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January 7th, 2014 by LG Blog UK

LG Electronics (LG) today took the cover off the world’s first Flexible OLED TV at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With this groundbreaking TV unit, viewers can control the angle of curvature for the ultimate viewing experience that was only available in the realm of science fiction.

“LG’s Flexible OLED TV is a product that has to be seen to be believed because it defies description,” said H. H. (Hyun-hwoi) Ha President and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “What curved is to flat, flexible is to curved. LG continues to lead the evolution of televisions into the next generation.”

What separates LG’s Flexible OLED TV from every other TV set in the world is that the curvature of the display can be altered using the TV remote to suit the viewer’s preference. The range of curvature was determined by taking into account key factors that affect the viewing experience such as screen size and viewing distance. Since the viewer can adjust the curvature, they can enjoy the best TV viewing experience, tailored to their tastes, every time.

The 77-inch TV unit is the result of technological integration encompassing all aspects of producing a product as innovative as this TV, such as design, displays, quality assurance, etc. The Flexible OLED TV has been subject to tens of thousands of hours of tests to ensure the reliability and durability of its unique display. With the introduction of the Flexible OLED TV, LG now has achieved a major grand slam, having introduced its share of world firsts in the OLED TV space — flat, curved and now flexible.
Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from January 7 – 10 will have the opportunity to see LG’s stunning Flexible OLED TV for themselves.

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LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its newest Smart TV platform at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. webOS, which was purchased from Hewlett-Packard in March last year, has been reinvented and reintroduced as LG’s new Smart TV platform. The new operating system offers an intuitive user interface for an experience that is both seamless and refreshingly uncomplicated, based on years of experience collected by the webOS team. Furthermore, the new platform makes it extremely easy for developers to create applications and enhances the compatibility of LG’s Smart TVs with other devices.

“We are extremely excited to be able to introduce webOS optimized for LG Smart TV here at CES 2014” said In-kyu Lee, Senior Vice President and head of the TV division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The beauty of webOS is that it provides so much freedom, and is so simple to use. We feel confident that consumers will find navigating, exploring and switching between different forms of content on webOS a truly enjoyable, not frustrating, experience.”

Simple to Connect, Easy to Use
The webOS platform, which will be implemented in more than 70 percent of LG’s Smart TVs in 2014, greatly simplifies the smart TV experience. Its ease-of-use makes content searching and viewing, connecting with other devices, and even the initial setup process incredibly smooth. The first time the user turns on the webOS-enabled LG Smart TV, an animated character named BeanBird appears onscreen to help get connected and walk the use through the setup process. All the viewer has to do is shake the Magic Remote or press the OK button to receive further advice from the winged virtual facilitator. webOS can instantly recognize when and what kind of external device has been plugged into the TV and brings up a pop-up menu listing all relevant options for the user to choose from.

Instant Access and Easy Content Switching
The new Launcher, a left-to-right scrollable menu that runs along the lower portion of the screen is one of the most distinctive features of webOS. The Launcher makes it possible to switch between broadcast TV, smart TV content and media stored on external devices without having to return to the Home screen. It allows the viewer to simultaneously watch a show, play a game or browse the internet while searching or downloading other content. What’s more, Live Menu, which can be opened while viewing the TV, keeps the search, recommendation and channel options within easy reach.

Content Discovery Made Simple
The webOS development team in LG’s Silicon Valley Lab created the unique Today menu as a one-stop content recommendation service, suggesting popular TV shows, programs that have been missed as well as full-feature movies. Running horizontally along the center of the screen, the Today bar can also be scrolled up or down via the Magic Remote wheel to reveal more exciting viewing options.

LG’s webOS also offers access to the LG Store’s comprehensive collection of apps. The LG Store lets users browse the most-viewed and most-downloaded items available from across the Smart TV platform, including broadcast TV programs and the latest games. The logically organized categories, which include 3D content, games and movies, employ thumbnail images for fast and convenient selection of content.

Visitors to LG’s CES booth (2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from January 7 to January 10 can experience webOS on LG’s latest OLED TVs, 4K ULTRA HD TVs and on other models from the company’s new year Home Entertainment lineup.

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LG Electronics (LG) today took the wraps off LG Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate Earphones, two wearable products that mark the company’s first foray into fitness tech. Unveiled at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, both products incorporate comfortable designs and compatibility with other devices so that monitoring one’s health requires no additional effort beyond strapping on a watch and inserting a pair of headphone earbuds.

Lifeband Touch is a smart activity tracker that incorporates a bold yet comfortable designand is compatible with heart rate monitors (HRM) as well as smartphones. Meanwhile, the innovative Heart Rate Earphones’ unique dual-function design offers a convenient way for users to measure their heart rate while exercising . Both devices are designed to help users take greater control over their health. Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones can wirelessly link up toeach other, creating a seamless wearable ecosystem. Connected to smartphones (Android and iOS supported), the devices can transmit data to the intuitive, easy-to-use LG Fitness app, or to a number of other third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper or MapMyFitness.

Lifeband Touch was designed to be asymmetric and flexible, providing greater comfort and style than other wearable fitness wristbands. Featuring a touch OLED panel to display time, biometrics, incoming calls and music controls, the built-in 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter allows the device to accurately measure key performance indicators such as distance, speed, number of steps, calories consumed and projected pace. All this information is visible with a swipe of a finger on the OLED display. Engineered to be lightweight and simple to use, it incorporates a unique motion-sensing algorithm that automatically turns on the display when the wearer rotates his or her wrist. Lifeband Touch also offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth to transmit data to a smartphone or receive data from third party devices such the Heart Rate Earphones.

LG’s Heart Rate Earphones feature PerformTek® sensor technology which measures blood flow signals from the auricle, the external part of the ear to capture accurate biometric data such as heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max). As a continuous heart rate monitoring device, PerformTek® has proven accurate during rigorous physical activity. LG employs a flexible ear piece design to make its Heart Rate Earphones more comfortable to use than other similar monitoring devices. A clip-on medallion connected to the earphones provides Bluetooth connectivity, enabling the unit to send data to a smartphone or the Lifeband Touch for a truly seamless experience.

“We wanted to introduce wearable fitness products that met the expectations of today’s tech savvy consumers and brought something new to the table, which in our case meant exceptional design, comfort and functionality,” said Jim Clayton, executive vice president of LG’s New Business Division in the Home Entertainment Company. “The uniqueness of our wearable devices is that they weren’t just designed for exercise butalso for day-to-day use in the office or around the home. With Lifeband Touch, you can get call and text notifications sent from your smartphone while the Heart Rate Earphones are perfectly happy playing back music all day even when you’re not exercising. These are much more than just fitness devices.”

Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones will be available starting in the United States in the first half of 2014, to be followed by rollouts in other markets. Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from January 7 through January 10 will be able to see and experience LG’s newest wearable devices for themselves.

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LG Electronics (LG) will unveil a comprehensive ULTRA HD TV lineup at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7 – 10, 2014. Last year, LG won over the crowds with a collection of ULTRA HD TVs equipped with advanced features and enhanced picture quality. At this year’s CES, the company will raise the bar once more, highlighted by the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio CURVED ULTRA HD TV (Model 105UC9) with a screen measuring a remarkable 105 inches diagonally.

“Our newest ULTRA HD TV offerings are going to turn a lot of heads at this year’s CES,” said In-kyu Lee, Senior Vice President and head of the TV Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “Image quality is simply outstanding, and consumers are recognizing LG as a trend setter in Ultra HD technology and a leader in moving the 4K medium forward.”

World’s First 105-inch 21:9 CURVED ULTRA HD TV
LG’s new CURVED ULTRA HD TV (model 105UC9) features a massive 105-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 5120 x 2160 5K resolution. The result is a truly cinematic home viewing experience. With its beautiful, ergonomic design and enormous concave 105-inch screen, the 105UC9 delivers a viewing experience unmatched by any other TV available today. The screen matches the cinematic aspect ratio that most movies are filmed in, eliminating the black bars commonly visible with content played on conventional flat-panel TVs. The extra-wide screen enables viewers to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action.

The new ULTRA HD TV’s exceptional picture quality is complemented by the deep, rich audio produced by a forward-facing 7.2 multi-channel sound system designed in collaboration with Harman Kardon. Embodying LG’s new ULTRA Surround concept, the speakers create an auditory experience that takes the viewer deeper into the onscreen environment.

Brilliantly Designed Premium 4K ULTRA HD TV
In addition to its industry-leading 105-inch CURVED ULTRA HD TV, LG will also be showcasing its premium UB9800 series 4K ULTRA HD TV lineup comprised of 65-, 79-, 84- and 98-inch units.

The UB9800 series is equipped with a unique proprietary chip that enhances the Ultra HD resolution and optimizes overall image quality. Thanks to this chip, LG’s latest Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro further differentiates the TV’s picture quality from the competition.

The UB9800 comes with a sophisticated upscaling function that takes SD, HD or Full HD content and renders it in sharp, near Ultra HD quality. Working in tandem with the upgraded Super Resolution Algorithm, the Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro guarantees a more enjoyable viewing experience by eliminating the visual errors common to other upscaling systems. In addition, the Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro also supports a technique called 4K Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC), which ensures that all 4K Ultra HD content appears lifelike and free of motion blur.

A particularly forward-looking feature of LG’s ULTRA HD TVs is the built-in 4K HEVC 60p decoder. The device decodes broadcast signals in both H.264 and HEVC H.265 formats, in both 30p or 60p. What’s more, the TV seamlessly displays Ultra HD content from nearly any input source, including HDMI 2.0, USB and LAN. The new models also feature LG’s unique ULTRA HD CINEMA 3D, which uses Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology to render convincing 3D images with virtually no flicker or cross-talk. LG’s new ULTRA HD TV models features impressive 3840 x 2160 resolution ULTRA IPS panels. LG’s IPS technology is highly regarded for its ability to offer extraordinarily detailed images and a wide viewing angle. This series also features improved sound with the collaboration with harman/kardon®.

Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10 will have the opportunity to see LG’s newest ULTRA HD TVs with their own eyes.

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LG Electronics (LG) is proud to present the most comprehensive OLED TV lineup on the planet at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014. Visitors to the company’s booth at CES will have the opportunity to see the world’s largest ULTRA HD CURVED OLED (model 77EC9800) TV along with the company’s various 55- and 65-inch OLED TV models. Also on display will be the elegant GALLERY OLED TV (model 55EA8800) and the CURVED OLED TV (model 55EB9600) with its friendly environmental footprint.

“All of the exceptional OLED models we’re showcasing at CES 2014 offer the ultimate in picture quality and refined, modern aesthetics,” said In-kyu Lee, Senior Vice President and head of the TV Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “Driving the evolution of television into the next generation, LG will continue to employ its technological and design expertise to bring impressive OLED TVs to market.”

Unmatched Picture Quality

The 55-, 65- and 77-inch ULTRA HD CURVED OLED TVs combine LG’s proprietary WRGB OLED technology and 4K Ultra HD screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) for a whole new level of picture quality and viewer immersion. Filling the viewer’s field of vision with gorgeous, high-contrast images, the 77EC9800’s sensually curved screen is supported by a beautiful leaf-shaped stand. A standout product, the company’s mammoth 77-inch model is the recipient of the highly-prized Best of Innovations at the 2014 CES Innovations Awards.

The colour temperature of each pixel on the enormous 77-inch display is automatically controlled by the LG Color Refiner, resulting in superior consistency and balance. The TV’s infinite contrast ratio is adeptly managed by the company’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) algorithm. The striking ULTRA HD CURVED OLED TV also boasts the eye-popping visuals of ULTRA CINEMA 3D. Thanks to film-type patterned retarder (FPR) technology and Ultra HD resolution, the user can marvel at the most convincing 3D effects ever seen on a TV without having to endure distracting flickering or cross-talk.

For more high resolution viewing options, the 77EC9800 has been equipped with LG’s own Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro, which can upscale SD, HD or Full HD content into breathtaking near-4K picture quality. The results are rendered even more seamless due to the error-correction capabilities of the enhanced super resolution algorithm to prevent blurred image from the upscaling process. The TV also incorporates Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC) to make the onscreen action appear smoother, clearer and more realistic.

Consumers will appreciate that LG’s ULTRA HD CURVED OLED TVs are future-proof, able to decode broadcast signals in both H.264 and HEVC H.265 formats, at 30p or 60p. A convenient built-in decoder makes it possible to display Ultra HD content from external devices connected via the TV’s HDMI, USB or LAN ports. Model 77EC9800 also incorporates LG’s newest smart TV platform, enabling consumers to enjoy a refreshingly simple and intuitive user experience.

Creative Concepts, Award Winning Products

Beautiful to behold, hidden behind the elegant frame of the GALLERY OLED TV is the Canvas Speaker, a powerful 2.2 channel, 100W forward-facing setup that guarantees a superb auditory experience unavailable on any other OLED TV. Honored with a CES 2014 Innovations Award, the artistically inspired EA8800 is the only unit that can make an average living room feel like an actual art gallery. The unit’s unique eGallery feature provides a variety of display modes that can be activated to create a specific mood. For instance, Gallery Mode turns the TV into a picture frame displaying some of the world’s most famous works of art while Healing & Remembering Mode helps to create a warm and inviting atmosphere through mood-lifting sounds and images.

LG’s latest CURVED OLED TV, the 55EB9600, is a highly efficient, environmentally-friendly product. Demonstrating the company’s commitment to responsible manufacturing, the model is made with more recyclable materials and considerably fewer parts than its predecessor. Lightweight and energy conscious, the 55EB9600 has received a CES 2014 Innovations Award for its eco-friendliness and superior build quality.

Investing in the Future of OLED

To prepare for the imminent growth in demand for OLED TVs around the world, LG is establishing production bases in a number of countries outside of Korea. The company has already completed the construction of new TV plants in Brazil, Poland, China and Thailand with an advanced facility in Mexico commencing operation this year producing OLED TVs for the North American market. Through the creation of this large-scale global OLED TV production network, LG is building an early lead in the next generation TV technology. With strategic bases serving local and surrounding markets, LG aims to reduce export costs and increase price competitiveness.

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LG Left-overs Lunch

Relieve your refrigerator and find your frugal side, now that the long-awaited Christmas Dinner date has passed. December 26th has long marked the day of rustling up the tastiest of meals, rejuvenating the foods that couldn’t be finished on Christmas Day. Don’t spend even more time tending to the stove , hand over the hard work to your (LG) microwave and enjoy! Here’s a few (not too heavy) ideas to get started:

Curried Parsnip Soup (serves 4)
25g Butter
1 Small Onion, diced
500g Leftover Parsnips, sliced (fresh parsnips can also be used, allow more time as indicated)
2 tsp Curry Powder
1 litre Hot Chicken Stock
Salt and Pepper
4 tsp Cream (optional, for swirling)
Handful of Coriander, to garnish

1. Place the butter in a large microwave-proof bowl and microwave on a high setting for 1 minute.
2. Add the onion (and parsnips, if uncooked), cover and continue cooking on a high setting for 4 minutes, stirring in the curry powder half way.
3. Add the sliced parsnips (if left over and previously cooked), pour in the hot chicken stock and stir in with a pinch of salt and pepper, to season. Cover and return to microwave on high setting for 10 minutes (or until parsnips are tender if these were previously uncooked), stirring at intervals.
4. Remove from microwave and pour into a blender. Whizz until smooth.
5. Pour into four bowls. With a teaspoon, swirl cream in a spiral motion in the centre of the soup and the garnish with fresh coriander.
6. Serve with crusty bread.

Turkey Quesadillas (serves 1, easily multiplied dependent on amount of left-over Turkey)
Half a Red Pepper, sliced

Flour Tortilla
Cooked Turkey, broken in to small pieces
Grated Cheese (assuming plenty is left over from cheese board)
50g Salsa
To serve: Soured Cream and Coriander, to garnish

1. Lay out slices of red pepper on a grill tray, and grill on a medium heat until soft. Remove from grill and allow to cool for 5 minutes before touching.
2. Place one tortilla on a microwaveable plate, cover with salsa, grilled pepper slices, turkey pieces and sprinkle cheese over the top. Place second flour tortilla on the top, microwave on a high heat for 90 seconds, or until cheese is melted and turkey is piping hot.
3. With a pizza slice, divide into quarters, and serve with fresh coriander and a dollop of soured cream. Eat straight away.

Click here to view LG’s range of microwaves.

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We demystify one of the most interesting new techs in TV history: OLED.
What is it, how does it work, and why are we so excited about it?

What is OLED?
OLED? Well, it stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and while that sounds broadly similar to the LED TVs we’ve become used to, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. LED TVs are closer, technology-wise, to LCD TVs; the only difference is that LCD TVs use different light bulb technology to light the image.

OLED is a world apart. Instead of using thousands of pixels and a handful of backlights to illuminate the image, each OLED pixel acts as its own light source, generating both light and colour. The result: better distributed colour, and a brighter image overall.

Infinite Contrast
With an LED TV, the backlights need to be on all the time in order for you to see anything. Variable brightness means modern sets can still produce scenes with incredible contrast, but you’re never really looking at “true black” unless the set is turned off. Because each pixel in an OLED display produces its own light, when a pixel is required to be black, it’s turned off entirely, meaning unbelievably high contrast ratios. Perfect for dark, moody films.

The Ultimate Display
The problem with LCD and LED TVs is that the backlights they require dictate the size and shape of the TV. Because there’s no backlight, an OLED TV can be almost unbelievably thin – we’re talking about a TV no deeper than 4mm. They can bend, too, allowing TVs such as the LG EA980W to curve gracefully, allowing them to provide a true to life viewing experience by mimicking the shape of your eye.

Awesome. Now blind me with science.
Conventional OLED TVs have pixels with three sub-pixels: red, green and blue. It’s the varying intensities of each of these sub-pixels that allows a pixel to appear one of thousands of different shades. Only LG TVs use WRGB pixels, which means each pixel not only has RGB sub-pixels, but an additional white pixel as well. This means more accurate colour, better viewing angles, and a TV that will last longer.

If you prefer your tech’s scientific secrets to remain hidden, there’s plenty of wow-factor. Not least of this takes the form of LG’s Magic Remote, whose motion-sensing, voice activated trickery makes browsing even the longest of channel lists entertaining.

Click here to find out more about LGs 55EA980W

Visit www.howtoliveit.co.uk to read more on the latest in tech.

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Last minute Christmas Pud (hooray for microwaves)

December 20th, 2013 by LG Blog UK

Turkey ordered, family members confirmed, presents wrapped and dinner table set – the traditional British Christmas requires a large dose of planning, preparing and cooking. Christmas Puddings ordinarily require a staggered preparation programme beginning in October / November, traditionally gathering the family together to each stir the mixture and make a wish, followed by an overnight rest, steaming and storing) and tending to regularly with extra lashings of booze over time to develop the flavour. If you’ve just got round to your Christmas food shop don’t panic – your Christmas Pud can be whipped up in an express 25 minutes, with the help of your LG Microwave Oven.

For your last minute Christmas Pud you will need:

• 300g good quality mincemeat
(should be available to buy in a jar at all big supermarkets this time of year)
• 140g orange marmalade (the coarser the shred the better)
• 200g soft dark sugar
• 3 tbsp treacle
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 3 eggs, beaten
• 4 tbsp whiskey
• 100g butter, frozen and coarsely grated
• 200g self raising flour

For the finishing touch(optional)
• 5 tbsp brandy
• 1 spring of Holly
• 250ml Brandy Sauce


1. Butter and line the base of a 1.5 litre pudding basin with greaseproof paper. Stir all main ingredients in a large mixing bowl, adding one by one until all completely and evenly mixed.
2. Tip the pudding mix into the prepared pudding basin and cover with a cut-to-fit circle of greaseproof paper. Place on a microwavable plate and set on a medium heat for 25 minutes.
Test the pudding is cooked by inserting a skewer – if the mixture is visible on the skewer continue microwaving until cooked.
3. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.
4. (Optional) To flame, pour 4 tbsp brandy over the pudding, Pour one tbsp brandy and set light to this whilst on the spoon . Pour onto pudding so it begins to flame (NB. Keep away from children at
this point). When safe, insert sprig of holly into the top of the pudding for decoration and serve with brandy sauce. (Serves 4)

Click here to see our range of microwaves – featuring innovative Lightwave and Intellowave technology.

Happy Christmas from LG

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LG breaks all the barriers of imagination: Launches World’s First – Curved OLED TV & G Flex

LG launches Curved OLED TV and Curved G Flex

LG has created a storm in the Indian market by launching the World’s First Curved OLED TV and the LG G Flex, the World’s First Curved Flexing Smartphone on 11th December 2013 at New-Delhi. With the curved range of displays and flexible screens, LG continues to invest on futuristic technologies, creating a premium range of products.

LG 55 Curved OLED TV features an ergonomic design with full CINEMA 3D support, 4 Color Pixel Technology, Clear Speakers, Magic Remote and much more. Taking a giant step ahead of conventional display, LG’s 4 Color Pixel Technology adds a white sub-pixel, which modifies the conventional 3 colors and enhances both color range and accuracy.  The independently lighted organic pixels create Infinite Contrast while the Absolute Motion Clarity produces blur-free, crystal-clear images with over 100 times faster response speed than conventional LED TV.

LG’s Clear Speakers offer high quality sound to match the ultimate picture quality of OLED TV. The two channel speaker system consists of thin ceramic film that produces elegant sound.

The second marvel that’s part of LG’s curved innovation is the G Flex. Made to fit snugly in your hand, it follows the curvature of the face, reducing the gap between the mic and the mouth. Fitting the contours of your eyes, it provides an immersive and panoramic viewing experience like never before. The ultra-thin, ultra-light flexible POLED display and curved OLED panel are built on plastic substrates instead of glass, giving LG G Flex its unique shape and durability. The POLED display is brighter and more precise with Real RGB colors.

Adding more joy to the bundle of innovations, the LG G Flex has a self-healing back cover with an ability to recover from scratches. The G Flex also has an intuitive rear key, supporting a smooth operation.

In the launch event, Mr. Soon Kwon, MD – LG India said, “We are proud to present LG Curved OLED TV and LG G Flex Smartphone, world’s first curved technology products to India. India is a strategic market for LG and we are the first company to launch the curved series in this market. The unique and immersive  curved design will provide consumers with an ultimate viewing experience”.

The launch event was a huge success and widely reported in media and digital spectrum creating a buzz about LG’s year-ending curved surprise for their esteemed customers and tech-lovers.

Explore more about the revolutionary products here –

LG Curved OLED TV – http://www.lg.com/in/oled-tvs

LG Curved G Flex – http://www.lg.com/in/mobile-phones/lg-D958

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With the release of LGs 55EA980W Curved OLED TV, allow us to explain how your TV screen made its way from science lab to living room with the origins of this innovative technology.

Organic Origins
The story kicks off in the 1950s when André Bernanose, a Frenchman from Nancy-Université with a passion for high voltages, began applying electricity to materials such as the acridine orange dye. With the compound deposited on thin films of cellophane, he noticed that high enough voltages — we’re talking thousands of volts — caused the material to emit light.

A few years later New York University researchers noticed a similar effect in a handful of other materials. They didn’t realise it at the time, but this was special. When they passed current through the materials they were experimenting with, now called organic semiconductors, electrons were finding homes in holes — regions of the material currently devoid of the charged particles — to create excitons.

As the name suggests, these little guys are particularly lively, and spit out some of their excess energy in the form of photons – individual particles of light. The more electricity is pumped through, the brighter the light emitted. Neat, but power supplies running at thousands of volts don’t feature in most homes.

Screen Time
Little changed until 1987, when Ching Tang and Steven Van Slyke at Kodak had the bright idea of sandwiching two layers of organic semiconductor together. With one made from material great at sucking in electrons and another great at turning them into light, they were on to a winner. “That was the first real milestone in the history of OLEDs,” explains Professor Andy Monkman from the University of Durham. “They managed to create an organic LED that worked using a few volts. Suddenly, these things became plausible for use in screens, because you could power them with a mains supply or even a battery.”

Then, in 1990, came a real game-changer. Instead of using semiconductors made of small molecules, which had to be meticulously deposited inside a vacuum, scientists at the University of Cambridge were able to achieve the same results using polymers. That may sound trivial, but polymers could be laid down using technology similar to an inkjet printer, making it easier to produce larger — and cheaper — surfaces covered in OLEDs.

Using thin films of transistors — essentially a matrix of tiny electronic switches — you are able to control a huge grid of OLEDs, combining red, green and blue at each point created a pixel, each of which could be individually controlled to make a display.

Heavy Metal
Scientists from Princeton University and the University of Southern California were able to increase the quantum efficiency — the number of photons spat out as a percentage of the electrons sent in — right the way up to 100 per cent by adding a sprinkle of heavy metal to the mix.

Unlike Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs), OLEDs don’t need a backlight because each pixel emits the light itself. The result: deeper blacks, higher contrast, and far, far better images. That’s why, along with their thin construction, OLEDs have cemented themselves as the future of TV.

Future Gazing
With the ability to produce flexible OLED displays, LG have been able to release the world’s first curved OLED TV, the 55EA980W, which allows you to enjoy the widest viewing angles with no loss of contrast or distortion of colour, providing a true to life viewing experience.

Click here to find out more about LGs 55EA980W
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BRRR its COLD IN HERE – NEW statement refrigeration from LG

December 18th, 2013 by LG Blog UK

Streamlined, contemporary and packed with features, the new American Style Fridge Freezer platform from LG has arrived, offering the ultimate in refrigeration innovation and practical design, with a huge capacity to store all that food you’ll need indoors for hibernating in the depths of winter (or for entertaining, if you’d prefer)!

The new collection comes in a number of model options, so plumbed versus non-plumbed, steel versus silver, black versus white and water dispenser versus hmmm…no water dispenser! The choice is yours! 

LG’s Side-by-Side fridge freezers (GSL325 range with water dispenser and GSB325 range with exterior display) incorporate the brand’s Linear Compressor technology that provides improved energy efficiency, superior durability, and noise efficiency as a result of fewer moving parts. Not familiar with our unique compressor system? See our quick video here which demonstrates the difference between compressor types…

In addition, LG’s latest innovative solutions keep food fresh for longer. Unique to LG, Moist Balance Crisper technology forms a lattice design to sit above the salad and vegetable drawers. The moisture emitted by the foods in these drawers is then trapped and retained within the lattice; ensuring items are kept fresh for longer, so trawling outdoors in the cold to replenish your salad and veg stocks is kept to a minimum! Additionally, the Total No Frost feature ensures even cooling throughout the refrigerator’s interior so you won’t find you need to defrost items stored nearer the back, or have warm items that have been sat on the top shelf.

Now…which option to choose? More details here to help.

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The jumper season is in full swing, moreover, ‘tis the season of the novelty jumper, as fashion retailers stock the shelves with snowman and polar bear adorned woollens!

The novelty Christmas Jumper has been rising on the fashion list annually for the past decade – arguably since Mark Darcy’s debut in 2001 film adaptation of Bridget Jones’ Diary. With a month of hard-wearing every year followed by 11 months at the back of the wardrobe here are a few pointers on how to get the most out of yours this winter, with the help of LG’s laundry appliances! (also useful for other winter woollens too)

Wool Programme
Look out for the Wool Specific Programme available across a number of LG laundry appliances, which takes delicate care of your machine washable woollies! Our washing machines use 6 Motion Technology which is enabled by the Inverter Direct Drive motor, so the drum can swing, roll and step as well as tumble, ensuring the perfect combination of movements within the programme algorithm to best care for this type of fabric.

Add Steam
LG TrueSteam™ washing machines allow you to add a steam function to your chosen programme, which removes far more dirt than a normal wash. As steam molecules are 1,600 times smaller than water, they can penetrate right into the fabric, so assists in removing ingrained dirt. Adding steam to your cycle can remove 99.98% of dust mites and pet hair, and eliminate annoying allergy enhancers from your clothes, without the need for a vigorous spin. So it’s great for that first wash after collecting dust from January to November!

Shrink Prevention
Many of LG’s tumble dryers also have a Wool Programme; ensuring temperatures are kept lower and preventing your jumper from shrinking. A number of dryers in the range have Heat Pump technology, which effectively pumps air in to the drum at lower temperatures of 55°C.

By providing a lower temperature, delicate fabrics can benefit from a gentler heat – massively reducing susceptibility to bobbling and shrinkage.
High temperatures also encourage creasing, as the fibres retract, so you will find tumble drying powered by LG’s Heat Pump encourages less wrinkles too – making your clothes easier to iron!

(Lower temperatures also mean less energy in reaching a higher heat, in turn saving you money on energy bills.)

Dry it Flat
All LG Tumble Dryers include a drying rack that allows you to dry your clothes flat. This is specially designed for delicates and woollens (as well as sports shoes which may get drenched in the rain and snow). Simply place your drying rack in the drum and fold your jumper on top of it. Standing still will help to protect any embellishments from being knocked against the sides of the drum and will reduce creasing.

And after the 25th (or around March for the regular jumper) …
To avoid allergens and moths store your jumper flat in a sealed plastic box. Wash before you store it away, and again when you get it out next year!

For more information on LG’s Laundry appliance range click here