It is commonplace for CeBIT to host whatever is currently the world's largest Plasma or LCD – indeed it had both – but what about simply the "World's Largest Television"?
According to TecnoVision (no that's not a typo) at an incredible 205 inches its 'Luxio' is exactly that. Set up on a side wall in Hall One away from company representatives I couldn't immediately get any info on this remarkable bolt from the blue, but with a little digging I've since discovered some interesting facts.
For a start the Luxio is neither LCD nor Plasma, or even CRT, it is an elaborate screen of 750,000 LEDs and is used more prominently for commercial advertising. They are arranged in an exact 16:9 form factor and – according to the company – HD ready (though at what resolution remains unclear).
Furthermore, if you have a spare 350,000 euros TecnoVision will install one in your home using customised cabling. Should your budget not stretch this far (or your walls not be large enough) a midrange 175in and tiddly 150 incher are also available.
Of course the real question in all this however is "Does this constitute a television?"
Well, according to the Oxford English Dictionary a television is: a device with a screen for receiving television signals, so it looks to be true. Problem is that description also brings into the equation outdoor screens used in concerts and sports events at places like the Tokyo Racetrack (8.066 square feet) and Dolphin Stadium (6,850 square feet). Don't even get me started on the Dallas Cowboy's new stadium which has FOUR screens each with 2,241in diagonals!
Sorry TecnoVision, but nice try...
PS Yes, I know it's a terrible pic, but you try flash photography when the main hall lights have been dimmed!