This 27-Inch Digital Art Frame Is Actually an LG Air Conditioner
Home electronics were once status symbols and often the centerpiece of the living room, but consumers now tend to prefer gadgets and gizmos that camouflage themselves in an Instagram-friendly space. It now includes wall-mounted air conditioners, keeping LG out of sight behind an LCD art screen.
LG’s Artcool Gallery air conditioners aren’t new themselves, but previous versions of the product featured a picture frame on the front that users could either fill with printed artwork or photos that could be swapped out as often as they wanted. You can even fill it with a section of wallpaper to make the unit blend into an already decorated wall. The Artcool Gallery line also featured a unique square and flat design (most wall-mounted AC units are still long and narrow), extending out and corners of a wall to open vents that facilitate airflow and cooling.
Today, LG unveiled the latest version of its Artcool Gallery air conditioners, which now include a 27-inch square LCD panel on the front that allows the displayed images to be easily changed using the company’s ThinQ mobile app. instead of physically exchanging artworks. in and out. LG promises that “users can choose from a growing range of beautiful, static and animated images,” but the air conditioner’s screen can also be used as a giant digital photo frame that cycles through users’ personal photos. Can it also be used as a TV to stream content? The 1:1 aspect ratio isn’t ideal for that, and LG would much rather send users to a separate TV purchase as well.
The Artcool Gallery is also good at conditioning air with a dual inverter compressor that helps reduce white noise. LG boasts that the unit offers “3-way indirect airflow” so it doesn’t blow cold air directly at someone standing in front of it, but that’s less a feature and more a result of the unit’s design, as it does not have vents on the front. Air can really only be pumped out through the sides.
Since this is a pre-CES 2023 announcement, LG is saving pricing and availability details for the new unit until the show gets underway next month in January. But despite how small it looks, it won’t be as affordable or portable as window-mounted AC units because it requires a separate unit located outside and a bit more involved installation than just a window open and insert it.
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