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Innovative Christie Line Array Surround Speakers Expand Christie Vive Audio Immersive Sound Solution

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, takes cinema audio to the next level of realism with the introduction of the Christie LA3C line array ceiling surround and Christie LA3S line array surround speakers. Another industry first for Christie, the new surround speakers expand the company’s innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution that was announced on July 17. Featuring the pioneering combination of ribbon driver technology and a unique parabolic line array design in a single compact cabinet, the additional speakers deliver exceptionally even coverage throughout the auditorium. As part of the Christie Vive Audio system, they help unleash the potential of the leading immersive audio technologies such as Dolby® Atmos™ and Auro 3D audio formats.

Christie Vive Audio LA3C Speaker

“Immersive audio is the next frontier in digital cinema, allowing the placement of sound anywhere in the theater – even on the ceiling – to perfectly complement the visual elements of the movie in a powerful and dynamic, lifelike way that is unrivaled for its realism,” noted Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “Christie Vive Audio has set the new standard in immersive cinema sound by combining all the benefits of ribbon driver technology in a line array configuration with Class D amplification and putting it all into a cinema environment, while also meeting the performance demands of the DCI specification. With this announcement, we’re expanding our product line with surround speakers that produce unprecedented uniformity of sound throughout the entire audience listening area, without compromising on quality.”

The Christie LA3C line array ceiling surround speaker and Christie LA3S line array surround speakers are premium solutions that also meet Christie’s goal of providing exhibitors with the highest quality cinema system at an attainable price point. Recognized for their exceptional timbre-matching, enhanced voice intelligibility and low distortion, the speakers’ unique parabolic, line array design increases the optimal listening area up to four times that of the standard point source systems. The extremely low mass of the ribbon drivers allows them to respond very quickly to audio signals and eliminates the effects of high frequency breakup and power compression, resulting in the reproduction of the source material with exceptional clarity and accuracy.

“The Christie LA3C and Christie LA3S surround speakers feature dramatically higher RMS to peak max SPL ratio than traditional, compression driver systems. This means that powerful, sudden bursts of sounds, such as explosions, pop through quickly and flawlessly, without the lag that can detract from the purity of the experience,” said Jim Hall, senior product manager, Entertainment Solutions, Christie.

“There is nothing like them in the cinema environment today for immersive auditoriums,” said Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “The speakers’ unique parabolic line array design ensures a wide, even dispersion of the sound throughout the entire auditorium, so ‘every seat is a good seat.’ As part of the Christie Vive Audio system, they can be easily integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for a premium immersive listening experience that makes exhibitors stand out from their competition.”

Christie Vive Audio LA3S Speaker


The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. The system is ideal for traditional and premium large-format auditoriums, as well as postproduction studios and screening rooms.

For more information on Christie’s new audio initiative, visit www.viveaudio.com.

Christie Lights Up Toronto International Film Festival Screens

Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to serve as projection partner for the Toronto International Film Festival® , which will take place Sept. 5–15.

In its 13th year as a Festival sponsor, Christie is providing industry-leading 4K projection solutions in addition to projectors from its Christie® Solaria® CP 2200 line, as well as one HD10K-M projector and three Cine-IPM 2K image processors.

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“Christie’s reliable digital cinema projectors help us give our patrons the best possible cinema experience, whether for standard 2K movies or high-resolution 4K productions in 2D or 3D,” said Diane Cappelletto, TIFF’s director of technical production services. “For brightness, color, depth and content security, Christie leads the way. We’re very pleased to work with Christie, one of our key, valued partners.”

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening 366 features and 146 world premieres from 70 countries this year.

“Throughout Christie’s long-standing partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, we have seen the growing use of a variety of digital projection technologies,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “This year’s strong 4K projection presence is very much in keeping with TIFF Festival’s leadership in new film technologies.”

As part of the Festival’s industry conference, Dr. Paul Salvini, Christie’s Chief Technology Officer, will be a panelist at the “Cinematography and Technology-4K: Beyond RED” discussion on Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m., along with noted cinematographer Nick De Pencier and moderator David Leitner of Filmmaker Magazine.

Full details of Christie’s involvement with the Festival, including the supply of leadership 4K technology, can be found at www.christiedigital.com/TIFF13 and followed at #tiff13.

Christie 4K DLP Cinema® Projectors Anchor TIFF Festival Showings
This year, for the first time, there will be several 4K movies screened using Christie projectors in each of the 4K-designated venues. These include Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre), Ryerson Theatre and The Princess of Wales Theatre. Projectors from the Christie Solaria CP4220 and CP4230 series will be used at these venues, with others also installed at all screening rooms and auditoriums of the TIFF Bell Lightbox facility.

The world premiere of Godfrey Reggio’s 4K movie, “Visitors,” complete with a live performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will take place at the Festival in the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre). Shot in rich black and white and presented in high-resolution 4K projection, Godfrey Reggio’s latest film finds the full spectrum of emotion in human faces, gorgeous landscapes and, according to the movie’s publicity, “even the behavior of an especially expressive gorilla.”

Specially designed for larger screens, 4K projection makes the best cinematic images look even better. Through higher resolution and greater pixel density, Christie’s 4K DLP® projectors provide brilliant 3D images, along with the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. They also provide full support for high frame rate (HFR) projection. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, Christie’s 4K solution incorporates the proven design concepts of the bestselling Christie 2K projection platform, which is in use at eight Festival venues.

“Our participation in major film festivals is part of our commitment to the Canadian and international film industry,” said Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales for Canada. “TIFF Festival is one of the world’s leading film festivals and we are very proud to help it present 4K and other digital solutions that will ensure the best projection experience for its patrons.”

Christie digital projectors are used by leading film festivals around the globe, including Cannes, Shanghai and the British Film Institute. In Canada, Christie also sponsors the Vancouver, Calgary and Banff International Film Festivals, as well as Cine-Quebec.

New Christie MicroTiles S310 Screen Featuring 0.7 Millimeter Seams Now Shipping

Four years after initial product launch, Christie® MicroTiles® continue to captivate audiences with high resolution, high brightness displays that bring digital content to life in rich, vivid colors. Now, Christie has taken another step forward in near seamless video walls by offering a new screen option for its multiple award-winning technology: the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen.

Christie MicroTiles S310 screen features 0.7-millimeter seams


Featuring the same optical performance and construction as the S300, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is slightly larger and features 0.7-millimeter seams (compared to 1.3-millimeter seams for the S300). The S310 operating temperature range is 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Just like the S300 screen option, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen delivers excellent contrast with deeper blacks and image uniformity in even the most demanding indoor high ambient light environments.

“With its near seamless appearance, the new Christie MicroTiles S310 screen provides an even more lifelike visual experience – and creates an even more natural touch interface when Christie MicroTiles are coupled with the Christie Interactivity Kit,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “For applications such as broadcast sets, control rooms, and high-profile lobby, corporate or retail signage where the tightest possible seams are necessary, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is the clear choice.”

Christie Interactivity Kit provides the creative flexibility to incorporate multipoint touch interactivity into large-format digital displays and allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any large-format video wall.

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors, making them ideal for public spaces. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create an eye-catching digital canvas.

The Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is now shipping.

Christie Virtual Remote Projector App Now Available on Android Operating System

Christie® further enhances its value add portfolio with today’s launch of the Christie Virtual Remote projector app, providing an alternative to the standard IR remote control. Designed for the Android operating system, Christie Virtual Remote provides wireless control of all Christie 3-chip DLP® projectors in the popular Christie M Series and Christie J Series projector families.

Christie Virtual Remote is ideal for applications including live events, trade shows, and projection mapping. Users in fixed installation applications such as boardrooms and classrooms, houses of worship, government facilities, and museums will also enjoy the convenience of controlling one or more projectors wirelessly from their Android smartphone or tablet.

“The Christie Virtual Remote app provides a Wi-Fi projector control alternative, while maintaining all the capabilities of the standard IR remote. The app also offers a visual interface of all connected projectors and the ability to save and load projector groups,” said Joel St-Denis, value add product manager, Christie. “It’s very versatile and can be used from anywhere. Users can scan for available projectors on the network to add them to a group, or manually type in the IP address of the desired projector.”

Christie Virtual Remote supports all capabilities of a standard IR remote including:
- Single or multiple projector control
- Projector discovery
- Full access to complete projector On-Screen Display menu
- Projector on/off
- Shutter on/off
- Test pattern selection
- Input selection
- Zoom and focus
- Lens control
- Color matching

The Christie Virtual Remote is a free download available now from Google Play.

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Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panel Delivers More Vibrant, Sharper Images for Near Seamless Video Walls

Christie® continues to satisfy market needs for near seamless video wall flat-panel solutions with today’s introduction of the versatile Christie FHD461-X. Perfectly suited for space-limited installations; signage in museums, universities, corporate spaces, broadcast sets and retail environments, as well as monitoring applications such as security and surveillance, the Christie FHD461-X is the definitive choice with its ultra-narrow (5.4 millimeter) bezel and 3-inch depth. Delivering crisp, detailed images and high brightness with full HD resolution, the Christie FHD461-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a complete, interactive digital experience.

Videowall Composed of Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panels


The sleek, elegant and competitively priced Christie FHD461-X has 10-bit color for richer, more vivid images, higher (4000:1) contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and a shallower depth compared with other flat panels in its category. With its LED backlighting and high pixel density for sharper, more vibrant images from any distance, the Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness, and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment. Energy efficient and ENERGY STAR® qualified, the Christie FHD461-X features low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

“Every digital display installation is unique and with the Christie FHD461-X, our customers now have a 46-inch ultra-narrow bezel flat panel solution with a thin profile to fit those tighter spaces where required,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “The Christie FHD461-X offers rich, superior color reproduction and high contrast ratio for an image that really jumps out at the viewer.”

Benefits of Christie FHD461-X LCD Flat Panel

- Superior image quality for visuals that ‘pop’ with the highest contrast ratio and color depth of any 46-inch SNB flat panel.
- At three inches, it is the shallowest panel in the 46-inch SNB category and complies with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for an installed depth under 4 inches.
- More natural touch interface and no lost pixels/data – near seamless video wall with smallest bezel-to-bezel width for any 46-inch Super Narrow Bezel (SNB) flat panel.
- Energy efficient / ENERGY STAR qualified – low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability.
- Portrait or landscape supported.
- Can stretch single video source over multiple panels.
- Christie is the only display manufacturer to offer a fully modular multi-touch interactive solution (Christie Interactivity Kit) specifically designed for tiled video walls.

“The Christie experience is one of renowned quality, innovation and service across the entire digital display technology spectrum and we are proud to add the Christie FHD461-X to our family of solutions,” Heslett concluded.

The Christie FHD461-X debuts at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Hall 9 Booth 9.C17 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 13-17, and is now shipping with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Integrity to Be Honored With Christie Award

Christie®, a global provider of visual display solutions, is pleased to announce that Integrity Entertainment Systems, LLC (“Integrity”), led by President Gary Engvold, has been recognized by Christie for its recent milestone of more than 1,000 installations of Christie® Solaria® projectors for its customers, which include some of the leading chains and independent cinemas in the U.S.

The award will be presented at ShowEast (Oct. 21-24) at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood, Florida.

Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions group, congratulated Engvold and Integrity on the award. “Integrity realizes the importance of providing a total solution to its exhibitor customers and does so by communicating to its customers the advantage of all of Christie’s cinema products and services, including our theatre management software, digital signage and network operations center (NOC) facilities, in addition to our world-class digital cinema projectors.”

“We are honored to be chosen by Christie for this award, which recognizes the efforts of all our team in serving our growing customer base,” said Gary Engvold, president of Integrity. “We choose Christie for the overwhelming majority of our installations, as do our exhibition customers. Christie provides the brightest, highest-quality images for cinema and alternative content projections, with practically no downtime during conversions, and superior after-sale service and support. The range of 2K to 4K resolutions, plus options for 3D and high frame rate projection, make Christie the projection solution for now and the future.

“As well, Christie goes the extra mile in not just supplying excellent products and service support, but also helps me prospect new customers and obtain their digital-conversion financing. That makes a standard business arrangement become a true value-added relationship.”

Integrity is a full-service cinema supply company, created in 2002. Through partnerships with some of the industry’s leading suppliers, it creates custom solutions for projection, seating, point-of-sale, concession and lobby areas.

Integrity is currently installing Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors at a number of theatres across the USA. These include Clearview Theaters across the eastern USA, as a result of that chain’s acquisition in April 2013 by Bow Tie Cinemas. At the time, Bow Tie announced that it intended “to make a substantial investment in the newly-acquired Clearview theaters, including Chelsea Cinemas, to fund key upgrades that are designed to enhance the movie-going experience for customers, including digital projection and 3D installations, concession stand upgrades, decorative improvements and point of sale technology that will allow Bow Tie to enhance its customer loyalty programs.”

Seattle Cinerama Selects Christie for World’s First Permanent Cinema Laser Projection Installation

Purchase follows on heels of US FDA approval of variance for Christie, allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in cinema; notably the first and only such variance approved for a manufacturer of DCI-compliant cinema projectors

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to supply and install the world’s first commercial digital laser projection solution at the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, located at 2100 4th Avenue in Seattle, WA. The purchase order is for a 4K Christie digital laser projector, with scalable light output up to 60,000 lumens.

“When hi-tech visionary Paul G. Allen bought the theater in 1999, he gave Cinerama full rein to innovate in order to provide our community with a cutting-edge movie going experience,” said Cinerama Theatre Manager Greg Wood. “Selecting a laser projection solution – with its ability to render 2D and 3D movies with stunning clarity and brilliant, accurate color rendition – is in keeping with this tradition.

“We were excited by demonstrations of the technology earlier this year by Christie and we are looking forward to welcoming this reliable and brilliant laser projector installation to our space.”

Christie recently received the first US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema, which is the first and only such variance to date approved for a manufacturer of DCI-compliant cinema projectors.

Said Jack Kline, president & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., “Cinerama has a long history of innovation and our latest projector will empower the theater to take the audience experience to the next level. A laser projector is a significant investment for any cinema and the fact that the Seattle Cinerama has chosen Christie to help this venue continue in its capacity as one of the world’s premiere movie theaters is a great vote of confidence.”

Site scoping and technical evaluations will begin in August, with an anticipated switch over from conventional digital projection to the latest Christie digital cinema laser projector planned for early next year.

Noted Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions, “Cinerama’s huge screen requires the best and brightest in digital cinema projection technology, so it can demonstrate how spectacularly a moviemaker’s vision can be realized when shown at high contrast ratios and intense light levels. This in turn will yield an entirely new and naturally immersive experience for the average moviegoer and aficionados alike. We know that Christie laser projection will deliver beyond everyone’s already-high expectations.”

Christie Laser-Projection Timetable Continues Apace
Christie has a history of innovation without equal in the cinema technology world. For example, most recently and for two full weeks beginning March 28, 2013, Christie joined forces with AMC and Paramount Pictures to project G.I. JOE: RETALIATION in the ‘first’ commercial exhibition of a 3D movie at brightness levels of 14 foot lamberts (ft-L) using laser projection. It was the first ever opportunity for the general public to enjoy compelling, immersive 3D images delivered at 2D light levels.

As well, in 2012 Christie showed select exhibitors in Asia how 72,000 lumens could be achieved, in a demonstration of its prototype laser projector in Beijing. That screening followed the September showing at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam of Hugo 3D – the first CPG (Cameron Pace Group) certified movie –introduced by Dr. Shaw, along with noted stereographers, Demetri Portelli and Corey Turner (‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’). The movie was then projected using Christie’s 4K laser projector prototype.

Christie hosted its first laser projector demo for cinema industry luminaries including Douglas Trumbull, Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award winner, at its High Frame Rate Summit held in its manufacturing and engineering headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario in April 2012.

Christie intends to introduce a wide range of laser projectors building on core technologies and architectures, to power applications for the digital cinema, pro AV, visualization and simulation markets, throughout 2013 and beyond.

About Seattle Cinerama
When Paul G. Allen heard in the mid-1990s that Seattle’s historic Cinerama Theatre might close down to become a rock-climbing club, dinner theater, or even a parking lot, he signed a “Save the Cinerama” petition—and later took it a step further by purchasing the old movie-house himself. Seattle’s Cinerama Theatre was one of many opened in the 1950s and 1960s for Cinerama films, technological marvels of their day which were shown on a curved screen utilizing a three-projector system.

In 1998, Vulcan kicked off a major, multi-million dollar renovation of the theatre, refurbishing the interior and exterior, installing state-of-the-art sound and projector systems, and ensuring maximum accessibility for mobility- and sensory-impaired patrons. A grand re-opening celebration took place on April 22, 1999 to welcome the theatre back into commission. Since then, it has regularly been voted one of Seattle’s “best places to watch a movie” and plays host to various film festivals and blockbuster film premieres each year. See www.cinerama.com for current show times.

Jeff Klaas Joins Christie As Vice President For Business Products

Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, today announced that Jeff Klaas has joined the company in the role of Vice President for Christie’s Business Products division. Reporting to Jack Kline, President & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., and based in Christie’s Cypress headquarters, Mr. Klaas will focus on managing the company’s Business Products strategies across diverse product platforms. He will support each of the company’s key geographic regions and markets with the goal of increasing sales and building relationships internally and externally.

Mr. Klaas most recently served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at SRS. During his tenure, SRS Labs, the largest software licensing company in the audio and voice post processing market, was named one of the best performing public companies in Orange County. SRS was also named as one of America’s greatest brands in 2011 and 2012, joining other iconic companies like Apple and Chevron. Prior to SRS, Mr. Klaas worked at Entropic Communications, a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable distribution of connected home entertainment. Mr. Klaas has also been recognized publicly for his contributions to ViewSonic and IAVI – two visual displays-oriented companies – where he served as General Manager and CEO respectively. Earlier in his career, Jeff was employed at Weyerhaeuser and Hewlett Packard.

“Christie’s reputation in the visual display industry is unparalleled. I am pleased to be joining such a dynamic team and am eager to contribute to both our product development process and growing the Business Products division’s customer base,” said Mr. Klaas.

“Jeff brings a unique blend of sales, marketing and general business management experience to Christie, including several decades of senior management experience at global companies,” said Jack Kline, President & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “We’re very pleased to welcome Jeff to our management team. His record of success will be a tremendous asset to Christie.”

Mr. Klaas is a published author and is often invited to be a guest speaker or panelist at industry events, sharing his personal story and professional insights on global business strategy and trends. He has been featured in several national publications, on talk radio shows, in Forbes and Ironman Magazine, and in the Orange County Register. In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine, the South Florida Business Journal, and Consumer Electronics Magazine have recognized him for his numerous professional accomplishments.

A triathlete, Mr. Klaas holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and lives in southern California, where he is involved in community and family activities.

Christie Display Technology and Adtech Systems Deliver Lifelike Images and Outstanding Customer Service at Boston College

With a commitment to fostering and imparting knowledge, Boston College has earned its reputation as one of America’s top institutions of higher learning. Therefore, when it was time to upgrade the projection technology at the storied college, Adtech Systems Inc., installed more than 70 Christie® projectors to deliver course material, lectures and presentations in classrooms and auditoriums.

After a successful demonstration, the school is replacing old product with Christie and calling it a great choice. “The (Christie) price point is fantastic compared to any other manufacturer. We had another manufacturer come in – offering all kinds of incentives and programs – and the product just didn’t meet what we wanted and the price point wasn’t right,” said Jim Clements CTS, project manager, Media Technology Services, Boston College. “Nobody comes close to offering what Christie offers. If you can install a Christie projector, why would you buy anything else?”

The seminar rooms are outfitted with Christie LWU420 projectors while a larger, theater-style 80-seat auditorium has a 1-chip DLP® Christie DHD800. Clements confirmed that one Christie LX700 and one Christie DHD675-E are slated for installation in the Fine Arts department.

The 8000 ANSI lumens Christie DHD800 offers full HD and high-brightness in a 1-chip DLP® projector, making it ideally suited for Boston College’s large auditorium. The Christie DHD675-E delivers lifelike color reproduction and its Dynamic Contrast is perfect for the smaller collaborative classrooms and meeting rooms.

“We also have several Christie LWU505 projectors in three different campuses in a number of different buildings including the Arts and Sciences building, which we just built,” said Clements. “The Arts and Sciences building is a 200,000 square foot, gothic-style facility with 54 classrooms using the LWU505 projectors right now.”

More Christie Technology on the Way
“As Bill Copley (Northeast Territory Sales Manager, Christie) and Adtech can see from future projects, we’ve gone out of our comfort zone in model type and we’re starting to incorporate a number of different models. That kind of success just breeds more success for us to go back to the product,” added Clements. “Bill has brought flat panel technologies to my attention. We have a sporting facility that we’re looking at doing some upgrades there – maybe we want to put in some of these environment-safe outdoor panels (Christie FHD551-W). Maybe we want to put in some video walls. Based on our experiences with Christie, it would certainly lead us to follow its product line.

“Bill (Copley) and Matt Fionda of Adtech Systems have been fantastic. Everything that Christie has promised and offered us they have delivered. That says a lot, certainly in this market. A guarantee or warranty is one thing, but to stand behind it and prove it just continues our partnership with Christie and Adtech as long as I’m here.”

Phase Two of the project – which includes an additional 20 projectors – will see a Christie L2K1000 installed in the 200-person capacity auditorium located in the Admissions/Fine Arts building that also hosts general classes and a 20-foot wide screen.

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.

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