Haier 55-inch 3DTV with Wireless Energy Transfer
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/23/2012 12:40 PM | 0 comment(s) ]
Haier recently showcased a 3DTV with a diagonal of 55 inches and featuring the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology. The company did not focus too much on spelling out each and every specification, according to a TechOn report.
Instead, it has focused on the WHDI technology and the implications it has in the long run. The WHDI technology does two things, one of which is the streaming of video content.
The other role is to power the TV wirelessly, meaning that the newcomer does not need to be plugged into anything to work. In fact, it totally lacks any and all sorts of cables, relying completely on magnetic resonance generated by a power-receiving coil.
The stand below the TV holds the power-transmitting device, though the power-receiving coil needs to rest very close to the bottom of the TV as well.
While the magnetic resonance works well enough, it needs the device to be within 8 inches of the display's bottom. This rather defeats the purpose of the wireless design, since a cable still needs to connect the power transmitter to an outlet on the wall.
Then again, even though Haier demoed the 55-inch 3D panel at CES, it did it more as proof of concept. The company has every intention of selling such TVs eventually, but not soon. Unfortunately, no sort of price was specified for it, and the availability date was withheld as well.