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When it comes to the future trends of projectors, one thing is certain- LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) promises to be the next major projector technology. Replacing LCD and DLP, LCOS has the highest resolutions as well as the fastest refresh rates for projector viewing. We can expect to see many more LCOS projectors at a significantly lower cost in the future. What does this mean to you, the consumer? Well the benefits of LCOS are:
· The Highest non-CRT Contrast Ratio – this means better color definition for the viewer
· The Highest Resolution- greatest detailed pictures and images
· The Highest Refresh Rates- people who are sensitive to eye-fatigue and flicker will benefit from this
LCOS takes the best of both LCD and DLP technology and blends them together giving the viewer the best picture available.
PVPro technology is the force behind future projectors. The size of a matchbook, these little laser projectors will be gracing cell phones and PDAs of the future. This means that consumers will be able to view movies and even television programs with these micro mini projectors.
DLP (Digital Light Processing) is technology designed by Texas Instruments. As one of the major technologies used in projectors, the future of DLP points to the Digital Micromirror Device. The DMD uses mirrors to increase light reflected in images. What this means to you is that you will see crystal clear images, beautiful pictures, and clarity in your images.
Senseye is innovative imaging technology designed exclusively by projector manufacturer BenQ. The technology removes noise from video input signals and uses special color separation technology. The result for the viewer is a projector that depicts the brightest colors, saturations, and tones. Senseye is featured in the PE8720 projector which is currently known as the projector with the world's highest contrast ratio. An average projector's ratio is 400:1, the PE8720 that features Senseye has a contrast ratio of 10000:1.
Industry leaders such as Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Motorola use Bluetooth technology. There are two types of wireless technology, Bluetooth and WiFi. Though innovative, the new wireless projectors will be using preinstalled Bluetooth. What does this mean to you? Well, by simply purchasing an inexpensive Bluetooth wireless card, you can create your own wireless network linking Macintosh, and IBM products. This includes using your projector, computers, laptops, DVD players, Digital Cameras, even mobile phones in your instant wireless network.
The future of LCD and DLP Projectors are reshaping the educational scene. Look for the combination of Bluetooth technology, wireless networking, student Laptops, and more multimedia resources to be utilized in classes. As technology advances with classroom projectors, more teachers and school districts want these applications in their classrooms.
The future of projector technology may switch to SXRD. Silicon X-tal Reflective Display promises to be the biggest thing in projectors since Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing technology. SXRD promises to deliver the highest definition ever with what has been said to be the "brightest whites" and the "darkest blacks" ever known to projectors.
One of the new features with projectors is the inclusion of replaceable lenses. Your projector will display images based upon Lumens. One Lumen is equivalent to one candle. The more Lumens your projector has, the brighter the projector will display images on the screen. In the past, your projector would include one lens and subsequently one set amount of Lumens. Now, projectors are allowing users to change the lenses on their projectors simply and efficiently, as well as changing the amount of Lumens that they need. This gives the user increasing freedom and flexibility to use their projectors in a number of different environments. Now, you can use one projector in the board room, the classroom, or a dimly lit home theater to watch movies.
When it comes to compression rates for resolution settings, the latest trend is to go with XGA. Most projectors, computers, as well as other digital equipment are choosing XGA versus SVGA settings. XGA is a standard sized setting of 1024x768 and SVGA has a setting of 800x600. You should make sure that your computer and projector have the same resolution settings. If they don't they will need to “compress” the images. For instance, an XGA projector will “compress” the image to be seen on an SVGA computer screen and vice versa. XGA leads the way because it will compress SVGA without a problem. However, if SVGA compresses XGA your result will be a badly distorted image. Therefore, most projectors, computers, and other multimedia equipment are being designed at XGA resolutions.
Projectors are embracing wireless technoloy and a number of manufacturers are designing projectors with the needs of networking in mind. Many businesses are overrun with cables and wires as they use their notebooks, projectors, DVD players, and VCRs. One way that technology is addressing these issues is adding networking cards inside the projectors. This enables the user to create a network for their projector minus all of the cables (except for the power cord). This also means that with a high-speed networking card, you can surf the Internet directly from your projector.