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Sony Intros Android-Powered Xperia Touch Projector

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Mobile World Congress 2017 has Sony unveil a surprise device-- the Xperia Touch is an Android-powered projector able to turn any surface into a touchscreen while acting as a digital hub of sorts.

Xperia TouchAs the company puts it, the Xperia Touch can put all kinds of information, including calendar, weather data and a "memo board," on a single interface. The idea is family members input events and leave notes on the interface for all to see, turning it into a digital notice board for the home. Google Assistant provides voice control, and the built-in battery promises around 1 hour of use on a single charge.

The projector also carries a 13MP camera and speakers, allowing it to handle Skype video chats, while SXRD projection technology detects gestures and taps. Maximum projection sizes reaches 80-inch at 1366 x 768 resolution, and images can be projected on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

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BenQ Unveils THX HD Display-Certified HT8050

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BenQ presents the HT8050-- a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) single-chip DLP 4K UHD home cinema projector complete with THX UHD Display certification.

BenQ HT8050The company says such certification guarantees the HT8050 accurately reproduces content the way the director intended. Requiring 10 times as much data analysis and 7 times the engineering effort and resources in precise colour and gamma adjustments for pure Rec. 709 compliance, the HT8050 is the result of over 18 months of rigorous development and 200 THX laboratory tests covering over 500 data points to ensure  strict colour accuracy, precise gamma, ideal colour temperature, enhanced uniformity and super high native contrast ratio for THX certification.

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Draper Claims Biggest Thin-Bezel Screen

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Draper Profile+Draper starts shipping the Profile+-- a fixed screen with a bezel frame 1.3cm thin available in sizes up to 9.1m wide for what the company calls the industry's biggest "flat panel look."

The  frame is lighter and easy to assemble thanks a new sliding hook-and-loop viewing surface attachment system. Optional LED lights frame the Profile+ with thousands of colour possibilities, and Draper also offers a Zero Edge option.

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Stewart Ships HDR-Ready Phantom HALR

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Stewart Filmscreen announces the Phantom HALR-- a High Ambient Light Rejecting screen material designed for fixed-frame wallscreen or electric roller screen applications, ideal for use both during the day or night.

Stewart HALRPhantom HALR is seamless in sizes up to 12.1m by 27.4m, and can be perforated for acoustic transperancy through Stewart Filmscreen's Cinemaperf or Microperf X2 Ultra technology. In addition the company says the screen is not susceptible to colour shift, and calibrates out to REC 2020 or REC 709 without colour aberrations skewing the primary and secondary colours.

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Digital Projection Intros 5 Laser Projectors

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ISE 2017 sees Digital Projection reveal 5 solid-state laser projectors-- the Insight dual laser 27000 lumen solid-state projector, the Highlite 4K UHD 3-chip DLP system, two E-Vision 4K UHD single chip DLP projectors and an addition to the M-Vision range.

Digital Projection iseThe company highlight at the show is the Insight dual laser 27000 solid-state projector powering a 4.5m wide 4K projection wall. The projector has a native contrast of 2000:1 and claims 20000 hours of maintenance-free operation. Also included is 3D support, dual flash processing and dark time.

Meanwhile the addition to the Highlite series provides a 4K option, the Highlite 4K UHD. The 3-chip DLP system boasts 12500 brightness and native 2000:1 contrast ratio. As for the E-Vision projectors, the two models offer picture in picture (PIP), edge-blending and geometry correction as standard together with a real-time clock for automation.

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Sony Launches VPL-VZ1000ES Projector

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Sony VPL ProjectorSony announces the VPL-VZ1000ES at CES 2017-- an ultra-short throw 4K HDR home theatre projector featuring a laser-phosophor light source ale to project a 100-inch image from just 15cm away from a wall.

Designed to fit smaller spaces than conventional home projectors, the VPL-VZ1000ES measures 93 x 49 x 22cm and weighs 35kg, making it smaller than Sony's previous ultra-short throw projector, the VPL-GTZ1. The Z-Phosphor laser light source generates 2500 lumens of brightness, and uses SXRD (LCoS) panels coupled with the laser light engine to push the deep blacks and bright colours HDR-enabled content demands.

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Optoma Unveils Projector Selection at CES

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Optoma launches a few products at CES 2017-- including the Optoma 4K UST (Ultra Short Throw), the ZH55 laser projector, the UHD60 home cinema projector and the IntelliGo pico projector.

Optoma 4K USTThe Optoma 4K UST is a native 3840 x 2160 resolution laser projector with HDR10 wide colour gamut and an ultra short throw of just 0.18 for images up to 140-inch in size. The UHD60 is another 4K projector, with 3840 x 2160 resolution and vertical lens shift.

On the other hand the ZH55 is a 1080p number offering 3000 lumens brightness, 20000:1 contrast ratio, Rec. 709 colour and HDR wide colour gamut. Connectivity comes through dual HDMI ports with MHL, and the throw ratio is an installer-friendly 1.06 together with a 1.36x zoom. Another home cinema projector is the GT1080Darbee, a successor to the GT1080 offering 1080p resolution, Rec. 709 color, dual HDMI ports, 3000 lumens of brightness, and a 25,000:1 contrast ratio.

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