Move over, bass tubes. There’s a new player in town that promises to enhance the audio experience in cars. LG Display has recently announced its latest offering – a vibrating panel that turns your car into a giant speaker system. Yes, you read that right. This device will turn your dashboard and headrest into a speaker by using its proprietary technologies. The best part is that it’s as small as your passport.
How do LG Display’s vibrating speaker panels work?
LG Display has arguably created a brand new sub-category for car speaker systems with its unique vibrating panel. The panel does not require a magnet, cone, voice coil, or even a speaker grille to function. Instead, it leverages the company’s brand new “film-type exciter technology,”. The sound vibrates off the panel and other materials within the car to create a 3D sound effect, with music emanating from the dashboard and headrest as a result.
According to LG, this speaker panel measures only 5.9×3.5×0.1-inches and weighs 40-grams, making it a particularly compact gadget. The company has also stated that the speaker is just 10% as thick as a typical car speaker, and weighs approximately 30% the same.
When will LG launch its speaker panel?
The speaker panel technology will be demonstrated in January 2023 at the CES Trade Show in Las Vegas. The brand has promised that the technology will be available for purchase in 2023, however, it has not confirmed specific dates regarding the launch itself.
It pays to note that this technology has been used in the past by Sony and LG for specific OLED panel TVs. However, we’re yet to see its full potential, and the idea of allowing it to turn one’s car into a speaker is fairly intriguing.
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