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This Transparent Xiaomi TV Reminds Me That No One Wants This Shit

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No one:

Literally no one:

Xiaomi: Hey, guys, what if we celebrated our 10th anniversary by being the first to target consumers with this ridiculous transparent OLED TV?

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The 55-inch Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition will, according to Xiaomi, be the world’s first mass-produced transparent TV and will cost 50,000 yuan (or roughly $7,200). It goes on sale in China Aug. 16, and features a 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit panel displays, and a 1ms response rate. Supposedly, it’ll have super powerful guts to create “an ultra-immersive viewing experience” that looks like “pictures floating in the air.”

OK, but no one except cartoon supervillains actually wants this in their homes.

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Transparent OLED displays are nothing new; they’ve been kicking around for years now. LG has its own transparent OLED digital signage, the 55EW5F-A, which the Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition is likely based on considering they have nearly identical specs. And they most certainly don’t look like whatever promotional pictures Xiaomi is using. (What was the thought process behind all these photos with women in ridiculous ballgowns standing behind transparent TVs displaying wild animals?)

Google any video of a transparent OLED display and you can get a pretty good idea of what these things actually look like. For the most part… they look like augmented reality billboard ads or any other type of heads-up display. Those have their purposes and make some sort of sense. This type of thing could be cool if you need information overlaid on an environment, a la smart glasses, or, say, in a futuristic car windshield. The idea that you’d want this to replace your regular TV, however, is laughable.

Forget ambient lighting, or watching movies and TV shows with dark settings. The famous Star Wars opening crawl? Nah. That one really dark episode of Game of Thrones? Probably a giant blur of indistinguishable motion. In general, while the picture on transparent OLED displays can get quite bright, the blacks can be fairly nonexistent or see-through. YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips has a video in which they tried playing some video games on a transparent TV and while it is technically possible, you can clearly see even bright pictures are kind of washed out. Unless you’re viewing straight on, you can easily see the white wallpaper behind the screen. That’s distracting, and the novelty of having a clear display would undoubtedly wear off real fast.

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Xiaomi even sort of acknowledges this in its press release, albeit indirectly. It goes so far as to say that the transparent OLED is “not a TV, but an art piece” and lists galleries, museums, shopping malls, and theaters as potential places that might want this TV—basically commercial places that might make better use of futuristic ad space.

Who has more than $7,000 lying around for a transparent TV that likely won’t even be all that good at being a TV? Who is clamoring for a transparent display to use mostly as an “art piece” or subpar means of enjoying entertainment? This YouTuber suggested that a transparent OLED would be “baller” to have in a window of some penthouse…so you can watch shit on TV as you look out at the impoverished masses below? Truthfully, this is probably Xiaomi flexing that it can do this sort of thing, rather than a meaningful attempt at bringing this tech into our homes. But it sure would be nice if tech companies spent less time stunting, and, I don’t know, more time making cool gadgets normal people can actually afford.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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