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AMX’s new Modero ViewPoint 802.11b wireless touchpanels were one of the more interesting items displayed at the show. Available in 8.4” and 7.5” models, the MVP-8400 and MVP-7500 (which look a lot like the iPronto with a fold-out stand on the back) can be used handheld, with an optional table top docking station, or an optional wall/flush mount station.
The 8.4” TFT model features 64 megabytes of memory, dual batteries for 8 hours operation, 800x600 resolution with 18-bit color depth, 180 cd/m2 brightness and 350:1 contrast ratio, microphone and stereo WAV/MP3 playback. The 7.4” passive matrix model also features 64 megabytes of memory, single battery for 4 hours operation, 640x480 resolution, 12-bit color depth, 120 cd/m2 brightness and 20:1 contrast. Both models include 9 programmable buttons, USB communications, G4 graphics, IR output and complete wireless control of your PC for web browsing, email, applications, and will be available at the end of December.
A newly announced Modero 7” 16x9 widescreen panel is similar to the above models, but with 800x480 resolution, 18-bit color depth, 350+ cd/m2 brightness, 200:1 contrast ratio, automatic screen activation and brightness level adjustment, plus optional 802.11b communications.
Looking for a really, really good home theater projector? Sony was showing just what you’re looking for: the QUALIA-004. Utilizing their brand new SXRD technology (think of it has high-end LCOS, or reflective LCD), the model is part of Sony’s unique QUALIA concept where innovative products that normally wouldn’t make it to market due to low sales volumes are actually produced in limited quantities... at a nearly unlimited price.
But first the goods: the QUALIA-004 is powered by thee 0.78” SXRD panels with full 1920x1080 progressive resolution and high contrast ratio. It features a pure Xenon lamp, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens, full 10-bit digital signal processing with 12-bit panel driver, DVI/HDCP, component, S-Video, composite, USB and Ethernet inputs. This is truly the ultimate digital projector, but it also comes at the ultimate price: $25,000 plus lens! Although comparable to high-end CRT and three-chip DLP models, that’s still an arm and *two* legs! This projector drew quite a crowd, with in-booth demonstrations booked completely for the entire show. Fortunately, we got to see it in action at the pre-show press conference and, to put it simply, it rocks.
Slightly less high-end and appropriately more affordable is the new $3,500 Cineza VPL-HS20, which utilizes three widescreen LCD panels for 1386x788 resolution, up to 1400 ANSI lumens and a respectable 1300:1 contrast ratio. It features a 12-bit panel driver, reverse 3:2 pull-down, DVI/HDCP input, memory stick slot, digital keystone correction and a range of analog inputs.
Sony was also showing their latest Grand Wega rear projection televisions: the big 60" KDF-60XBR950 (also available in a 70" model) and the compact 42" KF-42WE610 (also available in 50" and 60" models).