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Lumita and 3LCD promote a new spec

I wandered into the screening room at the 3LCD booth yesterday. Happening inside was a presentation by a representative from Lumita, a research, consulting, and product dev firm that focuses on color science. Earlier this year the firm put out a report that proposed a new metric for projectors: color brightness.

The 3LCD consortium has touted this report for obvious reasons: the color wheels of 3LCD projectors do not incorporate a white light section. DLP models do have that section. So though white light certainly pumps up a projector’s ANSI lumens count, it would do nothing to enhance a projector’s “color brightness.” more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: ELITE SCREENS ANNOUNCES KESTRAL – ITS INNOVATIVE PORTABLE ELECTRIC SCREEN

Elite Screens, an innovative company that specializes in affordable high quality projector screens, announced the Kestrel projection screen. It is a premium grade mobile electric floor-rising screen designed for executive presentations, formal functions or residential home theater rooms that require a flexible alternative to fixed wall or ceiling-mounted installations. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Canon makes its own LCoS panels

Canon Realis SX80A company known for its imaging prowess, Canon was already making its own glass for AISYS optical systems that are found in its Realis line of LCoS projectors. But now Canon has taken another piece of the imaging puzzle in house: The panels themselves. The results of that move should hit the market soon after the show with two new Realis projectors, the WUX10 and the SX80.

The WUX10 is a WUXGA projector (1920×1200) with the native 16:10 aspect ratios found on most computers. Not only will it project the native resolution of 1080i HD video, but the WUX10 will also the desktops of the highest resolution computer monitors pixel-for-pixel. The projector offers 3200 lumens and a 1.5X powered zoom lens. At around $12,000 MSRP, the WUX10′s the target market is the higher-end corporate boardroom. more…

Sanyo Press Conference

Sanyo PLC-XP200LSanyo really wanted to impress; somehow the four-piece orchestra didn’t seem to fit though, but it was a nice relaxing touch at the end of the day. After a delayed start and ironically multiple mic checks, the presentation got under way. Company VP Keiichi Yodoshi gave the storied history of the company’s projector timeline; Sanyo released its first projector model in 1989, and last year, the company released its first super-short-throw projector, with many milestone models sprinkled throughout. It really signified how far the company and the technology has come, and just where the company is headed: 8.8 million Sanyo units are projected to be sold in 2010, working from a steady 15 percent yearly increase average of projector market saturation the company has seen. more…

Hot at Hitachi

Hitachi StarBoard FX Duo 88The big news over at Hitachi‘s booth wasn’t just projectors; it’s done that well. This year, the company is taking on more of the interactive whiteboard share, combining both the company’s short-throw projectors and interactive touchscreen technology. more…

InFocus and USB Connectivity

InFocus IN5100The InFocus people have been especially great. I wandered into their booth a little shagged out from all the running around and I was immediately standing amid their people, all of whom were ready to answer my questions. The really nifty thing about what they have now is that with USB connectivity between their projectors and a laptop, you can send the external monitor signal to the projector without having all of the usual VGA cable problems; bent pins and so forth. That would really be a great thing for me on my university campus where I have to replace at least half a dozen busted VGA cables a week amid 88 classrooms. They’re also planning to get with me on possible firmware upgrades to deal with the problems that occur with projectors of all makes and models shutting down in response to short electrical transients. That’s what I call service!!

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Samsung gets tiny

Samsung P400Among all the big screens at Samsung‘s booth was one eye-catching display that involved rear projection. A tiny projector (and I mean tiny – look at the picture in which I compare it to a standard Bic pen) was shooting imagery onto a translucent 3M Vikuiti Screen mounted on glass.

img_0696.JPGThis is the new P400, a single DLP model that employs an LED light as a lamp, offers about 150 lumens. The P400 creates an image up to about 40in. Samsung’s shown tiny LED-driven models before, but the last model only squeezed about 50 lumens out of its lamp. This new model, which ships this summer, should find many homes in cutting-edge retail environments. It goes for about $800.

Panasonic’s Giants

712svc_install_dsc3536.jpgPanasonic‘s 103in. plasma screens are displayed in all their glory at the company’s booth (C2401) as those big, bad boys continue to proliferate into the digital signage realm. We covered one of their earliest applications a while back at a California casino, and now company officials are offering up several case studies involving those screens. It’s all part of moving them into what Panasonic calls “high impact spaces” for digital signage–using giant displays in digital signage situations that consumers can’t possibly be used to from their home or business interactions with flat-panel displays. They told me about the first ones going into public mall spaces recently–one in New York (The Westchester Mall in White Plains) and one in New Jersey (the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City), and promise more are on the way. more…

Featured News from the Briefing Room: PLUS Vision Launches Two Groundbreaking Digital Projector Series at InfoComm 2008

PLUS Vision Corporation of America, a premier provider of leading-edge digital projectors and electronic copyboards, announced the launch of its new PS200 and PV100 series of projectors to be highlighted at InfoComm 2008 this week in Las Vegas. Both TAXAN series feature Texas Instruments’ new DLP BrilliantColor technology, which provides unprecedented lifelike color reproduction and vibrant images. Read on at The Briefing Room

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Sony Press Conference

Sony VPL-ES5 at InfoComm 08Sony always offers a bracing start to InfoComm with its annual 8 a.m. press conference on the first day of the show. This year the focus was projectors, digital signage, and new installations of the company’s super-high-end SXRD 4K and 2K projectors.

Sony is introducing 10 new projector models here at the show, including four in its VPL-E compact series. Designed for classrooms and conference rooms, these range from 2000-2500 lumens and shoot an 80in. image typically from about 7.5ft. There’s a new widescreen model, a first for Sony in a compact. more…

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