Thursday, February 24, 2011

KODAK Laser Projection Technology FDA Approved

KodakThe FDA, otherwise known as the Food and Drug Administration, has just approved a variance that will allow for the sale of KODAK Laser Projector Systems using KODAK Laser Projection Technology to cinema exhibitors with no individual site or show operator variances. What this means for you is that this is an important step toward your local theater being able to provide you with brighter 2D and 3D images that provide higher dynamic ranges as well as a wider color gamut.

According to Les Moore, Chief Operating Officer for Digital Cinema at Kodak, "The FDA approval brings KODAK Laser Projection Technology significantly closer to the marketplace and validates the work we've done to ensure that this technology is safe and dependable. In addition to allowing the sale of KODAK Laser Projector Systems using KODAK Laser Projection Technology, the FDA variance serves as a template to be followed by manufacturers that we license to incorporate this new laser technology."

Digital projection systems that are using a high power laser usually fall under the category of a demonstration laser and therefore must follow existing regulations for conventional laser projectors like the ones used in laser light shows. KODAK has been diligently working with the FDA as well as laser safety consultants in order to address potential issues with safety. KODAK's unique optical design manages the projector output in order for it to be considered similar to conventional Xenon projection systems. This new variance from the FDA allows the sale of KODAK Laser Projector Systems with KODAK Laser Projection Technology and theater/show configurations incorporating them.

KODAK Laser Projection Technology should bring improved image quality to your theater screens including significantly brighter 3D image and a reduction in the costs of digital projection in cinemas via long-life lasers, lower-cost optics and more efficient usage. Kodak introduced this technology back in 2010 and it has been received enthusiastically by exhibitors, manufacturers, studios and viewers who have seen the demonstrations and noticed the difference.

Source: EON - FDA Greenlights KODAK Laser Projection Technology
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Next Generation of Pocket Projectors

pocket projectorI know that CES 2011 was a little while ago but I'm pretty sure it is going to take until next year's event before everything worth mentioning from this year's event is covered. That being said, despite all the great things at CES 2011, there was one thing that a lot of people were talking about, pocket projectors. Pocket projectors were all the rage at CES 2011 and with good reason because the ones on display will definitely blow you away.

Remember when pocket projectors were first introduced? They were low-lumen, low-resolution devices that didn't have any pizazz. Well, you don't have to worry about your mother's old dull pocket projectors anymore because the new ones coming out will be able to project in HD as well as 3D and will be bright enough to use in low ambient light.

These new pocket projectors will also have the ability to connect to your iPad, handle HDMI input and even include built-in speakers. And one day they will even be able to output in full 1080p HD. But just exactly what are these incredible speakers of which I speak? Well, that would be the Vivitek Qumi and the LG HW300T.

The Qumi is the first pocket projector produced by Vivitek and it could very well set the standard for the next generation of portable pocket projectors. The device is a 300-lumen pocket projector with a native resolution of 1280X800 (WXGA) and mini-HDMI input allowing it to project in HD. It is also 3D ready and has a built-in 1W speaker. The Qumi only weighs 1.6 pounds and is capable of connecting with your digital camera, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Next up is the HW300T from LG. The HW300T is an LED pocket projector and is also the very first pocket projector to incorporate DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology. This allows you to transfer stored digital content from devices like your PC or Blu-ray player completely wirelessly. The HW300T also has a built-in ATSC Tuner that allows you to watch HD Broadcast signals without having to have a separate external content source. You also get access to online content like Facebook, Accuweather and Twitter. The HW300T has a 1200x800 (WXGA) resolution, 2,000:1 contrast ratio and a life expectancy of 30,000 hours.

These are some pretty amazing specs for pocket projectors and should get anybody excited that is into projectors or portable entertainment. Unfortunately, no pricing or release dates have been announced yet but once they are I'm sure people will jump all over it.

Source: Projector People - Why you want the pocket projectors that debuted at CES 2011
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The New P Series from NEC

NEC has recently released their latest projector series, the P series. This new line of wide screen projectors was designed to be incorporated into boardrooms, classrooms, and even government training facilities.

There are three different models within the P series: the P350X, the P420X, and the P350W. All three of these projectors not only have low power-draw but also fantastic features like HDMI input, maintenence-free operation, and built-in wireless networking cards. There are also some great bundled software features that include wall color correction, automatic keystone correction, carbon saving meter, Virtual RemoteT, and closed captioning.

All of the P projectors feature some very good specs. The P350X has a brightness level of 3,500 lumens and an XGA native resolution. With the P350W there is a brightness level of 3,500 lumens and a WXGA native resolution, and the P420X offers 4,200 lumens and XGA native resolution. These are the brightest widescreen projectors that NEC has ever produced. Each of the projectors comes standard with a three-year limited parts and labor warranty. Included is lamp coverage for up to one year or 500 hours (whichever comes first). These projectors will be available a little later in February. The P350X will be offered for $1,649, the P350W will cost $1,799, and the P420X will go for $1,999.

These are some great projectors. They’re a little pricey, but this is due to the fact that they really offer some fantastic features. We’ll just have to see how people respond to the P series and its price tag when they are released later this month.

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