Display and Projection

Front Projectors WW Shipments Hit $2.63 billion

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Futuresource Consulting

Worldwide shipments of front projectors grew year-on-year by 6% to 2.12 million units in Q4 2013, representing $2.63 billion in value, according to research by Futuresource Consulting.

Eastern Europe enjoyed the greatest year-on-year quarterly growth where 151,000 units were shipped during Q4 2013, a 12% increase from the year before. The end of a temporary diversion of government funding for infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympics allowed Russia to resume its high sell-in volumes, with a total of 780,300 units shipped - a 10% year-on-year increase. Most of this volume went into the education sector and high sell-in is expected to continue for the short term. EU member states in Eastern Europe also enjoyed growth not only due to the Q4 retail period but also as a result of using up the remainder of their 2007-2013 EU budget.

The Middle East and Africa saw only modest growth in Q4 2013 with 139,000 units shipped, a 1% year-on-year growth. This was due to education projects in Saudi Arabia and UAE failing to come to fruition. However, the MEA region remains a strong opportunity long term due to its low penetration.


Casio’s Geometric Correction Box

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Casio YA-S10

Casio’s YA-S10 Geometric Correction Box enables mesh-based warping of video inputs, controlled via a remote control. It is specifically aimed at the digital signage market, providing a simple solution for systems integrators.

The geometric correction box allows irregularities in the projection surface to be evened out at the push of a button on the remote control. The correction box also allows projections onto otherwise” un-projectable” surfaces, such as curved surfaces, at an angle or even on round pillars.

Thanks to free-form compensation, you can correct even extreme curved surfaces and angles. The box is easy to connect to projectors, taking only seconds. The correction box is available separately and can be used with Casio projectors.

Watch DSE 2104: Casio Shows Geometric Correction Box

Sochi Shows “Selfies”

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MegaFon Pavilion

The Oxford Word of the Year 2013 was “selfie,” a photo one snaps of one’s self.

London-based architect Asif Khan, in technical collaboration with the Swiss firm iart, conceived a 3D “selfie” façade for the MegaFon Pavilion, a building belonging to Russia’s largest telecommunications company. It’s the first 3D actuated large-scale LED façade.

The technology allows MegaFon to project for 20 seconds an 8m tall 3D portrait of each participating visitor—and 170,000 people are expected to become a giant face at this 2014 Olympics.

The 2000-square-meter pavilion was built especially for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and contains an exhibition hall, hospitality areas, a viewing terrace, an amphitheater and two rooms for radio broadcasts.


Vision’s New TC2-Matrix

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The Matrix leverages existing IP infrastructure to create an AV matrix or video wall with up to 199x displays. The devices can be powered by standard network PoE or included power supplies.

It converts HDMI into native TCP/IP packets which can be transmitted over a network. It uses the latest generation chipset and almost completely lossless JPEG2000 compression which gives no visible latency or degradation. Audio is packetized with the image to ensure accurate synchronisation.

Up to 200 devices can be used on a LAN. So you might use it as a simple multicast distribution system with one transmitter and 199 x receivers, or you might setup a matrix for example with 10 x transmitters with 190 receivers. It uses 200mbps of bandwidth per transmitter.


Coating Ordinary Glass: New Transparent Display

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MIT research

Researchers at MIT have come up with a new approach that could have significant advantages over existing systems for transparent displays.

The new system embeds nanoparticles in the transparent material. These tiny particles can be tuned to scatter only certain wavelengths, or colors, or light, while letting all the rest pass right through. The glass remains transparent enough to see colors and shapes clearly through it, while a single-color display is clearly visible on the glass.

The researchers demo this by projecting a blue image in front of a scene containing cups of several colors, all of which can clearly be seen through the projected image.


Adobe HQ: Video Wall to Entrance Visitors

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Adobe Wall

An innovative executive video wall in Adobe Systems’ corporate headquarters has won three industry awards (a Marcom Platinum Award, a Bronze (DSA) Digital Screenmedia Association Crown Award, and a Davey Platinum Award).

Designed and created by Array Interactive, a digital signage agency based in Silicon Valley, the digital signage video wall installation was designed to express Adobe’s brand promise—“changing the world through digital experiences.”

Organically integrated into an executive lobby, onscreen content is initially hidden behind wood planks, designed to mimic a distinct attribute of interior’s façade.

To the delight of visitors the wood magically retracts when they step into the space, followed by a high impact display of interactive motion graphics media controlled exclusively by their movement. Advanced 3D sensors from Panasonic, Adobe Air, and Adobe Flash Media Server were combined to make this all possible.


eyeCON Meta Wall 2.0 and Intelligent EPU displays

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EPU displays

eyevis has developed eyeCON MetaWall 2.0 and the new series of the intelligent EPU LCD displays. In the new EPU displays all image processing electronics are integrated into the display through the eyeProcessing unit (EPU).

eyeCON MetaWall 2.0 is a flexible software-based system for signal transmission and the control of video walls and single displays. Through eyeCON MetaWall 2.0 several video walls and single displays can be interconnected to a single user interface above the limit of one graphics controller.

In addition to graphics controllers of the netPIX series eyeCON MetaWall 2.0 also supports the new intelligent eyevis EPU displays. Combined with the eyevis streaming solutions, the construction and operation of virtually unlimited video walls and display installations on basis of standard IP networks is possible.


World’s Brightest Single Chip DLP Projector

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M-Vision 930 WUXGA

Digital Projection launches “the world’s brightest single chip DLP projector” – the 12,000 ANSI Lumen M-Vision 930 WUXGA

With a contrast ratio of up to 5000:1 and fully active 3D with up to 144Hz refresh rate, the M-Vision 930 offers features a single-chip price point that are normally associated with higher-end 3-chip systems.

The 0.96” DarkChip DMD, 6-segment Colour Wheel and Dual 465W High Intensity Discharge Lamps work together to produce higher quality image and brightness.

Dual HDMI 1.4, DVI and 3G-SDI inputs provide the high speed video delivery. To complement this, HDBaseT connectivity allows for the transmission of uncompressed HD video over a CAT5e/6 LAN cable.


Projecta Elpro: New Concept of Design

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Elpro Concept

Projecta’s new leaf-shaped case for the Elpro Concept replaces the square Elpro box design to offer a stylish solution for design-sensitive installations.

Whenever the case of the projection screen can’t be installed into the ceiling, the elegant, high-end designed Elpro Concept is meant to bean option.

The Elpro Concept is an electric projection screen for wall or ceiling installation, available in a tab-tensioned and a non-tensioned version up to a width of 340 cm.