Archive for February, 2011

Google’s Honeycomb Could Bring Us 3D Holographic Web Meetings in the Future

Star Wars Princess Leia HologramAndroid 3.0, otherwise known as Honeycomb, is the next version of the Android platform from Google which is designed especially for devices that have larger screens like tablets. A new virtual and holographic user interface comprises the new platform that allows for activities such as Web meetings.

The current features of the Android platform will be enhanced with Honeycomb. Elegant notifications, multi-tasking, access to more than 100,000 apps on the Android marketplace, customization of the home screen with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets will all be more interactive with Honeycomb according to company sources.

Company sources also added that Honeycomb will feature Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions as well as offline reliability in addition to allowing access to more than 3 million Google eBooks.

Jeff Orr, a principal analyst at ABI Research, commented on the vector format used in Google Maps 5 as opposed to titles saying, “Where you may have had only top-down displays of roads and local features and landmarks, you can now see the elevations of buildings and wireframe drawings.”

Another new feature, Google Talk, will allow you to conduct video and voice chat for Web meetings with any Google Talk enabled device including PCs and tablets. Another thing that is poised to quickly become a reality is communicating with 3D holograms in real time during Web meetings. According to officials from IBM, “improvements in 3D technology and holographic cameras and their miniaturization to fit into cell phones will help achieve this maybe in the next five years.”

This technology is already available though it is still very primitive. True holographic communications and Web meetings will be possible only when all associated problems have been dealt with first. Ways to minimize power usage and increase compute power in a device have to be created first. A very small pico projector will be needed in addition to finding ways to incorporate it into a hand-held device that actually works.

Texas Instruments is making a few advancements in the field of pico projectors and Qualcomm is currently working on augmented reality as well as 3D in a small compute flow factor. The company has also joined up with the Georgia Institute of Technology in order to put a research and development center known as Qualcomm Augmented Reality Game Studio in place.

3D holographic Web meetings via pico projectors? Sign me up!

Source: TMCnet.com – Google’s Android Platform Honeycomb Suited for Tablets and Web Meetings

Power Point Projectors
Are Great for Business Meetings

Most business class projectors will do a good job displaying your PowerPoint presentation. If you have a small presentation group, a 2000 lumen LCD projector will be able to produce a nice and clear picture. For larger audiences you should consider a 5000 lumen LCD projector.

Christie and Magor Communications Team Up

ChristieChristie, a leader in projection systems and digital display solutions, has just picked the Magor TeleCollaboration HDWorkPlace family as its visual collaboration infrastructure. The HDWorkPlace family improves how effective video-based meetings are by integrating advanced visual collaboration capabilities into a peer-to-peer, HD video conferencing experience. This new project includes six installations that will utilize Christie digital projectors as well as Christie Spyder video processors.

Christi was aiming to improve communication and collaboration between its departments across the globe as well as with its worldwide partners and suppliers which, according to company officials with Christie, is why the company chose to go with Magor. It aimed to make HD visual collaboration calls anywhere in the world over any network. Magor also recognizes the importance of correct information for decision making.

According to Christie’s IT Director Ashish Kudsia, “Providing our global offices with an easy to use, rich visual collaboration experience that speeds up and enhances decision making and raises productivity was a key priority for us. After evaluating our options, the Magor TeleCollaboration system stood out for its flexible peer-to-peer architecture, which allows us to bring subject matter experts and critical information into visual collaboration meetings on an ad-hoc, as needed basis.”

Kudsia went on to say, “In addition to reducing travel costs, deploying the Magor TeleCollaboration solutions in combination with Christie’s own world-class projection and video processing products has improved our day-to-day business operations and increased our overall efficiency.”

Ken Davison, Vice President of Marketing for Magor Communications, said, “We are proud to add a pioneering global visual technology company like Christie to our customer roster. We look forward to working with Christie to further its competitive position by connecting its employees, partners and suppliers – and the valuable information they have on their desktops and in their personal workspaces – through innovative visual collaboration solutions.”

Source: infoTECH – Projector Lamps: Magor Improves Communication for Christie


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BenQ’s SP890 Presentation Projector

BenQ SP890There has been an increasing demand in the workplace recently for high resolution data projectors. One such projector is the SP890 from BenQ. The SP890 is a 4,000 lumen 1080p DLP projector which is specifically designed for use in presentations and meetings. Where this device differs from other 1080p projectors is that it has a 50,000:1 contrast ratio which makes it perfect for displaying pictures and other images on a big screen. The color is more accurate as well and a 1.5:1 zoom with an H/V lens shift makes installation really easy. Dual 5W speakers are great for a conference room setting.

There are a lot of great features with the SP890 that make it stand out above some of the other projectors of its kind currently on the market. Like I mentioned above, the SP890 has a resolution of 1920×108 giving you full 1080p HD. It also has a max lumen output of 4,000 lumens which is far greater than your typical 1080p projector. There is a 50,000:1 contrast ratio and the black levels are very impressive. Shadow detail is extremely well-defined and high-contrast scenes are presented accurately. Foregrounds seem to pop out of backgrounds and you get a clear sense of depth in high-contrast material.

In terms of color, the SP890 has a Red Gain of 49, Green Gain of 53, Blue Gain of 49, Red Contrast of 47, Green Contrast of 50 and a Blue Contrast of 49. One cool thing about the SP890 is that even though it is a business machine, it has all the flexibility of a home theater projector. Since the SP890 has a 1.5:1 manual zoom/focus lens with H/V lens shift, it makes it easy to place the projector in a lot of common room configurations. Two built-in 5W speakers come with the SP890 and are capable of producing some serious sound quality. At just 50% or 75%, these speakers deliver enough sound to be clearly heard by everybody in a small business meeting or conference. If sound is extremely important, however, then you will want to get an external sound system.

You will find a comprehensive connection panel on the back of the SP890. You will have no problems hooking this projector up to anything, whether it be your new laptop or your mom’s old VCR. The SP890 has HDMI, composite video, VGA, component video, monitor-out, RJ45 wired networking and USB. Unfortunately, you will not find dual HDMI but BenQ wasn’t trying to hide that.

Overall the SP890 is a strong presentation projector ideal for applications requiring high resolution  like photography or even medical imaging and light video use. It is important to know that this is NOT a home theater projector and getting it for that reason alone will waste a lot of your time and money. However, the 50,000:1 contrast ratio is clearly represented on the screen and the accurate colors really make photographs pop. This device is also capable of being used on a very large screen and if you need a bright 1080p projector for data display then you will definitely want the SP890.

Source: Projector Central – BenQ SP890 1080p DLP Presentation Projector


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5 Ways a Projector Can Boost Your Meetings

business meeting projectorThere are a lot of different projectors out there that can help your company’s meeting process go a lot smoother. Many of the big name brand projectors out there offer a ton of different abilities and specs that can really make your meeting stand out, but this article is going to focus on five ways a projector can boost your meetings.

1.) Presentation – Projectors give your presentations a more professional look and feel and can also be seen by potential customers as a serious commitment. A projector allows you to conduct your presentations in a variety of ways giving your audience a larger visual picture as opposed to handing something out. This also gives your meeting a more professional feel as opposed to a stiff boring one.

2.) Staff and Strategy Meetings – Projectors are great when entertaining current or prospective clients but they are also great for your in-house meetings with your staff as well. Projectors keep you from having to hand write things on a whiteboard where your handwriting may be messy and illegible. A projector also allows you to type notes into your presentation directly from the meeting and add ideas from your employees.

3.) Training – Projectors are perfect if you need to train current or new employees about how things work around the office or if you are training your customers in your products and services. Show off keystrokes and mouse movements from a computer in a clear manner so everybody learns what they need to. Don’t just explain how to do something or how something works, show them by demonstrating it on a projector screen.

4.) Teleconferencing – A projector is also a great way to connect people who are either in a different office or who can not physically come to the meeting at hand. They allow for everybody to feel like they are in the same room, even if they are hundreds of miles apart.

5.) Boardroom Presentations – Most people in the corporate world expect presentations to be delivered via projector or some other kind of technology. That is why it is important to have a good projector system for your meeting room. If you want to impress potential clients or higher-ups, then you need to have the right equipment.

A projector is definitely nice to have but is also a must if you want to keep up with the fast pace of the business environment. You can see that there are many ways a projector can benefit your meeting room and presentations, so why not get one for your meeting room?

Source: Ezine Articles

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