Like the notorious “Norwegian Blue” parrot, Laser TVs may not be dead but only sleeping. Mitsubishi will hold a press event at CES 2008 in Las Vegas in a month, and the company is expected to show new Laser TVs as part of its 2008 product lineup. While this is still short of the mark for having product available for this holiday buying season, it remains a promising sign that companies are still seriously pursuing Laser TV as a viable solution for large format, high resolution HDTVs.
Part of the consumer interest in LaserTVs stems from the fact that using solid state lasers as the light source eliminates the need to replace costly projection lamps every few years. And the coherent beam of light from the lasers means that more light reaches the screen without the need for costly and complex lenses and other optical elements. This reduces parts cost and makes it possible to create an even thinner case for the set.
I still believe that a product isn’t real until you can buy one and bring it home, but I have good reason to be optimistic about Laser TVs showing up soon.