Display and Projection

Say Yes to Electronic Paper for Digital Signage

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How about a Build-Your-Own-Sign using electronic paper technology?

Based on “every digital sign is different,” the new Visionect Platform provides hardware and software building blocks any customer needs to tailor electronic paper signage exactly to their individual needs.

Luka Birsa, Visionect CTO, argues “Electronic paper’s high-readability and low power consumption make it ideal not only for e-books, but also for use in digital signs – which can now come in any size and are no longer limited to the dimensions of electronic paper displays available on the market. New hardware and software from Visionect make it possible to build a custom digital sign by combining multiple EPDs or electronic paper displays into larger screens for the first time, ushering in a new era of digital signage.”

“Take any electronic paper display, implement your platform, and your digital signage solution is ready to be used - it’s that easy,” says the CTO.

The Visionect electronic paper platform can drive multiple electronic paper displays at once, with the high-readability of printed text perfectly adapting to environments “where glaring, energy consuming and heavily wired LCDs just can't do the job.”

Based on almost a decade of research and three years of experience with running electronic paper displays 24/7 in demanding conditions, such as hot Australian roads and cold Alpine winters, Visionect engineers developed a brand new hardware board created specifically for digital signage. The board has Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and localization features (GPS), and, most importantly, has the ability of connecting various sizes of electronic paper displays and even multiple displays to a single electronic board.

Supporting the new hardware is a complete overhaul of the software for driving electronic paper displays. Now written in Go, the server software features a more user-friendly interface, making monitoring and managing displays easier, on desktop or mobile. Adapted to use in digital signage, the software is suitable for large scale deployments and enables the handling of multiple display units connected to a single board.

Visionect’s CEO Matej Zalar explains, “By introducing these new building blocks onto the market, a new generation of digital signage is born. Based on highly-readable electronic paper, the Visionect platform enables the easy creation of custom-made digital signage solutions. Any electronic paper display in combination with our hardware and software can result in a sign that is self-sustainable and performs outstandingly in numerous environments.”

One thing for sure: the new platform sets a trend for a 100% self-sustainable signage solution that can be mounted without wires and which significantly decreases the total cost of ownership.

Go Visionect’s E-Paper Digital Signage Platform

Robotic Signs Set Sail on High Tech Cruise Ship

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Quantum of the Seas, Robot Arms

Quantum of the Seas…it’s a ship that owner RoyalCaribbean International describes by saying, "By taking a quantum leap forward with the first ship in our Quantum class, we're holding ourselves up to the promise of building ships that take you to new heights."

Yes, the cruise ship offers the first ever sky-diving simulator at sea… the North Star, a jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 300 feet above sea level for breathtaking 360° views… completely revolutionary spaces that transform from day to night…and newly designed, modular staterooms that feature the first virtual balconies at sea.

So, it's no surprise to discover Royal Caribbean International's Quantum-Class ships will offer new huge quantum-class entertainment venues with spectacular 360 projection technology and 100" screens wielded on six gigantic robotic arms.

Quantum of the Seas

The cruise line calls the installation venue "Two70" for the 270-degree panoramic sea views thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass walls almost three decks high at the stern of the massive Quantum ship.

Two70's ceiling house six robot arms will control 100" LED screens that extend downwards into the venue, featuring multi-screen digital content. The venue’s glass walls will become part of the entertainment, displaying projections of that encircle the room.

Robotic Arts is programmes the robots and prepares for the content. Andy Flessas, founder of Robotic Arts, calls these robotically controlled video displays "RoboScreens."

The robot arms will move the screens to match the shipboard evening show's music and choreography while still synchronizing each screen's display to form a cohesive image as part of the line's high-tech new entertainment venues."

"We are doing something that has never been done before," says RCI Executive Entertainment Producer Bob Kerns.

Instead of just sailing off into the sunset, Quantum of the Seas will sail into the record books for digital signage as well as cruise ship history.

Go Robotic Signage and Quantum Cruises

Go Quantum of the Seas...

Unilumin: World's Highest Density LED screen-0.8mm

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Unilumin 0.8

Unilumin Group Co.,Ltd. recently released “the world’s highest density LED screen which features 0.8mm pixel pitch.

The company figures this product could be a big hit to the video wall market, especially for the control room market where rear projection cubes (RPC) and super narrow bezel(SNB) display are now used.

The video wall market grew nearly 60% CAGR from 2009 to 2013, according to Futuresource Consulting. Ultra high density LED display is expected to be a significant disruptive technology for the video wall market in the coming years.


High-Resolution LED Modules by eyevis

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eyevis LED

LED modules by eyevis aim at demanding tasks in control and conference rooms at trade fairs and events, or in TV studios and digital signage applications.

With a pixel pitch of only 1.5 to 2.5 mm and the high-quality concept consisting of an integrated image processing system, precise and robust housing as well as the high-resolution, these LED modules by eyevis are designed for permanent indoor installations and mobile video walls.

The modules allow for the assembly of completely bezel-free video walls. Through the small pixel pitch of only 1.5 to 2.5 mm the LED modules are also interesting for applications with small viewing distances. For a pixel pitch of 2 mm, for instance, a video wall of only 8 m² is sufficient to display a full HD signal in its native resolution. Moreover, eyevis says their high-quality LED modules with 1.500 cd/m² are more than twice as bright as conventional professional LCD displays (they provide a clear image event in bright ambient light conditions).


Prysm Exhibits Cascade Collaboration Solutions and 4K UHD Capabilities

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Prysm Cascade 190

At InfoComm 2014, Prysm shows its line of Cascade Collaboration solutions, and for the first time in North America, its 4K UHD video wall.

Available in two standard configurations, 117” and 190” displays, the touch-enabled Cascade-series video walls allow users to display, share, reposition, resize, annotate and edit all types of content on screen. Inputs can include PCs, mobile devices, video conferencing and content stored locally or in the cloud.


Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Management

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Matrox Graphics Inc. announced the availability of Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows video wall management software for Mura MPX-based video walls.

Top new features include the ability to render HTML5 feeds such as social media, weather and stock market data and the ability to add multi-lingual Unicode text overlays across individual source windows or the entire video wall.


Christie Introduces High Resolution LED Tiles

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Christie LED Tiles

Christie expands its line of high brightness tiled displays with the InfoComm introduction of the Christie Velvet line of built-to-order, high resolution indoor LED panels.

Seamless when integrated and available in various pixel pitches, Christie’s LED tiles are suited to various indoor applications such as retail, casinos, museums, corporate lobbies and control room environments—where 24/7/365 reliability is required.


Christie GS: A Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

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Christie GS Series

The Christie GS Series of laser phosphor projectors debuted at InfoComm 2014.

Using laser phosphor illumination, the Christie GS Series provides 20,000 hours of operation and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements.

The solid state illumination, high-resolution, 1-chip DLP laser-diode projectors come in WXGA, HD and WUXGA resolutions and provide a cost-effective solution with color matching and optional blending and warping for curved surfaces.


World’s First WUXGA Portable LCD Projector

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Panasonic PT-DZ16K

At InfoComm 2014, Panasonic unveils the PT-VZ570N, “the world’s first WUXGA portable LCD projector.” Thanks to 7000 hours lamp/filter life cycle, the PT-VZ570N offers a low TCO.

In an era of growing wireless and BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) solutions, making a WUXGA portable LCD makes sense.

Also highlighted at the show was the 3-chip DLP projector, Panasonic PT-DZ16K-- a 1080p-compatible, high-performance, full-HD projector promoted for its compact body, durability and low TCO. It is designed for a wide range of large venue applications requiring high brightness and long-term operation.