If you happen to be wandering around CES this week and have become bored of seeing endless variations upon the same theme of bigger/brighter/blacker/thinner LCD and plasma TVs then you may want to check out Mitsubishi's latest televisual offering, dubbed LaserTV. The technology was first shown off in 2006, but this is the first commercially destined set on the market, so Mitsubishi will need to make a strong case if LaserTV is to steal market share away form its two flat-screen rivals.
At its heart, LaserTV is an extension of DLP, which swaps the commonly used lamp and colour wheel for, oddly enough, a trio of lasers, one red, one blue and one green. Without going too deep into the underlying mechanics, LaserTV's advocates claim that using lasers should offer a vastly improved colour range that current DLP, plasma or LCD displays can offer; Mitsubishi citing figures of 90 per cent reproduction of the visible colour spectrum for LaserTV and only 40 per cent for its alternatives.
Brighter, more vivid colours aren't the only reason one might want a LaserTV though, because it is also claimed that both pricing and weight should be around half that of LCD and plasma, power requirements are around a quarter and that, interestingly, the tech can also be adapted to produce 3D images - although how this might work isn't mentioned. Until we actually see one of these in the flesh (if at all) we probably shouldn't assume too much. As Mitsubishi says: believing is seeing.
Press release (not much information here though folks).