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Barco Mixes it Up at InfoComm

Barco’s new LED product. It’s the most high res LED– 1.6mm pixel pitch– that’s ever been done for a rugged, premium LED product for the event/staging market. Normally this high of a resolution you only see in indoor LED.

After seeing some small-scale 3D projection mapping demos at InfoComm yesterday, more intriguing demos keep turning up at InfoComm. Not in Barco booth but in a separate demo room in the convention center, Barco is showing some interesting things. The company has a laser phosphor projector in the 7K lumen range– a nice compliment to its huge-gun laser projector for the cinema market about which we heard Monday at the Display Summit at InfoComm. And also a nice pixel-mapping demo at small scale–reproducing building-size 3D projection mapping.

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The Christie Corvette– 3D Projection Mapping at InfoComm

The set has both the floor, or ground, and the background made with Christie MicroTiles. And the model Corvette, about a two feet long, is an actual 3D model (solid white) onto which 3 Christie DLP projectors project the car’s color, features, etc.

For the past couple of InfoComm shows, one of the more intriguing trends on view has been pixel mapping, also called 3D projection mapping. Of course, this is not just for tradeshow demos. Projection mapping can be seen at very high-end live events, where, for example, the entire side of a large building becomes a screen. But don’t think that someone is just pointing a high-lumen video projector at a building. We’re talking here about getting the pixels to literally “map” every nuance of the surface of the object. In other words, the focal plane is not constant but mirrors the changing shape of the surface. And even better, the projector knows the surface changes and software can throw custom content, at the appropriate luminance and focus, onto different parts of the surface, on demand. The effect is stunning.

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High Lumen Laser Projector Wars at InfoComm

Bill Beck (at podium), who joined Barco only last week, represented Barco's laser projector offerings at the laser projector session at the Display Summit Monday, while (left to right, seated) Richard McPherson of NEC, and Don Shaw of Christie prepare to explain its companies Laser projectors.

In something of a rematch of the groundbreaking session at the NAB Cinema Summit in April, “Laser Illuminated Projectors: What’s New and When Will They Arrive?” Monday’s Display Summit at InfoComm saw a special High-lumen Laser projection session, the “Digital Cinema Laser Battle” with the same companies squaring off—and with the same implications for all large venue projection, not just cinema. But in slight shifting of chairs this time, the moderator was none other than digital cinema guru Michael Kargosian (perennially one of the key architects of the NAB Cinema Summit), with the NAB session’s moderator Bill Beck now wearing the Barco hat, while Christie’s Don Shaw and NEC’s Richard McPherson reprised their NAB shoot-out roles. But despite the slightly musical chairs—mainly the result of Bill Beck’s having just joined Barco literally days before the start of today’s Summit—the weapons brought to the game this time are the same, the most interesting new weapons in the video projection wars to appear on the scene in years—and deserving of a full airing for this InfoComm audience. more…

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Barco Taps Bill Beck for Laser Projection

On the eve of InfoComm, Barco has just announced that laser light source video projection expert Bill Beck has joined Barco’s projection development and marketing efforts. And to kick off his role at Barco, Beck will be on hand next week at InfoComm to present Barco’s new laser-illuminated cinema projector– at the Display Summit that runs Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas in conjunction with InfoComm. Beck’s presentation will be on the “Laser Day” of the Summit, Monday June 16. more…

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