The Rise of Laser Light projection
Developed based on innovative laser light source technology, many of the brand new projector devices on display at ISE 2016 indicated an upcoming move away from traditional lamp-based projectors in favour of a Solid State Light (SSL) laser light source. Although each brand offered its own justification for the change, there were very few who failed to embrace the allure of this year’s ‘must have’ technology.
The self-titled leader in lamp-free projection, Digital Projection took advantage of the laser technology buzz to launch its brand new HIGHLite Laser II, which has been specifically designed to transform large venues using an impressive 13,000 lumens of brightness, which will keep going for up to 20,000 hours.
According to Digital Projection, the replacement of traditional lamp technology with SSL laser technology allows venues to enjoy exceptionally bright images for longer, offering a lower level of brightness decline and better overall brightness uniformity. The brand also argue that their dedicated series of laser projectors eliminates almost all costs related to the projector, removing the need for lamp replacement and significantly reducing the overall cost of ownership.
Respected projector manufacturer NEC has also jumped on the laser light source bandwagon, using ISE 2016 as a platform from which it could launch its brand new flagship projector, the PX803UL. Focusing on similar benefits to those cited by Digital Projection, NEC utilised the event to highlight the device’s lack of lamp replacement costs, as well as its overall low cost of ownership.
According to NEC, the PX803UL is also the brand’s most advanced projector yet, heading up its ‘next-generation’ range of laser projectors that offer impressive top brightness levels, an easy installation process and up to 20,000 hours of operation. The PX803UL is no exception to this standard, delivering users the benefits of ‘install and forget’ SSL light source technology while providing “outstanding image quality”.
Just like its counterparts, Epson has utilised ISE 2016 as a means of demonstrating its brand new laser projectors, ensuring the brand has its name at the forefront of the laser revolution. One of the busiest stands at the show, Epson’s display featured its industry-leading Pro-AV 25,000 lumen 3LCD laser projector, the EB-L25000U, which is a world first in laser projection.
According to Epson, this new device is set to become a flagship model for the company’s new range of L-Series Pro-AV models, which are designed specifically for use in the education and corporate environment. Commenting on the launch of the new L-Series projectors, Rajeev Mishra, vice president of North America Commercial Marketing for Epson America Inc., said: “Leveraging our expertise at delivering great image quality to discerning customers, we believe it won't be long before customers make the new Epson Pro L-series the top choice in laser-phosphor professional projectors."
Innovation in Collaboration
The advancements in projector technology shone bright at this year’s event, but it was the innovation within the collaboration technology sector that truly broke boundaries. After years of developing technology to enable remote, independent working, development teams are back with a bang to introduce a new era of collaboration products designed to bring people back together.
One of the biggest names in collaboration technology, Barco used ISE 2016 to introduce their brand new wireless presentation system, ClickShare. Designed to be user-friendly and promote collaborative productivity, ClickShare allows users to share what’s on their laptop or mobile device on a presentation screen that can be viewed by others.
Developed as a single click system, ClickShare does exactly what its name suggests, providing users with the means to transform a meeting into a shared experience without the need for cables, set-up, or even a meeting room.
Building on the idea of remote collaboration in a corporate setting, WePresent is another top player in this newly-established technology sector. Using the company’s specially designed device, users can set-up meetings with a group of up to 64 people, who take it in turns to give presentations from their computer or mobile device.
Featuring the latest technology, WePresent can also be connected with touchscreens and interactive whiteboards to allow presenters to wirelessly control the projector computer via the internet. For smaller groups, this innovative technology can deliver 4-to-1 projection on one screen, so users can create a more personal meeting environment from anywhere in the world.
Previously best known for its innovation within the projector sector, Vivitek is already taking advantage of the increasing demand in collaboration technology with the launch of Vivitek NovoConnect. Designed to allow the seamless sharing of content between connected devices via wireless internet, NovoConnect makes it possible for users to conduct interactive presentations with dynamic content while retaining the image quality we’ve come to expect from Vivitek products.
Although NovoConnect is well-suited to a corporate environment, Vivitek’s inaugural foray into collaboration technology has been specifically designed for use in a classroom setting, offering cloud-based collaborative learning for a new, connected generation of students.