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Christie Holostation Combines High Performance with High Resolution for Maximum Visualization

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, announced at SIGGRAPH the launch of its Christie HoloStation™, a fully self-contained, personal visualization system that provides ultra high performance 3D and high resolution display for an immersive experience in small spaces and for “on-the-go.”

“With its low maintenance and low cost of ownership, the HoloStation system is one of the most affordable immersive display solutions on the market. Its portability and compact footprint contains all the components required to operate a personal immersive visual display for scientific research or oil and gas exploration, among many other applications,” said Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie.

The Christie HoloStation comes complete with projection displays, screens, tracking and interactive technology and displays up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive, tracked environment. It provides the functionalities of a full-size Christie CAVE™, but in a scaled down (85-inch by 108-inch by 101-inch footprint), completely self-contained personal immersive environment that fits into a standard office or cubicle. With interactive 3D content and graphic cards as options, it features external graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization and full Dual Link DVI-D bandwidth. Easy to deploy and use, the Christie HoloStation can be set up in almost any facility, and with its head-tracking sensors and interactive tools, it is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and product design reviews, maintenance and service training, medical training and as a 3D virtual trainer.

The HoloStation system showcased at SIGGRAPH 2013, July 23-25, is powered by four Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP® 3D projectors that deliver high resolution and rich pixel density, as well as continuous system calibration, in a small footprint unit capable of advanced 2D-3D visualizations. The Mirage WU-L with RGB LED is the first Mirage Series projector to use solid-state LED illumination, providing precise, lifelike, vibrant colors and consistent performance over an estimated 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The compact, four-sided Christie HoloStation system allows visitors at the booth to become fully immersed and interact using the controls. The tracking system enables the 3D models to change their perspective at the slightest turn of the user’s body, making the virtual reality as close to real life as possible.

Christie’s commitment to bringing cost-effective solutions for small spaces makes this workstation affordable for companies whose daily tasks involve research, exploration and training, whether on the manufacturing floor or in a cubicle.

The HoloStation is available now.

Christie QuadHD84 LCD Flat Panel Display Delivers Brilliance and Flexibility at SIGGRAPH 2013

Christie® “goes large and fast” at SIGGRAPH 2013 with the official launch of its Christie QuadHD84 flat panel display, a versatile, quad high definition LCD flat panel that provides a unique interface for true 60Hz performance at a full 3840 by 2160 resolution with compatibility with both computer and video sources. The display has twice the actual update rate over consumer ultra high definition (UHD) TVs available on the market today. The 84-inch size can accommodate the most demanding collaborative needs of research and development, government, education, business, and industry.

“The QuadHD84 flat panel display offers compatibility with a wide variety both high and standard resolution sources – the most critical aspect of any display solution and one that guarantees a superior system, whatever the configuration, ” noted Larry Paul, senior director of Technology and Visualization Solutions, Christie. “At SIGGRAPH, we seek to describe the exceptional versatility of this extra-large, yet easily deployable and affordable, ultra high-definition display.”

The native resolution of the panel is driven by four frame-locked HDMI or DVI sources at 60Hz. Users can quickly connect to high-performance workstations or image processors for greater flexibility. The panel has three additional single channel HDMI 1.4a inputs capable of full Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160 at 30Hz) and each of those inputs are HD compatible enabling beautiful graphics scaled to fill the screen at up to 60Hz. Boasting 8.2Mpx and smooth motion, Christie’s QuadHD84 lets you focus on what really matters – the content.

The 84-inch Christie QuadHD84 is a high performance visualization display that provides rich, pristine and detailed images, even up close, for the ultimate in realism. The super fast refresh rate allows for smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content while its 50,000 hours illumination life makes it reliable and cost-effective.

WorldStage Projects the Plight of Refugees on Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for World Refugee Day

Photo: Brad Penner

The plight of refugees may not be a high-profile topic on a given day, but WorldStage teamed with ART WORKS Projects to ensure that the problem had a larger-than-life platform during World Refugee Day, June 20. WorldStage was the media projection provider and sponsor for a public event at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City whose south bell tower façade served as the display surface for the projection portion of a multimedia installation addressing “Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys.”

“The cathedral is a huge, extremely ornate building so it was really important that we did something really spectacular,” says Tess Landon, director of education and outreach at ART WORKS Projects. “We had worked with Scharff Weisberg seven years ago and returned to them, now under their WorldStage branding, after we were invited to do this project at St. John the Divine. We made sure WorldStage was involved the whole time to make the most of a very minimal budget and help us deliver on our mission of using design and the arts to raise awareness.”

“It was gratifying to use the skills and tools we’ve honed over the past twenty years for a good and important cause. The Cathedral is a significant icon for the refugee support movement and was a fitting canvas for the poignant images we projected,” says WorldStage president Joshua Weisberg.

WorldStage provided Christie Digital HD18K projectors and a Dataton WATCHOUT system to display the custom-made video on the bell tower. In addition, the company furnished a façade lighting system and a sound system for the show’s musical accompaniment.

“WorldStage did a great job; we rely on companies like them for projects like this,” says Landon. “WorldStage has a combination of artistic vision and technical knowledge that make for the perfect collaborator.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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