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Sharp XV-Z17000 Projector Review

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Sharp XV-Z17000 is the company’s latest HD projector. It features 1600 ANSI lumens, a 40000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, Electronic House released their review of this particular TV. One of the main features the writers wanted to watch for was the 3D quality of the projector. The writers thought that the overall image quality was excellent for both 2D and 3D. They did notice some crosstalk problems with the 3D content but nothing to be seriously concerned about. One problem that they writers had was placing the projector. This was because the Z17000 doesn’t come with lens shift as well as only a manual zoom and focus. These aspects will make positioning the projector difficult at times, especially when mounting on a ceiling. The final conclusion was, “I still don’t look at 3D as an everyday viewing option, but I think as long as the screen size is adequate and the display technology does it justice, the “wow factor” potential is there. Components like Sharp’s XV-Z17000 could be your ticket to making family movie nights special.”

[via Electronic House]

Adler Planetarium Announces 64 Megapixel Theater

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Adler Planetarium is pleased to unveil their brand new Grainger Sky Theater. This theater is special because it is capable of displaying 64 megapixel images, which equates to about an 8K x 8K resolution. The theater requires an elaborate setup that includes 45 computers and 20 digital projectors. The result is what is being called the world’s largest single seamless digital image in the world. The screen will officially launch on July 8th and will be used for the planetarium’s new Deep Space Adventure show. “Deep Space Adventure is a revolutionary way to explore the Universe,” said Paul H. Knappenberger Jr., PhD, president of the Adler Planetarium. “Using the most advanced technology available in our completely transformed Grainger Sky Theater, and partnering with leading scientists, engineers and designers, we have created a thrilling adventure to inspire visitors to explore our Universe. Whether you are a novice or veteran space explorer, the Adler’s goal is to stimulate your curiosity and motivate further discovery. We invite you to be the first explorers to join us on this maiden voyage to deep space.”

[via Engadget]

NEC Announces Sponsorship of Best of InfoComm Award

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

NEC is a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions. Today, the company announced that they will be sponsoring this year’s Best of InfoComm Award for InfoComm 2011. The winner will receive a $25000 award to the charity of their choice. InfoComm is a tradeshow displaying digital signage and other commercial audio-visual solutions. The show takes place in Orlando, FL, from June 15-17. “NEC’s sponsorship of this awards program over the last three years has been very rewarding for our company, and we now look forward to an exciting round of entries as the competition heats up,” said Ashley Flaska, Vice President of Marketing for NEC Display Solutions. “InfoComm is a wonderful venue, bringing together the world’s audio/visual and digital signage communities for valuable educational, networking and business opportunities.”

[via NEC]

Optoma Releases TX665UTiM-3D and TX675UTiM-3D Projectors

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Optoma is the leading manufacturer of DLP projectors in the world. Today, the company announced two new short throw projectors, the TX665UTiM-3D and the TW675UTiM-3D. The main feature for both of these models is their interactive and 3D features. They also share the same DarkChip3 DLP display technology and 3000:1 contrast ratio. The TW665 features 3000 ANSI lumens and a XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, while the TW675 features 3200 ANSI lumens and a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Both projectors are designed for classrooms and include an interactive light pen. This will allow the user to control the displayed device with ease. Also included with these projectors is the Qwizdom WizTeach software that provides all the tools for the interactive features. The software includes 70 interactive tools for drawing, math, language arts, video capture and more applications. Both projectors are available now, but the retail prices have not been released.


All-Inclusive Package Includes Interactive Pen, WizTeach Software, Advanced Features and Custom Mount

FREMONT, Calif. | April 25, 2011 | Optoma, the leading manufacturer of DLP projectors in the world, has announced two state-of-the-art ultra short throw projectors with interactive and 3D capabilities, along with category-leading brightness, that deliver unprecedented performance in any classroom environment. Integrating Texas Instrument’s PointBlank™ interactive pen technology, Crestron RoomView® technology for remote monitoring and control, and Qwizdom®’s WizTeach software suite of interactive tools, the TX665UTiM-3D and the TW675UTiM-3D provide more effective and less costly alternatives to interactive white boards. The projectors work seamlessly with both Windows-based PCs and Macintosh computers, making them among the most advanced interactive projectors available today.

“Interactivity has proven to be an effective tool to keep meeting participants engaged and enhance productivity,” said Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of product and marketing. “These new projectors are packed with features that make them the most complete, affordable and versatile interactive package available.”

To ensure the most effective and dynamic interactive experience possible, Optoma has chosen Texas Instrument’s PointBlank technology, which offers a significant advantage over other systems, including its ability to allow users to interact with the image on the screen from anywhere in the room via a special pen. “With most other interactive systems, you have to physically touch the pen to the screen or white board to engage the system,” said Grodem. “With PointBlank, the projected image actually reads the pen wherever you are in the room. So you can walk around the room, as you interact with what’s on screen.”

The included WizTeach software includes 70 interactive tools, including annotation, drawing, math, language arts, video capture and more. It also includes access to all the teaching resources in Qwizdom’s 3,400-item content library. The company is a leading provider of interactive classroom solutions designed to engage and motivate students while giving teachers the tools to monitor and record student progress. The included license provides rights for use with up to four computers.

With their ultra short throw lenses, the 3000-lumen TX665UTiM-3D (XGA 1024 x 768 pixel resolution) and 3200-lumen TW675UTiM-3D (WXGA 1280 x 800 pixels) produce big, bright images from uncommonly short distances while eliminating the impact of shadows and eye glare in a streamlined installation. From as little as nine inches away from the wall or screen, the TX665UTiM-3D produces an image that measures 75 inches diagonally, while the widescreen TW675UTiM-3D projects a 90-inch image from the same distance. Both projectors deliver the breadth of must-have features and connectivity options:

  • Crestron RoomView® allows for remote monitoring and control and allows the help desk to change projector settings on-the-fly, which can reduce IT costs associated with equipment management;
  • An integrated 10-watt speaker system reduces, or even eliminates, the need for external speakers;
  • A dizzying array of connection ports include HDMI v1.3, two VGA-in, VGA-out, S-video, composite video, RCA stereo audio-in, stereo audio-in, stereo audio-out, microphone-in, 12v trigger, mini-USB for interactive pen output to the computer, mini-USB for display, USB for wireless dongle, RJ45 and RS-232;
  • And a unique cable management compartment conceals the input panel and feeds directly to the customized wall mount.

For users wanting ultra short throw functionality without the interactive capabilities, Optoma also offers both projectors in a “vanilla” format that includes only the 3-D capable projector. Both versions of the projectors are also available without the mount. For additional product details and specifications, visit www.optomausa.com.

About Optoma Technology, Inc.

Optoma Technology, Inc. is an award-winning developer of projection and digital display products for business and home. The company manufactures multimedia projectors for mobile users, fixed installations and home theaters, as well as HD displays. Optoma products combine superior image processing technologies with exceptional engineering and innovation to deliver images that are bright, crystal clear and finely tuned for tone and color. Optoma products are sold through the company’s global network of Pro AV dealers, major consumer electronics retailers and Internet resellers. For more information, visit www.optomausa.com.

Sharp XV-Z17000 Projector Review

Monday, April 25th, 2011

One of the latest projectors to come from Sharp is the XV-Z17000. This device features 1600 ANSI lumens, a 40000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, the writers from CE Pro released their review of this product. One feature that the writers really wanted to test was the 3D capabilities. The writers were a little skeptical about how well a home theater projector can display 3D content. However the writers were pleased with the performance and even enjoyed the new 3D menu. The writers did not have a lot of complaints about the projector. They did mention that the projector’s image quality could have been a little cleaner and sharper. The final conclusion was, “While I try to enter a review without preconceived opinions, I couldn’t help it when it came to 3D. Demos at tradeshows involving all types of TVs and projectors had never truly overwhelmed me, and I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was with the Sharp system. And don’t worry about the glasses detracting from your clients’ comfort – my 4-year-old daughter sat with me and wore them through all 95 minutes of Despicable Me without complaint. I still don’t look at 3D as an everyday viewing option, but I think as long as the screen size is adequate and the display technology does it justice, the “wow factor” potential is there. Components like Sharp’s XV-Z17000 could be your ticket to selling customers on ways they can make family movie nights even more special.”

[via CE Pro]

Christie Named Canada’s Greenset Employers

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Christie is a global leader in visual display solutions. Today, the company is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, they have been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. The company received this award by the editors of Mediacorp Canada. The candidates for this award are judged by programs that the company have developed, success rate in reducing the company’s environmental footprint, the degree that the employees are involved in the above programs, and the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity. “Christie is honored to receive this award and it is a reflection of our commitment to the preservation of the environment today and for future generations,” said Gerry Remers, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. “We have numerous initiatives in place that are reducing our environmental footprint and will continue to explore new options for recycling and the reduction of waste.”

[via Christie]

Acer Releases X1261P and X1110A Projectors

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Acer is proud to announce today the release of two new projectors from their X1 series, the X1261P and the X1110A. Both projectors use the latest in DLP display technology, but only the X1261P comes with 3D capabilities. The X1110A comes with a native SVGA (800 x 600) resolution, 2500 ANSI lumens, and a 4500:1 contrast ratio. The X1261P is a little more powerful with a XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, 2700 ANSI lumens, and a 3700:1 contrast ratio. In order to use the 3D capabilities with the X1261P, users will have to use the Nvidia 3D Vision kit, which is sold separately. Acer has also included long lasting lamps that have a 6000 hour lamp life. “Our endeavor has always been to offer affordable yet superior technology tailored to suit every segment of our target audience. Both the projectors, Acer X1110A and Acer X1261P, are designed keeping in mind the increasing user friendliness the customers look forward to while purchasing a product,” said S Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India. “These two products from our stable will provide users an improved experience while consuming multi media and 3D content as well as allow utilization for business purposes.” The X1261P and X1110A projectors are available in the Middle East and retail for RS. 349000 ($784) and RS. 30000 ($674), respectively.

[via Tech Gadgets]

CIE-Group Unveils uBoard System

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Recently, a company called CIE-group has developed a new portable alternative to conventional interactive whiteboards called the uBoard. This device is very simple and comprises of only a magnetic-mount system controller and an uBoard EPen. The control system attaches to the side of a whiteboard and turns the board into an interactive surface. By using the EPen, the user can control the displayed content simply and effectively. The uBoard is compatible with practically any projector and can be used on any display measuring as large as 120 inches, diagonally. The company did not state when the product will release or how much it is retailing for at this time.

[via AV Interactive]

BenQ W1200 Projector Review

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

One of BenQ’s newest home theater projectors is the W1200. This projector features 1800 ANSI lumens, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. Trusted Reviews released today their review of this particular model. Probably the best quality the projector has is its image quality. The writers noticed that the projector had a very sharp and clean image that had intense colors. They would have liked to see the contrast provide deeper black levels though. Other minor problems the writers noticed included no vertical shift, which made placement a little difficult, and a loud cooling fan that was distracting at times. The writer did like the projector however and concluded that, “The W1200 does its best to turn us against it with its uneven fan noise, slightly flimsy build quality and worst of all its missing vertical image shift. But ultimately, no matter how much we tried to stay upset with it, the exceptional sharpness, purity, color richness and motion clarity of its pictures just kept putting a big stupid grin across our budget-conscious faces. And if that isn’t a good reason to recommend a product, we don’t know what is.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Fujitsu Unveils Laptops with Built-in Projectors Coming Next Month

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Ever since pico projectors were unveiled, manufacturers have been talking about embed them into other devices like laptops. Today, that concept is one step closer to being a reality as Fujitsu announced two brand new laptops, the LifeBook S761/C and P771/C. The projector is stored in the ODD slot that can be pulled out when needed. The projector has a pivot point so that the image can be raised or lowered as needed. Unfortunately though, the company did not release any information about the projector’s capabilities. The laptops have a 13.3” and 12.1” screen and can display 1366 x 768 and 1280 x 800 resolutions, respectively. The devices come with a 1GB RAM and 160GB of storage. The S761/C is supposed to retail for ¥219450 ($2675), while the P771/C will retail for ¥255150 ($3110). Both models will be releasing next month, but only in Japan.

[via Engadget]

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