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Good move, Mitsubishi. The LCD market right now is obviously over-crowded and my guesses are that margins are not that great because of it. Mitsubishi has decided to make it official by downsizing its TV operations, closing some of the offices and leaving the LCD TV business entirely.
Mitsubishi are also the only company still selling rear projection sets to customers and will now concentrate on pushing DLP and Laservue TVs in sizes above 73-inches where the competition barely compete. This is quite strategic as Mitsubishi will eventually be much stronger than anyone who even tries to compete and as prices on larger screens get cheaper, Mitsubishi will have the upper hand.
MWC 2011 - MWC has come to an end and looking back at the show news we thought we would share with you the product that induced the most giggles - Japanese carrier DoCoMo was showcasing a touchable 3D display.
We've got a glasses free 3D display that employs force feedback by sending an electric current to a coil embedded behind the 3D display according to the position of the pen. Since there is no contact with the screen the pen is tracked using two cameras, which has a magnet at its tip to interact with the resulting magnetic field.
In the video above you'll see a cartoon chameleon lashing his tongue out at your pen causing it to fly out of your hand if you held it loosely enough. We have no word on when DoCoMo might be employing this technology in their lineup, but since its Japan we aren't tucking it away as proof of concept and will keep an eye out for this throughout the year.
Samsung gave themselves a target with the Galaxy S, but that's in the smartphone world. The gimmick of 3D and lack of great substance in 3D movies is going to be a very large hurdle for Samsung to overcome this year.
But, they're expecting sales of 3D sets to jump by releasing new models and new technologies that Samsung say will enhance the 3D experience. Samsung's 2010 target for 3D sales was 2 million, this year brings a 500-percent increase in sales targets. Yoon Boo-geun, president of Samsung's visual display business told reports that Samsung expect to grab between 9 - 10 million 3DTV sales in 2011 and has hailed the so-called active shutter technology it uses.
Dell has announced a new PowerLite X9 multimedia projector. The projector is aimed at use in education environment, but it will be sold online and in stores so it will end up used for all sorts of things. It would be a nice little business projector for someone that needs lots of brightness at a lower price.
The X9 produces 2500 lumens of white, color light output, and has decent resolution for presentations. The native resolution is 1024 x 768. The 2500 lumens should be bright enough on a 3LCD projector that needs to be used in rooms with ambient light.
The lamp is good for 5000 hours; the projector has 1.2x optical zoom, and vertical keystone correction. The keystone is good for correcting up to +/- 30 degrees. The projector will launch in April at an MSRP of $599. You will probably be able to find it a bit cheaper than that once it's in stores.
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In the early days of projectors having a small room could mean that a projector wouldn't work for you. Thankfully the wide variety of short throw projectors that are available today allow for a wider range of use in small spaces. InFocus has unveiled a new short throw projector called the IN146.
The new projector has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and can throw a 720p HD image. The room you need for the IN146 is not huge to get a nicely sized image. From only 2.5 feet from the wall or projection surface you can get a 60-inch image.
The projector is also very bright at 2700 lumens, which will allow it to be used in rooms that have ambient light. The projector is 3D capable and has HDMI input and a RS232 port. DLP technology inside the projector should make for a good viewable image. The lamp is good for 6000 hours and DLP projectors need no filter.
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There are tons of TVs on the market today that run the gamut from small screens that fit in smaller rooms or for those on a tight budget to massive screens that run thousands of dollars and have all the bells and whistles. If you are looking for a smaller screen LED backlit HDTV to fit in a bedroom or office Sceptre has some really cool offerings and has added some new sets to its Galaxy Line.
The Sceptre Galaxy series TVs are available in several colors including black, pink, red, blue, and chrome. The colors are a nice touch, but the specs are what most people are concerned about. The line has full 1080p resolution for the 24-inch screen and the TVs can be used as a PC monitor as well. The TVs are under an inch thick at their thinnest point and slightly under 2-inches at their thickest.
The dynamic contrast ratio for the screens is 14,000:1 and the panel response time is 5ms. Connectivity includes dual HDMI ports, the sets have a USB port as well for direct viewing of photos, and audio files from a flash drive. The sound system in the TV has a pair of 3W speakers and brightness is 250 cd/m2. The sets are widely available for $399.99.
Epson has projectors that are for mobile pros, education, and home theater fans in its line up and many of the offerings from the company are among the best in their classes. Epson has announced today that it has two new projectors going into the line aimed at education use. The projectors would work equally as well in the office and other settings too.
The new projectors are the PowerLite 905 and 915W. The projectors are similar with the differences being brightness and resolution. The 905 sells for $999 and has 3000 lumens of white and color light output with XGA resolution. The 915W has 3200 lumens of color and white light output with WXGA resolution and sells for $1099.
Other features of the two are common like HDMI inputs, 16W speakers, and mic inputs. The projectors have plug and play capability for showing presentations from a computer. They can be turned on and off from a wall switch and the projectors have a 1.6 x optical zoom. Both of the projectors will ship in March around the country online and in stores.