One of the biggest trends of CES 2019 was to bash CES. “Iterative.” “Underwhelming.” “Nothing revolutionary.” Those were just some of the things I heard from people who attended the world’s biggest tech event this past week.
But if you ask IP Park, CTO and president of LG Electronics, about a gadget malaise, he’ll point to his partner during his CES keynote as evidence that the tech world is not only not standing still, it’s accelerating.
“I think if you were at CES 10 years ago, 15 years ago…who would have imagined a robot would co-host a CES keynote,” Park said. LG also happened to unveil the most talked-about “wow” product at the show, the world’s first rollable OLED TV.
I sat down with Park to discuss a wide range of subjects, and these are the highlights of our chat:
- LG is working on both rollable and foldable phones. Park isn’t yet sure about market demand, but the company will be ready.
- While Samsung is banking on MicroLED displays, Park says it will take “many years” for microLED TVs to compete with OLED.
- 8K TVs are going to take over sooner than you think: “Once your eyes get used to high-resolution displays, you don’t want to go back,” Park said.
- The robot invasion is real. LG’s service robots are so popular that the company can’t keep up with demand.
- 5G has the potential to inspire a wave of smartphone upgrades: “I think this year could be the year of an upgrade in the smartphone industry because of 5G.”
What do you think it is about the rollable OLED TV R that’s has really captured the imagination of so many people?
You’ve never seen anything like this before, right? This is a very new form factor. We think that it has a very compelling use case. If you have a beautiful home, you don’t want to cover one part of it with just a TV.
So the idea is that you can get rid of it when you don’t want to see the huge screen when nothing’s turned on, but just use it as a TV when you need it. More info