Hitachi Debuts New Installation Series

HitachiThe Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group from Hitachi America has just introduced the company’s newest product, the brand new Installation Series of projectors. The Installation Series projectors all come with two HDMI ports, addressing the increased demand from projector users for digital connectivity.

In addition to that, this series of projectors features motorized focus, zoom and lens shift which allow for easy adjustments to your picture. What’s more is that each of the projectors in the series will also include a 360-degree off-axis display and will be equipped with a high-performance filter that lasts up to 20,000 hours without cleaning.

A new feature for Hitachi that is incorporated into the Installation Series is an Operation Log Recorder. This feature allows the user to access all the internal statuses and server conditions of the projector, ensuring that you are always running at the highest performance rate possible.

Four optional, interchangeable lenses are also available for the Installation Series that accommodate for different throw distances. A large lens shift also allows users to readjust the position of the image to fit the screen perfectly. In addition to that, the Installation Series’ center lens design makes it very simple to align the projector with the screen.

Hitachi offers a slimmer design with the Installation Series, as well as two 8-watt speakers, and digital keystone and Perfect Fit also make it easy to properly position the image.  These projectors also offer Versa-Stack, enabling the seamless stacking of two projectors via RS-232 connection.

According to Product Manager for Hitachi America John Glad, “The Hitachi Installation Series addresses several needs that are common among a large percentage of our customers, including reliability, ease of installation and high brightness. We expect the Installation Series to be popular with boardrooms, auditoriums, meeting spaces, houses of worship and more!”

Other features of the Installation Series include DICOM Simulation Mode and an optional wireless adapter with support for 802.11 b/g wireless and the latest 11n via a USB adapter. The DICOM Simulation Mode is perfect for viewing grayscale medical images, like x-rays, for training and educational purposes.

Source: TVTechnology – Hitachi Launches Installation Series Projectors

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Meeting Projector Rentals

Meeting Projector RentalsAre you looking for a quick and easy projector for your next business meeting? If so, you should consider Rentacomputer.com’s full line of Meeting Projector Rentals. These projector rentals are specifically designed with business meetings in mind and may be the perfect solution if you need a projector for a business meeting and you don’t want to go out and buy a brand new one.

Oftentimes, small business meetings are set in closed and intimate settings and don’t necessarily give you a lot of free space. In situations like these, smaller projectors are ideal since they save you a lot of room and can project large images from very short distances.

Rentacomputer.com offers a cornucopia of projector rentals that are perfect for your next business meeting. Such projector models include 2,000 lumen, 5,000 lumen or 10,000 lumen projectors, large venue projectors, DVD video projectors, short throw projectors and even PowerPoint projectors.

Short throw projectors are perfect for meetings because they allow you to project large images from directly in front of the screen so your projector isn’t half way across the room. This allows more space for your audience as well as a more comfortable environment for everyone in the meeting.

PowerPoint projectors are projectors that are specifically designed to connect to a laptop or a computer and project your custom PowerPoint presentation. You won’t have to mess with any settings, you won’t have to adjust anything, everything is already primed for any type of PowerPoint presentation.

In addition to having a plethora of different projector meeting rentals, Rentacomputer.com takes all the weight off of your shoulders in terms of logistics. When you order your projector from Rentacomputer.com, a local technician wherever you will be using your projector will personally deliver, set up and test all of your equipment to make sure it is all working. And when you’re done, that same technician will pick everything up.

So the next time you find yourself in need of a projector for an important business meeting, consider a Meeting Projector Rental from Rentacomputer.com. Rentacomputer.com has over 25 years in the business of computer and technology rentals so you know that if you choose Rentacomputer.com you are choosing a name you can trust.

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FAVI Entertainment Unleashes New Mini LED Projector

FAVI Entertainment RioHD-LED-4One of the leading providers of digital projection and visual display products in the world, FAVI Entertainment, has just announced a brand new portable mini-projector that is capable of displaying images, as well as video, from a USB or SD card port. In addition to that, this device can connect to a number of other devices, such as an iPhone, iPod, iPad, laptop, desktop, DVD player, Blu-ray player or an Android tablet or smartphone.

Known as the RioHD-LED-4, this mini-projector weighs in at under one pound and is an LED-based mini-projector, perfectly suited for use in business settings as well as for home entertainment. In addition to being extremely portable, this device is a featured product in the all new FAVI Projector Package for Apple AirPlay. The all-in-one package includes the RioHD-LED-4 projector and a portable, tabletop projector screen with carrying case. It also allows for wireless projection from an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S.

The screen and projector are easily transportable as well and the entire FAVI Projector Package for Apple AirPlay is now available for only $399. Full features of the FAVI RioHD-LED-4 include:

  • LED Lamp Technology
  • LCD Display Technology
  • 30,000 hour Lamp Life
  • 200″ Max Screen Size
  • 1,024 x 768 Native Resolution
  • Full 1080p HD Max Resolution
  • 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • HDMI, VGA, SD Slot, USB, S-Video, Component Video, AV, Power Adapter inputs
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

The projector by itself, without the screen and the AirPlay package, will run you $299 and can be acquired exclusively via FAVI Entertainment’s website, Amazon.com or Retalice.com. FAVI Entertainment, in addition to projectors, also offers a full line of LCD and LED televisions, projector screens and accessories, ensuring that you can get everything you need from just one manufacturer.

Source: PR Web – FAVI Entertainment Launches New LED Mini-Projector Capable of Displaying Video from iPads and iPhones


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NEC Adds Two New Professional Model Projectors to PX Series

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NEC Display Solutions of America has just announced two new models to the company’s PX Series projector line, the PX700W and PX800X. These two installation models are specifically designed for large venues requiring exceptional brightness, such as educational or corporate environments.

The PX700W and the PX800X, boasting 7,000 lumens and 8,000 lumens respectively, are professional installation projectors that come with dual lamps, providing intense light output. In addition to that, the advanced input panels of the projectors  include HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Viewer and three separate analog computer inputs.

Both projectors offer Open Pluggable Specifications (OPS), which is the industry-wide standardization in option slots in order to simplify installation, use and maintenance while at the same time offering complete input flexibility. In addition to that, it  supports multiple input cards including an HD/SD-SDI and single board computer (SBC).

What’s more is the networking capabilities of the projectors include integrated RJ45, optional high-speed wireless (LAN IEEE 80.11 b/g)  and several Windows networking features, all of which allow users to connect to the shared network, control a networked computer via the projectors’ USB input and display multimedia files.

The PX Series stacking correction capability also allows as many as four projectors to be stacked vertically or horizontally to boost brightness up to 32,000 lumens. This is a particular asset for those applications where downtime cannot be afforded and where reliability is of the utmost importance.

Integrated Device Technology HQV, along with a high-performance video processing and scaling system, allows users to present with superior image quality using the technology’s pixel-based, motion-adaptive de-interlacing to remove undesirable motion artifacts.

According to Senior Product Manager of Projectors for NEC Rich McPherson, “Our PX Series is ideal for customers requiring advanced connectivity, high brightness and networking capabilities. The integrated option allows users to implement the projector in digital signage applications, which allows greater flexibility when planning an installation. The potential for the PX700W and PX800X to be valuable in lecture halls, training rooms and auditoriums is reliant on its professional-grade quality and multitude of included features.”

Both projectors ship with a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty and will be available sometime this month at an estimated price of $8,799 for the PX700W and $8,689 for the PX800X (prices are calculated prior to purchase of a lens). Education customers can also receive an additional year on the warranty and Star Student customers can receive an additional two years.

Source: EON – NEC Display Solutions Expands PX Series with Two New Professional Models

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ViewSonic’s New PLED-W500 Portable Projector

ViewSonic PLED-W500 Portable Projector
If your definition of a projector is a big, bulky box with obnoxiously loud fans used to cool overpriced lamps that need replacing after every couple thousand hours of use, you might as well take the ViewSonic PLED-W500 off of your list because by those standards, this device doesn’t quite make the cut.ViewSonic is talking up the PLED-W500 as an ultraportable business projector, as well as a device that a traveling businessman would have absolutely no problem packing up and taking on the road with him for meetings or demonstrations.The projector’s WXGA 1,280 x 800 native resolution is perfect for detailed presentations and even though the 500 ANSI lumens output isn’t much to look at on paper, the clean, sharp image (complete with 6,000:1 contrast ratio) shows up well and clear enough to be used in diffused daylight settings.

The projector itself is rather small, only measuring 8 x 6 x 1 inch and weighing only 2.6 lbs. What’s more is that a laptop is also unnecessary as the PLED-W500 has its own 1GB of memory and is also capable of displaying a plethora of data types from things such as a USB drive or SD card.

Standard picture formats like PDF, JPG and BMP are also catered for, as is Microsoft office document and PowerPoint formats. Instant start-up and power down is also an impressive feature but that isn’t even the most interesting feature. What will really intrigue you is the fact that the projector runs completely cold. The 500 lumens are provided by LEDs that are rated to run for 20,000 hours, which is the life of the entire projector effectively.

There is a built-in fan that mostly blows out cold air so the device isn’t completely silent but the noise it does emit is by no means intrusive. Slides on the projector can even be changed via the remote control that comes with the projector and the remote also doubles as a laser pointer.

This is definitely the perfect device for any traveling businessman, especially if you want an extremely useful and well designed printer that is extremely portable and able to be written off as a business expense. You can purchase the ViewSonic PLED-W500 directly from ViewSonic.

Source: Reg Hardware – Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

ViewSonic and AMX Partner Up

ViewSonic, one of the leaders in projectors for the education market and business market, has just announced a new partnership with AMX, one of the leading providers of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance and use of technology in order to create an effective environment.

The partnership, which is an InConcert Partnership, will have several of ViewSonic’s PJD6 projectors upgraded with AMX technology, which will make the projectors compatible with AMX controllers. The specific projectors that have been selected include the PJD6253, PJD6223 and PJD6553W, all of which are part of ViewSonic’s line that has been optimized for use in the education and business industry.

According to ViewSonics’s Projector Product Manager Roger Chien, “We are very pleased to be a partner of the AMX InConcert Program. It demonstrates ViewSonic’s commitment to the education and enterprise markets as all our new projectors will be certified with AMX going forward. The new PJD6 DLP projector series offers many exclusive and valuable functions. This includes real-time monitoring and remote management for up to 250 networked projectors, along with versatile connectivity options.”

ViewSonic is known for high-quality projectors that are perfect for classroom settings as well as business meetings. This added versatility, thanks to the partnership with AMX, should open up many new options for both companies as well as customers. Customers will now have added functionality that should benefit them no matter how they use their ViewSonic projector.

If you need a projector for your business meeting on short notice, you should consider a Meeting Projector Rental from Rentacomputer.com. You can get local delivery and installation by a certified technician who will also pick up everything when you are finished, taking all the hassle off of your shoulders.

Source: About Projectors – AMX and ViewSonic Form Partnership

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New Add-On Transforms Your iPhone into a Pico Projector

iPhone ProjectorPortability and projectors pretty much go hand-in-hand. Most people won’t even consider purchasing a projector unless it is easily transportable and this fact has led to the development of the pico projector. Pico projectors are pocket-sized projectors that are capable of displaying big, bright images without being big or bulky.

However, with the invention of smartphones, pico projectors are getting even smaller. Some are able to plug right into your phone, though a new, even smaller, piece of equipment has now become available.  A new tiny projector that plugs directly into the docking slot of an iPhone is capable of producing a 25″ image from about three feet away and is now on sale in both Japan and China.

The projector itself only weighs little more than an ounce and is about the size of half an iPhone. The tiny LED lamp used to project the images runs off of the iPhone’s battery and generates a 320 x 240 resolution image at a brightness of 10 lumens.

The projector is also capable of displaying iPhone content like YouTube or iPod videos as well as photos and also comes with a small built-in speaker. In addition to that, the device also comes with a small tripod and can also be used to connect an iPhone to a TV or play video from another device via video and USB cables.

The device has already been tested by some retailers who have determined that the projector works with the iPhone 4S, the iPad and the iPod Touch. The device will cost you ¥15,800 in some areas of Tokyo, which is roughly $202 USC. 100 units were sold in the device’s first shipment, one day after the initial launch with a spokesman stating that more were on order.

Source: PC World – Tiny Add-on Turns IPhone Into Hand Projector, Throws 25-inch Screen From 1 Meter

MicroVision SHOWWX+ HDMI Pico Projector

MicroVision SHOWWX+ HDMIIf you are one of the proud few people in your office that is still holding on to his BlackBerry, there may be something that you can hold over the heads of your iOS and Android coworkers. I’m talking about the MicroVision SHOWWX+ HDMI, the first pico projector for Research In Motion customers which will be available for sale soon.

The SHOWWX+ HDMI is said to be capable of easily connecting to a plethora of devices, like computers, mobile devices, laptops, etc… as well as other compatible pieces of consumer electronics, including RIM’s own BlackBerry Playbook. This allows you to display your presentation at more than 100″ in diagonal image size on any type of surface.

This pico projector is diminutive enough in terms of size to allow you to put it easily in your pocket and also delivers two hours of battery life on a single charge, which is more or less the industry standard. This makes the SHOWWX+ HDMI perfect for nearly any mobile application, like sharing business documents in between meetings or throwing up a quick PowerPoint presentation.

According to President and CEO of MicroVision Alexander Tokman, “Partnering with GlobalWare dramatically expands the global availability of SHOWWX+ HDMI and gives us a strong foothold into business audiences where the ability to visually collaborate anywhere is increasingly important. It’s rewarding to join forces with companies like GlobalWare to enable people to see bigger [pictures], whether they are on the road, at the office or home.”

Each purchase of the SHOWWX+ HDMI pico projector will come bundled with an iBOLT holder for the BlackBerry Playbook, allowing owners of the tablet to project anywhere they want to, directly from their tablet. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing or availability at the moment.

Source: Coolest-Gadgets.com – MicroVision SHOWWX+ HDMI is first RIM pico projector

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Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University Developing “OmniTouch” Projector

Minority Report Interface

If you remember a little while back, you will recall that Microsoft, along with Carnegie Mellon University, was working on a little something known as the “Skinput” interface. This technology registered touches made to your skin, essentially allowing you to use your body as an input device.

Well, it appears that Skinput wasn’t the only thing this collaboration was working on as it has just been revealed that the two powers are working on a device known as “OmniTouch” which will project interfaces onto any surface.

As cool as this technology sounds, it is, unfortunately, still in the research phase of production, otherwise known as the proof-of-concept phase. That means you shouldn’t expect to mosey on into your local tech store and pick up your very own OmniTouch anytime soon.

The device, which is a shoulder mounted rig, includes a pico projector as well as a 3D scanner to pick up your movements. In addition to that, it is also capable of detecting whether or not the user’s fingers are actually clicking or touching the projected interface or if they are merely hovering over the surface.

Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft have stated that the technology does not require any type of special training, expertise, or calibration to operate, which basically allows you to take it out of the box, fire it up and start using it.

OmniTouch has already passed several tests that show it is capable of pinpoint crosshair accuracy as well as drawing on multiple surfaces that range from hands to books to even walls. Needless to say, when this technology finally hits stores, we just may see a whole new turn in the world of projection.

Source: TechnoBuffalo – Experimental “OmniTouch” Projector Turns Any Surface Into A Multi-Touch Interface

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Panasonic Debuts HD Tactical Video Teleconferencing Solution

Panasonic logoPanasonic, one of the leading providers of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, just announced the new Panasonic Tactical Video Teleconferencing (VTC) solution.

The Panasonic Tactical VTC solution combines the HD imaging found in a Panasonic plasma display with Polycom’s HD videoconferencing and JELCO’s custom mobile lift case for a mobile product that has significant advantages over a rolling cart or wall-mounted VTC option.

The Panasonic Tactical VTC solution is perfect for rapid-setup applications and provides a direct line of contact from remote locations with the incorporation of high-quality video and audio communications. In addition to that, the inclusion of Panasonic’s PF30 Series Full-HD Plasma Displays within the Tactical VTC solution allows for a clear and precise image quality that comes with a native contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.

According to Federal Sales Director for Panasonic Tim Collins, “At Panasonic Solutions Company we create the most advanced technology solutions to help our government sector customers do their jobs with greater ease and efficiency. Whether our customers will deploy this product for the purpose of mission planning, training simulations or educational classes, the Panasonic Tactical VTC solution provides a highly mobile, reliable communication system that keeps all parties informed and up to date.”

The solution offers a wide variety of uses and, in addition to its versatility, the JELCO stabilizer plate protects it against tipping over in outdoor environments. Field locking casters also ensure that the VTC solution stays securely in place at all times. In addition, the Panasonic display also fits comfortably into the JELCO shock-mounted mobile lift case for the best protection while in transit.

The Panasonic Tactical Video Teleconferencing solution is available now in the United States from any authorized Panasonic reseller or from Panasonic directly.

Source: Business Wire – Panasonic Unveils High-Definition Tactical Video Teleconferencing Solution

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