The experience of sitting in a living room watching two completely different things while wearing glasses and earphones seems like it might be a bit… antisocial. But Samsung is calling its updated KN55F9500 OLED TV the opposite — a marriage saver. And we figured they have a point.
While the big push from the major players at this year’s CES is undoubtedly Ultra HD (a.k.a. 4K) TVs, our enthusiasm for the reality-bending crispness of the TV of tomorrow has been tempered slightly by the fact that few of them will see the light of a Best Buy anytime soon. But that’s not necessarily the case with the new Samsung pictured above. Conceptually, it’s one of the most mind-boggling bits of tech we’ve seen in a while.
It’s a gorgeous 55-inch OLED TV, which, without going too deep into tech specs, means the colors are especially inky and rich, and video is completely fluid. The hook is that it’s also a multi-view set, which means that, using special 3-D glasses that have earphones built in, two viewers can sit in front of the set and watch completely different programs at the same time – even 1080p 3D video. We tested it out and it’s simply incredible.
Multi-view itself isn’t new, and we saw a similar concept by Sony last year for the PS3. However this version is far more advanced with more capabilities. We didn’t get to see the setup but were told users will simply select Multi-view and then pick which TV input they want (so, say DVR for one person and Blu-Ray for another) and the set handles the rest.
Price and availability are still TBD.