The kind of laser beam you're <i>supposed</i> to stare at
Laser TVs will offer better picture and require less power.
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Lasers have not lived up to their full potential in consumer electronics. At least that's what one of the companies behind laser TVs says.
But wait, a high-powered laser in your TV? Don't shield your eyes just yet. Lasers are a light source that so far has only been mass-produced in low-power applications, like in CD or DVD players. "We've never had a high-power consumer electronics laser," said Greg Niven, vice president of marketing for Novalux. "A laser pointer is 1 or 3 milliwatts. A laser TV would be 5 or 6 Watts."
Laser TVs would produce a better picture because lasers are capable of displaying almost all of the colors the human eye can see, and would consume less power than the rear-projection technologies currently on the market, Niven told the crowd gathered at iSuppli's Flat Information Displays Conference 2006 here.
A laser TV is also an improvement on a laser pointer in another way--Novalux uses Class 2 laser devices, so looking at a blown-up laser image is much safer than staring at a focused laser from a laser pointer, Niven said.
At least you could walk into a store and buy a laser pointer today. Novalux-powered laser TVs won't be available until late 2007.