On June 3, 2008, Samsung Electronics held a press event at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. Samsung collaborated with The Thomas Kinkade Company to develop a prototype LCD TV that combines technology with art. The exhibit had a very nice frame and according to Linda Mariano, VP Marketing and Licensing, the same quality of frame is used for the real non-digital versions of Thomas Kinkade’s paintings.
The quality of the art work that was being shown on Samsung’s 46″ LCD TV was superb. The texture of the digital art looked as though quite real.
According to a CNET article posted by Erica Ogg, there are plans for touch capability to manipulate the lighting or colors of the artwork. That might be fun, but I hope there is a “Back to Original” button since I’m going to guess that Thomas Kinkade is a much better painter than most. Thomas Kinkade has also digitally created original art that matches the LCD’s aspect ratio of 16:9.
[tags]Samsung, Thomas Kinkade, 46″, 1920 x 1080, Full HD, 1080p, Digital Masterworks Art-TV, San Francisco Asian Art Museum[/tags]