Insight Media is proud to announce the winners of the Best Buzz awards for InfoComm 2005. The Best Buzz awards are selected by polling Insight Media staff, analysts, press and conference attendees about what was new and exciting to them. They reflect what people were talking about most at the show/exhibition, and what we were asked most about. The awards do not necessarily represent excellence in technical performance, but are a reflection of the “buzz” or noise the products created. The Best Buzz awards honor the “must-see” products or technologies at the show. Top honors for “Best Buzz” at InfoComm 2005 go to:
Best of Show
LG AN110 Wall-Mount Projector
This innovative wall mount design from LG includes a WXGA (1366×768) resolution TI Dark Chip2 DLP that delivers 1100 lumens at 3000:1 contrast. The projector is well suited for home theater viewing with a noise level under 25 dB depending on the mode of operation. The unit measures 17.5 x 10.0 x 3.5 inches (443.4 x 254.2 x 92mm), and features a very sleek design with a black mirror finish and large lens. In black, the design is kind of reminiscent of the HAL9000 computer in 2001 Space Odyssey . The unit is also available in white.
The projector features vertical lens shift of +/-100 degrees with digital zoom, separate left and right digital keystone functions, and a motorized zoom and focus that enhances the throw ratio up to more than 1.4X, allowing a 100-inch large-screen display from 12.5 to 17.4 feet. Other features include a 4K-hour long-life lamp and Oplus (now Intel) electronics (Leonardo vintage) that support 1080i de-interlacing. Connectors include HDMI, component, composite, RGB and USB ports. The unit is due to ship in September with an eye on the Christmas buying season. It will sell for an MSRP of $2000.
Best Front Projector
PLUS Vision U5 Series With Dual Color Mode (DCM) Technology; Two Color Wheels Expand Color Gamut
The Dual Color Mode technology allows users to switch between two color modes for business applications and premium video applications.
For business presentations, a four-segment color wheel, consisting of red, green, blue and white color segments, can be used. When more vibrant color saturation is required, the projector’s color wheel can be switched to six segments with a red, green, blue, red, green and blue configuration.
PLUS patented this approach and said it will be incorporated into future designs of projectors, including its newest family members in the U5 projector line. The new DLP-powered U5-512, -632 and -732 all incorporate the new dual color wheel approach. The -6 and -7 are XGA versions in the series, with 3000 and 2300 lumens, respectively, at 2000:1 contrast (on/off). The -5 is SVGA with 1800 lumens of brightness at 2000:1 contrast. Each box weighs about 4 pounds and offers an eco mode to extend lamp life to 3000 hours. These began shipping in June.
Best New Display Technology
3LCD/Epson: 57-Inch MD-TV With C2Fine Panels, >10,000:1 Contrast, 1920 x 1080
The 3LCD consortium used InfoComm to unveil the C2Fine technology, which means high temperature polysilicon LCD microdisplays with an inorganic Vertical Alignment Nematic (VAN) liquid crystal mode. The technology was lauded for its ability to further enhance the contrast ratio and reliability of 3LCD products, especially 1080p MD-TVs based on the technology. In fact, in the central position at the 3LCD booth at InfoComm was a 57-inch 1080p 3LCD television prototype, the contrast ratio of which was said to be “more than 10,000:1.”
This contrast ratio improvement over traditional 3LCD products comes from VAN’s ability to “project” black when no voltage is applied to the pixel space. In effect, black is VAN’s natural state. 3LCD announced that it expects products with C2Fine technology to be available in 2006.
Best Screen Technology
DNP: SuperNova Screen
With an ultra fine pitch of 0.065mm and vertical resolution of 20K lines (100-inch screen in 4:3 format), DNP’s SuperNova front-projection screen provides markedly improved contrast in brightly illuminated rooms. The DNP SuperNova screen is ideal for conference rooms, POS environments, and home theater applications, according to the company. It is said to deliver an extraordinary 10X higher contrast and 2X brighter images than standard front screens.
In the demo, the SuperNova screen was butted up alongside a competing screen with a projected image overlapping both, and contrast measurements were made under ambient light conditions. On the SuperNova screen, there were 1500 nits brightness in the white field and 18.2 nits in the dark area, giving a contrast ratio of 82.4:1. The competing screen alongside the SuperNova screen measured 750 nits in the white field and 52.3 nits in the dark field, giving a contrast ratio of just 14.3:1.
IDEX 42-Inch HD LCD PC
An impressive-looking “intelligent” LCD-TV, the IDEX 42-inch HD LCD PC screens feature a fully integrated, high-performance PC contained in a removable module within the cabinetry of the LCD unit, as well as sleek design elements, including what looks like a floating screen. Image quality looked especially good on these, which the company attributes to its proprietary image processing.
The displays can show up to 12 images simultaneously with PIP and POP functions. The units feature four USB connectors, an internal removable hard disk drive, and a DVD player. Also included are connectors for user interface peripherals, such as a keyboard, and a network interface, through which the unit can be controlled – a feature that’s targeted at digital signage and information display applications. Lifetime is estimated at 50K hours to half brightness. Also shown was the IDEX 32-inch Crystal View LCD-TV with many of the same features, minus the embedded computer. Prices range from $1,600 for the smaller 32-inch base model up to $5,900 for the 42-inch model.
Best 3D Display
JVC’s Large-Venue 3D Display Systems With Unique Stereoscopic Effect
JVC used the Large-Venue Display area at InfoComm to demonstrate an unusual and impressive display. Instead of creating left and right images that have different polarization states, JVC uses a technology it calls Infitec. The user wears glasses to see the 3D effect, but the glasses each have RGB notch filters in them. The central wavelength of the RGB notches is slightly different for the left eye versus the right eye. This is used to view two superimposed images from twin QXGA resolution JVC projectors that have matching output filters. The result is a stereoscopic effect that is both natural and highly effective.
JVC explained that the key to the high image quality is the overall projection system contrast of 2500:1, but more importantly, the left eye/right eye contrast of 1000:1. “This is at least three times better than any other system,” explained JVC’s Rod Sterling. A segment from the movie Spy Kids 3D was very impressive.
JVC used two DLA-QX1G projectors with native 2048 x 1536 resolution with a 7000 lumens from a 2kW Xenon lamp.
Our congratulations to all the winners.
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