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LG’s 4K monitor physically adjusts so you don’t have to

Enlarge / LG ErgoAI 32UQ890 monitor.

LG last night announced plans to demo a 4K monitor that it says will help workers maintain an ergonomically friendly view by automatically adjusting based on user positioning.

LG wants to demonstrate its UltraFine Display Ergo AI 32UQ890 (which was first lightly advertised with minimal details at CES 2022) at IFA 2022 in Berlin from September 2-6, he said.

The monitor gets its name because it uses AI through a built-in camera to interpret the user’s eye level. It leverages an AI algorithm to collect and analyze video frames, using a neural processing unit to make what it determines are the appropriate adjustments to the screen height up to 6.3 inches (160mm) or angle up to 20°. degrees forward or backward. The monitor does not use deep learning, an LG spokesperson told Ars Technica.

There are three different auto tuning modes available. LG said it will demo AI Motion, which adjusts the monitor whenever it notices a change in eye level.

LG’s announcement also claimed that the feature could prevent users from “staying in one position for too long or falling into poor posture over time,” likely mainly by using the other two modes, Continuous Motion and Periodic Motion. .

Many people won’t like a monitor that moves just to force you to move, while others may be too bloated at work to adjust their posture simply because their monitor has moved.

But if the 32UQ890 could successfully keep the top of the screen at user eye level and the center of the screen 15 to 20 degrees below landscape view, that would stay in line with Expert advice on ergonomicssuch as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor.

At this point, we can’t help but notice how easy it is for most people to reach and adjust their monitor, especially a 31.5-inch like the LG or smaller. You’ll often forget to keep your eyes level with the top of the screen in the middle of serious work, but manual adjustments can take other things into account, like the current lighting and where you’re on the screen. is focusing.

The IPS panel claims a contrast of 1000:1.
Enlarge / The IPS panel claims a contrast of 1000:1.

Still, we’ll be interested to see if LG’s monitor makes its adjustments in a way that feels seamless and isn’t too distracting. Adding or subtracting up to 6.3 inches of height is quite remarkable, and it’s unclear at what rate the monitor will make its movements.

There is also the question of how strong a monitor will be in adjusting itself. The feature would also need reliable AI and the willingness of users to be watched by a camera frequently to be considered useful.

The feature should be optional, and when not in use the 32UQ890 is specified as a pretty decent 4K monitor. The IPS panel is said to cover 95 per cent of DCI-P3 and is also HDR10 compatible; However, LG has yet to share any specifications on brightness or any VESA DisplayHDR certification. Contrast is said to be 1000:1, which isn’t bad for IPS, but you can get noticeably higher contrast with other technologies, even IPS Black.

In addition to its automatic AI-based adjustments, the 31.5-inch screen also supports 270-degree swivel in any direction and extends/retracts up to 11.8 inches (300mm). It doesn’t switch to portrait mode though, which seems like an oversight considering the monitor’s focus on mobility.

However, there’s a claimed 60Hz refresh rate, a 5ms gray-to-gray response time, a pair of 5W MaxxAudio tuned speakers, and – always fun – a remote.

For I/O, there’s HDMI (version unspecified), DisplayPort 1.4, two USB 3.1 downstream ports, plus one upstream, and a 3.5mm jack.

LG didn’t share a release date for the monitor, but a representative told Ars that it expects the price to be around $999.

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