Samsung Electronics’ QLED TV and LG Electronics’ CineBeam Laser 4K Projector have been included among the "Best Inventions 2018" chosen by Time magazine.
Each year, Time selects 50 smart inventions in 10 categories: accessibility, architecture and design, fashion & beauty, food & drink, gear & gadgets, health & wellness, sports & fitness, sustainability & social good, toys, games & entertainment, and transportation and travel.
Samsung Electronics' QLED TV was chosen as one of the top inventions in the toys, games & entertainment category.
Time described Samsung’s QLED TV as “a TV that blends into the wall.” It notes that while today’s top-of-the-line televisions deliver stunning visual quality, they become just lifeless black boxes when turned off. But Samsung’s newest lineup of 4K QLED models is different.
Referring to the "Ambient Mode" of Samsung Electronics' TVs, Time says that when this mode is set, they display art works, weather reports or personal photos. “You can even set them up to mimic the wall on which the TV is hanging, allowing it to seamlessly blend in to your room when not in use.”
Time also says, “Other design tweaks, such as moving all necessary connectors to a separate box, means owners need not worry about a cluster of wires uglifying an otherwise elegant piece of technology.”
LG Electronics' CineBeam Laser 4K Projector was also selected as one of the best inventions in the same category.
Describing the product as "the ultimate at-home movie projector," Time said that there would be few better ways for cinephiles to replicate the theater experience at home than using this product.
The projector uses lasers to beam a dazzling 150-inch 4K image up onto a wall or screen. “The CineBeam can stream content from most major streaming services from Netflix to Hulu, and also works with video-game consoles,” Time says.
Time magazine said to make the 2018 list, it solicited nominations across a variety of categories from its editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. Then it evaluated each contender based on key factors, including originality, creativity, influence, ambition and effectiveness.