LAS VEGAS — It was my first day on the show floor, inside the convention center at CES and all I wanted to do was get away from it all. To escape to the outside world and find some solitude.
So I did what any nature-loving geek would do, and I wandered into a giant display full of television screens with hundreds of other people.
The short walk that winds through LG’s curvy showcase for its OLED 4K TV features 246 6-foot by 4-foot screens. I was told by an LG worker that 90 of the TVs are concave and 156 of them are convex.
The screens are intended to be of such high quality, that it feels like you’re actually witnessing, in reality, the beautiful images being displayed.
Five different scenes play over and over as CES attendees hold up phones and video cameras to record an outside world that they, too, clearly long for.
There’s a waterfall, some glaciers, rocky caverns, tall trees, and a view above the clouds, as if we’re all on our flights home, to wherever home is.
The LG attendant stood near the exit with a clicker in his hand, counting people. He said 2,600 had passed by him in the last hour. It was noon, and he had six more hours in his shift. He had seen the same scenes play over and over and over …
Beyond the black curtain, moving away from the “outside,” I was back inside, as our small river of nature lovers — or, just TV geeks — flowed back into the sea of humanity on the showroom floor.