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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ViewSonic Newest Laser Phosphor-Based Projectors

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ViewSonic LS Series

At InfoComm 2016, ViewSonic USA introduced a new of LS Series of laser phosphor-based projectors for a bright and immersive experience for home entertainment, education, and business applications.

The LS810, LS820, and LS830 feature 0.25 ultra-short throw lenses, up to 20,000 hours of operation, 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 3D-ready capabilities, and PortAll – a hidden MHL/HDMI port that lets you discreetly stream multimedia content from a mobile device to the projector via a wireless dongle.

Designed for business and education environments where high ambient light can be an issue, the ViewSonic LS810 and LS830 ultra-short throw projectors feature high brightness levels at 4,000 lumens.

With the company’s proprietary SuperColor and SonicExpert technologies, these projectors deliver advanced color and enhanced sound reproduction. The LS810 is a native WXGA-based projector, and the LS830 offers native Full HD 1080p resolution. Both projectors are engineered with flexible connectors including dual 3D Blu-Ray ready HDMI inputs, HDMI/MHL, Component, S-Video, RGB, VGA, RS232 and RJ45. And both laser projectors are network capable for easy installation across multiple rooms or locations.

With the LS820, ViewSonic delivers a Full HD 1080p, ultra-short throw projector for home entertainment. The LS820 features an RGBRGB color wheel with Rec. 709 calibration for accurate color rendering. The LS820 features 3000 lumens of brightness; along with SuperColor color reproduction and SonicExpert sound enhancement technologies that bring home entertainment to life. It also comes with a number of connectors including dual 3D Blu-Ray ready HDMI inputs, Component, S-Video, RGB, VGA, RS232 and RJ45.

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Visionect Puts Joan at the Meeting Room Door

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Joan

What if all digital signs consumed 99% less energy?

That's the promise of electronic paper technology and Visionect is a pioneer in the field. Based in Europe, Visionect helps companies build their own electronic paper display products—their hardware and software is designed for indoor and outdoor digital signage and enables the fastest way from an application concept to the market.

Joan Digital Label

Visionect developed an ultra-low power display platform that uses 99% less power than LCD or LED technologies, and enables the use of digital displays in environments before not possible.

An E Ink display powered by the Visionect Platform is not only state-of-the-art signage technology regarding energy efficiency and display visibility-- it is being used by more than 500 companies globally. That’s sign of a new standard making impact in the digital signage industry.

Their business and technology partnerships with other leading industry players — E Ink, STMicroelectronics, EPSON, Microsoft and Plastic Logic -- result in signage technology for traffic and public transportation, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, finance, automation and corporation.

From bus stops in London, road signs in Sydney, wayfinding, que management and menu boards throughout Europe to retail shelf labeling for Telekom Slovenia, Visionect’s ePaper solution has now brought them to the meeting room.

Or more correctly, just outside the door of the meeting room.

Visionect, the “enabler of sustainable, next generation digital signage,” launches their “Joan Meeting Room Assistant” across Europe, an eco-designed digital door label and meeting room scheduling solution.

Joan already won the CES 2016 Eco-Design and Sustainability Innovation Award in America and this should appeal to energy-conscious Europe: Joan consumes 99% less energy than other solutions due to power-efficient technology developed by Visionect.

Joan is installed in minutes, requires no cabling, connects to existing infrastructure and is easily attached to any surface with its built-in magnets, and can last up to three months on a single battery charge. And it features an E ink electronic paper display where the display technology works better in daylight than almost all others (which is why ePaper is used in eBook Readers).

With a product design (hardware & software) dedicated to labeling and managing the growing number of meeting rooms in the age of collaboration, Joan delivers out-of-the-box support for standard office calendars, including Office 365, Microsoft Exchange and Google Apps. The eco-friendly Joan can substantially improving office productivity, especially as the trend is for companies to increase their number of conference, meeting and huddle rooms.

Visionect’s CEO Matej Zalar explains: “We recognised the need for easy-to-use meeting room signage that is integrated directly into an existing calendar, which inspired us to design Joan and develop the greenest and most intuitive meeting room door labeling and scheduling solution on the market.”

Visionect is now reaching out to the market, investigating the correct distributors and partners across Europe for Joan.

Visionect

Judging from its impact in Sydney, where Visionect was hailed for “decluttering road signs,” Visionect’s Joan may be hailed for simplifying and organizing meeting & huddle room experiences.

The state-run Roads and Maritime Services in Australia installed about 100 Visionect signs around Sydney. They appear almost like regular signs, except they’re solar-powered and include matte-gray screens (similar to those on e-book readers). These signs communicate on the cellular network with a central authority to display messages—telling motorists there’s no parking between 3 and 6 p.m., for instance, or warning of towing enforcement during special events.

Sydney now boasts of 100% self-sustainable traffic signs powered by solar energy, a natural resource that Australia has in abundance.

In addition to saving energy, the customizable Visionect e-traffic signs help cities save in other ways: for example, a city like Los Angeles puts up 558,000 temporary parking restrictions signs every year to the cost of $9.5 million—a drain (of time, of staff and of money) that can be reduced by implementing e paper digital signs.

From city streets to boardroom doors, it seems e Paper and Visionect are bringing out eco products that buyers buy actually first for their design and functionality—and then discover the energy efficiency that can save money along the way.

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Go Visionect, the ePaper Company


BenQ Unveils New Transparent Series Display “Boxes”

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BenQ TL240C

BenQ’s latest signage products in America, the TL240C and TL321C Transparent Series Displays, bring a new approach to digital signage retail applications. 

The new models feature 24-inch and 32-inch lightweight, see-through display boxes to showcase a retailer’s products along with relevant promotional audio and video.

Designed to allow consumers to see the actual product inside the box enclosure while simultaneously watching an advertisement of the product on the outside screen, the TL240C and TL32IC Transparent Series Displays are an all-in-one solution especially for retail product promotion.

Featuring an exclusive pixel design, the transparent display strikes a balance between the desired transparency effect and optical performance with a color depth of up to 16.7 million colors per interface. Adding to the ultra vivid effect, the level of transparency can be adjusted according to the lighting source in the environment, style and features of the displayed content to achieve display versatility.

The TL Series has an average life span of 30,000 hours, providing several years of nonstop service. With the reliable industrial-class performance and sturdy build, the new TL Series displays are an economic option over many consumer models.

TL240C and TL32IC displays are easy to set up. They feature HDMI, DVI-D, VGA and USB inputs. Built-in 4W speakers. Including landscape and portrait mode display support, the units are easy to customize to fit a variety of applications.

The integrated USB display feature allows for cable- and PC-free content setup. Users can load the content onto a USB flash drive and plug it into the USB port. Content appears on the dynamic display in seconds and the most popular media formats are supported, including MP4 and JPEG, for content creation and upload.

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IKEA Furnishes Steam with VR App Solution

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IKEA VR EXperience

IKEA launches a pilot virtual reality app, the IKEA VR Experience, that helps to re-create a kitchen shopping and refurbishing experience. It is the first time the giant Swedish furniture retailer (previously they experimented with AR app) introduces a VR solution to its customers.

The IKEA Group has 332 stores in 28 countries. There are also more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. The IKEA Group had 771 million visitors during FY15 and 1.9 billion people visited IKEA.com.

“Virtual reality is developing quickly and in five to ten years it will be an integrated part of people’s lives. We see that virtual reality will play a major role in the future of our customers. For instance, someday, it could be used to enable customers to try out a variety of home furnishing solutions before buying them,” says Jesper Brodin, MD at IKEA Sweden and Range & Supply Manager at IKEA Group.

The app is for HTC Vive and is found on Steam, a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation offering digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming and social networking services. This app was developed in collaboration with French company Allegorithmic (they make 3D software used in VR, film and even architecture visualization) and with Epic Games (Unreal Engine 4).

Using an HTC Vive headset to bring the user to a virtual real-size IKEA kitchen, consumers can explore one of three differently-styled kitchen room settings. The user can change the color of cabinets and drawers as well as material finishes with a click, walk around freely, open drawers-- and even remove stuff by placing in the waste-sorting station.

Another feature is the ability to view the kitchen from different perspectives. You can shrink or stretch yourself to move around the kitchen at the size of a 3.3 foot-tall child or a 6.4 foot-tall adult.

“This could be useful for the user, since walking around the room in someone else’s shoes enables you to discover hidden dangers or possible design solutions,” explains the company.

Using the link below, you can find an email address to give feedback on how to improve the IKEA VR Experience. The IKEA VR Experience will be continuously updated until August when this particular pilot test ends.

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