‘Bendable’ TV, 5G on display at Consumer Electronics Show


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Bendable TV screens are making waves at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and could land in your living room in 2019. 

“LG has this TV that can roll up into a little box and completely disappear,” CNet Senior Editor David Katzmaier told CBS News. “It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s actually a motorized TV that goes up and down.”

 Another big theme at CES: 5G mobile networks. (5G stands for 5th generation wireless.)

“We as consumers definitely want the speed,” said Diane Santurri of Johnson and Wales University. 

“1G started off with voice technology. Then we had 2G, which was text,” she explained. “Then 3G and 4G focused on the speed of the internet, which now we want things even faster.”

That speed will be critical to support things like telemedicine and even self-driving vehicles, according to Call For Action, a consumer advocacy organization. 

“If you’re a gamer, if you do a lot of streaming and you have a  lot of things connected, it should be something that you might want to consider,” Santurri added. 

But she cautioned there’s no industry standard for 5G. 

“You’re going to need to look at what the provider is providing you for that 5G,” Santurri said.  

According to Call For Action, 5G has the potential to provide speeds 10 to 100 times faster than 4G LTE. 

Susan Campbell (scampbell@wpri.com) is the Call 12 for Action and Target 12 consumer investigator for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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