3M Showcases Ethernet-Powered TV

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3m-logo.gifTechnology blog Pocket-lint reports that 3M has a unique new television in the works. 3M is a massive company, manufacturing everything from Post-its to automotive care products. But don't let that throw you. LG makes kitchen appliances and that doesn't stop that company from making great HDTVs.

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3M's new TV would ditch a traditional power cord in favor or using an Ethernet cord to power the television. This technology has become more viable as modern HDTVs have become much more power efficient than in years pasts. 3M believes that we have reached a point where we no longer need the power produced by a traditional wall outlet.

On top of that, the company goes on to claim that it is easier to install Ethernet cabling than it is to install additional electrical wiring. However, there is a catch to this new technology.

Not any Ethernet port can provide power. Only powered Ethernet ports can do that, which require PoE or Power over Ethernet. However, 3M claims that these power ports are easy to install and affordable, so much so that users could do the installation themselves. This could be a selling point for the new technology. It'll be interesting to see if it takes off.

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