More details emerge about Ikea's Uppleva HDTV

More details emerge about Ikea's Uppleva HDTV

Summary: The Swedish furniture company is planning a TV built into a home entertainment system that includes a wireless subwoofer and support for online apps from YouTube and others.

TOPICS: Hardware, Mobility

A few weeks ago, Ikea surprised the world by announcing it was going to sell a TV embedded into a furniture piece, hiding all of the usual cables within its stand. Dubbed Uppleva, the built-in HDTV is expected to cost $960 and be available in the U.S. starting next year.

We now know a little more about Uppleva, thanks to GigaOM, which reports that the set will come with approximately 20 apps that make use of its "Wi-Fi ready" capabilities. These include YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and TuneIn, and the TV will supposedly also include the Opera for TV Web browser. It will additionally come with a wireless subwoofer, adding to the sense that you're buying a complete home theater package with Uppleva.

But here's where it gets interesting -- and possibly disappointing. It turns out that there will be a few different screen sizes for Uppleva, starting at the tiny (for American tastes, at least) 24 inches. (They'll go up as high as 46 inches.) So the question buyers will want to know is: What size screen will the $960 Uppleva ship with? With consumers now looking for bigger and bigger HDTVs, it's hard to imagine anyone thinking this would be as good a deal if the base-price set was sized to be more suitable for a kitchen than a living room.

Are you interested in the Uppleva concept? If so, what would be the smallest screen size you would want to buy it with? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • I love generating more trash

    Building a thing out of various other things that have wildly different life expectancies makes for throwing away a lot of "stuff" when a key part quits working. Or you move to a place where things no longer fit. Or whatever. I like separating my electronics from my furniture. Not doing this drove US TV brands out of business years ago.