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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Samsung and Thomas Kinkade develop Digital Masterworks Art-TV LCD Prototype

Samsung and Thomas Kinkade develop Digital Masterworks Art-TV LCD Prototype

The world’s largest provider of liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, Samsung Electronics has joined hands with Thomas Kinkade Company to develop a prototype called Digital Masterworks Art-TV, of the first TV to be unified with a digital art display system.

The combination of a potential hybrid LCD TV and mini-exhibit display would offer refined subtlety of art with the vivid realism of HDTV.

“Imagine having a piece of museum-quality fine art right above your mantle and then as you sink into the couch instantly switch to American Idol, the latest sports playoffs, or a Blu-ray action movie at the touch of a button. The Thomas Kinkade Company is planning to produce a trend-setting combination of two of the most unlikely partners in visual entertainment – fine art and electronic programming,” said Scott Birnbaum, Vice President, Samsung LCD Business.

The LCD Art-TV features 46-inch diagonal Art-TV, re-loaded Thomas Kinkade paintings or original 16×9 digital art, a 1080p resolution, 40 GB hard drive, 500-nit brightness level and 3000:1 contrast ratio as well as an eight millisecond response time. It would sport a customizable integrated touchscreen to modify overall image lighting or subtly enhance specific colors.

Consumers will have the capability to electronically flip through their menus by using the included hidden controls. They can access Thomas Kinkade selections, wherein they are allowed to choose from showing one, two, four or all of the selected paintings at once. The TV would also incorporate zoom in and out options.

Todd Stewardson, Vice President, Thomas Kinkade Company said, “From the outset, we’re going to deliver a truly superior digital viewing experience, that’s a quantum leap beyond the staid world of screen savers, an easy-to-enhance electronic gallery befitting the tradition of artistic excellence that has been a hallmark of Thomas Kinkade art. We will later modify our planned system to permit consumers to be able to see the brush strokes, shading and texture of the canvas in a rendering comparable to the finest artistic reproductions.”

Once it enters into mass production, the companies stated that extra paintings can be uploaded the Thomas Kinkade Company’s electronic art network by making use of either a wired or wireless (802.11g) connection. Users will have the opportunity to play an audio on each painting.

Expected to be available in the second half of 2009, the Digital Masterworks Art-TV enables consumers to listen to audio that describes each painting - its artist’s thought and overview of the art style.

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