Today I’m in Las Vegas for this year’s InfoComm and Projection Summit. This is always an exciting time of year for A/V. It’s fun to see the new technologies, approaches and advancements coming out of an ever-growing industry. I ran into this article on the way out here, and it occurred to me that there seems to be an exceptional amount of success in laser and solid-state illumination projectors. It’s quite remarkable that the growth in projectors sales for this year are set to be 20 percent higher than 2011. This may be a direct result of the development of LED, laser and LED/laser hybrid projectors, which are more sustainable and have a much higher reliability than older projectors.

LED and laser-based projectors are popping up everywhere, including conference rooms, schools and hospitals. I’m sure I’ll see a ton of them at InfoComm. Earlier this year we saw Laser Light Engines demonstrate a fully despeckled super bright laser illumination system. Christie also released the Matrix StIM, which was a simulation system designed with solid state illumination.  BenQ has introduced a line of LED and laser-based projectors that will be showcased at InfoComm. BenQ will be using Mersive’s Sol software in a demonstration with eight BenQ SH960 high-brightness projectors. The projectors and software will be driving a 340-degree cylindrical surface. I can’t wait to see the outcome of this collaboration.

In the Mersive booth, we’ll be utilizing four BenQ LW61ST blue core laser projectors in a 2×2 rear-projected demonstration.  We’re also using six of BenQ’s GP2 Mini Projectors in a curved desktop format.

About Christopher Jaynes

Jaynes received his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he worked on camera calibration and aerial image interpretation technologies now in use by the federal government. Jaynes received his BS degree with honors from the School of Computer Science at the University of Utah. In 2004, he founded Mersive and today serves as the company's Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Mersive, Jaynes founded the Metaverse Lab at the University of Kentucky, recognized as one of the leading laboratories for computer vision and interactive media and dedicated to research related to video surveillance, human-computer interaction, and display technologies.

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