ISE provides a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the AV industry’s capability to devise genuinely innovative solutions and to deploy them in a way that really makes a difference. What follows is our pick of the products and applications that make us stop and take note.
1. The Sharp Cube
Sharp attracted visitors’ attention by showing 64 of its PN-V601 thin-bezel displays in a video cube configuration, creating a 3D environment for a truly immersive experience. While the 60-inch displays have a 6.5 mm seam between the images this was insignificant in the context of the cube. The PN-V601 has a brightness of 700 cd and full-screen LED backlighting, but where Sharp has been impressive in its public outings to date is in the consistency between the panels. Also on show at ISE was Sharp’s new professional PN-L601B series of LCD displays with touch-screen functionality, a display of frameless monitors and a prototype of a 60″ high brightness monitor.
2. Hyundai 3D video wall
Hyundai IT showed a 138 inch video wall comprising nine (3 x 3) stereoscopic narrow bezel 3D S468FL displays. The almost seamless bezels create a seam of only 7.3 mm between two side-by side displays. The 3D effect is realized by polarised filters on both the displays as well as on the related passive 3D-glasses. The integrated 3D-Formatter makes it possible to display common 3D video formats without any further accessories. Hyundai also showed its 70-inch outdoor display first announced last year. The unit has an IP rating of 55 to 65.
3. Panamax/Furman BlueBolt
As a bit of an unsung hero, power management might seem an unlikely star among all the giant displays and 3D gizmos, but we believe that this is a product that could take the AV channel into the fast-emerging smart energy business. The BlueBolt remote power management platform provides cloud-based IP power outlet control and energy monitoring functions. It also allows integrators to reboot problem components remotely and to address common system issues ranging from locked up components to bad communications handshakes. Features for installers include: e-mail alerts when power anomalies occur; scheduled commands for power-up, power-down, or power-cycling of outlets; and monitoring of incoming voltage in near-real time
4. Mitsubishi Diamond Vision OLED
We saw the prototype in 2010, but this year Mitsubishi showed the commercial version of the Diamond Vision large-screen OLED display. Mitsubishi says that it’s the only commercially available unit in the world, and that’s because the company has developed an alternative to the complex AMOLED technology used in phones and the like in the form of passive matrix PMOLED technology. Target markets will include digital signage displays in venues such as shopping malls, passenger terminals and public facilities – anywhere that high brightness (1,200cd/m²), a reasonable vertical and horizontal viewing angle (±80 degrees )and a high quality image is required. Screens are built from any number of standard, fixed resolution 128 x 128 pixel OLED modules, each measuring 384mm square and weighing eight kilograms. The OLED display is said to deliver around three times the light output of an average LCD and approximately double the contrast of a comparable LED screen.
5. Hitachi Ultimate Interactive LCD projector
Hitachi Digital Media Group wasn’t the first vendor to introduce an ultra short-throw LCD projector this year, but the company has a pretty good claim to have launched the most complete offering to date. The iPJ-AW250NM combines full interactive capability with the short-throw capabilities of other members of the Ultimate Short Throw series and, and this is the key differentiator, Hitachi’s Starboard software. Those who know the Starboard will appreciate that it has a greater benefit for education users, but it is a mature and useable product. What’s more, Hitachi advises that a business version could be available by InfoComm in June of this year. We think that, properly marketed, this class of projector could find a home in many corporate meeting rooms and offices.
6. Canon immersive dome
Canon’s stunning demonstration of the capabilities of its projectors included the 9m half dome featured in our highlights video (you can see it at www.avnews.co.uk). Integrated by 7th Sense, the demonstration featured video of Paris, Tokyo and New York within battle scenes from Istanbul’s Panoramic Museum. The dome production technique layered multiple images from 10 Xeed SX7 Mark II projectors to create the panoramic view Also seen on the Canon stand, the restaurant E-Table is an interactive ordering system, where diners can select food from a digital menu, choose a digital table cloth and even view maps and or order a taxi.
7. NanoLumens flexible LED display
We ran out of time to include NanoLumens in the video of our highlights tour, which is a shame because it definitely would have qualified for inclusion. The 112″ display weighs just 41kgs, and can be flexed around walls and wrapped around columns of up to a 48″ radius. Installation is said to take minutes and is “about as complicated as hanging a large mirror on a wall”. NanoLumens’ displays are suitable for both concave and convex surfaces. They are made from seamless modules which open up the possibility of making shapes other than squares and rectangles.
8. InnoVision Labs HoloAD projector
We’re not even sure that this pyramid shaped glass and metal box was even supposed to be an exhibit but they seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. The holographic projector is in the head unit of the device and creates a 3D image visible from the front and the sides of the pyramid – and with no glasses. According to the manufacturer’s web site, the whole thing can be controlled from an iPad. This technology is obviously at an early stage of development, but it’s clearly got a future.
9. NEC PX750U projector
NEC announced the new P-series fixed-installation projectors at ISE, of which the most interesting is the PX750U. This is the world’s first projector to support Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) modules. These can include a digital signage player, a PC or perhaps a non-standard connectivity option. For the first time, integrators will be able build similar technology into their projectors and their flatscreens. Also new to NEC’s projector range, five short-throw models in the M-series, with a throw ratio of 0.47:1, and XGA (1024×768) and WXGA (1280×800) resolution options were shown at ISE.
10. Microsoft / Samsung SUR40
Although much discussed last month in the context of CES, we felt that felt that we must include the SUR40 in any compilation of the ‘stars of ISE’. Developed in partnership with Microsoft, the SUR40 takes touch interaction to a new level. The ideal device for ‘together computing’, we are inclined to agree with Samsung that the SUR40 is the first in a line of devices that will use Surface technology to change the way companies engage with their customers. Over forthcoming months, expect to see more tables and walls brought to life with this new LCD architecture. PixelSense technology enables the presence of fingers, hands and objects placed on the screen to be recognised by the LCD with more than 50 simultaneous touch points.