Flat-Screen TVs in Catalog near You NEW PRODUCTS
Eric C. Evarts, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates plans to have a flat-panel monitor hanging on the wall in every room of his new lakeside Seattle home.
Now they're available to anyone - anyone who can afford them, that is. Hammacher Schlemmer, the Chicago-based catalog retailer of space-age home goods - and the first to sell such revolutionary products as the cordless telephone and the microwave oven - is offering the first flat-panel TV that can hang on a wall, just like a painting.
The cost? A mere $25,000 for a 42-inch wide-screen model. At that price, Hammacher Schlemmer expects to sell 40 units. A 21-inch model costs $15,000. Each is only 4 inches deep. The TV's use liquid-crystal display technology developed by Fujitsu, which builds the screens. Final assembly is done by QFTV of New York. They can receive signals from videocassette recorders and computers - "just about any video device made," says Hammacher Schlemmer spokesman Ralph Roberts. The wide-screen model is proportioned to handle video in movie-screen format. At 65 lbs. for the big screen, however, it will still need pretty hefty anchor bolts to stay up on the wall. Other large flat-panel monitors, meant for computers, are scheduled to go on sale this spring, but for the next six …
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Publication information: Article title: Flat-Screen TVs in Catalog near You NEW PRODUCTS. Contributors: Eric C. Evarts, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: February 27, 1997. Page number: 9. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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