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Draper Tackles Ambient Light With TecVision

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Draper TecvisionThe Draper TecVision CH1200X ALR is a grey surface designed to address ambient light rejection (ALR) applications, making it ideal for environments with high ambient light and controlled viewing angles.

Draper says the screen has an ALR rating of 20, and rejects 80% of ambient light not produced by the projector. A high-contrast surface helps black retention, while a 1.2 gain surface helps brighten images in sizes up to 67 feet wide. Also included are a light-absorbing dark backing to prevent picture degradation from light being the screen and a non-perforated surface.

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More Colours for SI Zero-G "Rollable TV"

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Screen Innovations (SI) presents more colour options for the Zero-G "rollable TV" screen, including sky blue, forest green and warm gray (beige).

SI Zero-GInitially available in white, the Zero-G is different from other projection screens due to the absence of a black mask between the top of the viewing surface and the case. Instead, the screen is suspended by Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE) cable. It is the cable that is getting more colours, allowing installers to blend the screen with the decor they are working it, be it a wall, window or art-deco piece.

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SI Slate, Pure Screens Now in MicroPerf

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Screen Innovations (SI) announces the Slate and Pure screens are now available in acoustically transparent MicroPerf material, improving on the projection experience.

Screen Innovations AT“Hiding your speakers behind the screen is another way that this is accomplished-allowing the sound to improve your viewing experience but not detract from your visual experience,” the company says. “It has not been easy. Perforating is difficult in its own right, but working with a 106” tall material is nearly impossible. We are perforating over 28000, .55mm holes for every square foot-- clearly a daunting task.”

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Epson Launches Home Cinema 1450 3LCD Projector

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Epson Home Cinema 1450Epson announces the Home Cinema 1450-- a 3CD native 1080p (1920 x 1080) 4200 lumen projector aimed at home theatre or home entertainment applications.

It features x2 HDMI ports, x1 MHL 3 port and component vidoe, as well as USB. Also included are 4 different preset colour modes, the ability to watch 2 sources side-by-side at the same time, built-in 16W speaker, wireless streaming via MHL from Roku or Chromecast, and a quick power on/off feature.

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Screen Innovations Launches "Levitating" Screen

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Screen Innovations (SI) presents the Zero-G-- a projection screen designed to give the illusion of a screen floating in mid-air, and is able to disappear when not in use.

Zero-G screenThe Zero-G screen is available in a choice of screen materials, including the Slate ALR material able to block out 65% of ambient light, with gain options of 1.2 and 0.8 for optimal contrast. It is motorised, and rolls out of the way when not in use. Customers can colour-match the cables to a number of proprietary colour options, thus matching surrounding walls or background colour.

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Sony Intros Android-Powered Xperia Touch Projector

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Mobile World Congress 2017 has Sony unveil a surprise device-- the Xperia Touch is an Android-powered projector able to turn any surface into a touchscreen while acting as a digital hub of sorts.

Xperia TouchAs the company puts it, the Xperia Touch can put all kinds of information, including calendar, weather data and a "memo board," on a single interface. The idea is family members input events and leave notes on the interface for all to see, turning it into a digital notice board for the home. Google Assistant provides voice control, and the built-in battery promises around 1 hour of use on a single charge.

The projector also carries a 13MP camera and speakers, allowing it to handle Skype video chats, while SXRD projection technology detects gestures and taps. Maximum projection sizes reaches 80-inch at 1366 x 768 resolution, and images can be projected on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

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BenQ Unveils THX HD Display-Certified HT8050

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BenQ presents the HT8050-- a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) single-chip DLP 4K UHD home cinema projector complete with THX UHD Display certification.

BenQ HT8050The company says such certification guarantees the HT8050 accurately reproduces content the way the director intended. Requiring 10 times as much data analysis and 7 times the engineering effort and resources in precise colour and gamma adjustments for pure Rec. 709 compliance, the HT8050 is the result of over 18 months of rigorous development and 200 THX laboratory tests covering over 500 data points to ensure  strict colour accuracy, precise gamma, ideal colour temperature, enhanced uniformity and super high native contrast ratio for THX certification.

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