Sanyo have announced the PDG-DHT100L, a pro-class native-1080p DLP projector capable of 7,500:1 contrast and 6,500 lumens brightness thanks to dual 330W HP bulbs and a twin color wheel system. Suited to 24/7 installs, the DHT100L comes with user-interchangeable color wheels that allow the option of high brightness or rich color reproduction.
Pico-projectors are growing in popularity and number, but less impressive is their typical resolution and brightness. That could all change, though, if Maradin's miniaturized laser-diode projector (MLP) technology gains a foothold; based on MEMS projector tech, the system uses a low-powered laser beam to produce what are reportedly high-resolution, quality footage.
A group of MIT students have developed a wearable computer that projects its display onto any nearby surface, and is controlled by hand gestures and voice-recognition. A prototype was demonstrated at TED this week, capable of projecting a watch face onto the user's wrist after they trace a circle over it, capturing images framed by their fingers, and pulling up information about an individual and projecting it onto them during conversation.
Video demos after the cut
Do you love your home theater setup? Do you sit at work all day, counting down the minutes until you can go home and watch a movie? Are you thinking about your home theater right now? So is Epson. They want to be a part of it, and as a result, they've announced a new home theater projector - the PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB.
Optoma's pico-projector first showed up back in June, with few details aside from a tentative promise of limited distribution in late 2008. Now the company has confirmed that the projector, the PK101, will go on sale in December at Japanese Apple Stores, offering buyers a 120g battery-powered device capable of creating up to 66-inch images at 480 x 320 resolution.
Halloween may be over, but Finkbuilt's Steve Lodefink has only just got around to showing off the impressive DIY fog screen he built to befreak the local trick & treaters. Based on the principle that you can project an image onto a moving wall of fog, Steve's home-made system creates the screen using drinking straws and a fan, and projects an eye animation.
Check out the video demo after the cut
Despite only just releasing the SDK for their multitouch Surface table, Microsoft have already updated the system with a second layer of projection functionality. As well as the current projected display, the new SecondLight Surface is capable of throwing a second image onto any translucent material - for instance a piece of paper - held above the table. Developed by the company's Cambridge, UK research arm, SecondLight can be used to display, say, an image of a car on the table-top together with a moveable cutaway schematic on a handheld screen held above.
Check out the video demo of SecondLight Surface after the cut
I'm all for luxury items, but some things border on ridiculous. And in this bad economy, it's even more disheartening to see things you could never possibly afford. But that won't stop me from writing about it!
In fact, check out the CineWall CW-95HD from Runco. This in-wall projection system utilizes the look of a flat screen TV, with the quality of front projection. It's hard to go wrong with that sort of combination.