LG’s Gen-2 CineBeam 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector Adds ‘AI’ Voice Control

Debuting at CES 2019, LG’s Gen-2 Cinebeam 4K ultra short throw laser projector (HU85L) packs AI in a small, mobile form factor.

LG’s Gen-2 CineBeam 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector Adds ‘AI’ Voice Control

LG's CineBeam HU85L 4K laser projector, debuting at CES 2019, can project 90-inch images from about 2 inches away from surface.

Last year, we called LG's new CineBeam projector a “doozy” because the company's first 4K laser projector was packed into a slender, portable tower that could be brought out for movie time and stowed when not in use.

At CES 2019, LG will introduce the second-generation Cinebeam (model HU85L), an ultra-short-throw projector that ditches the interesting form factor of Gen-1, but adds “AI” through LG's ThinQ voice-control technology:

According to the press release:

Viewers can control the operation of the projector by saying, “turn off projector after the movie has finished” or narrow the content to view by telling the projector to “play yoga videos on YouTube”. Viewers can access a list of movies starring their favorite actors then select the content by speaking into the included Magic Remote. The Magic Remote also recognizes gestures and features backlit buttons for easy navigation which turn on automatically when motion is detected.

Introduced at CES 2018, CineBeam Model HU80KA was LG's first 4K video projector. DETAILS HERE.


The new projector can be placed a little more than 2 inches from the wall to project a 90-inch diagonal image. Placed 7 inches away, the projector produces a120-inch image (“still bright,” the company says).

Although the product is pitched as a home-entertainment solution, the CineBeam comes out of LG's IT business division, headed by Jang Ik-hwan, and includes wireless provisions for keyboard and mouse control.

LG CineBeam HU85L Features & Claims

  • 4K UHD resolution
  • Laser projector
  • 2,500 ANSI lumens
  • Ultra short throw (UST): 2-inch projection delivers 90-inch image
  • 12-point keystone adjustment
  • Streaming content via webOS 4.5
  • Voice control via LG's ThinQ natural language procesing technology
  • “Magic Remote” with voice and gesture control, backlit buttons
  • USB, Ethernet, HDMI
  • Wireless support for keyboard and mouse
  • “Highly accurate colors courtesy of its wide color gamut”
  • “Smaller than other leading 4K projectors”

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson