updated 02:30 pm EDT, Fri September 29, 2006
JVC Wall-Mount Projection
Rear projection televisions are typically less expensive than direct-view sets and are often the only way for many viewers to afford a set large enough to be comfortably viewable from the opposite end of the living room. Their primary obstacle is bulk: almost every projection TV is much thicker than a direct-view LCD or plasma display. These sets are also impossible to wall-mount and usually require large floor stands. JVC in Japan has developed a new slim projection technology that will resolve these lingering drawbacks of projection systems. Using a concave mirror to bounce light instead of the typical convex shape, the projector in JVC's prototype can reach a much wider angle than traditional sets while also using a smaller optics set -- reducing not just the thickness necessary to fill the screen but the weight of the system as well. JVC has already produced a 60-inch example set (pictured) which is only 10.6 inches thick and is light enough to be wall-mounted. The concave mirror system also has the side benefit of improving the contrast ratio by blocking out unwanted light. Better still is news that the breakthrough is not simply a theoretical demonstration but a practical reality; JVC says the technique will be incorporated into production TV models by spring 2007.