LG’s DukeBox Blends Vintage Vibes with Future Tech
CES 2024 is fast approaching, and LG is already unveiling some wonderfully weird gadgets they’ll showcase in Las Vegas. These early announcements offer a sneak peek of what’s to come when the tech extravaganza kicks off next week.
One standout is the newly-announced DukeBox by LG Labs, which blends vintage vacuum tube audio tech that’s over 100 years old with a state-of-the-art transparent OLED display panel. Vacuum tubes produce a beloved warm, rich sound quality that makes music feel live. The DukeBox pumps this analog audio through bottom front-facing and 360-degree top speakers surrounding the visible vacuum tubes, which create a retro look. The see-through OLED screen has adjustable transparency levels.
This fusion of old and new is reminiscent of a classic jukebox but more versatility. While optimized for audio, the DukeBox can also display video content or even simulated fireplace visuals with the tubes providing a unique fiery backdrop.
LG says its expanded CES Labs exhibit space will showcase more forward-thinking prototypes. Other just-revealed products include a two-legged AI robot, AI-powered laptops, and a portable 4K projector with advanced mapping and a crank-shaped handle.
Specific pricing and availability details remain unclear for now. LG likely plans to reveal more during their scheduled CES 2024 press conference. But they have a history of trickling out announcements in the run-up instead.
In any case, next week’s big tech showcase will offer hands-on impressions and more concrete release information. For now, LG’s early reveals provide a compelling if quirky glimpse of innovations on the horizon across consumer tech. Whether vintage or futuristic, the DukeBox exemplifies the experimental ethos of CES gadgets.