

By Joo Kyung-don

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea's top electronics maker, has developed a cordless TV, a senior executive said Sunday, though the product will not be showcased at the upcoming tech show here.

Han Jong-hee, president of Visual Display at Samsung, said the company has developed a TV that doesn't require a cord running from the set to the power outlet.

Last year, Samsung reportedly filed a patent for a television design that is completely cordless, using wireless power technology that's similar to ones currently used on smartphones.

"We have developed one (cordless TV)," Han told reporters after the Samsung TV First Look event in Las Vegas, Nevada, ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020). "But to show that product here, we also have to do some construction work on the walls."

Han Jong-hee, president of Visual Displays at Samsung Electronics Co., speaks at the company's Samsung TV First Look 2020 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 5, 2020, two days ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. (Yonhap)

With the company's current technology, Han said it can transfer power wirelessly about two meters, but that will not be enough to power the TV stably considering the structure of walls and other device settings.

"Wireless power transfer currently shows poor power efficiency to turn on the TV," he said. "If we launch the product today, consumers have to find their own ways to solve that power issue."

Han, however, vowed that Samsung will work hard to release a truly cordless TV in the future.

"What we want to see in the future is getting rid of power cords," he said. "To do so, we have to put more efforts to develop related technologies."

Meanwhile, at the Samsung TV First Look event, Han presented a vision of "Screens Everywhere," which sees giving screens "new meaning" through form and function.

"Transforming walls and windows into screens, we'll defy the limits of conventional space," he said. "This is the 'Screens Everywhere' era I'd like to create where our homes adapt to our changing needs and add even more value to your life."

kdon@yna.co.kr
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