1. Hitachi unveils sixteen LCD installation projectors

    The latest range of next-generation Installation Projectors produced by Hitachi have been unveiled by the firm in India.

    The range of sixteen high-performance projectors are designed to provide high-end projector solutions that cater for a variety of sectors, including business, education and entertainment.

    The new series, which includes the 9000, 8000, 5000 and 4000 projector models, are all based on DLP and LCD technology enabling them to produce high-quality displays in any environment.

    Each projector features the company's latest technology, including the HDCR, Dual Color Wheel, Motorized Lens Shift and 360 degree projection. The devices are also fitted with two HDMI ports to allow the use of Blu-ray players and games consoles, while wireless technology enables the connection of mobile devices.

    A unique Hitachi Accentualizer, which is integrated into the machine, uses advanced image processing technology to enhance the sharpness and shade of the image, improving quality and clarity. Another integrated feature is the Instant Stack option, which provides projector synchronisation so that it can operate in dual mode with stacked images to create a brighter projection.

    The 9000 and 8000 projectors are currently shipped with a family of optical lenses to accommodate the huge variety of installation environments that could be experienced by the user.

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  2. Hitachi develops chip to boost image quality in bright light

    Technology firm Hitachi has developed new projector chip technology that boosts the quality of video display in brightly lit rooms.

    The new processing hardware measures just under 2 centimetres and is capable of enhancing the visibility of the projected images without the use of further light.

    The firm's approach focuses on the video processing within the projector and involves the analysis of the display image as a whole, enhancing the individual characteristics as necessary.

    The analysis is based on an algorithm developed by Hitachi researchers, which processes and adjusts brightness, resolution and colour composition based on a model of how the human eye and brain perceives colour.

    The results of the enhancements include the enhancement of dark areas of video without affecting the brighter areas, allowing viewers to watching bright and clear images without needing to turn off any nearby light source.

    Masayuki Yoshida, spokesman for Hitachi's R&D headquarters, explained that the technology development was prompted by a lack of improvement in the performance of various display devices.

    He added: "Therefore, visibility enhancement by image compensation has been very desirable. In order to support such needs, Hitachi has developed this technology."

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  3. Panasonic launches array of new projectors at InfoComm 2013

    Panasonic has used the InfoComm 2013 conference to launch several new projectors, including a brand new WUXGA single-chip DLP projector that the company claims as the industry’s brightest.

    The brand has said that its PT-DZ870UK projector – part of the brand new, four-projector PT-DZ870U series – is the industry’s brightest single-chip WUXGA DLP projector, capable of generating 8,500 lumens of brightness at 1,920 x 1,200 resolution.

    Art Rankin, Panasonic’s senior director of AV Technologies, said, “Panasonic is uniquely positioned in a variety of markets, including education, house of worship, government and enterprise, with scalable, reliable solutions to meet individual customer needs.

    “The new AV solutions we are launching at InfoComm this year demonstrate our continued commitment to innovation and to delivering the highest possible ROI to our customers, resellers and distribution partners.”

    Panasonic also launched its new PT-CW330 ultra-short throw series of portable projectors. The three models in the series can generate an 80-inch diagonal image with less than two feet from lens to screen. The PT-CW331RU and PT-CX301RU also have built-in interactive capabilities, that allow up to two users to write on the projected image with infrared pens and have their notes and points registered and interpreted by the projector.

    Panasonic was not the only brand to take advantage of the platform of the Orlando-based trade show to launch new projectors, with NEC, Hitachi and Ricoh all launching new projector technology at the event.

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  4. Hitachi projectors offer iPhone compatibility

    Hitachi is launching a new generation of 3LCD projectors that are compatible with the iPhone and iPad and are the brightest and slimmest model’s in the brand’s range.

    The CP-X8170, CP-WX8265 and CP-WU8460 projectors were showcased to the industry at the InfoComm show in Florida this week. Hitachi said the brightness and slim design of the new projectors make them suitable for professional users in larger conference rooms, auditoriums, schools and colleges and houses of worship.

    Part of the Hitachi Installation Series, the new models feature Accentualizer image processing which come with shade controls that allow users to improve the sharpness and contrast so viewers see a finer details. They also include a video-conferencing Picture-In-Picture mode and can show images side by side through the Picture-By-Picture application. Interchangeable lens are included in the design to deal with different screen distances.

    The iPad and iPhone-compatibility is provided via the Projector Quick Connection feature, which allows the phone or tablet to be used as a remote control or for users to show images from the projectors on their Apple devices.

    And all three can be used without a computer with information projected straight from a USB drive or storage system.

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  5. Hitachi adds three projectors to Collegiate Series

    Hitachi has added three new models to its Collegiate Series 3LCD line of projectors.

    The CP-WX4022WN, CP-X4022WN and CP-X5022WN projectors provide high brightness, energy efficiency and advanced connectivity, making them ideal audio-visual solutions for large classrooms, lecture halls and auditoriums.

    All three projectors come equipped with Hitachi’s unique DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Simulation Mode, which allows them to reproduce images with an advanced grayscale level, such as certain medical images or X-rays.

    The CP-WX4022WN offer brightness of 4,000 lumens with WXGA resolution, the CP-X4022WN has 4,000 lumens of brightness with XGA resolution, while the CP-X5022WN provides 5,000 lumens of brightness with XGA resolution. The three devices have contrast ratios of 3,000:1, wired or wireless connection options and can be controlled remotely via a local area network (LAN).

    They are all also equipped with Hitachi's exclusive Eco Mode and ImageCare energy-saving technology, which enables maximum energy savings while not compromising on the picture performance.

    In terms of connectivity, the projectors have a full array of options, including HDMI, component, composite and S-video inputs, with RGB inputs and outputs, audio connections, and an RS-232C port for integrated AV system control.

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  6. Hitachi launches new iPad compatible projectors

    Hitachi has added two new 3LCD projectors to its digital media line that accommodate easy iPad compatibility.

    The CP-X3030WN and CP-X2530WN have been designed to display images directly from an iPad via the brand’s Projector Quick connection. The capability allows them to offer the offer superior image quality and connectivity that is required by most of business, educational and commercial applications.

    The CP-X3030WN generates 3,200 lumens of brightness, while the CP-X2530WN offers 2,700 lumens. Both of the projectors come with Hitachi’s exclusive Intelligent Eco ImageCare energy-saving technology, which actively controls lamp power between 36 and 100 per cent allowing for users to be mindful of the amount of energy they use.

    The projectors both have contrast ratios of 4,000:1 and, as well as the iPad connectivity, have a wide range of connection ports, including HDMI, component, composite and S-video inputs, with RGB inputs and outputs, audio connections, and an RS-232C port for integrated A/V system control.

    The new models also offer network compatibility via wired or optional wireless connection (via a USB wireless card) and can be remotely controlled via a local area network (LAN). Hitachi’s PC-Less Presentation function also allowed for images to be projected directly from a USB drive or other USB storage device.

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  7. Hitachi announces its first DLP projectors

    Hitachi has this week announced the release of its first ever DLP projectors, in the form of the CP-DX300 and CP-DX250.

    The devices are the product of extensive engineering work and provide business, educational and other commercial venues with superlative image quality and a host of performance and energy-saving features.

    Hitachi America Ltd.’s John Glad said that the two new projectors will provide optimum quality at outstanding value.

    “More professional users are moving to DLP projectors, and the time is right for us to enter this growing market segment with these entry-model DLP products that incorporate Hitachi’s high standards of performance and value,” he said. “The new CP-DX300 and CP-DX250 offer all the ease of use, dependable operation and flexibility customers have come to expect from Hitachi projectors along with the improved image quality DLP provides.”

    The projectors incorporate Texas Instruments 1-chip DLP technology, giving the CP-DX300 brightness of 3,000 lumens and the CP-DX250 brightness of 2,500 lumens, with enhanced colour performance for rich, vibrant and accurate hues.

    The projectors offer XGA resolution, with a maximum diagonal image of 40 inches from a distance of 59 inches. In terms of connectivity they both have, two computer-in, composite and S-video inputs, along with audio inputs and outputs and a computer monitor output. They also come equipped with a built-in 2W speaker.

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  8. Hitachi launches StarBoard Link EZ2-Pen interactive whiteboard system

    A high-tech new portable interactive whiteboard system is the latest piece of educational and business display equipment to be launched by Hitachi Solutions Europe.

    The Japanese manufacturer has launched the StarBoard Link EZ2-Pen as a solution that can be transported anywhere and mounted onto any flat surface or whiteboard, instantly transforming it into an interactive surface of between 60 and 90 inches in size.

    The system has been designed to be compatible with new or already acquired equipment, allowing it to be used with any LCD projector, whiteboard or computer. The system can be mounted through magnetism to any existing whiteboard, allowing it to be easily dismounted and transferred to another classroom or meeting room.

    The system comes with two of Hitachi’s reflective pens, which stand out from other interactive whiteboard controllers due to the fact that they do not require any electronic components or batteries. Despite this, they can still comprehensively control all of a PC’s operations from the interactive area.

    The new system will be on full display at the BETT trade show, being held at London’s ExCel Centre in January 2013. The show is the world’s leading event for educational technology.

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  9. Projector control iPad app latest release from Hitachi

    Hitachi has launched a new Projector Quick Connection iPad app that allows users to monitor and control multiple projectors from one iPad.

    The app provides versatility and ease of function for projector operators to monitor and control projects remotely from easy-to-use controls on their iPads.

    It offers users four base pages from which to operate the projectors: Projector, Contents, Control and Settings. From the Projector page, the user can see every Hitachi projector that is connected to the app via a USB wireless adaptor, listing each one’s IP address with an easily identifiable icon, which can be activated with a simple touch.

    The Contents page gives a listing of all the material from the iPad that can be sent for display on each Hitachi projector including documents, images and videos. The Control page provides all the functions that a projector remote control would, allowing the user to carry out actions including switching the projectors on and off, adjusting the frames and freezing the slides.

    The Settings page lets users control the more advanced functions of the projector, including activating the presenter mode, which prevents the projector from interacting with another iPad. The page also provides access to the display mode, either sending a full image to the projector or displaying in 4 iPad mode, allowing input from four projectors to be included on one screen.

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  10. Figures show clear specialities in US projector market

    New sales figures on the North American projector market have shown that some of the leading manufacturers have clearly established themselves as leaders in certain categories.

    The figures from industry research organisation, Pacific Media Associates (PMA) have shown that, among high-end projectors – those that are capable of 4,000 lumens of brightness or more – Epson dominates the sector. Four of its projectors are in the top five selling high-end projectors – including its PL Pro G5450WU and PowerLite 1945W models. The only other manufacturer on the list was Hitachi, whose CP-WX4021N projector was the second most in demand after the G5450WU.

    In mainstream projectors – which generate between 1,000 to 3,999 lumens of brightness – InFocus projectors took three of the top five spots, but the brand had to cede the top spot to the Epson PowerLite 93+, while NEC’s NP-V260X rounded out the top 5.

    Among pico projectors – or ‘new era’ models, which produce less than 1,000 lumens of brightness – three of Optoma’s tiny projectors were among the top five most popular, with the PK-320, PK-201 and ML500 all seeing substantial demand. Similarly to InFocus in the mainstream category, however, it lost out on the top spot to another brand – Acer’s K11 projector – while the AAXA M2 was the fourth most popular model.

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