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Christie Launches MicroTiles

in almost any shape or size.

Christie recently launched its new MicroTiles digital technology, creating what the company calls a near-seamless "digital canvas" in almost any shape or size.

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MicroTiles are modular, rear-projection display tiles that the company says can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create display walls of various shapes or scales. Its new optical design is said to produce high levels of brightness, contrast, and color reproduction. With a 1mm gap between tiles, the display walls appear nearly seamless.

The technology's new LED- and DLP-based system is designed for long, reliable commercial use in public areas, with no lamps or consumable parts. The integral LED light engine is rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness usage, or nearly 7.5 years of continuous operation, says the company.

A MicroTile's screen size is 16 inches wide by 12 inches high, and features a depth of 10 inches. The displays require only 2 inches of clearance for rear ventilation. Christie engineers designed the MicroTiles to be easily serviced from the front and, according to the company, the tiles' sensors automatically color calibrate. The wall of tiles is controlled by a unit that processes the signal from most digital signage and media players.

"MicroTiles represent a revolution in display technology that allows users to create their own digital canvas or digital wallpaper," said Bob Rushby, Christie chief technology officer, in a statement. "With MicroTiles, users can ... assemble the displays in ways that have previously been unattainable using current flat-panel LCD, plasma, or LED walls.



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