By Terry Currier
The 2004 CES (Consumer Electronic Show) ran January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Did I get to see everything there, no. Even going for three days, I could not see everything. At least I could not see and get information on everything. Here are some of the things I found interesting. This is my sixth part of a series.
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DWIN Electronics showed TransVision™3 featuring a native resolution of 1280x720. It has an 16:9 native aspect ratio, and uses the 3-chip DLP™ technology from Texas Instruments. The system offers home theater menus, 1200 Lumens, and 2000:1 contrast ratio. Video standards include HDTV/DTV/NTSC/PAL, it can also take in S-Video, and DVI. Throw distance is 1.41 to 21. times screen width, while the image size is 60 to 200 inches.
Moving into the line of home theater projectors Epson launched the Epson PowerLite Cinema 500. Available in March 2004 it is HDTV-ready and will retail for $4,999. The contrast ratio is rated at 1200:1 with brightness of up to 1,000 ANSI lumens, and a Pixel number: 1280 x 720 pixels. Comes with "ColorReality 2," Epson's original color management technology, a number of selectable color modes allowing users to select optimal color and brightness depending on the surroundings, and advanced color adjustment features for the perfect picture. It also has Faroudja's DCDi digital processing, 3:2 pull down, 3D Y/C separation, 3D digital gamma correction and 3D noise reduction. The projectors include a manual lens shift function, which enables a shift range of 2.5 screens vertically and two screens horizontally, and a 1.5x power zoom lens.
Their vp6120 video projector comes in at 2,000 lumens, with a contrast ratio of 2000:1. Display resolution is 1024 x 768 true XGA, and 24 bit colors. Projection distance is approximately 4.9 to 26.24 ft . Weighs 6.7 pounds, and features automatic resizing of images to full screen; automatic detection of computer signal input; automatic image synchronization. Advanced electronic keystone correction rate+/- 7º (14º total) except 1080i/1035i. Connectivity is S-video, composite, component, HDTV (up to 1080i), PC compatibility: 640 x 400 to 1024 x 768; compressed: 1280 x 1024. The vp8000 brightness is 2600 lumens (2200 ANSI), with a contrast ANSI 250:1. Display resolution is 1024 x 768 true XGA, up to 16.8 million colors. Projection distance is approximately 3.3 to 29.4 ft. Advanced electronic keystone correction rate Horizontal ±15º (30º total), Vertical ±16º (32º total). Connectivity is S-video, composite, component, HDTV (up to 1080i).
InFocus announced the InFocus ScreenPlay 4805, its newest projector for consumers. Compatible with a broad range of entertainment sources such as DVD players, satellite receivers, High Definition broadcasts, TV’s, computers and video game consoles. The projector is native 16:9 resolution, meaning the onscreen image doesn’t have to be compromised from its intended format, and includes a 2000:1 contrast ratio to deliver the brightest whites and best black scene detail. It uses 480p DLP technology from Texas Instruments®, and enhanced with Faroudja DCDi™ processing. The 6.8-pound projector has a 3,000 hour lamp life. Available in Q2 2004.
A first for Olympus the VP-1 Data Projector. It weighs just 2.4 pounds, is 1000 ANSI lumens, and scheduled to go on sale in the United States in March 2004. It comes with a 1:1.2 Zoom Olympus Zuiko Digital lens, the aspect ratio is 4:3, supports 16.9, while the contrast ratio is 2000:1. The resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. Projection distance is 3.9' – 25.9', the image size can be 2.6" -200" diagonal. Input signal with; RGB (Analog/Digital), DVI-I, or Composite Video/S-Video.
Video projectors range from the PLV-Z2 with 800 lumens up to the PLC-UF15 which shows at 10,000 lumens. The PLV-Z2 is a wide-screen 16:9 made for home entertainment. The contrast ratio is 1300:1, and has a quiet fan rated at 24 dBA. Connections include component video, S-Video, and DVI-I Input. It has vertical keystone correction. The PLC-XP50/L is a true XGA digital multimedia projector. Rated at 3600 ANSI Lumens (it can be double stacked for 7200 ANSI Lumens), and a contrast ratio of 750:1. Resolution is true XGA (1024 x 768), compressed SXGA resolution. Color management system, along with X-Y digital keystone correction. HDTV compatible, it runs at 35 dBA. You could also try the PLV-70 which is a wide XGA (16:9) digital multimedia projector. Rated at 2200 ANSI Lumens, 1366 x 768 resolution, true 16:9 aspect ratio, and 900:1 contrast ratio. Network Connectivity (with optional Pj-Net Organizer). It has Digital Visual Interface, digital keystone correction, and also runs at 35 dBA.
The XV-Z12000 is a 16:9 high definition projector utilizing the new "HD2+" DMD™ chip set from Texas Instruments and Sharp’s upgraded proprietary computer video and integrated composer (CV-IC) system ll technology. It has a 5500:1 contrast ratio and a rating of 900 ANSI Lumens (both while in high contrast mode). True 720p high resolution capability is fully compatible with HDTV 720p signal. A user can change multiple brightness and contrast settings with the push of a button. Aspect ratio 4:3/16:9, and resolution is 1280 x 720.
Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced the TLP-T70MU projector. Features 2,000 ANSI lumens and XGA resolution, it includes multimedia capabilities such as composite and S-video inputs. Other features include one-touch digital keystone correction ensuring distortion-free images in a wide range of room sizes, and two remotes. Each of the included remotes performs basic projector control functions, the second remote, however has added capabilities including a laser pointer and mouse control options for increased presentation versatility. Available immediately in North America for $1,999 ESP.
The ViewSonic PJ750 projector delivers exceptionally bright presentations. With 2,300 lumens, 1024x768 XGA resolution and high contrast, this projector delivers clear, crisp images, even in well-lit rooms. Easy to use, the full-featured PJ750 offers zoom and digital keystone correction as well as multiple computer and video inputs and outputs for greater flexibility. Weight is 7.2 pounds. Their PJ1065 XGA projector offers 3,500 lumens of brightness and a 1024x768 XGA resolution. Progressive scan stabilizes video images creating a true, movie-like picture. There is also wall/ceiling mountable for a wider variety of installation settings. Easy setup and auto tuning, One-touch setup button for fast, easy sync and sharp focus. Displays HDTV signals including 480i, 480p, 575i, 720p and 1080i.
Something a little different
It’s kind of like having a really portable TV/projector with you. It you take a set of what looks like safety glasses and add a small video screen on the side (takes about 40% of one side) you have the Ingineo eyetop. It attaches to digital cameras, camcorders, portable DVD’s, TV’s, or any other unit with a composite output. The video is transferred to it’s 16-bit color active matrix LCD screen. Four sets of video adjustments ensures you to get a good image. The aspect ratio is 4:3, it can do both NTSC-M or PAL format. Contrast ratio is 100:1, and works on four AA Alkaline batteries. I did try it on and could see it (the movie) and yet still able to see through the glasses. Besides just watching a movie I thought it would be great for use as a training tool. A person could watch a film showing how to do a project while actually working on it. Available in April at a suggested price of $399.
The Sensio™3D processor enable you to use the projector you currently own to view the many 3DVD films available on the market. Insert the 3D DVD into your player, activate the Sensio™3D processor, put the glasses on and enter the world of 3D: your screen will reveal a deep and vast universe from which objects and characters emerge and become almost tangible by their proximity. It is the only 3D home theatre system designed to work with conventional DVD players and CRT, LCD, DLP and D-ILA projectors. It is the only system that is MPEG-2 compliant, offering full-screen high resolution and full color 3D format, compatible with future distribution channels such as pay per view, video on demand, DTV and HDTV broadcast.
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