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Projection Panels

Here is a fast and easy look at how the reigning champions of display technology work. We have included the hottest new contenders that are trying to make their way to the big time.


All projectors in the Projectisle database have their projection system specifications listed. By Projection System were referring to the internal panels that display your image and either reflect or filter light to project that image.

The Listing is normally tells you the size of the internal panel, the technology employed and the number of panels. An example of this is below:


0.7" i




panel size

Inorganic Panel


of panel

number of panels


Although DLP has been gaining a larger market share, LCD is still the most prevalent machine. Mainly due to its cost advantage over DLP, LCD manufacturers have had time to close the performance gap. The war does not seem over yet, newer technologies may hold some surprises for both?


Current projection systems are on to the menu to the left


What the future holds: 


ExPlay Nano-Projectors



Explay has developed the world's smallest projector, a revolutionary nano-projector engine small enough to fit inside your pocket or be embedded in your mobile device, allowing you to truly enjoy the big picture wherever you are.

With an experienced multi-disciplinary team of experts in electro-optics, polymer optics, beam shaping, opto-mechanics and analog and digital ASIC design Explay is changing this industry picture by providing projection solutions that can harvest the full potential of mobile devices.

ExPlay’s revolutionary laser based projection technology enables high-resolution images 20 times larger than the mobile device itself. Its unique battery-operated, nano-projector ensures an eye-safe, always focused superior quality, powerful projected image, elements essential for frequent usage by mobile product consumers.

Using the combined power of an innovative light source, an enhanced image modulator and a proprietary ASIC, Explay provides a complete optic and electronic projector engine solution for simple and glueless integration into third party products.

 OnDeGo Nano-Projector Engine

Explay's first generation nano-projector engine module aims at both consumer and business markets. It is a projection engine that can either be integrated into a standalone pocket projector connected (through a cable or wireless connection) to different handheld electronic devices or it can be integrated into the mobile device. Explay’s OnDeGo products will support applications with projected screen sizes from 7" up to 30". 

Explay Features and Benefits

  • Comprehensive matchbox size solution - Easy glue-less integration into third-party products
  • Large projected screen from small devices - Easy viewing of high resolution content Information sharing
  • Compact and light weight - Goes with you everywhere Integrates or embedded into mobile devices
  • Low Power consumption - Long un-tethered operation
  • Safe - Restriction-free operation Child safe
  • High reliability - Easy to install No replaceable parts


C2Fine Technology


 The 3LCD consortium C2Fine technology, which means high temperature polysilicon LCD microdisplays with an inorganic Vertical Alignment Nematic (VAN) liquid crystal mode. The technology was lauded for its ability to further enhance the contrast ratio and reliability of 3LCD products, especially 1080p MD-TVs based on the technology. In fact, in the central position at the 3LCD booth at InfoComm was a 57-inch 1080p 3LCD television prototype, the contrast ratio of which was said to be "more than 10,000:1."

This contrast ratio improvement over traditional 3LCD products comes from VAN's ability to "project" black when no voltage is applied to the pixel space. In effect, black is VAN's natural state. 3LCD announced that it expects products with C2Fine technology to be available in 2006.


Light Blue Optics Ltd (LBO) has developed a revolutionary technology for miniature laser projectors dubbed PVPro™. Today they announced their latest demonstrator unit, which is only 3.78 cubic inches in volume, and is similar in size and shape to a typical matchbox.

Projectors based on PVPro technology can be used to display images from a range of mobile devices, including laptop computers, personal media players like the video iPod, digital cameras and even mobile phones.

LBO has developed unique laser-based projection technology, which uses computational algorithms and novel optical techniques to allow miniature lasers to display video images in real-time using the diffractive nature of laser light. This overcomes the size limitation of conventional projection techniques, allowing projectors to be smaller than ever before. Understand that there is no glass, no prisms, NO MOVING PARTS, and no need for fans to provide heat dissipation. In addition, it runs on less than 1.5W at full power and less than 350mW while displaying typical video images (50% average pixel amplitude. There is also an infinite focus, meaning that no matter how close or far away, there are no optics to adjust for a clear picture.

The latest monochrome ‘micro-mini’ version represents the third generation of the PVPro algorithms and optomechanical design. It is a crucial step in allowing the company’s customers to manufacture compact projectors for use in a range of applications.

Nic Lawrence, CEO, commented, “Our vision is to make it simple for people to share photos with their friends and to comfortably view mobile TV and music videos from their mobile devices. We believe that access to a large display, such as is provided by our PVPro projection technology, is key to increasing ease of use.”

Plus it's just plain cool.

The advantage of the Light Blue Optics approach is to address the four key requirements for a small batterypowered device. These are compact size, low power consumption, which allows the projector to be powered by typical portable battery technology, ease of use due to the focus-free operation of the system, and robustness both physically and in terms of error-tolerance.

PVPro technology is available today to manufacturers as an evaluation kit which includes a demonstration projector unit, appropriate PC software, technical documentation and a bundled package of technical support. Light Blue Optics is working with a select group of strategic partners to bring to market the first products based on PVPro technology.

Quick Specs:

Color Depth: Monochrome Green at 532nm (full color available late 2006)
Depth of Focus: Infinite (image remains in focus at any distance from the projector)
Resolutions Supported: QCIF, CIF, VGA, NTSC, 1024x512 (resolutions up to 2048x1280 including SXGA and S-HDTV available upon request)
Typical Diagonal Image & Brightness: 15" @ 50cd/m^2 (all pixels full brightness); 15" @ 200cd/m^2 (50% max average pixel amplitude)
Aspect Ratio Image: 7" @ 220cd/m^2 (all pixels full brightness); 7" @ 880cd/m^2 (50% max average pixel amplitude)
Electrical Power Consumption: 1.4W (max pixel power, all pixels); <350mW (50% max average pixel amplitude)



laser projector projection system

How about 3D without glasses?


LAS VEGAS -- Perhaps the most exciting technology at Comdex this year was a 3D display that projected volumetric images into thin air, prompting show goers to gasp, burst out laughing and run around the booth in excitement.

At the back of one of the exhibit halls, Dimensional Media set up a booth full of 3D displays that projected images -- of objects such as cell phones or soda cans -- into space in front of the viewer.


The effect was not unlike the famous special effect in Star Wars where R2D2 projects a holographic display. But unlike R2D2's grainy video, the images at Comdex were often as vivid and concrete as real objects.


Unlike most other 3D displays, Dimensional Media's does not require special glasses or any kind of headgear.

"It's magic," said Anna Zharkova, an event manager from Russia, who was running around the booth like a headless chicken. "I cannot believe it. It's just magic."

Her colleague, Natasya Savina, said: "I think it is incredible. I never thought at this exhibition to see something so wondrous. Everything is quite common. But this is so new, so amazing. Next year, I would like to use it for myself so that my image can be at the booth, and I can be somewhere else."

Dimensional Media, which is based in New York, originally developed the technology for the military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The military wanted a true, volumetric 3D display that didn't require special glasses or complex electronics.

The simplest version of the technology is based on a system of mirrors and lenses. The object whose image is being projected sits inside a pedestal, which projects the object's light into space above the pedestal, where the image is reformed. The effect is as if the object itself is hovering above the pedestal's surface.

The company also demonstrated video versions of the technology, which projected video images in 3D.

The Russians played with a 3D teller-machine whose buttons floated in space in front off the viewer. To activate the system's virtual "buttons," the viewer simply pointed a finger at the image of the button. The system uses a grid of infrared lights -- similar to systems in stores that beep when a shopper enters -- to calculate the position of the viewer's finger.

Dimensional Media said its images are already starting to turn up in advertising displays at shopping malls and airports around the world, and they should become quite common this year as more and more are installed.

"We are really starting to sell these systems," said CEO Daniel Pfeffer.

Dimensional Media said the company will start testing the first volumetric 3D computer monitor early next year, which it hopes to sell to medical providers, the military and CAD/CAM companies.

Pfeffer said for the first time, the display will give viewers full "look around" of a projected image.

"I could project the image of your face and have full look-around, like you were really in front of me," he said.

As an example of its use, Pfeffer said the monitor could project X-Ray or NMR data in 3D, creating a precise image of the inside of a patient's skull and the location of, say, a tumor. The display could then overlay another image onto the patient's actual skull, showing the surgeon the exact place to cut.


Amazing stuff but unfortunately there would be limited movies to watch but business presentations would be Mad!!


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