Wednesday, April 12, 2006

NEC Launches Wireless Installation Projector

NEC is launching its latest installation projectors, the NP2000 and NP1000. These wireless network projectors deliver industry leading brightness and advanced connectivity with eight possible connections, combined with easy set-up and use. The NP projectors are ideal for a wide range of installations from Corporate or Home Cinema set-ups through to museums, shops, schools and universities.

Equipped with five lens options, the NP2000 and NP1000 can produce one of the largest ranges of image size currently available. These vary from a 30" diagonal for rear projection applications for corporate and education and public display installations to over 500" which is ideal for a large museum or exhibition spaces. The lenses are installed using a bayonet fitting making swapping a lens as quick and effortless as changing a light bulb.

Installation is easy. With 3D reform and geometric correction as well as vertical and horizontal lens shift, the new NEC projectors make it simple and quick for corporate, homes, schools and public display users to get started. HD compatible and offering multiple connectivity options including DVI, these projectors are also fully future-proofed.

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sony VPL-VW100 LCOS Projector

I've been saying it since the first 1080p displays hit the market: There's no need for 1080p on a screen smaller than 65 inches. Your eye just can't resolve that kind of detail at the distance just about everyone sits from their TV. Resoundingly, no one cared. Where that level of detail is really useful is with projection. With a screen of 90 or 100 inches, you can use every bit of detail you can get. Texas Instruments was pretty candid about not needing to rush in to a 1080p front projector chip. After all, where was the competition?

At CEDIA 2005, Sony forced their hand. OK, I honestly don't know if Sony's announcement had anything to do with TI's timeline, but I found it interesting that, at CEDIA, there were no 1080p DLP front projectors, and, at CES three months later, there were a half dozen. Sony's bombshell was their announcement of the Sony VPL-VW100 LCOS 1080p front projector. At $10,000, it's a full $2,000 to $3,000 less than the 720p DLPs. Projector sales are 90 percent numbers, and 1080p is a big one.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Light Blue Optics awarded grant to develop mini laser projector

Light Blue Optics Ltd., developer of the PVPro laser projection technology for projectors, has been awarded a £75,000 ($130,600) grant towards the development of its miniature color prototype. The research and development funding is part of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) scheme, and grants were awarded by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to some of the region's most innovative and idea-driven companies.

Light Blue Optics' PVPro technology uniquely delivers the key benefits of compact size, low power consumption, robustness, and ease-of-use, making it ideally suited for a variety of applications. Future products will range from truly pocket-sized miniature projector accessories for iPods, phones, and other mobile devices, to a wide array of consumer electronics products with integrated projection capabilities.

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Toshiba's Palm-Sized Projector - FF1

Toshiba's tiny, palm-sized FF1 projector is certainly a dinky little device. As to whether we'll all be beaming our favourite films onto our bedroom walls of an evening remains to be seen, but the battery powered projector makes a change from the usual home cinema set up.

The DLP FF1 uses LEDs instead of the usual lamps, which means it's not only more environmentally friendly, it's also more cost-effective thanks to the lower energy consumption.

You can hook it up to your mobile phone, should you feel the need to torture friends and family with your mobile photo album. Plus, it comes with a foldable screen that you can haul around with you - handy for giving presentations at the drop of a hat.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

InFocus Issues Voluntary Projector Recall

InFocus Corp. issued a voluntary recall of its LP120 and ASK Proxima M1 Projectors and the SP-Lamp-013 replacement lamp module, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday

The recall was issued because of improperly insulated wiring that could degrade over time, posing the risk of shock and fire, the commission said. No incidents related to the products have been reported.

The products, made in China, were sold over the Web, through direct-phone sales, and at office equipment stores between October 2005 and February 2006.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Projector Market Gridlocked, says PMA

The projector market is starting a major transition and some major companies are likely to leave the market, says researcher Pacific Media Associates (PMA). 'The projector industry is gridlocked and manufacturers must change their approach or die a slow death', said PMA founder William Coggshall.

Commenting on the launch of new PMA front projector forecasts, Coggshall argued that 'The "Old Era" of nearly identical products, distribution channels, and targeted customers — with competition based mainly on price — will have to give way to a "New Era" marked by less-conventional thinking and a willingness to take some risks.

'Successful companies will be those who understand that waiting until an opportunity is clear means that others will get there first and make all the money. They will have to focus on being approximately correct rather than precisely wrong, a far cry from the current "paralysis by analysis". There are no new answers in the same old data.'

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mitsubishi HC3000U HD-Compatible DLP Home Theater Projector

At an MSRP of $2,500, the Mitsubishi HC3000U offers lots of useful features and solid video performance that is normally reserved for projectors in higher price ranges. With a native pixel resolution of 1280x768 (720p), the HC3000u is HD-compatible. In addition, the video quality is excellent for a projector in this class; flesh tones, overall color saturation, and contrast levels provide a very natural looking image that is hard to find in other similarly-price units currently on the market.

Mitsubishi HC3000 features include:
1. Compact styling with Center Mounted Lens.

2. Image size range: 40 to 275 inches - adds flexibility for both small and large screen sizes and room environments.

3. Texas Instruments Dark Chip 2 with Brilliant Color Technology. The DLP chip is the foundation of the color and detail capabilities of the projector.

4. Native 16x9 Screen Aspect Ratio/Can also be set to 4x3. The 16x9 aspect ratio is desirable for widescreen films and HD sources. The aspect ratio can be adjusted to 4x3 for projection of material shot in the 4x3 format.

5. 1280x768 (720P) Native Pixel Resolution. This provides the capability of viewing HD content in true HD.

6. 4000:1 Contrast Ratio. This contrast range provides the ability to view details in very dark scenes as well providing a more natural look and texture to all images.

7. 3000 Hour Lamp Life in Econo mode/2000 Hours Lamp Life in Standard Mode. This is consistent with projectors in this class.

9. Wireless Remote Control.

10. Easy to use owner's manual and quick startup guide.

11. HDMI, VGA, HD-Component, S-Video, and Composite Video inputs. Any standard video source can be connected to this projector.

12. NTSC/PAL compatible - PC/MAC compatible.

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 projectors

Canon LV-7255, LV-7250 and LV-X6 projector : three new compact, affordable Canon multimedia projectors capture the attention of presentation professionals and their audiences. The Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 projectors are an effective way to display content without breaking the bank.

The new LCD projectors combine Genuine Canon Optics with innovative new features such as Quick Start and Cool Down. Additionally, with their economical price points, these projectors are an attractive option to education, business, government, law, and medical professionals. LV 7255, LV 7250, and LV X6 LCD projectors make it easy for business and education users to maximize the impact of Canon-Quality presentations.

Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 projector - High quality LCD projector
Designed for boardrooms, classrooms, and other locations requiring high-quality XGA (1024 x 768) resolution image display, these new LV-7255, LV-7250 and LV-X6 projectors incorporate impressive design improvements. Some of these new improvements include an easy to use control panel and an enhanced remote control with a new Drag mode to allow presenters to wirelessly drag and move on-screen graphics as they are presented.

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Home Cinema Projector Roundup: $1000 & Up

So, you're looking for a new projector? Well, no matter what your budget we have something for you to consider here. We start with the incredibly affordable Panasonic PT-LM2E at only $1799, and go all the way through to the beastly InFocus ScreenPlay 777 – worth a whopping $24,000. But it's the products in the mid-range here that show the potential for best bang for buck. Projectors such as SmartHouse's Best Of The Best award-winning Panasonic AE900 are capable of powerful images, so is it worth paying any more?

What Are We Looking For?
We're looking for the best possible picture available – after all, that's what you buy one of these things for. We compare LCD and DLP, which each have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. DLP has traditionally suffered from the ‘rainbow effect' which is an artifact of the rotating colour wheel. LCDs, on the other hand, often exhibit a ‘chicken wire' effect which is a result of the borders between the individual pixels showing up in the image. Both technologies have been massively improved since the old days – and especially LCD. So which one?

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

BenQ launches CP120 world's smallest wireless projector

Digital lifestyle leader BenQ has launched CP120, the worlds smallest wireless XGA projector. The BenQ CP120 goes on to prove how BenQs superior R&D rolls out unmatched and never-seen-before technology into the projection industry and consolidates its leadership of the digital display technology market in the Middle East.

The worlds smallest wireless projector packs in a mean performance and is designed specifically for mobile users. Weighing only 1.3 kg, this model delivers brightness of 1500 lumens, 1024 x 768 resolution and a contrast ratio of 2000:1. This combination of high brightness, superior resolution, outstanding contrast, extensive input support, and portability makes the BenQ CP120 ideal for multi-use: on the road, in the boardroom, or in the home.

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