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World first 2569 x 1600 projector throws 65-foot image
Projectiondesign's F35 WQXGA projector makes the dream of a home drive-in a possibility
Projectors have come a long way in the last decade, making true home theaters a reality for many cinema buffs. But why not think a little bigger and build your own drive-in? With Projectiondesign’s F35 WQXGA projector you can do just that. With its ability to project a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution image measuring up to a whopping 65 feet (19.8m) wide it will make the neighbor’s home theater efforts look decidedly lacking.
Although your very own home drive in might impress, the unit is obviously aimed at commercial users. Using the latest DLP technology from Texas Instruments, the F35 boasts all new high performance optics and lenses, all of which use aspherical glass elements and enhanced Low Dispersion glass for increased contrast, improved color saturation and superior sharpness. The unit’s updated signal processing doubles the input bandwidth of any competing projector.
Meanwhile, built-in frame-lock synchronization makes it ideal for multi-channel applications. When configured for multichannel display systems, the F35 can synchronize between multiple units to create a completely frame-locked system to increase timing accuracy and deliver the performance levels required for stereoscopic displays and high performance visualization and simulation systems.
The F35 boasts an 8,000:1 contrast ratio, 6,500 lumens brightness and 3D stereo compatibility. It also features high-speed frame rates for reduction of motion artifacts and Smear Reduction Processing to apparently virtually eliminate image smear. Supporting 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p and 1080i/p resolutions it includes 2x Dual Link DVI-D, 2x HDMI 1.3a, 2x VGA, and component inputs.
The unit itself measures 376 x 510 x 233mm and Projectiondesign plan to release it in the second half of 2010 – presumably with a price tag as big as the image it can project.
Via Dvice via CrunchGear.
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Hey while I am drooling over this machine and comparing it to my xga, 2200 ansi DLP at home, I think that you are wrong! Sony was doing one with this res about 3 to 5 years ago for about $50,000 USD. I know because I had multiple nerd orgasms when I read the specs in one of the Aussie computer mags. I showed the article to a couple of fellow nerds at the time also. I don\'t know what its light output was but it definitely had the resolution - only those 30 inch monitors can match it. It was about the size of a 450mm cube. Incidentally, I scored my projector for $400 Aussie from Ebay and I urge people to grab one - they are a revelation and would be worth it even at twice that price and I know that Viewsonic is already doing a 1280x800 DLP for under $1000 Aussie. I made a 10ft x 7ft screen out of cheap timber and a piece of white cotton and you have no idea how it changes things having a living room arrangement where one whole wall is the image - youtube HD pops out at you (type in \"bbc hd wave\") and even ordinary DVD/DivX etc looks great. The picture is more than acceptable too - its better than you would expect a blown-up version of xga to look. I did a Lord of the Rings weekend recently and everyone was glued to their seats for the whole lot! This new 2560x1600 machine just went straight to the top of my wish-list but I urge people to hunt around for even a second hand XGA or WXGA projector and get cracking! Hmmm pixels. Hmmm square metres of pixels. Thanks, John in Brisbane
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