Posts Tagged ‘Projectors’
As cool as lasers are, so far there are precious few commercially available display devices available that use them. That may change with this new green semiconductor laser diode announced by Sony and Sumitomo, capable of the brightness necessary to replace the more expensive light sources used to fill in the middle of the RGB setup. According to the two companies, it’s the world’s first one capable of over 100mW power at 530nm, which they think will make it a fit for both advanced projectors and compact light projectors. Check after the break for more details on how the technology came to be — drawing heavily on Sumitomo’s production techniques and Sony’s GaN laser technology developed with Blu-ray — we’ll let you know when there’s a LaserVue or REDray setup priced for general consumption.
Another CEDIA is in the books, and if you weren’t there, just know the story was — as it has been in many corners of the country — the economy. Oh sure, projectors that cost only k still seemed value priced, but everywhere you looked companies were extending their products a little closer to the mass market. Whether it’s a heavy duty wall mounts, wireless hi fi systems or, most surprisingly, 0 powered shades from companies like Lutron, custom theater equipment is getting cheaper and ready to work in more homes. Interested in remaking a home theater while spending less than k and without building an entirely new house around it? 2011 may be your year.
As far as the hardware on display, we also got a look at TiVo’s new Premiere Elite DVR (hint: it looks and runs like a TiVo) and Dish Network’s new Tailgater portable satellite dish. Another treat was an MHL-to-HDMI adapter from DVDO that could make hooking your celly up to pretty much any TV on the go and charging it at the same time easy. At the THX booth, it had its stamp slapped on LG’s newest Nano LED lit 3D LCD, as well as a new program for soundbar / subwoofer combinations it says will result in more accurate sound for implementations where surround speakers don’t make sense. We also got a demo of its new Media Director protocol that can automatically configure compatible home theater equipment based on the content being watched. The Star Wars Blu-ray discs will be the first ones to ship with the embedded metadata, while partnerships with chipmakers mean software updates could start rolling out shortly for manufacturers that choose to deliver them — the demo ran on an HDI Dune player — and next year’s new devices should ship with the feature included.
The usual slew of projectors included new models from Mitsubishi and Digital Projection, with automatic settings for ultrawidescreen viewing as one of the hot features (other than 4K) this year. For a better look at some of the things we spotted on the show floor check the gallery below, and details in their press releases after the break.
Gallery: CEDIA 2011 wrap-up
Take your iPod or iPad and plop it in a handy dock to recharge; that’s not unusual. The dock has speakers so you can listen to your music with room-filling sound. Also not so unusual. But look at this:
The Cinemin Slice from WowWee is a docking station that includes a pico projector so you can view photos or videos from your iProduct device. Pretty cool, huh?
The fact is that you’re going to see pico projectors a lot more in the future. At CES 2011, there were pocket projectors that we’ve seen before, but they are also being integrated into digital cameras, docking stations, and more.
Texas Instruments continues to be one of the leading makers of the tiny imagers used for these devices. At CES 2011, the company announced their new DL P Pico HD chip that brings high definition images to these tiny projectors. The chip has Wide XGA resolution (1366 by 768 pixels) so it can handle 720p images without having to scale down. While early pico projector models had brightness ratings of 10 lumens or less, current generation models are rated at up to 300 lumens using solid state lighting sources (which means no expensive lamp to replace).
Syndiant is another company that makes a pocket projector imager, and has a number of design wins including 3M. The company currently has a Wide SVGA chip — 854 by 600 pixels – but plans to sample a 720p panel later this year that will be just 0.37 inches diagonal. One of their partners is developing a projection TV box for developing markets such as India and China, where a low-powered pico projector could make an efficient display where electrical service is limited.
The whole pico projector market is developing rapidly, and is likely to result in massive growth for the components and the end products which will help drive down costs. Expect to see a lot more products with pico projectors embedded in them by next year’s CES.
If we can distract your sympathies from that rather unfortunately bespectacled product waif for a second, we’d like to tell you about LG’s latest 3D projectors for the office. The LG BX327 pumps 3,200 lumens for 1,300,000KRW (about ,090) while the BX327 scales things back to 2,700 lumens for 1,000,000KRW (about 7). Otherwise, both feature a 2,300:1 contrast, stereo speakers, and a USB jack for sourcing documents, videos, and photos directly off of a USB stick. Unfortunately, LG’s not offering much detail here. But you can still imagine the fun you’ll have dressing up your luddite executive team in those massive 3D glasses. Oh yes sir, you look magnificent.
Pacific Media Associates is a company that tracks the front projector display market, and they have recently released their latest projections. They expect that 5.4 million 3D-capable front projectors will ship in 2014, which is roughly five times as many as are expected to ship this year. While some analysts see the education market as the focal point for these displays, Dr. William Coggshall of Pacific Media Associates sees it differently. With education budgets under severe constraints these days, he sees the consumer market as the source for much of the growth. From gaming to home theater, 3D-capable projectors may be able to compete dollar-for-dollar with large flat panel solutions. He also expects that many of these projectors will not be used for 3D content initially, but as the available content and distribution sources increase, more and more consumers will take advantage of the feature.
With all the emphasis given to flat panel displays, it’s easy to forget about front projection systems. They are not as convenient, as you need to manage light more effectively, but the traditional “home theater” is not found in just the luxury homes that has been their traditional market. As consumers look to get larger and larger images, the front projectors may be able to offer affordable solutions.
Epson announced that it has developed the world’s first 4K-compatible high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors.
Measuring 1.64 inches diagonally, the new panel supports displays with resolutions up to 4096 × 2160 pixels.
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Originally appeared on HDTV.biz-news.com :: Latest HDTV Business News on 09/11/2009