March 25th, 2014
Barco is happy to announce today that their new Barco Alchemy projectors received today DCI compliance. The DCI certification is designed to ensure true peace of mind for exhibitors with high image quality and superior performance. The series includes several new projectors that provide up to 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution. Barco has the new Barco Alchemy projectors on display this week at CinemaCon.
March 24th, 2014
Microvision is a leader in innovative ultra-miniature projection display technology. Today, the company announced that they will be providing customized PicoP modules to UPS. The technology will be part of a new package guidance application that will help increase processing efficiency in real-time package sorting and routing. The projector engines were selected for their ability to operate in industrial environments and its distinguishing performance characteristics. The projectors will be paired with UPS scanning systems. “We are very pleased to be supplying custom PicoP display modules to UPS for its package routing application,” Alexander Tokman, MicroVision president and CEO, said. “As the leader in logistics handling high volumes of packages every day, UPS is the ideal company to deploy advanced projection capabilities to improve package handling processes. We are confident that MicroVision’s PicoP display technology will aid in accuracy and increased efficiency.”
[via Business Wire]
March 24th, 2014
Barco is the Guinness World Record holder for the brightest digital cinema projector. Today, the company unveiled their first commercial-grade laser projector at CinemaCon 2014. The device doesn’t have a model name yet, but it is capable of displaying 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution and 60000 ANSI lumens. The laser-based system makes the projector compact compared to other digital cinema projectors and it can display both 2D and 3D content as well. “We were the first to demo a high-brightness laser projector in January 2011 and again at the Moody Gardens Digital Cinema Symposium in January 2012. Since then, we have been pushing the envelope to perfect our laser projection technology and build a fully integrated solution,” comments Todd Hoddick, VP Digital Cinema at Barco. “As image quality remains a key differentiator for the cinema experience, this is at the top of our priority list when developing new technologies. Our laser projector is the most compact 60,000-lumen projector on the market and will set a new standard for image quality in the cinema industry.” You can see the laser projector in action this week at CinemaCon 2014.
March 21st, 2014
The Optoma HD25-LV is one of the company’s latest home theater projectors. Today, it was selected to be the Product of the Week at About.com. The projector is compact and features HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 3200 ANSI lumens, and a 20000:1 contrast ratio. The projector was selected for its long lamp life and diverse connection panel. The connection panel includes two HDMI and RGB ports, a composite, s-video and several audio ports. The writers also liked the 16 watt speaker system, which quickly starting to become the standard in the industry. Probably the biggest draw is that the projector retails for under $1000.
March 21st, 2014
A few days ago you might have heard that Acer released their H5380BD projector in Japan. Today, the company announced that this projector is now available in the USA as well. The H5380BD features 3000 ANSI lumens, a 17000:1 contrast ratio, and HD (1280 x 720) resolution. The projector makes for an excellent compact home theater model. The projector is light weight and small enough to travel between rooms or on family vacation. The HD resolution probably isn’t going to replace the HDTV you have, but it will provide a nice alternative for family night. “Our newest projector was designed to provide consumers with an affordable option for showcasing HD movies and 3D entertainment,” said Edward Chan, product manager for Acer America. “Outfitted with a long-lasting LED lamp and power saving options, it offers a low total cost of ownership. Small and lightweight, it’s easy to move from room to room or to bring to a friend’s house for a movie night.” The H5380BD is available now through online retailers and is priced at $549.
March 20th, 2014
BenQ is happy to announce today two new classroom projectors, the BenQ MX823ST and MW824ST. Both projectors feature a short throw lens and can display 3200 ANSI lumens and 13000:1 contrast ratio. The big difference between the two are their XGA (1024 x 768) and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolutions, respectively. The short throw lens allows for the projectors to create large screens from relatively short distances from the screen. This makes the projectors ideal for smaller rooms where space is limited. BenQ has included a diverse connection panel as well that includes 2 RGB ports, a composite, HDMI, s-video, and a USB port. There are also network capabilities as well. The projectors are available now in India and retail for Rs 60000 ($981) and 65000 ($1063).
March 20th, 2014
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector is one of the company’s latest home theater models. It features 2000 ANSI lumens, a 15000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The projector was recently reviewed by the writers from Ecoustics. In their review they highlight the low retail price and its high lumen output. The image quality is decent, but they would have liked to see better black levels. The setup was a little tricky because the projector doesn’t include lens shifting and the zoom is limited. The projector does include 3D technology, but the 3D glasses need to be purchases separately. In the end, the writers stated, “The Epson Home Cinema 2030 is loaded with features and offers good performance for a projector in its price class. It’s important to understand the different goals of the home entertainment projector versus the home theater projector and shop accordingly. If you’re looking for a budget projector for a more traditional theater environment that has good light control, there are other 1080p projectors in this price range that can perform in little better in the black level and contrast departments to produce a more “theater-worthy” image, at the expense of light output. If, on the other hand, you’re in the market for a very bright, plug-and-play projector that’s going to see more use in a den or family room with abundant ambient light – and you want to connect sources via WiFi and MHL – then the 2030 definitely belongs on your audition list.”
March 20th, 2014
Christie is the world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences. Today, the company announced that they will be showcasing a wide range of projection solutions at CinemaCon 2014 next week. Among all the displays, Christie will be highlighting their new DLP Cinema laser projectors, which use 6-Primary color laser modules. These projectors are slated for 2015 release, but Christie is creating the hype now. Also on display will be Christie’s CP2215, which is intended for smaller theaters. They also plan to demonstrate several other projectors from the Christie Solaria series. “Christie is the world’s largest manufacturer, installer and servicer of DLP Cinema® projection solutions and once again has the show’s largest exhibit area, confirming our leadership position as the ‘go-to innovator’ for attendees of this pre-eminent gathering of exhibitors and professionals, who are engaged in creating and displaying the best in movies and alternative content,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie. “Complementing our visual solutions that form the cornerstone of today’s modern theater, and new to this conference, are our Christie Vive Audio sound solution offerings, which deliver a complete, immersive audio experience to any auditorium.”
March 20th, 2014
Barco is pleased to announce today the release of their new collection of projectors they’ve named Barco Alchemy. This collection of 10 projectors is designed for media server functionalities with cinema processing electronics. The projects range from 2K to 4K resolutions and they are all capable of displaying 3D content from a single projector. Other key features include a simplified setup, easy upgrades, and network control. “We’ve delivered on the promise of modular and future-proof solutions with many benefits for our customers over the years. The introduction of the Barco Alchemy technology continues to deliver on this promise,” comments Todd Hoddick, VP Digital Cinema at Barco. “As the global projection market share leader in the digital cinema industry, we have a responsibility to continue innovating for our current installation base and we are excited to be launching more groundbreaking projection technology that enables 4K 3D and 4K at 60 fps. While many told us this was not even possible, we are launching the technology not just for new Xenon and laser projectors, but this technology is fully available as an upgrade to all existing Barco Series 2 projectors.” Barco will be showing their Barco Alchemy projectors at CinemaCon 2014. The company did not release retail prices.
March 19th, 2014
Today it was announced that the Canakkale Memory Museum in the Gallipoli National Park, Turkey won the InAVation Visitor Attraction Award. One of the key aspects was the use of projectors from Barco and their recently purchased Projectordesign. Barco will provide five of their CLM R10+ projector, which features 9500 ANSI lumens, a 1200:1 contrast ratio, and SVGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution. Projectiondesign provided 22 of their F32 series projectors as well. “Çanakkale has always been the building block of our nation and is the basis of the Turkish Republic. By using simulation and 3D technology simultaneously, for the first time in Turkey, we can perfectly animate our history, leaving a great impression on the minds of all our visitors,” says Ozan Hac?alio?lu, manager of the Gallipoli Historical National Park.