1. Epson unveils expanded line of home cinema projectors

    Epson has unveiled two new additions to its award-winning line up of home cinema projectors.

    The newly designed Home Cinema 2040 and Home Cinema 2045 projectors deliver an enhanced cinema experience thanks to an impressive 35,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2,200 lumens of colour brightness and 3D performance.

    Expert features such as Detail Enhancement, frame interpolation and advanced connectivity mean the projectors can be transformed into a smart display for use in a dark room cinema. Through the use of MHL-supported devices, users can stream TV shows, movies and video games in high-definition.

    The Home Cinema 2045 boasts an additional feature - it allows users to wirelessly stream content via Miracast and Intel WiDi4, making it perfect for displaying the latest film releases.

    Both projectors also offer Bright 3D Drive Technology, which minimises the blackout time of 3D glasses and provides greater brightness of 3D images.

    "Epson's new home theatre projectors bring the big-screen home at an accessible price point delivering Full 1080p, colour and white light output, 2D and 3D performance, and installation flexibility," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager, Epson America.

    "Equipped with value-add features such as advanced Epson Video processing, built-in colour modes and intuitive image correction, these projectors offer powerful tools that enrich the immersive media projection experience."

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  2. Drug company chooses Optoma for 3D projection

    A drug discovery solutions company has installed an Optoma ProScene EH505 projector to display complex shapes such as molecules in 3D.

    Germany-based company Evotec installed the Optoma projector in addition to the Optoma projector alongside a 123-inch electric screen and a workstation with Quadro Graphics, cabling and connectivity, Installation International reported.

    The company wanted a single projector set-up with the capability to switch from 2D to 3D presentations, allowing the scientists to display complex structures such as molecules in 3D.

    Dan Bloom, Evotec systems engineer, said: “Our main purpose for the installation was to improve our old dual 3D system which over the years got out of alignment and was overly complicated. We needed the wow factor for clients. Seeing models of molecular structures in 3D really helps with that."

    Designed exclusively for demanding professional applications, the Optoma ProScene EH505 boasts 5,000 lumens - guaranteeing exceptional brightness and reliability. It is the perfect solution for medical professional thanks to a special DICOM simulation mode that has been specifically tuned for viewing greyscale images, X-rays and scans.

    Allan Rankin, 3D technology consultant from Inition commented: “The duality in the previous system was difficult to manage, particularly as Evotec has a lot of 2D applications and needs to quickly swap to 3D functionality in meetings. This new system allows the team to do this very simply,”

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  3. University of Tokyo creates fastest ever projector

    The University of Tokyo has developed a working prototype of a projector capable of projecting images at 1,000 frames-per-second - 41 times faster than the average frame rate of movies.

    The DynaFlash uses a projection mapping system to track objects moving at high-speed, allowing it to modify its projection to match a moving object with a lag of only three thousandths of a second.

    This technology could mean projectors no longer have to rely on static targets such as a flat screen, massively increasing their potential uses.

    The developers announced plans to further enhance the projector's senses, making it capable of tracking movement which cannot be perceived by the human eye.

    Writing for Popular Mechanics, Eric Limer suggested the new technology could have some "interesting real world applications".

    "Most interestingly, it could probably be put to use for low-lag projection-based "touchscreens" that could stand to turn any surface into an interface that acts just like any phone or tablet. I can't wait to see what people could do with this," he said.

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  4. Nintendo files patent for projector-equipped sleeping device

    Nintendo has filed a patent for a new sleep monitor device with a built-in projector as it pushes forward with its "quality of life" initiative.

    The patent reveals the early plans for the gadget, which will utilise both a microphone and camera to detect and record the user’s quality of sleep.

    The device will then upload data about the user's pulse rate and temperature to Nintendo's servers to calculate a 'sleep score'. These results will then be displayed on the ceiling using the built-in projector.

    The late president of Nintendo, Saturo Iwata, first announced plans for the projector in 2014: "Fatigue and sleep are themes that are rather hard to visualise in more objective ways.

    "At Nintendo, we believe that if we could visualise them, there would be great potential for many people regardless of age, gender, language, or culture."

    Nintendo has reportedly partnered with Dr. Yasuyoshi Watanabe, an expert in fatigue science, and formed a business alliance with ResMed to design its new health-focused gadget.

    Although Nintendo has released limited information on its "quality of life" initiative of late, it is thought this new device will be available in 2016.

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  5. Marvel announces exclusive Marvel box set

    Home cinema owners are eagerly awaiting the release of all Phase Two movies from The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

    Marvel is celebrating this week's release of "Ant-Man" - the last film in the second series of interlocking superhero films - with a limited edition Blu-ray box set with all of the Phase Two movies, plus a host of extra goodies.

    This means projector owners will be able to enjoy the whole series on the big screen, starting with the blockbuster hit "Iron Man 3" and ending with the acclaimed "Ant-Man", currently showing at cinemas across the UK.

    Other titles from Phase Two include "Thor: The Dark World", "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

    Owners of 3D projectors such as the Optoma HD37 or BenQ W1070 can also watch every film in 3D - bringing the full cinematic experience to the comfort of their own home.

    There's no information yet about the product's release date, but Marvel fans can pre-order theirs on Amazon Exclusive. As well as all six movies, the listing promises each limited edition box set will include a secret bonus disk and exclusive Marvel memorabilia.

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  6. Christie projectors installed in Aerospace Centre

    World-leading projector manufacturer Christie and 3Dims have developed a 4K simulation visualisation for the German Aerospace Centre.

    The new system at the DLR's Centre for Lightweight Production Technology in Augsburg allows up to four engineers to simultaneously present and compare their results in 4K, enabling easier collaboration on projects.

    Christie hopes that in the future it will be possible for other team members to look at the results on their own screens and to share their own content.

    The system relies on four Christie DWU550-G projectors which use the edge-blending process to create one overall picture in 4K resolution out of four individual ones.

    Friedhelm Birk, founder and managing director of 3Dims said: "We chose the DWU550-G because this 1DLP projector has the option of edge blending built in, as well as possessing the necessary resolution and brightness levels,"

    The projectors are accessed by four workstations positioned in front of the rear projection screen. Four images can be displayed in Picture-in-Picture format thanks to a specially designed pixel wall computer with eight DVI inputs and four DVI outputs.

    Prof. Michael Kupke, head of the ZLP in Augsburg, said the system will allow engineers to exchange information across different disciplines, projects and locations.

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  7. Bowers & Wilkins launches new home cinema speakers

    Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled three additions to its range of custom installation speakers - each designed to help create the perfect home cinema.

    The new CCM Cinema 7 in-ceiling speaker and CWM Cinema 7 in-wall speaker benefit from Bowers & Wilkins core acoustic technologies, while the CCM632 boasts discreet musical fidelity, and new fixings that make installation easier than ever before.

    Bowers & Wilkins claims the CWM Cinema 7 in-wall speaker can be used as a left, centre and front right speaker, meaning it can effectively do the job of three speakers. To ensure crystal-clear audio and unbeatable special effects, the speaker can also be mounted beside, above or below the screen.

    Meanwhile the CCM Cinema 7 is perfect for a large home cinema, where the in-ceiling left, centre and right speakers can deliver the most dramatic sound effects.

    The CCM632 speakers are also mounted in the ceiling, but are designed to fit into a small space at only 6 inches in diameter. Yet despite their size, they have been designed to convey a well-balanced sound without the need for a subwoofer.

    Both Cinema 7 speakers feature ultra-narrow bezels and magnetically attached metal grilles, allowing them to be easily mounted on any thickness of wall board.

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  8. School creates interactive classrooms with Epson projectors

    A school in Christchurch has fitted its classrooms with Epson projectors following the 2011 earthquakes which destroyed 80 per cent of its buildings.

    St Margaret's College chose the Epson EB-485Wi and EB-585Wi interactive ultra-short throw projectors after evaluating all the current models on the market.

    Blake Richardson, technical systems manager at St Margaret's College, said the school required upgrades because of the huge damage to buildings following the earthquake.

    The school had previously had a mix of new and old projectors from various manufacturers, but Mr Richardson wanted their redeveloped campus to offer projectors of the same brand.

    As projectors were to be used in every learning space, it was also essential that they offered a bright and clear image.

    Mr Richardson and his team chose the EB-485Wi and EB-585Wi - both of which are reliable interactive projectors packed with innovative interactive features.

    He explained: “We were particularly impressed with the high quality of the image and the low cost of replacement lamps for both EB-485Wi and the EB-585Wi projectors.

    We also really liked the fact that these projectors allowed us to do away with our Activboards and give each classroom the same features.”

    The EB-595Wi projector is Epson’s flagship interactive model, and is the world's first 3LCD, finger touch-enabled interactive projector.

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  9. InFocus unveils classroom-optimised projectors

    InFocus Corporation has unveiled its latest series of classroom-optimised projectors, specially designed to create immersive images that enhance learning.

    The IN110x series features five new projectors, which each feature 3200-lumen brightness and 15,000:1 contrast ratio, making them ideal for the ambient-light levels of most classrooms.

    Each projector offers a different solution to the varying screen shapes and throw distances of classrooms. However, while their native resolution, aspect ration, throw ratio and zoom ratio differ, every model boasts the same connectivity options.

    The new IN110x-series projector line includes the IN112x, IN114x, IN116x, IN118HDxc and the IN119HDx - each with an affordable price tag to suit every school's budget.

    Each projector produces an image up to 299 inches, is 3D ready and features VGA and HDMI inputs, which enable connections to nearly any source, from video to computers.

    “The IN119HDx has a superior image engine and Ultra HQ glass lens for an unrivaled 1080p image at this price,” said Dave Duncan, InFocus product manager. “I can only imagine how much more engaging my school art or history lessons would have been in HD or 3D. At our lowest-ever price for 1080p, such crisp, immersive images that enhance learning are now a school reality.”

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  10. Epson PowerLite 965H top pick for conference rooms

    The Epson PowerLite 965H XGA 3LCD Projector has been chosen as PC Magazine's 'Editor's Choice' projector for conference rooms or classrooms.

    When Epson launched the 965H XGA 3LCD it said the projector offered unrivalled colour brightness - a claim supported by PC Magazine, which praised the product's excellent image quality.

    Although Epson's latest model has many similarities to its predecessor, the PowerLite 965 XGA 3LCD, PC Magazine claims its subtle improvements make it an "even more attractive pick".

    The review outlined the many strengths of the 965H, including its offer of Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support, meaning it can accept MHL-based media sticks and connect easily to phones and tablets that support MHL.

    Its lamp life is also far superior to its predecessor's. With a life span of 10,000 hours in Eco mode, the eco-friendly lamp promises a low running cost and low total cost of ownership.

    The fact that the 965H is a three-chip LCD model also means it avoids rainbow artifacts - a potential issue for most other DLP-based projectors.

    Thanks to a 3,500-lumen rating, the projector is capable of throwing a large image in a midsize room with exceptional brightness. After testing the 965H, the team at PC Magazine found that it offered "vibrant, well-saturated colours in all modes and crisp detail across the entire screen".

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