Panasonic's Projectors Show Images on Curved Surfaces

Jun 30, 2008
Tadashi Nezu, Nikkei Electronics
Demonstration
Demonstration
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The exhibited projector
The exhibited projector
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Panel displayed at the exhibition
Panel displayed at the exhibition
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd developed two types of business-oriented projectors that can output images on curved surfaces and demonstrated them at Infocomm08, an audio-visual exhibition that took place in Las Vegas from June 18 to 20, 2008.

"They are our most recommended models among the projectors we displayed at this exhibition," a demonstrator said.

The main feature of the products, "PT-D12000" and "PT-DZ12000," is that they are capable of outputting images on curved surfaces without any additional components.

"The system can be more simplified compared with the existing method, which projects images on curved surfaces with the use of external equipment," the demonstrator said.

They are expected to be used at exhibitions, event halls, amusement facilities, etc. They are slated for release in August 2008 at US$69,000.

The projectors have a dedicated LSI that enables to output images on curved surfaces. It creates image data in accordance with the curved surface on which images are projected.

At the exhibition, Panasonic projected images on a screen with a curvature radius of 5m, although the company did not specify the curvature radii of of the compatible screens. The company used two projectors and displayed two 100-inch images side by side to show a large image.

In addition to the improved operability for curved surfaces, the new models are brighter than the company's existing business-use projectors, the PT-D10000 and the PT-DW10000. The luminance of the PT-D12000 and the PT-DZ12000 is 12,000lm while that of the PT-D10000 and the PT-DW10000 is 10,000lm.

Furthermore, the new models use a 300W lamp instead of the 250W lamp. The thermal design was improved for the use of the higher-output lamp, which generates greater amount of heat.