Back in October 2006, right before they listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, a company called Arasor held a press conference in Sydney announcing that the future of television had arrived, and that future was lasers. Arasor claimed that an optical chip they made could enable TV manufacturers to use lasers in their TVs for an amazing picture quality. They claimed it would happen by Christmas 2007, and would be supported by a range of manufacturers. Sadly though, it didn't and it wasn't.
That's not to say the company was making false claims in order to boost their ASX listing... Laser TV did become a reality in early 2008, when Mitsubishi showed off their Laservue TVs at CES.
Laser TVs are essentially just rear projection TVs that use lasers to provide the backlight. Using the Arasor chip, the laser-powered TVs are able to reproduce twice the colour range that LCD and plasma can, while using less power and being thinner than traditional rear projection screens.To date, only the Mitsubishi Laservue TVs have launched with the technology, and sadly they're not available in many global markets, including Australia.
It seems unlikely that we'll ever see laser TVs in Australia. But we can always hope that the technology might be enhanced in future TV sets so that one day, all TVs have freakin' lasers in them.
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