DreamScreen will give any TV an LED back panel

The technology works in a similar way to that on Philips Ambilight TVs. It takes whatever picture is on the TV and matches the pixel colour to the LED lights attached to the back of the screen. The lights then project onto the wall behind, making the TV screen seem larger than it actually is.

Apart from providing a more immersive picture, the technology is designed to reduce eye fatigue, something Philips Ambilight also claims to do. It works with any HDMI video source too; the HDMI splitter provided connects to both the TV and the LED light sticks behind it.

Responsive TV Backlighting, the company behind the project, says it will work with AV receivers, but is only HDCP 1.4a compliant. We've contacted the company to ask about 4K Ultra HD support and will update this story as and when we receive a reply.

DreamScreen can be used for music too, by projecting a light visualiser that responds to music being played through the TV, and can even be used to create ambient lighting in the room.

The project is live on Kickstarter now, where it has already raised just over $260,000, surpassing the $25,000 funding goal. You can pre-order one for $125, with shipping estimated to begin in June 2016.

MORE: Philips 40PFT6550 review

Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.