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Nov./Dec. 2009 New Products: Video

By PRO AV Staff

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DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Christie has rolled out what it calls MicroTiles, which are modular display tiles that can be arranged into videowalls of varying sizes and shapes with just a 1 mm gap between tiles, according to the company. Rear-projection modules measuring 16 by 12 inches use DLP technology and LED illumination in a unit about 10 inches deep. Each 20-pound tile is serviceable from the front and is "self aware" according to Christie, which means the tiles calibrate themselves for uniform displays. With a pixel pitch of 0.5 mm, the product line aims to challenge LED tiles for large-scale videowalls. Price: Contact vendor. Christie. 866-880-4462. www.microtiles.com.

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3LCD PROJECTOR

The new PLC-XF1000 from Sanyo is a two-lamp, 3LCD projector that offers 12,000 lumens of brightness. Driven by the QuaDrive optical engine, the projector displays in WUXGA resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio for a 40- to 600-inch screen size (depending on the lens). The QuaDrive uses an inorganic panel that contributes to the projector's 4,000:1 contrast ratio. An additional color control device in the QuaDrive controls the amount of yellow light in the image, so the image's brightness doesn't wash out its color, says the company. Other features include Power Zoom/Focus functions, Power Vertical/Horizontal Lens Shifting, and Sanyo's Active Maintenance Filter. Price: PLC-XF1000, $24,995 (without lens). Sanyo North America Corp. 888-337-1215. www.us.sanyo.com.

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WIRELESS VIDEO SYSTEM

New from Black Box, the Wireless Video Presentation System II (AC1131A) allows multiple PC or Mac laptop users to stream audio and video from their computers, says the company. The device also communicates with handheld devices running Windows Mobile, which can be used to share information in meetings and presentations by logging into the system and streaming images through a conference room projector. The system supports four-to-one split-screen projection, so up to four users can project screens through a single projector at one time. The Wireless VPS II supports signals up to 300 feet and attaches directly to any device with a VGA port. Price: $450. Black Box. 724-746-5500. www.blackbox.com.

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LED VIDEOWALL

Barco's new OL series of videowall products feature LED rear projection and Sense6 sensor technology, which the company says coordinates with multiple rear-projection modules to provide image stability across the videowall screens. According to Barco, Sense6's algorithms monitor the outputs of the projectors' integrated spectrometers, which measure brightness and color characteristics, then automatically adjust all the projectors of a videowall to display an image best suited to the human eye. The LED-lit videowalls have a heat management system that's based on liquid cooling to reduce the effects of high temperatures on the light sources. A compact cube design makes the OL series suitable for smaller control rooms. Price: Contact vendor. Barco. www.barco.com.



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