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LG Display is continuing its trend of reimagining the future of screens at CES 2021 with a new transparent TV. The panel is a 55-inch OLED, but its transparent design lets you see through it even when it’s turned on and displaying an image.

The screen achieves 40 percent transparency, LG Display says, which is an improvement over past transparent LCDs the company claims achieved only 10 percent transparency.

LG imagines the screen sitting at the foot of a bed, where it can rise up partially or in full to show information or videos while retaining a view of the other side of the screen. The panel as it’s designed now has built-in speakers in the form of LG Display’s Cinematic Sound OLED (CSO) technology, which uses vibrations of the screen to produce audio. It’s the same audio system found on LG’s other OLED prototype announced at CES this year, a bendable gaming monitor that can transform from flat to curved.

LG says the transparent OLED set can also be moved around the home if you’d like to position it somewhere else (if it were something you could actually buy, which you cannot right now).

LG Display has designed its first prototype of the 55-inch transparent OLED to sit at the foot of a bed. Image: LG Display

The company sees this as both a smart home device and one that could one day be used in public settings, like in restaurants and on public transportation.

“Transparent OLED is a technology that maximizes the advantages of OLED and can be used in various places in our daily lives, from stores, shopping malls, and architectural interiors to autonomous vehicles, subway trains, and aircraft,” Jong-sun Park, LG Display’s senior vice president and head of commercial business, said in a statement. “It will grow into a next-generation display that can change the existing display paradigm.”

LG Display imagines its transparent OLED display outside the home, as both a subway window and display in a public transportation setting. Image: LG Display

This isn’t the first transparent display to make a debut at CES; we’ve seen Samsung’s transparent OLED screens before, and Panasonic showed off a prototype transparent display back in 2016 (though it was only HD). And it’s not even LG’s first transparent OLED — the company announced last month it’s started developing see-through OLED sliding doors for office buildings and commercial spaces. LG also created a 77-inch curved transparent OLED back in 2017 that it imagined could be used for signage or advertising.

But this is LG Display’s first screen of this type it’s made strictly as a TV that would actually go in someone’s home, and not just something you’d see in a futuristic shopping center or some other commercial venue.

This is just one of many in a long line of LG Display experimental prototypes, some of which do indeed become real products you can buy. The company has made waves at past CES showcases with various iterations of its rollable OLED technology, while a commercial version of the TV using the tech finally went on sale in South Korea in October of last year for an eye-popping $87,000.

Unfortunately, there’s no indication right now that LG’s new transparent OLED TV will become a real product at some point in the future or how much it might cost if it does.

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SEE IT: House explodes in Indiana, killing three

An explosion at a home in Indiana on Wednesday killed three people and left one injured, according to authorities.

The blast occurred in the city of Evansville, in the southwest corner of the state. Thirty-nine homes in total were damaged in the explosion, according to the Evansville Fire Department. As of Wednesday evening, authorities were still searching the rubble for more potential victims.

"There could be other victims, we have not completed our search," Evansville Fire Department Chief Mike Connelly said at a news conference. "The buildings are not yet safe to enter."

Emergency crews respond to a house explosion on North Weinbach Avenue in Evansville, Ind., Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2022. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)


According to Connelly, 11 of the 39 damaged homes have been left uninhabitable.

The blast was captured on video by a surveillance camera in the area. The footage showed a sudden, powerful explosion that launched large pieces debris several feet into the air.

DEVELOPING | At least three people are injured after a house explosion in Evansville, according to the fire department. Several homes were damaged.

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— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) August 10, 2022

Authorities have not yet determined what caused the home to blow up.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on the scene of the explosion on North Weinbach Avenue conducting a blast analysis, Connelly said.


The fire chief added that CenterPoint Energy, the local gas company, was also on site investigating but had not detected any natural gas in the vicinity of the blast.

The identities of those killed and injured have not been released by authorities.

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