LG's best plasma adds Wii-like remote control

The success of the Nintendo Wii game console is undeniable, and a large portion of its appeal has to do with its unique motion control interface, known as the Wiimote.

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LG's flagship plasma announced at CES features a Wiimote-like remote control and user interface. (Credit: LG)

Like it or not, imitators were bound to arise, and LG is the first company to step up with a motion control interface for something other than a gaming console — in this case, the company's most expensive plasma TV.

LG calls it a "Magic Wand" remote and, according to the company, the "Magic" user interface "brings together menus, component controls and even embedded games, which can be accessed using a simple remote that combines minimal buttons and gestures to control the on-screen activity."

In our experience, using a Wiimote to select screen icons is an experience that ranges from annoying to rage inducing, but we'll leave off panning the Magic Wand until we actually get to use one.

The PK950 series otherwise offers a feature set that's essentially identical to the step-down PK750 series, including a TruBlack filter said to improve black level performance.

It will come in two different sizes (the 60-inch 60PK950 and the 50-inch 50PK950) and will arrive in Q2 2010 with pricing to be determined.

LG PK950 series features:

  • Magic Wand remote and user interface
  • TruBlack filter
  • THX certification
  • Netcast Interactive feature suite with Netflix, Vudu, Skype, Napster, YouTube, DivX, AccuWeather and Yahoo Widgets
  • DLNA compatible for music, photos and video
  • Optional "Wireless Media Hub" interface
  • Optional Wi-Fi connection
  • Single-layer design

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JC-OZ posted a comment   

thats nice LG, but we must not forget LG was once called Goldstar. They made the worst products. Hence the name change and some smart marketing. Most LG products are still below par. I guess only time will tell if this works

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