Display and Projection

Reinventing the Video Wall

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SI Tiles at Airport

It's clever. It's bold. It's the sort of thinking that reminds us we are in a creative industry serving customers that are looking to leverage our creativity to express theirs.

And most importantly for us: they will need pro AV distributors and integrators to bring this new product to market.

Screen Innovations is the king of home theatre screens, holding that crown with its Black Diamond material.

As good as that screen material is, it comes with limitations: because of the extreme engineering required to manufacture the optical qualities in the material, it is limited in height.

To overcome that limitation, Screen Innovations (SI) have hit upon a solution that also opens up a much bigger door into pro AV and digital signage.

Screen Innovations have created a system that uses smaller "Tiles" placed together in a precision running-bond pattern in order to create one larger screen.

To ensure the strongest possible tiling system (and highest precision), Screen Innovations use a new computer controlled cutting system capable of exact specifications in combination with a running-bond pattern.

SI Tiles

These SI Tiles (photo left) by design come 75% pre-fabricated. Each panel then “snaps” into place with an attachment system that utilizes neodymium magnets. This installation process allows integrators to assemble a video wall of any size with ease, minimizing hassle on the job site.

A little bit about Black Diamond screen itself: It is made up of 8 layers of optics coating that reject ambient light in the room coming from vertical and horizontal angles-- and allow only the light coming from the direction of the projector to be reflected back to the viewer.

Screen Innovations says its ability to reject ambient light in both the vertical and horizontal planes makes Black Diamond unique in the screen world.

And now, the SI Tile system makes Black Diamond unique in the world commercial AV.

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Futuresource Expects Projector Market Value to Climb

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A Maze in Projections

Futuresource forecasts global projector volumes sales will fall by around 20% from 2015 to 2020.

Market value is expected to move in the opposite direction-- and is set to experience double-digit growth over the same period.

This value will be driven by greater adoption of solid state solutions (which will retain their premium over lamp-based equivalents), replacement demand of digital cinema models and erosion of the bottom-end of the market.

Given their history of correctly predicting how the projector market will develop, Futuresource says the notion that value will grow as volumes decline-- (and we are quoting here)-- can "almost be considered a fact."

Despite the numerous and varied factors impacting the projector market, Futuresource shows it still continues to predict the development of volume sales with accuracy.

For example, in Q1 2014, Futuresource forecasted the global projector market in 2015 was set to hit 7.6 million units – the actual number was 7.67 million units-- a difference of just -0.9% Y2Y.

Regional level predictions were also precise—Americas’ results were just -0.3% out, APAC -2.4% and EMEA only 0.8%.

Claire Kerrison, Senior Market Analyst, Professional Displays at Futuresource Consulting says, "Despite the debate surrounding the impact of Euro 2016 in EMEA and macro-economic/political issues across several key markets, Futuresource's CYQ1 2016 forecasts were out by just 3.8% as the market hit 1.73 million units – a tad greater than the 1.67 million units predicted a year earlier. The forecast accuracy can be attributed to careful consideration, on a country level, of numerous market influencers."

In calculating its forecasts, Futuresource analyses: penetration rates, development of competing display technologies (of which Futuresource has several well-established trackers), mobile PC tenders, government spend, economic outlook and market seasonality-- as well as more macro factors such as advances in projection technology.

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N Seoul Tower Reborn, OLED Style

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N Seoul Tower

A world landmark with more than 10 million visitors a year, N Seoul Tower opens the 2016 season enhanced as a cutting-edge tech attraction for the digital age—with LG OLED digital signage.

So. Koreans made one of the most high tech societies on the planet, yet visitors to the N Seoul Tower have been seriously awed (and fascinated) by the video art displayed on the 248 LG OLED panels that make up the OLED Tunnel, OLED Panorama, OLED Wave and OLED Circle.

LG OLED Wave

You should watch the video (link at the end of this article) but the combination of outcurved and incurved design of the OLED displays such as those in N Seoul Tower has created a unique, cutting-edge attraction.

On the first floor, an OLED Panorama and OLED Tunnel were installed. The 14.7 meter long OLED Panorama is installed on a curved surface.

On the second floor is the OLED Circle and on the 4th floor there is the 24-meters long OLED Wave.

Meanwhile, LG's first actual commercial OLED products are the Dual-View Curved Tiling OLED which offers slim tiles (two, three or four), each 65" in size and 4K in resolution and the Dual-View Flat OLED which uses a single double-sided 55" FHD panel and three different installation options.

Seoul's Incheon Airport hosts the world's largest OLED display-- a huge 13m x 8m tiled display made from 140 individual 55" OLED TV displays. Those 55" OLEDs offer a 4K resolution each - 290 million pixels in total.

Watch LG OLED Signage at N Seoul Tower

Samsung Declares End-of-Life for Transparent OLED

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Tony Large

by Tony Large, Technical Director, CDS

As you may know, CDS have been working hard over the past few months to bring together the best possible offering on TOLED display.

Now we have received some unfortunate news: Samsung has officially classified the Transparent OLED Display panel as “End of Life.”

The base panel used in all Transparent OLED products available on the market, this means that we (and other companies) can no longer offer this product going forward.

There has been talk of a “Last Time” Buy as an option. As the panel will not be supported in the future, we do not think this is a good idea. Any issues with the panels such as fragility and reliability would not be rectified or replaced—and that could be expensive for all concerned.

The reason for the EOL notice is quite simply that the global quantity is not enough for Samsung (or any other major manufacturer) to justify the investment.

The End of Life status for TOLED is a really unfortunate situation for all concerned. Such is the nature of large scale manufacture that without large volume take-up on products, fabrication becomes impractical. Coupled with issues of production yield, and fragility, the outcome is not entirely unexpected. We are working closely with clients to develop alternative technologies based on proven TLCD technology.

There is talk of LG also manufacturing Transparent OLED next year. We believe-- after the Samsung decision-- this will now be in doubt if the market is not large enough to justify investment and production capacity! Samsung’s decision will affect all companies offering the TOLED product.

There’s risk now that companies in the Far East, Europe and USA may want to offload product as soon as possible and avoid the risk of being stuck with unsupported parts. This may also include B grade panels that were rejected for Tier 1 use but find their way into the “grey” market.

Our advice to people who have committed to this product is that you should try to cancel/return if possible-- due to the risk of no product and limited support going forward. Or if you are going to receive the product, try to ensure you have 3+ year warranty for parts and labour to protect yourselves and your clients.

CDS appreciates the problems this could / will cause customers. On our own part, we are helping as many customers as we can to find alternative solutions-- whilst still giving long term availability, quality and excellent service.

Tony Large is the Technical Director of CDS. Based in UK, Crystal Display Systems is a leading designer, distributor and value added reseller of flat panel display solutions. They offer industrial TFT LCDs, retail displays, translucent displays, touch screens, videowalls as well as many other digital display solutions.

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Christie's AP Series of Compact, Affordable Projectors

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Christie AP Series

The new Christie AP Series of 3LCD projectors deliver 5000 ANSI lumens in a compact and very affordable package.

Both the Christie LW502 and Christie LWU502 deliver the Christie performance standard and HDBaseT (HDBT) single-cable connectivity for both digital signal and control.

With the LW502 delivering 5000:1 and LWU502 offering up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, Christie AP Series also includes edge blending, warping, DICOM simulation and an optional wireless adapter for connecting wirelessly to a LAN and showing presentations from a remote computer.

Featuring a comprehensive list of I/O connections, the Christie AP Series manages a variety of integration environments and content sources. Ideal for easy installation in classrooms and meeting spaces, each model offers up to 6000 hours lamp-life and integrated audio.

“The Christie AP Series combines the quality Christie is famous for with an exceptional value- add proposition,” says Jim Hall, senior product manager, Christie. “With its rich feature set and low cost of ownership, the Christie AP Series delivers an impressive presentation every time.”

The Christie LW502 and Christie LWU502 ship in the summer of 2016, backed by a 3-year warranty and Christie’s customer support.

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