Display and Projection

Ricoh’s Next Generation of Ultra-Short Throw

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Ricoh PJ WX4152NI

The new Ricoh PJ WX4152NI and RICOH PJ WX4152N projectors feature images that have 160% higher contrast and are 200 lumens brighter for better viewing in environments with ambient light.

Users can share presentations and digital signage anywhere, on any smooth surface, with flexible mounting that enables 360-degree projection onto walls or downward onto tabletops and floors.

They can also focus more quickly on the business at hand with fewer delays, thanks to a new feature that enables both wireless and wired network connections simultaneously.

These new projectors also maintain the ultra-short throw distance and portability of their predecessors, enabling presentations with fewer distractions and supporting fast set-up at a moment's notice in unconventional settings, like smaller meeting rooms, huddle rooms, or offsite training sessions.

The RICOH PJ WX4152NI fosters more engagement and allows learning and collaboration to take place beyond the walls of a classroom or training room. Using an electronic pen, presenters – and participants – across multiple locations can add their notes directly to presentations in real time.

Newly-added Miracast for Android-enabled devices, along with Bluetooth and DLNA, allow users to project live images wirelessly from their mobile devices. Documents and audio can also be shared between multiple locations, and the RICOH Smart Presenter app for Apple iPad and iPhone allows users to join meetings from their mobile devices.

When connected to the larger ecosystem of Ricoh interactive flat panel displays, unified communications systems and printers, users can create an integrated information-sharing experience that spans both devices and locations.

Features include:

  • Brighter: 3500 lumens of brightness and dynamic 13,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • Sustainable: Eco Mode (30% more efficient use) extends lamp life by 1500 hours.
  • Fewer IT burdens: The projectors now search for networks automatically.
  • Support for displaying images from up to four computers onto one screen.
  • Fast and easy set-up: The projector can be set up using a wall mount, floor stand or tripod mounts (lightweight form factor makes it easy to set-up).
  • Projectors can be remotely monitored and configured from systems like Crestron RoomView and AMX NetLinx conference control systems.

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Specktron at ISE for First Time

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Specktron, the well-established brand from MEA, is exhibiting at ISE for the first time.

The company offers products across several major categories--interactive LED display, projectors and interactive white boards. They are even showing their own True Laser UST projector which claims some performance benefits over other laser technologies.

Adam Dent, appointed just last year as Regional Manager Europe, tells us that the company has a keen interest in the education and corporate market.

“Building on our extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa, where Specktron is now a recognized and respected brand, we believe that a focused approach is key. That is why we were at BETT 2016 and now at ISE-- to show our commitment to these key markets,” he notes.

Dent stresses the company’s “channel friendly approach to the business” and explains Specktron’s formula for success is “The right product at the right price, supplied by supporting the channel community.”

“The role of AV integrators is being squeezed, between brands dictating terms or even going direct and the commoditization of hardware. Our structure and experience enables us to deliver products that the market wants while enabling installers to make a solid margin.

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“We are looking to bring to Europe what we have learnt in ‘Emerging Markets’-- given the huge distances and sometimes poor infrastructure in the emerging countries, Specktron’s success there shows that our products will deliver performance, reliability and cost effectiveness in every situation,” adds Dent.

Specktron hope ISE will increase awareness of Specktron in the European market, and have a couple ISE “bundles” to entice integrators to try their products. (For LED displays, one offer bundles their TDX55 Interactive Display with an embedded i5 PC. Another bundle adds an 82” Interactive White Board with a 3100 Lumen Short Throw Projector and a wall mount.)

In LED Displays, Specktron offers the SX and TDX series. Primarily the difference is in the backlighting arrangement that is used. With the SDX products, Specktron were able to reduce the weight of the unit by over 20%, compared to the equivalent TDX products, while retaining image quality and IR performance.

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Christie Expands Velvet with Narrow-pitch LED Tiles

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Velvet Apex Series

Christie’s new Velvet Apex Series of LED tiles feature 1.2 and 1.6 millimetre pixel pitches.

Part of the Christie Velvet family, Apex Series is designed for 24/7 critical viewing applications including command and control rooms, and high security surveillance monitoring. Apex Series’ high impact visuals are also suitable for corporate lobbies, museums, large-scale experiences, as well as an indoor advertising and high-end retail applications.

Designed for uniformity and performance using only the highest quality components, each Christie Velvet component is system level certified and tested to meet the most stringent safety and environmental requirements.

The Apex Series offers increased flexibility with a new slim design, 100% front-serviceability, 16 x 9 aspect ratio, native HD and UHD resolutions, micro adjustments, and more. With the highest quality components that are designed to work together, remote/redundant power, and advanced monitoring, the Apex Series ensures peace of mind and uptime.

“Featuring the most efficient use of power, precision output control, advanced monitoring capability and design flexibility, with clear, detailed imagery, Apex Series delivers what critical viewing environments are looking for. Our design also includes the Macroblock Hawkeye Solution Platform for long term image uniformity, quality, and performance,” said Nick Fazio, product manager, Christie.

The Apex Series is easy to install, configure, manage and service. The Apex Intelligent Module adds features that make modules ‘plug and play,’ reducing downtime and reconfiguration requirements.

Apex Series solution features include:

  • 16 x 9 aspect ratio.
  • Remote & redundant power supply.
  • 100 percent front serviceable.
  • Slim ADA-compliant design.
  • Landscape and portrait options.
  • Advanced monitoring capability (SNMP).
  • Apex Intelligent Module, enabling memory on module and more.
  • Native HD and UHD resolutions.
  • Micro adjustment capability.
  • Very low frame delay compared to competition.

Apex Series ships in April 2016 with a 3-year parts and labor warranty along with Christie’s customer service and post warranty options.

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Could This Change Everything in Projection?

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Illumina Light Farm

Something called the Illumina Light Farm may be as common in your tech vocabulary as DLP or Bluetooth soon. A company called Power Technology just one-upped the entire projection market with what it’s dubbing "the Illumina Light Farm."

What is it? Imagine removing the light source for a multi-projector install (e.g., installs where multiple projectors are required, including simulation, video walls, multi-screen movie theaters and image mapping) such that the light was all coming from ONE SOURCE and distributed to each projector as needed. So, you can change the lumens of a particle projector as you need to or send the EXACT same amount of light to each projector.

How do they do it? It’s all laser light house din a giant equipment rack and then sent to lampless projectors. The light is sent via laser to each and every projector as it’s needed. And, the amount of light projected through each projector can be adjusted, on the fly (as ambient light changes in the room or the application, itself, changes).

Laser Illuminated Projection (LIP) is sweeping the world. Audiences are demanding brighter colors. Theater owners are demanding cost savings and more ticket revenue. For premium large-format screens, LIP makes perfect sense. But, what about the 95 % of screens that don’t need (and can’t justify) 60,000 lumens of laser light? The Illumina Light Farm is designed and positioned to give that 95 percent the same advantages of the monster screens out there. The Illumina Light Farm is the first multi-projector laser light source in the world and it is going to change the entire landscape of LIP.

Here are some of the Illumina Light Farm capabilities:

  • Between 5,000 and 250,000 lumens from a single location
  • Distribute lumens to any number of new or retrofitted projectors
  • No down time for lamp changes.
  • Increased revenue for a premium experience.
  • Spreads the investment of LIP across multiple projectors for a positive ROI and lower TCO

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Draper's Larger Optically Seamless TecVision Surfaces

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Draper shows new, larger sizes for its award-winning TecVision Engineered Surface Technology line.

Optically Seamless TecVision screens are now available up to 23 feet (7m) high.

Instead of using traditional seams, or taking the very expensive approach of having a seamless substrate, Draper took a different approach.

“We fused a base substrate which resulted in a flatter base material with a stronger weld,” says AV/Video Marketing Manager Bob Mathes. “With the ideal substrate perfected we could use our TecVision formulation process to create a perfect and optically seamless viewing surface.”

Draper is so confident in Optically Seamless TecVision that if you can see a seam from 5 feet (1.5m) away, the company will take back the surface.

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Christie with Three New Boxer Models

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Christie introduces three new Boxer models featuring 2K resolution with 20,000, 25,000 and 30,000 center lumens.

Now available in multiple software performance configurations, the Christie Boxer Series offers choices based on resolution, brightness and budget requirements. With an upgrade path to higher brightness, resolution and performance capabilities, users can pay for what they need today, with a path to the future.

“When Christie introduced the first Boxer projector we knew we had created a champion. Engineered, designed and built from the ground-up in our world-class research and development facility, the Christie Boxer is the culmination of years of experience working closely with leading rental stagers and AV professionals to understand their specific needs and expectations,” says Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The three new models are built to the same quality and engineering standard as the multiple award winning Boxer 4K30 and include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 12G-SDI and fiber input.”

Boxer Series

Weighing-in at a trim and compact 160 pounds and including single-phase power, built-in warping and blending, omnidirectional installation capabilities, and a full-range of connectivity, the Boxer Series packs a punch for high-impact visual events. Christie Boxer is available in multiple software performance configurations, delivering various options to meet budget, brightness and resolution needs.

A standard feature on all 2K Boxer models, Christie TruLife Lite delivers 300 Mpx/s and provides video processing for 2K and HD sources. Featuring a floating-point processing engine with the equivalent of 25 bits fixed point processing resolution, Christie TruLife Lite provides increased dynamic range and superior scaling.

Field-upgradable, the maker says each upgrade takes only minutes until users can access the increased performance capabilities of any Boxer Series projector.

Christie Boxer 2K20, 2K25 and 2K30 deliver:

  • Compact, lightweight and rugged design for easy transport, shipping and installation
  • 360-degree omnidirectional installation capabilities.
  • Complete connectivity: 3G-SDI, DisplayPort, HDBaseT, DVI, HDMI, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 12G-SDI and fiber input.
  • Built-in Christie Twist image warping and blending software.
  • Proven 3DLP image quality and reliability.
  • Easy rigging and stacking.
  • At-a-glance source and status updates on lamp hours, voltage, temperature and warnings that can be sent directly to a mobile device or web browser.
  • Integrated NFC lets users track lamp information using a mobile device.
  • On-board toolkit.

The new Christie Boxer models will ship in the summer of 2016 with a three-year parts and labour warranty.

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AG Neovo Solution to Debut at ISE 2016

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AG Neovo

AG Neovo will be partnering with VIDCO and Avenview to debut its digital signage solution—video wall displays, video extenders/controllers, and video wall mounts—designed to help manage hypermedia content for 24/7 operations.

Digital signage video walls enhance flexibility in terms of scaling and content design for public space applications. To do precisely that, AG Neovo’s slim bezel displays—PM-65, PM-55, PM-43, and PM-32—seamlessly integrate images on video walls meant for advertising, information sharing, or entertainment.

AG Neovo’s video wall mounts (VWM-01 and VWM-02) are modularly designed for fitting easily into a variety of customizable mounting solutions.

For traffic control authorities, broadcasters, and casino and industrial site operators, pre-programmed configurations are ushered onto the video walls in their control rooms to identify and contain anomalies. AG Neovo’s PN-46 is designed specifically as a building block for such CCTV surveillance and related applications.

AG Neovo’s HIP-Series and HVWIP-Series HDMI LAN video wall matrix extenders and controllers will do the trick if even larger-scale configurations are called for.

AG Neovo will also show for security professionals their displays fitted with other distinctive features: the RX-22 and RX-32 for CCTV and HD-SDI surveillance; the LE-22 with an exceptional anti-blue light capacity; and the multi-touch TX-19.

Both designed as floor stand displays, the DF-55 and PF-55H are intended for dual-sided and single-sided signage applications respectively.

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Need an HDMI 2.0 Test Tool? The Murideo Fresco SIX-G

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Over the past few years, UHD TVs have been a mix of HDCP 2.2 and 1.4, 300MHz and 600MHz — even to the point of varying by port.

Now Murideo has developed a new test tool, the Fresco SIX-G, for the AV integration market to confirm HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliance at the 18 GBP/sec level.

Additionally the SIX-G is an excellent troubleshooting tool for distributed HDMI systems and a reference source for video calibration-- and is compatible with CalMAN.

One of the biggest challenges for integrators today is determining what infrastructure to put in the systems they design and further verifying that all of the components will work together.

A partial list of features includes:

  • HDMI 2.0 — 600 MHz — 2160P60 4:4:4 maximum resolution
  • Video Bandwidth — 18 GBP/sec.
  • HDCP Selectable — 2.2, 1.4, None — Confirms if the system will work or not
  • Hot Plug Detect & HDCP lights
  • Portable/Battery Operated
  • Over 100 patterns for setup, calibration and troubleshooting
  • ISF Certified — includes ISF Test Patterns like PLUGE, Chroma Multiburst, Color Girls & more.
  • EDID Read/Write Functionality
  • Audio Confidence Tests
  • Optimized Ergonomics — 3” Color OLED Display, Simplified Menus CalMan Supported
  • 48 Bit per Pixel Color Depth Available
  • USB Control & PC Software for navigation enhancement.

The SIX-G takes the guess work out of installation, troubleshooting and calibrating, delivering absolute information about HDMI components that will work and identifies ones that won’t work — all in a hand-held, portable field tool.

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Displaying Hundreds of IP Cameras on a Video Wall

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Displaying Hundreds of IP Cameras on a Video Wall

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This article comes courtesy of RGB Spectrum

IP cameras have made enormous gains in image quality, resolution and frame rate in a very short time. Today it is not uncommon to see video resolutions of 20 megapixels or greater at frame rates of 15 to 30 fps. IP surveillance architectures rely on distributed processing to encode and compress video from raw formats captured by the camera imager into streams which pass across common Ethernet networks. Every camera is an encoder, and as you add more cameras, you naturally need more encoding capacity. The question is, how do you scale up decoding capacity to view the rapidly growing population of cameras?

Video Management Servers (VMS) are generally designed to receive the encoded video from cameras and write the video data as a file directly to disk, without the need to decode the video. This is ideal for storage, as the files remain compressed and the CPU/ GPU of the receiving VMS are not taxed with much processing.

VMS design has traditionally been premised on forensic, post event, evidence storage and review in order to prosecute criminals or avoid trip and fall liability law suits. Generally VMS systems assume a very limited number of live cameras being simultaneously viewed. For this reason, scalable IP decoding has not been a focus for VMS manufacturers.

However, as IP cameras proliferate, their utility for purposes such as safety monitoring, industrial operations monitoring, traffic monitoring, and general situational awareness increases. Security Operation Centers, Traffic Management Centers, and Operation Management Centers increasingly demand more cameras to be displayed. But traditional VMS architectures are not up to the task.

A modern x86 architecture PC with a contemporary GPU is capable of decoding about 150 frames per second of 1080p (2 megapixel) H.264 compressed video. This represents only 5 video streams at 30fps, and only 1 stream at 4K (8 megapixels). A common trick of the trade is to encode two streams at each camera, one for recording at full frame rate and resolution, and one at lower resolution and frame rate for live viewing. But doesn’t this defeat the purpose of using a megapixel camera? Why compromise the quality of the video that they operator can see?

An Ultra High Definition video wall processor is the solution. For instance the RGB Spectrum MediaWall V can connect to up to 36 PC workstations, each capable of decoding 5 1080p streams. That’s 180 1080p30 streams or 720 D1 streams. Each pc input can be routed into a scalable window which can be displayed on a video wall. And the video wall can span up to 24 1080p monitors. That’s 49.7 million pixels on the wall! The video wall processor allows you to leverage the IP decoding capacity of many disparate computers, yet combines the results into a single large display canvas.

In addition, RGB Spectrum offers the ability to control all source computers, including decoding engines, with using its innovative Multipoint Control Room Management System (MCMS), allowing an operator to change the settings on any computer feeding the wall processor.

Using a video wall processor in combination with multiple computers serving as IP decoders is an effective way to scale up the number of cameras that can be simultaneously viewed.

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