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Christie Interactivity Kit Now Shipping

Christie® is pleased to announce that the Christie Interactivity Kit is now shipping. Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit is a distinctive solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any digital display.

MicroTiles equipped with the Christie Interactivity Kit


Designed in pieces that fit perfectly around Christie® MicroTiles®, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. The kit can accommodate practically any large format display up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, or a Christie MicroTiles array measuring up to 16-units wide by 6-units tall.

The easy-to-use, field-installable kits simply attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without need for drivers. Windows® 7 automatically recognizes the Christie Interactivity Kit as a multi-touch device and no manual calibration of sensors or cameras is required. Using breakthrough Baanto™ ShadowSense™ technology, Christie Interactivity Kit offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Christie Interactivity Kit – The Simple Answer
“Many large-format touch technologies struggle with touch accuracy and response time, especially with multi-touch,” explained Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Typically you have to manually position and calibrate cameras, and install special drivers or software that must be running on the computer in order for the system to work.”

Christie’s Interactivity Kit solves this problem by detecting the video wall’s size and configuration, and simply connecting to the computer’s USB port. When used with Windows® 7, which offers native support for multi-touch, the Interactivity Kit is automatically recognized as a multi-touch device.

“In addition to saving the time and effort of calibrating sensors and installing drivers,” continued Heslett, “the Interactivity Kit is both lightweight and small for easy shipping and maneuvering into buildings while special brackets for MicroTiles handle the alignment.”

Applications for Christie Interactivity Kit
“With their stunning image quality, colors and resolution, Christie MicroTiles are the perfect medium for large format interactivity,” added Heslett. “For example, on broadcast sets, where MicroTiles are very popular, an on-air commentator can analyze a sports event or election results using the Interactivity Kit on a large presentation wall. Because of their modularity, MicroTiles and the Interactivity Kit are both easy to move around and flexible in size, so they are ideal for temporary events and trade shows. Rental stagers can purchase one set of gear and create a multitude of different shapes and sizes with it.

“Other great applications include museums and public institutions where visitors want to explore and learn, higher education where students want to learn and connect with each other, and corporate spaces where information needs to be shared and analyzed by colleagues in a collaborative setting.”

Benefits of Christie Interactivity Kit:

-True multi-touch performance with excellent accuracy, resolution and response rates for large-format applications.

-Up to 18 touches on a 16 by 6 array (21.4 feet wide by 6 feet high).

-Ease of setup with USB connection and no drivers required.

-No manual calibration of sensors or cameras.

-Recognized by Windows® 7 natively as a multi-touch device.

-Seamless integration with Christie MicroTiles and Christie JumpStart.

“Now shipping, the Christie Interactivity Kit is an exciting breakthrough technology for creating large-format, multi-touch displays that was not possible until now – there is nothing like it. This technology opens up all kinds of new possibilities for connecting people with each other and with information, and for delivering impactful, branded experiences,” Heslett concluded.

Christie Conquers the Elements with Introduction of New WeatherAll Series of Weatherproof LCD Flat Panels

The new Christie® WeatherAll Series of LCD outdoor flat panels makes its global debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 29, setting the standard for outdoor LED-backlit LCD technology. Rugged and versatile, the first of the WeatherAll Series is the 55-inch Christie FHD551-W, a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution designed to perform in a wide range of applications including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, architectural applications, entertainment parks, public displays, the hospitality and resort industry, transportation services, and numerous other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels.

Christie FHD551-W WeatherAll Flat Panel

“Christie is at the forefront in offering what customers need and the WeatherAll Series is designed to be the clear choice in an outdoor weatherproof display solution,” said Frank Anzures, senior product manager, Christie. “First in our WeatherAll Series, the Christie FHD551-W is easy to maintain while providing robustness and the vivid picture quality needed when presenting your message outdoors.”

The Christie FHD551-W features optically bonded glass for increased protection against harsh impacts and scratches in public display environments while enhancing viewability in outdoor venues by reducing reflection. It is designed to provide high contrast ratio, rich vibrant colors, and superior brightness to overcome high ambient light — making it perfect for outdoor use.

The ability to use the Christie FHD551-W in landscape or portrait mode is ideal for rental staging applications, resorts, hotels and restaurants, to provide impactful content in public areas, while being rugged and durable to withstand rain, sleet, snow, and human interaction. The Christie FHD551-W’s integrated speakers and sleek design makes this a visually appealing solution compared to traditional LCD products that would require enclosures when used in outdoor environments.

“The typical flat panel displays are not designed for outdoor use and the risk of damage when exposed to the elements is very high. However, the high definition Christie FHD551-W is designed to be IP56 rated / NEMA4 and has a DACS filtration system to protect it and allow for it to be used in harsh weather conditions and withstand the abuse of public display areas,” said Anzures. “With the addition of optically bonded glass it increases sunlight readability by up to 400 percent when compared with standard flat panels and increases scratch and impact resistance by up to 300 percent.”

For superior dependability in the most challenging outdoor environments, the DACS cooling & filtration system provides a thermostatically-controlled active system that protects sensitive electronics from temperature extremes, moisture, and dust. The advanced easy-clean solution eliminates the need for core filter replacement. The FHD551-W features a weather rating of IP56/NEMA4, providing protection against solid foreign objects such as falling dirt or windblown dust in addition to rain, sleet, snow, ice and splashing or hosed water.

“The Christie FHD551-W can easily manage temperatures ranging from a scorching 45 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) all the way down to a bone chilling minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as rain, snow, dust and high humidity, without those factors affecting performance. This new outdoor flat panel also boasts integrated weatherproof speakers to provide a full solution for outdoor use,” added Anzures.

Benefits of Christie FHD551-W with Optical Bonding
- Improves sunlight readability up to 400 percent.
- Increases impact and scratch resistance up to 300 percent.
- Eliminates parallax: the apparent displacement or the difference in apparent direction of an object as seen from two different points not on a straight line with the object.
- Prevents condensation on LCD Panel.
- Significantly improves durability against vibration, extreme temperatures, altitudes, water and dust.
- Vastly improves contrast and color saturation readability.

The Christie FHD551-W is now shipping with a two-year parts and labor warranty, backed by Christie’s renowned customer service and support.

Christie Technology Brought Audiences Inside the Brain at California Institute of Technology’s TEDxCaltech 2013

Christie® technology took audiences inside the human brain at TEDxCaltech 2013 with its award-winning projection display solutions under the show’s theme, “The Brain.” Digital artist Jon 9, owner of Holonyne Corporation, produced immersive and stimulating backdrops and content related to the brain experts’ presentations that made the audience feel they were “inside” the brain of the conference itself. He also provided improvisational video mixing as accompaniment to musical performers David Torn and Moira Smiley.

Christie solutions included the Christie HD10K-M and Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors, as well as the multiple award-winning Christie® MicroTiles®, all controlled by the Christie Spyder video processor. Christie MicroTiles were featured on-stage as a free-standing “brick” configuration, its content synchronized with the projected images on three screens behind the performers, utilizing the curved walls of the auditorium to provide a fully immersive experience.

“Throughout my long career in the display industry, I have always looked up to Christie as a market leader that combines technical innovation with robust engineering and an expansive line of products,” said Jon 9. “I was extremely happy to be working with them on this project.”

Jon 9 said he is very grateful for the support from Christie. “Christie enabled us to bring professional display technology into the academic arena at a level that demonstrated the effectiveness of immersive, interactive digital environments within a scientific conference setting. By combining Christie’s high-powered 10K and 20K projectors with an on-stage MicroTiles video wall, and with the flexibility and power of the Christie Spyder, we created an environment that was both highly functional and visually stunning.”

Dr. Michael Roukes, Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering, and co-director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech, who was co-organizer of the event, added, “We were very pleased to have Christie as a sponsor of TEDxCaltech. Their visual display products produced absolutely gorgeous visualizations and were vital to helping us provide a fully immersive experience for our audiences.”

Recognized worldwide for its exceptional programs, the Caltech faculty, members of which spoke at the event, have won hundreds of awards over the years, including multiple Nobel Prizes as well as medals of science and technologies.

Christie Showcasing “Solutions That Rock” Display Technologies in Atlanta, Georgia January 15-17, 2013

Christie®, along with Draper Inc, Alcorn McBride, CyberTouch and Tannoy, is presenting the latest Solutions that Rock show , a free event introducing several of its new display solutions to organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs and corporate AV environments. The event takes place January 15 – 17 at GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) Media in Atlanta.

“Solutions that Rock” provides a single opportunity for consultants, architects, service planners and designers to get hands-on experience with some of the best audio and visual systems available and discover inspiring ways for projection to turn their ideas into reality. Attendees will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple iPad. There will be an Open House for all end-users, consultants and integrators/dealers on January 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., sponsored by JB & A.

January 16th and 17th are sponsored by top local integrator Technical Innovation with January 16th open only to end-users invited by Technical Innovations while January 17th is open to all end-users and consultants. Draper will be holding AIA certified classes from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on both Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 when the doors open.

“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal opportunity for dealers, integrators, distributors and end users to see how the showcased products offer leading edge and fully workable solutions for their customers. Attendees will participate in technology demonstrations and get hands-on experience of the capabilities for each solution, making them more confident when demonstrating and selling to customers and prospects.

Products on Display
Highlighting the exhibits will be an eye-catching tower display of Christie® MicroTiles®, the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept. Christie MicroTiles are built on proven DLP® technology and specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.

Both the Christie E Series and Christie G Series of projectors will be on display as will multiple solutions, ranging from HD and 2K LCD to Xenon 3-chip DLP® images, displaying on a 30-foot wide screen and two 11-foot screens in portrait mode. The displays, including stereoscopic 3D demonstrations, will be managed using the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor.

The Christie Vista URS will also be on display. The Christie Vista URS is an all-in-one matrix switcher that accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes any of these sources to any of eight user-configurable outputs, each of which can be configured independently for any analog or digital output format.

The Christie FHD551-X 55-inch flat panel LCD with a CyberTouch overlay demonstrating interactivity will also be at the booth. CyberTouch designs, manufactures and markets standard and custom touch products and integrated touch monitors; specializing in resistive single-touch and two-touch as well as advance- infrared multi-touch technologies.

To fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will demonstrate its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – a camera-based, software driven solution, used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs – will operate across the network, offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.

Founded in 1902, Draper Inc. provides a range of products for the rental staging and fixed installation market including electric, manual, rear, portable and fixed screens, as well as a variety of projector lifts and mounts.

GPB Media is located at 260 14th Street N.W. in Atlanta. To register, please visit http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock.

SunBriteTV Jump-Starts Outdoor TV Season at CES 2013 with Dealer Support Program and Show Discounts

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 7th, 2013 — SunBriteTV, the leading manufacturer of all-weather outdoor televisions in North America, announced today that it will jump-start the 2013 outdoor television buying season with special show discounts for dealers and installation professionals at the 2013 International CES, January 8 – 11 in Las Vegas.

With its outstanding range of popular residential and commercial-grade outdoor televisions and digital signage solutions, SunBriteTV aims to launch the biggest outdoor TV buying season yet, by offering dealers substantial discounts on orders placed during CES. These discounts are in addition to the company’s existing Preferred Dealer program, which offers qualified dealers free shipping, priority positioning in SunBriteTV’s dealer locator, and a constant pipeline of sales leads.

To further support its dealer and installer network, SunBriteTV will also commence a comprehensive print and online marketing campaign in early 2013, aiming to build awareness for the outdoor television category by reaching a broad cross-section of trade and mainstream publications in the company’s key US markets.

“SunBriteTV means business at CES 2013,” said Tom Dixon, Vice President of Marketing at SunBriteTV. “Our product portfolio has never been stronger. Our deals have never been better. This is the ideal time for dealers and installers to get in the game.”

SunBriteTV is located in Central Hall, booth #15037.

Useful links:
To apply for Preferred Dealer status, please visit: https://store.sunbritetv.com/createaccount.aspx
To find the dealer locator, please visit: http://store.sunbritetv.com/DealerLocator.aspx
For general information about SunBriteTV, please visit www.sunbritetv.com

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Reseller Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

SunBriteTV Proclaims 2013 the Year of Outdoor Television at CES 2013

SunBriteTV DS-4707EST Marquee Series Television

Las Vegas, California, January 7, 2013 — SunBriteTV, leader in all-weather outdoor televisions and digital signage for residential and commercial markets across North America, is proud to announce its presence in Central Hall at the 2013 International CES, Jan 8 – 11. At this year’s CES, SunBriteTV will showcase its entire range of all-weather 32-, 46-, 55- and 65-inch Signature Series televisions all the way up to the flagship direct sunlight-readable Marquee Series, available in 47- and 55-inch sizes.

Delivering the widest variety of true outdoor televisions in a range of prices, colors and screen sizes, every SunBrite TV provides an unparalleled entertainment experience whether built into an outdoor kitchen, installed by a pool or on a patio. All of SunBriteTV’s televisions are designed, engineered and manufactured in the US to resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects; and are equipped with internal cooling systems to withstand outside temperatures up to 122 degrees F. Each TV includes a sealed wiring compartment to keep moisture out, a powerful audio system that delivers better sound quality than most indoor TVs, and a weatherproof remote.

Breaking Price Barriers with the Signature Series
With the launch of the Signature Series, SunBriteTV smashed the price barrier of true outdoor TVs by effectively lowering prices 40% across the board. Every Signature Series model features the same great weatherproof design developed by SunBrite through its years of experience and engineering know-how, making them the undisputed industry leader. Offering a full lineup of sizes including 32-, 46-, 55- and the range-topping 65-inch model, and with prices starting from as low as $1,495 M.S.R.P. (3260HD), SunBriteTV has put outdoor television entertainment within reach of a huge consumer audience.

Breaking Sunlight Barriers with the Marquee Series
The Marquee Series combines SunBriteTV’s unique weatherproof strengths with the ability to be viewed in direct sunlight without experiencing isotropic blackout effects. All SunBriteTV Marquee Series models feature SunBrite’s proprietary Extended Solar Tolerance (EST) technologies and extra bright 700 nit LCD panels. Available in 47- and 55-inch sizes with an M.S.R.P. of $4,995 and $6,995 respectively, the Marquee Series offers unbeatable features and deserves its title as the king of outdoor television.

SunBriteTV provides a host of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation options. All SunBriteTV outdoor televisions are backed by a two-year warranty. Please visit our booth at CES, in Central Hall (#15037).

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Resellers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Reseller, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Reseller Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

KanexPro Releases HDBaseT Scaler for Presentation Systems

Introducing the next-generation in ultimate presentation scaling and switching, KanexPro announced today the HDSC12D scaler to its pro-line of high-resolution scalers.
This 12-input high resolution scaler boasts a twisted pair output based on HDBaseT® technology that will compensate for long runs up to 230 feet (70m) while switching and scaling up to 12-inputs. It includes an independent receiver, which extends the HDMI output. Fully HDCP and EDID compliant, this professional scaler can be used anywhere from lecture halls, conference rooms to health care facilities and control centers.

Features:
• Switch & Scale 12-inputs to 2-high-resolution displays
• 4 HDMI + 4 VGA Inputs with 3.5mm Audio
• 1 YPbPr + 1 Composite / S-Video Input with L/R Stereo Audio
• 1 Microphone Input
• 1 HDMI +1 VGA Output with L/R Stereo Audio (For non-HDCP encrypted content)
• 1 HDMI HDBaseT CAT6 STP receiver included
• Extender supports distance up to 230ft [70m]
• Supports scaling input up to 1080p
• 2 x 10 Watt Amplifier
• IR remote control included
• RS-232 & TCP/IP control with third party control systems
• Backed by KanexPro 3 -Year Parts & Labor Warranty

For more information, please visit: http://www.kanexpro.com/item/?id=HDSC12D

Ultimate in Presentation Switching Environments

Dataton to usher in a new era of innovation at ISE 2013

New headquarters, 40th-anniversary celebrations and much, much more!

Dataton, the world-renowned manufacturer and developer of presentation and show-control products, ushers in a new era of innovation and creativity at the 2013 edition of Integrated Systems Europe. The company’s latest products, marketed as additions to the WATCHOUT suite of multi-display production and presentation software, will be showcased on Dataton’s biggest ISE stand so far.

While the exact nature of the products to be showcased at ISE remains a closely guarded secret until the show opens its doors on January 29, Fredrik Svahnberg, Dataton’s marketing director, comments: “We have continued to update WATCHOUT this year with new features such as 3D stereoscopic playback, live video streaming, interactivity, and multiple languages. What we are going to show at ISE marks the start of a major move forward.”

On the first day of ISE 2013, Dataton will host a booth party at 17:00 on stand 7-K175 to celebrate its 40th year in business and the Swedish-based company is promising plenty of Scandinavian hospitality.

Maintaining its support for education programmes in the pro-AV space, Dataton will also present an InfoComm University™ session in ISE’s Education Zone. Titled ‘Multi-Image Projection Techniques’, the session will be delivered by Svahnberg and will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, 30 January. Like all InfoComm University content, thesession will be vendor-neutral and free of sales pitches.

Finally, ISE 2013 will be the first major AV tradeshow that Dataton has planned from its new corporate headquarters at Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping, Sweden. Construction of the purpose-built HQ, designed by award-winning architect Petra Gipp, commenced in the summer of 2012.

Dataton will exhibit on Stand 7-K175 at Integrated Systems Europe at the Amsterdam RAI from 29-31 January 2013.

www.dataton.com

PixelFLEX Moves to Nashville to Meet Growing Industry Demands

PixelFLEX, designer of the leading lightweight and flexible LED video curtain, announced today the relocation of its business operations from Memphis to Nashville. The move, to 700 Cowan Street in Nashville, was made to better service the music industry and church market.

“Commonly referred to as ‘Music City,’ Nashville is the center of the music industry,” said Jeremy Byrd, president of PixelFLEX. “In addition to its ties to music, Nashville also is well known for its strong religious roots. Our LED curtains are an ideal solution for both musical acts and faith-based organizations looking to enhance live performances with rich and engaging video images. As such, it seemed logical that we would move our base of operations across the state.”

After the successful launch of its initial 20mm video screen in 2011, PixelFLEX expanded its product offerings in 2012 to include 18mm, 30mm, 50mm and 100mm screens – presenting a variety of video display solutions to meet any and all live event needs. PixelFLEX screens have provided support to notable musical acts including Meatloaf, Toby Mac and Skillet, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts, as well as respected ministry leaders such as Joel Osteen. Additionally, the company’s innovative product is also ideal in fixed theatre installations – the company’s screen is currently in use at the University of Iowa and Longwood University.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8′x4′, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX screens range from 4.5 lbs. to 19.9 lbs. per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs.

“Able to fit in a single five-foot trunk and requiring minimal time to set up and tear down, our LED curtains are extremely popular with one-truck tours where space and manpower are an issue,” Byrd continued. “The move to Nashville will facilitate our company’s continued growth as we introduce new products and provide support to leading acts and ministries.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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BenQ Projectors Bring to Life Interactive Sports Hall Running Wall at New Perot Museum of Nature and Science

MW860USTi Short-Throw Projectors Provide Larger-Than-Life Display in Revolutionary Sports Hall

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 18, 2012 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced its participation in the new world-class Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, which is relying on its MW860USTi short-throw projectors to bring to life its running wall exhibit in the museum’s Sports Hall. The 180,000-square-foot, $185 million museum, which opened Dec. 1, provides full interactive experiences to inspire scientific curiosity in visitors of all ages. more

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