NEC has announced a new digital cinema projector that uses a laser light source rather than a traditional lightbulb. The projector is called the NC1100L Digital Cinema projector and it's aimed at art houses, mobile cinemas, University theaters, and public buildings. NEC says that the laser light source is able to deliver 2K DCI-compliant cinema quality video.
Sony unveiled new 4K home theater projectors at CEDIA this week that offer high resolutions and are aimed at custom installers. The projectors include the Sony VPL-VW1100ES and Sony VPL-VW600ES. The VW1100ES home theater projector supports 4K images and comes bundled with several other Sony products allowing users to take advantage of 4K viewing in home right now.
Epson has unveiled several new projectors aimed at home theater users. The new projectors include the PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB, Pro Cinema 4030, and Home Cinema 5030UB/UBe. The Pro Cinema projectors are sold through custom installers while the Home Cinema will be sold through traditional channels. All the projectors offer 2400 lm of color and white brightness.
Sony has officially unveiled a new projectors today called the VPL-VW500ES. That projector boasts native 4K resolution and slips into Sony's lineup next to the VW1000ES, which was the world's first native 4K resolution projector. The VW500ES uses a DCI based 4096 x 2160 resolution promising the highest quality 4K content possible.
It wasn't so long ago that you need to spend some serious money to get a home theater projector that supports full HD resolution and the ability to view 3-D content. Epson has announced a new home theater projector called the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 that supports full HD resolution and both 2-D and 3-D content.
BenQ has announced a new projector, the W1500, which is distinguished from the rest with Full HD wireless video streaming and support for 3D video. The projector boasts quite a few different features, among them being the ability to project a screen up to 84-inches across from a distance of only 6 feet. The projector is available now for the hefty sum of $2,299.
BenQ doesn't see the limelight that often, but their aim is set high. The company announced the Joybee GP3 portable projector which comes with an iPhone/iPod dock that allows users to project content that's stored on their iOS devices. There's also a new feature that can wirelessly stream content from other devices over a DLNA connection.
Microsoft's IllumiRoom immersive projected gaming system, first shown off at CES, has broken cover again for a more comprehensive demo, complete with more details of how the "TV expanding" augmented reality works. Still described as a proof-of-concept, though thoroughly whetting appetites for what the next-gen Xbox might one day evolve into, IllumiRoom will be presented at CHI 2013 [pdf link] this week, complete with learning the topography and design of your living room and then digitally manipulating it.
Panasonic has announced that it has a new series of projectors that are now shipping that don't have a lamp. The lamp inside normal projectors is a significant source of recurring cost because they have a limited lifespan and often cost several hundred dollars to replace. Panasonic's new Solid Shine series LED/laser light source projectors have no bulb.