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InfoComm '09 Products: Video

Christie LED projection, Stewart Filmscreen's new-construction screens, Digital Projection's sealed projector, more

EDUCATION PROJECTORS

The latest classroom projectors from Epson include the PowerLite 84, 85, 825, and 826W models. All four offer an extended lamp life up to 6,000 hours, according to the company, a built-in closed captioning decoder, USB plug-n-play, an internal 10-watt loudspeaker, network connectivity for remote presentations via wired LAN, and optional wireless connectivity. The models are also the company's first to offer a dedicated microphone input that allows teachers to amplify their voices via the internal loudspeaker. The PowerLite 84 and 85 provide 2,600 lumens white light output and 2,600 lumens color light output, plus XGA resolution. The PowerLite 825 offers 3,000 lumens each of white and color light output and XGA resolution. The 826W features 2,500 lumens of white and color light output and WXGA resolution. Epson America. www.epsonbrighterfutures.com.

DESKTOP MONITORS

LG's new Smart Vine Virtual Desktop monitors (X-Series) allow up to 11 users to connect to a single PC via Cat 5e/6 cables, with each user running their own applications, as if they had their own PC. According to LG, such a setup should mean easier installation, as well as reduced maintenance, IT support, and energy consumption compared to using multiple computers. The Smart Vine monitors are available in 17-inch (model N1742L-BF) and 19-inch (model N1941W-PF) class sizes. The 19-inch class widescreen monitor can display video with a 4:3 (800x600) aspect ratio within the widescreen format (16:10) without stretching or elongating the image. LG Electronics. 800-243-0000. www.lge.com.

PROJECTOR SCREEN

New from Stewart Filmscreen, the Visionary Grande is a retractable electric screen designed for new construction. Featuring a large-format, self-finishing, bezel-style screen, the Visionary Grande accommodates 10- to 18-foot screen sizes previously unavailable with Stewart's ElectriScreen. It's suitable for large boardrooms, conference rooms, and similar venues that would benefit from a ceiling-mounted screen, plus the company says it's easy to install; a winch lifting system facilitates mounting the screen to the ceiling and leveling the screen to the ceiling. The outer housing is available to ship in advance to speed up the building process, allowing installers to pre-wire during the construction's electrical rough-in period. Stewart Filmscreen Corp. 800-762-4999. www.stewartfilmscreen.com.

DLP PROJECTOR
New at InfoComm '09

The new PG-F325W projector from Sharp offers WXGA resolution and 3,000 lumens of brightness. Displaying 720p from HD sources and at a 16:10 aspect ratio, the PG-F325W provides an expanded color palette using BrilliantColor technology with multicolor processing, says the company. With RJ-45 LAN connectivity, HDCP-compliant DVI-I input, and built-in closed captioning, the PG-F325W aims to meet the needs of professionals in corporate, education, and house of worship applications. The sealed system, along with a filter-free design and quiet cooling fan, also suits the projector to rental, staging, government, and other extended-use environments, says Sharp. Sharp Electronics Corp. 866-484-7825. www.sharpusa.com/projectors.

VIDEOCONFERENCING

The Telepresence T3 and E20 VoIP Video Phone from Tandberg offer two options for communicating face-to-face across long distances. The T3 is highly immerssive, with up to 1080p HD on three 65-inch custom LCD screens. The scalable system also includes a table with three built-in Touch Collaboration Screens, and ceiling-mounted lighting. The E20 desk phone merges voice, video, and collaboration into a single service. The scalable solution features high-quality IP telephone, firewall traversal, high-resolution camera with integrated privacy shutter, and DVD-quality video on a 10.6-inch WXGA LCD display. Tandberg. 866-826-3237. www.tandberg.com.



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