I met the driving force of Apple Steve Jobs a few years before his death. What he conveyed was stuck in my mind. If there’s one thing it’s done well, it’s innovation with a focus on balancing design with functionality. The aesthetic counterpoint nailed it like no one had ever achieved before.
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You remember in the days of Apple’s broken innovations, Jobs replaced the Sony Walkman with a revolutionary iPod, took the insides of cellular phones away from wireless providers and reimagined the phone as more like a computer on the go with an iPhone. He took a boring gray desktop computer and made a fun iMac all-in-one and so much more.
New Innovator in Television Industry: Balaji Krishnan
I just met an engineer/entrepreneur who reminds me of Steve Jobs juice, and he’s about to revolutionize the television world like everyone else since the advent of color television.
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This inventor, Balaji Krishnan, has just solved a TV problem none of the billion dollar makers you see for sale at Best Buy and the like.
Displace TV problem solving task
Displace TV was started with a mission to answer the problems customers like you and me face when purchasing a new large TV for the kitchen.
We don’t want to see the wires. We don’t want to drill holes in the wall. And we don’t want to have to use a remote control for the basics. What they imagined has just appeared.
The revolutionary Displace TV
Displace TV is a slim and lightweight 55 inch wireless LED TV that is battery powered and requires no mounting hardware. I’ve been watching this space for two decades, and it recently made my jaw drop when I saw that it actually worked the way it was designed. In addition, Displace TVs can be combined to act as one. Stack four with its ultra-thin bezel to create a giant screen.
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Weighing in at just under 20 pounds, Balaji and his team remember the day they took a hit while designing to have the TV magically stick to the wall without requiring any mounting hardware at all. Instead, they reinvented the installation method by devising an algorithm and driver that turns on the TV at the same time as well as observing Displace’s unique suction mechanism that was invented to stick to most surfaces.
Basically, the donut-shaped mounting rings on the back of the TV can tell what is needed to mount the TV to a wall or surface. The weaker the grip, the more the TV compensates for unloading the connection with a consistently stronger bond. Try pulling the TV off the surface while the mount is active, and you’ll likely win the battle by activating hundreds of suction cups to pull it tighter.
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With the installation problem resolved, Balaji is not finished. He also wanted to make it completely wireless — even the power. So he resorted to efficient power management in the operating system and a set of four rechargeable batteries that can keep the TV on for an average of six hours a day for a month before needing to be recharged.
The practical and innovative solution for low batteries
Balaji asked what happens if the batteries are draining and she can no longer activate the special vacuum mounting algorithm to keep the TV suspended. His response was so practical and innovative which put a huge smile on my face.
Displace TV will give you ample warning that the batteries need to be recharged. He’s currently working on a solution to what would happen next if that warning was ignored: the airbag system he’s planning will save the TV in the event of a fall.
I miss seeing innovative companies like this emerge in a world where Big Tech is dominating the landscape. Coming in the fourth quarter of 2023, a 55-inch Displace TV is going to shake up the TV space — period.
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