The Maritime Research Institute (MARIN) recently announced the completion of two full mission Mermaid 500 real-time navigation simulators. These simulators were made possible with the help of Pro Systems and their use of Projectiondesign projectors. Pro Systems created two screens. The Simulator I is a 360 degree by 35 degree screen made possibly by using ten F32 series projectors. The Simulator II is only slightly smaller screen that uses five F22 series projectors for a 210 degree screen. Captain Jan F Krijt, Master Mariner, Consultant, says, “the new visual systems looks like there are more pixels. It’s sharper, brighter and more distinctive. It’s so real for the people coming here that they think they are on the ship itself. With the new projectors, the outside view is so precise, you can depend on it and use it with your navigation.”
Today, it was reported that Panasonic will be releasing a new collection of business projectors soon. The series is called the PT-LW271 series and it includes four new models. These new projectors include the PT-LW271, PT-LX351, PT-LX300, and the PT-LX270. All of these models share the same 3LCD display technology and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. All but the PT-LW271 also have a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, while the LW271 comes with a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Brightness levels range from 2700 to 3500 ANSI lumens. The company has designed these projectors for both business and portable applications and they have a compact, lightweight body. The company has not given a lot of additional details yet, but consumers can expect to see these projectors soon.
One of the many business oriented projectors from ViewSonic is the PJD6543w. This device comes with 3000 ANSI lumens, a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Today, IT Pro Portal released their review of this projector and overall they were happy with it. They liked the projector’s small size and light weight design. The network and 3D technology included were also nice features to see. The image quality was decent, but not spectacular. The writers thought that it was suitable for business and classroom expectations, but not much more than that. They noted that they saw a decent amount of rainbow effect and some pixel jitter. But in the end, the writers concluded by stating, “The ViewSonic PJD6543w’s WXGA resolution is a plus when it comes to showing presentations that include intricate or detailed graphics, although the projector’s overall data image quality proved mediocre in our testing. Otherwise, its mix of features, including an impressively light weight, decent brightness, long lamp life, a good range of connectivity choices including Ethernet, and 3D readiness, should prove appealing to many business people and teachers.”
Projection mapping is when a projector displays images onto an uneven surface and incorporates it into the display. This technology is typically seen turning the sides of buildings into works of art. Bur concept artists Davy and Kristin McGuire have devised a clever little project called the IceBook. Essentially is a series of paper cutouts that look like various scenes in a play. A pico projector is then used to display the story onto the scenes. The characters can interact with the paper scenery as if it was all really there.
There is a new company starting up called ConnectTRx. Today, the company announced several new products that will be releasing soon. All the products focus on wireless transmission technology and allowing for full HD content to travel wirelessly. Among the collection of products is a new pico projector called the SmartPico. The company did not release a lot of details, but it will feature DLP display technology, a WVGA (854 x 480) resolution, 50 ANSI lumens, and an 800:1 contrast ratio. The projector will have the new RX wireless capabilities as well as a MHL and HDMI input. The company did not announce retail prices or release dates yet, but expect to see it and more soon.
Apple is looking to release a new iPhone this year and naturally the rumors are starting to spread about what it will feature. The new concept is that the iPhone 6 could have not one, but 4 pico projectors installed. Two will project a digital keyboard for users to type with while the others displays the screen onto a wall or other surface. The chances of this concept actually coming this year are slim, but it is an interesting design.
The EpsonVS350W is one of the company’s many projectors designed for the educational field. It comes with 3700 ANSI lumens, a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, and a 2500:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from PC Magazine released their review of this particular model. The first thing they mention was the moderate retail price. They also state that for the price, this projector has above average brightness levels, which is good for any classroom. The projector performed wonderfully when displaying data and text on the screen. The writers did note some mild greenish tinting as well as some mild pixel jitter, but nothing detrimental. The final comment the writers made was, “If you need a bright, high-resolution data projector, the Epson VS350W WXGA 3LCD Projector is well worth considering. It comes at a budget price, and although not lightweight, it is transportable enough for occasional trips if need be. Its data image quality is above par. If you can live with so-so video quality and the absence of an HDMI port, it’s a lot of projector for a good price.”
The EpsonEH-TW8100 is one of the company’s top 3D projectors. It comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 2400 ANSI lumens, and HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Recently, the writers from Expert Reviews got the opportunity to review this device. The first thing the writers mention is that this device is not the company’s flagship projector, but actually one step below. But the projector still includes a lot of high end features. The writers liked that the connection panel had a wide array of options for them to choose from. They also liked the image quality both during 2D and 3D viewing. They only concern was some noticeable crosstalk when watching 3D content, but after some tweaking the writers could easily fix that problem. In the end, the writers stated, “The Epson EH-TW8100 is a fantastic projector, but at this price we would have expected to have at least one pair of 3D glasses thrown in as well. Still, if you don’t care about 3D, this is a brilliant projector, but if your budget can stretch, the Panasonic PT-AT6000E is even better.”
One of the new projectors from BenQ is the W1080ST. This projector comes with 2000 ANSI lumens, a 10000:1 contrast ratio, and HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, the writers from About got the chance to review this model. They thought that the image quality displayed good colors and high brightness. However, they thought the contrast was lacking. They do note though that this is an inexpensive projector and for the price this product performs very well. They liked the projector’s portability, especially the included travel bag for safe keeping. The projector did have a few problems though. The writers stated the 3D was considerably dimmer than watching 2D. They would have also liked to see some more screen adjustment features installed. In the end, the writers stated, “With its relatively compact size, short throw lens, clearly labeled and spaced inputs, on-unit control buttons, remote control, and comprehensive operating menu the W1080ST is an easy projector to place and set up. Also, combining the short throw lens and 2,000 maximum lumens output capability, the W1080ST projects both a bright and large image suitable for small, medium, and large size rooms in most homes. The 3D performance was very good with regards to not exhibiting any crosstalk (halo) artifacts, but was noticeably dimmer than 2D projected images. With its compact form factor, short throw lens, strong light output, 2D and 3D viewing capability, ease-of-use, and affordable price, the BenQ W1080ST is worth consideration.”
The EpsonEH-TW6100W projector is one of the company’s many home theater projectors. It comes with a 40000:1 contrast ratio, 2300 ANSI lumens, and a HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, Expert Reviews published their experience with this device. One of the big features the writers wanted to test was the wireless connectivity. This is made possible with an HDMI transmitter that can be bundled with the projector. The writers were very happy with this feature mainly because the two devices didn’t have to be in the line of sight with each other in order to work. This helped make the setup much easier. The image quality was impressive. The writers thought the projector was more than bright enough and displayed excellent color and contrast after it was calibrated. The writers didn’t have a lot of negative things to say about the EH-TW6100W and concluded by stating, “The Epson EH-TW6100W is a superb projector. The wireless HD won’t be for everyone, but its 3D capabilities are excellent and the added pair of 3D glasses makes it excellent value. Still, wireless HD issues aside, we marginally prefer the cheaper non-wireless Epson EH-TW5910. Aside from a slightly dimmer lens, there wasn’t a considerable difference in image quality, and the EH-TW5910 is £450 less. The Best Buy winning Optoma HD25 is even better value.”