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BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) Technology Brings Pure Brilliance and Smarter Savings to Projection Solutions

Enhanced Eco Modes Increase Lamp Life up to 10,000 Hours and Reduce Power Consumption by up to 80 Percent

ORLANDO, Fla. — InfoComm — June 11, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced that its energy-saving SmartEco(TM) technology will be available with new expanded features across all product lines. Designed to provide energy efficiencies without compromising picture quality, the power-saving technology now includes new modes such as ImageCare, LampCare, and LumenCare, which build on BenQ’s existing Economic mode to dynamically adjust lamp power, provide longer lamp life, and lower projectors’ total cost of ownership (TCO). more

BenQ Expands Flexible, Eco-Friendly, Short-Throw Projector Lineup

MX819ST and MW820ST Combine Simple Operation With Enhanced SmartEco(TM) Technology to Enable up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life

ORLANDO, Fla. — InfoComm — June 11, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced the latest additions to its SmartEco(TM) line of short-throw classroom projectors: the MX819ST and MW820ST. Designed to bring flexibility, performance, and energy savings to small and medium education spaces, the projectors feature lower short-throw ratios, sharper image quality, and BenQ’s leading energy-saving technology to lower the devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO), while attaining an unparalleled maximum of 10,000 hours of lamp life.

To provide teachers and students with optimal picture quality, the projectors feature XGA (MX819ST) and wide-screen WXGA (MW820ST) native resolutions in addition to high contrast ratios of 12000:1. By casting a strong 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, the devices also ensure bright projections in any ambient light setting, eliminating the need to dim classroom lights. The MX819ST and MW820ST utilize a six-segment color wheel (RGBYWC) to produce deeper blacks, higher contrasts, and a crisper overall projection experience. more

Christie Pushes the Envelope with Newest Tiled Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

Christie® continues to stay ahead of the industry curve with today’s introduction of the next generation of Christie Jumpstart, the Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass, and the company’s first turnkey multi-touch video wall solution. An industry first with the smallest image-to-image gap of any bonded LCD panel, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution comprises a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of portrait-mounted 55-inch LCD panels with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart, and the mounting hardware for a wall-mounted or freestanding display.

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution


Christie JumpStart: Now with Higher Resolution Capabilities and Faster Performance

Christie Jumpstart now provides additional flexibility with six outputs (compared with four previously) and a 50 percent increase in resolution capability – now 15 megapixels. The content management system allows you to display multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics, Microsoft® Windows applications, Blu-ray™ and DVD movies, and text effortlessly on a large-format video wall. It is compatible with any digital display, including Christie® MicroTiles® and rear-projection or flat-panel display solutions.

Christie JumpStart features a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server for even faster performance and a more powerful workstation. Users can also send serial over IP commands to external devices by scheduling them at any point along the scenario timeline.

“Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers will also benefit from the speed and ease of setup of JumpStart, and its support for unique display configurations.”

Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass – Beautiful, Durable yet Lightweight

The first 55-inch super-narrow bezel LCD display for tiled video walls with bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, the Christie FHD551-XG is ideal for touch screens including broadcast sets and high-traffic public spaces including hotels, restaurants, museums, airports and railway stations.

“The Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass is scratch- and damage-resistant offering invaluable protection for multi-touch displays or in high-traffic, public spaces,” said Heslett. “The optical clarity of Corning Gorilla Glass makes images appear brighter and crisper than standard LCD and customers will also notice how lightweight it is, making for reduced shipping costs and easy installation.”

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution Provides One Stop Shopping

Now, Christie customers can fulfill their entire video wall requirements with one vendor thanks to the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution that brings a turnkey, interactive digital experience to multiple users. Quad Full-HD resolution, high pixel density and LED backlighting combine to provide a visually stunning display with the smallest bezels of any bonded video wall.

“This new turnkey solution provides a superior interactive experience that enables up to ten simultaneous touches and the best touch performance in high ambient light,” said Heslett. “Whether it’s museums, universities, corporate lobbies, retail environments, or broadcast sets, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution will capture people’s attention and fit in beautifully with the surrounding architecture. Reliable, practical and with the durability for high traffic areas, the multi-touch solution is easy to use and maintain, and provides a low total cost of ownership.”

“Christie is at the forefront of innovative digital display technology,” concluded Heslett. “It’s time consuming to search various vendors for what you need, but Christie has changed the game and is the first and only manufacturer to offer a complete, fully integrated, multi-touch video wall solution from a single source.”

Christie Jumpstart, Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution begin shipping in July 2013.

Christie Raises the Standard for Digital Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

The Technology Leader Provides the Needed Answers in Today’s Marketplace

The Christie® booth will be in the InfoComm 2013 spotlight June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Christie will impress visitors with exciting, technologically-advanced and user-friendly visual solutions for the Pro AV, large venue, architectural, corporate, broadcast, control room and digital signage markets and demonstrate how businesses, government entities and academia can maximize their visual technology assets, while satisfying customers.

Projection Mapping Takes a new Turn

Christie Brio

With the engaging interactive Christie Design Studio display, designers and engineers will see how what they imagine can become reality. The display features four Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors in a projection mapping application featuring a prototype Audi R8. The Design Studio is supported by 37 Christie® MicroTiles® to create a gorgeous and changeable backdrop. A second projection mapping installation, a mini-pyramid, demonstrates how a small installation can create big impact. The mini-pyramid projection mapping solution features Christie’s E-series projection.

Christie Brio Meeting Room Solution lets Participants Share More Than Ever

As announced earlier, Christie Brio makes its global debut at InfoComm. Christie Brio sets new standards in meeting room presentation and collaboration, making it easier than ever to pool resources with colleagues anywhere without dongles, software or drivers to slow things down. Information including presentations, audio, digital whiteboard, and videoconferencing – added to any display attached to a Christie Brio node – are shared with all displays in the same meeting.

Christie Asserts its Control in Projector Market

Christie is also unveiling the Christie InControl™ app at InfoComm 2013. Christie InControl is aimed at rental and staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of managing the projector wirelessly.

The main interface includes projector on/off, fade to black and shutter on/off, test pattern and main and secondary input selection, projector orientation, and OSD on/off for complete command of lens settings and imagery.

Christie Continues to set the Standard in Multi-touch Interactive and Flat-panel Displays

Christie is also introducing the next generation of the Christie JumpStart content management solution, as well as the Christie FHD551-X flat panel with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass (the Christie FHD551-XG) , and a new multi-touch video wall solution to be displayed in the LCD Panel Gallery. The turnkey Christie multi-touch video wall solution – an industry first – comprising a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of the portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-XG , Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie JumpStart and the mounting system for a wall-mounted or freestanding display. The new Christie JumpStart boasts six outputs and the ability to drive content at 15 megapixels. With a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server JumpStart’s more powerful workstation offers even faster performance.

Featured at the booth and already a big hit in the market is the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W 55 inch outdoor LCD flat panel with optically bonded glass – the clear answer for high traffic areas such as outdoor sporting events and other open-air applications. Fully weatherproof, the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W resists impacts and scratches; providing an industry-rated IP56/NEMA 4 outdoor display solution that can be deployed in virtually any environment, weather or season with complete peace of mind.

72-inch Christie Entero HB Video Wall Cube makes its Mark

Christie expands its line of Christie® Entero™ HB video wall offerings and strengthens its dominance in the industry with the introduction of the Christie Entero HB 72-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) display wall cube and rear projection light engine. The bigger and better control room addition to the projection cube lineup sets new standards in power, performance and image brightness with up to 1100 lumens capability.

Built upon the proven Christie Entero HB platform – the first and only LED control room display to offer Wi-Fi capability for remote adjustments and diagnosis through any wireless device – it features proprietary third generation ArraySync™ for superior automatic color and brightness management. Designed for 24/7 environments, it represents the best price/performance on the market, with superior and intuitive modular design, easy upgradability, and flexible operation for the demands of power and utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services.

Driving the content will be the Christie Phoenix™, which lets all users easily access and control audio-visual data securely from anywhere, at any time via standard IP networking technology. With Christie Phoenix, the same information, presented in the same format simultaneously is made available to all users regardless of their location.

Christie Projection Technology Leads the Market

The Christie E Series of 1-chip DLP® projectors are another show highlight. Working in conjunction with the Christie Spyder video processor, several Christie E Series projectors will be displaying rich, engaging content that shows Christie is at the forefront of technology. The booth also features the Christie D4K3560 featuring 35,000 center lumens, native 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution for ultra-realistic images. The Christie D4K3560 delivers smoother video at 60Hz with unique Christie TruLife™ electronics – a quantum leap in video-image processing featuring high frame rate and high-resolution video projection.

This projector’s 3-chip DLP® performance and durability make it ideal for large applications such as amusement parks, auditoriums, casinos, classrooms, museums, planetariums, theaters and virtual design centers.

On the main level of the Christie booth is the LCD gallery featuring the Christie LW720, Christie LWU501i and the Christie LW41 while the second floor is showcasing the Christie Spyder X20 managing and controlling content displayed by several Christie E Series and Christie G Series projectors.

Also among the booth offerings are the award-winning Christie Nitro Solutions; the integrated moving yokes and digital projector systems that enable bright, high-quality video and lighting effects to be projected onto virtually any surface. For InfoComm 2013, two Christie YK100 single-arm yokes will be supporting the Christie WU14K-M projectors.

Managing the content throughout the Christie booth is the Christie Spyder X20, a versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher.

Hitachi Introduces Three New Collegiate Series 3LCD Projectors With Unique Features, Optimal Picture Performance and Outstanding Value

ORLANDO, Florida, June 12, 2013 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing three new additions to its Collegiate Series 3LCD projectors: the CP-WX4022WN, CP-X4022WN and CP-X5022WN. These new models offer high brightness, energy efficiency and advanced connectivity, making them ideal for large classrooms, lecture halls and auditoriums.

The CP-WX4022WN provides a brightness of 4,000 lumens with WXGA resolution. The CP-X4022WN features a brightness of 4,000 lumens and XGA resolution, while the CP-X5022WN offers 5,000 lumens brightness and XGA resolution. All three projectors offer network compatibility via wired or wireless connection (wireless connection is available with the optional USBWL11N wireless adapter) and can be remotely controlled via a local area network (LAN).

The CP-WX4022WN, CP-X4022WN and CP-X5022WN are equipped with Hitachi’s Eco Mode and ImageCare energy-saving technology that combines optimal picture performance with maximum energy savings by decreasing energy usage, improving contrast ratio and lengthening lamp life. They provide up to a 3000:1 contrast ratio for vivid colors, bold graphics and crisp text.

The new Collegiate Series projectors offer the unique DICOM® (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode, which reproduces images with an advanced grayscale level. This mode is ideal for viewing grayscale medical images, X-rays, and for training and educational purposes.

The projectors’ Perfect Fit 2 feature enables the user to adjust the image’s individual corners and sides independent of one another. Perfect Fit 2 also provides vertical and horizontal digital correction of either barrel or pin cushion distortions. This feature helps correct geometric and complicated distortions. Perfect Fit 2 projects images to correctly fit the screen quickly and easily. Also available is horizontal and vertical lens shift, which eases installation.

The new Collegiate Series models provide a full array of A/V connectivity options including HDMI, component, composite and S-video inputs, with RGB inputs and outputs, audio connections, and an RS-232C port for integrated A/V system control. Hitachi’s wired and wireless switcher solutions provide an expanded source selection and switching options for connected devices. The switcher is sold as an optional accessory that provides 1080p 30fps wireless via WHDI for both video and audio.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Christie Launches Its First Mobile App: Christie InControl

Christie® unveils the Christie InControl™ projector mobile app for applicable iOS devices at InfoComm 2013 this week. Christie InControl is aimed at rental & staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of controlling the projector wirelessly.

The Christie InControl™ App provides a responsive user interface to commonly used projector functionality such as; power on/off, shutter control, test pattern selection, and lens zoom and focus, in addition to more advanced projector functionality like 2D keystone and color management.

“Christie InControl gives users fingertip projector management of single or multiple projectors from their personal iPad, iPod or iPhone device over Wi-Fi” said Joel St-Denis, value add product manager, Christie. “Users can scan for available projectors on their local Wi-Fi network to add them to a group, or to manually type in the IP address of the desired projector. The App based Wi-Fi control provides a flexible alternative to infrared projector remotes, which can sometimes be out of range or misplaced.”

Benefits of Christie InControl™ Projector App

 All key projector information grouped into single area for simple review.
 Easy interaction and control of Christie 3-chip DLP® M Series and J Series projectors.
 Scan for available projectors on the local Wi-Fi network to add them to a group, or manually type in the IP address of the desired projector.
 Main Control interface groups all key commands on one page, allows for fast changes when needed.
 Ability to adjust zoom, focus or lens position from anywhere within Wi-Fi range, providing easier setup in large staging environments.
 Dedicated user interface for complete control over zoom, focus and lens offset. Position can be adjusted via joystick type interface or by entering specific x/y values.
 Easy group access and ability to create and save projector groups for multi projector control.
 Adjust color temperature and color drive level with immediate results on screen.
 Enable single or dual lamp mode where applicable and adjust lamp power level as needed.
 Four Corner 2D keystone control.
 Adjust image size, vertical stretch, horizontal/vertical position, pixel tack/phase and blanking.
 Provides simple slider based interface to adjust key image settings at the touch of a finger.
 Adjust power settings easily to meet requirements of a specific venue or permanent installation.
 Christie InControl is supported on iOS version 5.1 (and higher) enabled devices including iPad, iPhone or iPod.

“With the Christie InControl projector app, Christie continues to improve the end-user experience by offering this high quality app, which further strengthens the Christie Value Add portfolio.” concluded St-Denis.

Christie InControl will be available globally as a FREE download from the Apple App Store later this month.

Hitachi Adds to DLP Projector Lineup with 9000 Series

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group is introducing the new 9000 Series DLP projectors. These models are the smallest projectors that achieve up to 10,000 lumens brightness and remarkable image quality and ease of installation, making them ideal for large venues and staging applications.

All models feature Hitachi’s new, exclusive Accentualizer image processing with controls that enhance sharpness, improve contrast and make fine details clearer. Users can also adjust the effects by three levels according to the surroundings so that the colors of the projected images are the actual colors of the objects they represent.

The new 9000 Series projectors also feature two built-in color wheels, enabling users to easily switch between Rich Color Mode, which is ideal for use in environments where vibrant, rich images are required, and Bright Mode, which is ideal for presentations and other situations that require the sharing of information. In addition, the projectors offer built-in edge blending capability that achieves the seamless projection of one image using multiple projectors.

All projectors include motorized lens shift that enables lens shift, zoom and focus to be perfectly dialed in and increases installation flexibility. Moreover, six interchangeable lenses are available to match various screen sizes and installation environments. Projection is possible in diverse installation areas from small conference rooms to auditoriums, convention halls and other large spaces. For added ease of installation, the 9000 Series projectors can be installed facing any direction in 360 degrees, allowing the projectors to be utilized in a variety of ways at a variety of angles.

The 9000 Series feature HDCR (High Dynamic Contrast Range), a function that lets users correct blurred images that are caused by room lighting or outside light sources, resulting in clear images even in bright rooms. In addition, the projectors’ Motion Adaptive Deinterlacer provides focused images, even for fast-moving video.

Lastly, the 9000 Series is equipped with a dual lamp system. Dual Mode achieves a high brightness up to 10,000 lumens in a compact body weighing only 41 pounds. In Single Mode, if one lamp stops functioning during use, the second lamp activates and projects the image with no interruption in the projection. Twenty-four hours of continuous operation is possible with the Alternative mode, which alternates the use of the two lamps.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

Follow Hitachi on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hitachi-Projectors/131067323636829

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

New Christie Brio Meeting Room Solution Lets Participants Share More

The days of passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologizing for delayed or bungled presentations have ended with the launch of Christie Brio, a new meeting presentation and collaboration system that takes the hassles out of single and multi-site workplace meetings.

Developed by Christie®, a world leader in display and visualization solutions, Brio enables multiple attendees at meetings to run audio and video presentations from their own devices, without scrambling for matching display cables and adapters, plugging in dongles or installing and configuring new software to get it working.

Christie Brio


Straightforward to install and use, Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations showing simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or smartphones, presentations can be added to a meeting as a thought occurs, their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds.

Brio is being unveiled this week at the InfoComm 2013 Pro-AV trade show in Orlando, Fla., and starts shipping this summer.

Share and collaborate like never before
Using a single, low-cost hardware Brio node, any meeting room can automatically show up to five computer screens on that room’s display.”Once the content is processed by the node it can also be made available to other Brio nodes via ethernet. In this way a variety of information – including PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, audio, digital whiteboards, and videoconferencing sessions – can be shown on any display attached to the Brio node, and shared with all the displays in the same meeting.

Brio nodes can be connected via network to multiple worksites on a corporate campus, or across the country. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will see the same presentations, and any Brio node user can share a presentation in the meeting. Brio makes interactive collaboration across multiple rooms and offices straightforward, seamless and immediate, plus the cost of Brio nodes is low enough to equip even remote users in home offices.

Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology. Users in multiple locations can work together on notes and sketches. Any Brio node connected to a meeting allows users, anywhere, to contribute to that whiteboard session.

“We’ve all been in meetings that were slowed down or fell apart because of the many hassles that come up when multiple people with their own laptops and software try to get presentations successfully running on meeting room screens. I’ve seen cheers break out when it all actually works,” said Christian Merrill, Christie Brio product manager.

“Brio changes that, and makes it easy for multiple persons to run presentations at meetings – even across several corporate sites on a network and since Brio is all network-driven, it does not require users to install any new software or use a USB device to make it all work,” added Merrill. “The moment you introduce new software inside a corporate environment, you can have issues with approved software and administration rights. Visitors who need to run a presentation might even be unable to download the needed software, and many people with company issued laptops don’t have admin permissions to add new software. With Brio, if you can get on the network, you are good to go for making and contributing to presentations.”

Automated Setup
Connecting laptops to a Brio node automatically allows their screens to be shared with all displays connected in a Brio meeting, and the platform intelligently displays material in the correct aspect ratio. For multi-site meetings participants use an intuitive network interface to login and set up that is as simple as making a phone call.

Brio also fully supports smart devices like tablets running Windows 8, Apple iOS and Android. Both the node control and presentation connection work the same for tablets and smartphones as they do for PCs and Macs.

“As we thought about what we wanted in a meeting technology, there were three things that were very clear,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “One, it had to be easily accessible, with no special training or driver software that users had to install. Two, it had to tear down the existing communication barriers so that sharing information became effortless. And three, it had to allow users to share multiple types of content. The ultimate goal in developing Brio was to ensure that all participants could share whatever they needed to—to ultimately be able to share more.”

Versatile Playback Capabilities allow participants to share more
Christie Brio nodes fit in standard 19-inch IT racks or can sit on their own, packaged to look good on meeting rooms credenzas. The system supports dual-link and single-link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. Brio can handle a maximum of five sources.

Brio’s playback quality is exceptional, with the option of running uncompressed 1080p video sources. That means video plays as it was intended, with no dropped frames.

Brio removes another meeting room pain point; i.e., running audio from tiny laptop speakers and hoping all the meeting participants can hear it. With Brio, audio input is streamed through the wireless protocol or connected to Brio with standard jacks. The combined audio output is then connected to the meeting room sound system, and meeting participants still maintain individual control of their presentation’s audio volume. Audio is also shared with attached Brio nodes.

Pro-AV, corporate, meeting facility and education professionals can preview the power and potential of Brio at Christie’s booth # 2521 at InfoComm June 12-14, 2013.

BenQ Goes Colorific(TM) at InfoComm 2013

Company’s New Initiative Seeks to Educate End Users on the Color Accuracy, Crispness, and Long-Lasting Quality of BenQ’s Next-Generation Projectors

IRVINE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced that the company will be kicking off its new Colorific(TM) initiative at InfoComm 2013. The program is geared towards educating end users on the benefits of the company’s next-generation projectors, which bring more accurate color representation, crisper contrasts, and longer-lasting quality to any application from boardrooms and classrooms to dedicated theaters and living rooms. more

Mission 26 Accomplished For Christie and Endeavour at the California Science Center

The Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final journey is captured in a compelling nine-minute video being shown on a Christie Roadster HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projector at the California Science Center in the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour exhibit. The film follows the shuttle as it flies over Los Angeles – transported on top of a NASA Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft – before landing at Los Angeles International Airport and taken on its 12-mile, three-day voyage to the Science Center with a cheering crowd of over 1.5 million who lined the route. The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew 25 missions into space, deployed three satellites and orbited Earth 4,671 times. Mission 26 refers to its final journey through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles to its permanent home at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion where it will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators and engineers.

David Knight and Christie HD10K-M Follow the Voyage to the California Science Center

At the Science Center, guests visit the Mission 26 exhibit, which features more than 80 large-scale photographs depicting Endeavour’s journey. Inside the gallery is the Mission 26 Theater where the new film is running continually throughout the day. Following the movie, visitors can walk downstairs, visit various exhibits and then enter a large pavilion where the Shuttle is displayed.

“We did the film because people love to visually relive this moment in history. It was the first and last time ever something like this would happen on urban city streets and it brought all kinds of people together from all over the world. This commemorates that and gives those who didn’t get to see it a chance to experience it as well,” said David Knight, producer, Endeavour Project.

Knight led a large filming project that documented the entire move-process, beginning with Endeavour being mounted atop the 747 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and culminating with her installation inside the Shuttle Pavilion. He pursued the project as a labor of love and the response was overwhelming. The 150-person film crew, equipment and everything involved in the project were all donated.

“For the movie that plays on a nearly 30-foot wide silver screen on the wall – people enter from one side, sit down and watch the movie, and then walk out the other side,” said Knight. “The walls don’t go all the way to the ceiling and hanging above the back wall is the HD10K-M. It is front-projecting and shows the movie in 2D with the plan to make a 3D rendering of the movie, and then we’ll switch over to 3D.”

The most compact in its class, the Christie HD10K-M provides true HD native resolution (1920 x 1080) with up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, dual mercury lamps, embedded Christie Twist™ image warping and edge-blending, built-in portrait capabilities and is 3D upgradable.

“I appreciate the brightness and color depth of the Christie projector: the Mission 26 Theater installation utilizes a wall-painted screen, thus the demands for output power are extremely critical. Two other projector-brands were tried and the Christie difference is stunning,” said Knight.

California Science Center Foundation executive William Harris explained the success of the Shuttle’s final trip and the movie capturing the entire event.

“No Shuttle has ever been available for up close viewing like Endeavour here; you can walk right under and around it. Other shuttles have been available for viewing such as in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. but they are roped off and you can’t go underneath,” he said. “Endeavour is mounted low to the ground, you can actually walk right under it and can read the numbers on the individual thermal tiles, of which there are over 20,000.

“There has always been a lot of pride in the Shuttle program and what mankind can do when we set our minds to it,” continued Harris. “We flew Endeavour throughout California atop the 747 before landing at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). An estimated almost four million people saw it fly over. The number of people who have seen all this is absolutely staggering.

“We are all very pleased – and with up to 25,000 visitors per day it’s important that we have a highly reliable, extended-duty-cycle solution. Christie has delivered that.”

The Mission 26 exhibition runs through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

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