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DLP hackers lead projector technology to innovation

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Entertainment3D imaging

A small company called Voxon is making Voxiebox, described by the company as "the world's first holographic entertainment system."

The system uses volumetric display technology. Essential are the speed and resolution properties of DLP technology, in order to create a hologram-like volumetric display.

Voxiebox can "generate light in a volume of space with voxels (pixels in space) so that 3D content is viewable in 360 degrees without glasses or goggles for multiple players," according to Voxon.

PCB lithography

Maskless Lithography in San Jose uses DLP technology for PCB lithography machine for speed, low-cost, and reliability. Instead of using a polymer mask in contact with the PCB material, the company's digital imaging tools project the board layout directly on photo-resist materials.

Heads-UP display (HUD)

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DLP technology migrated from the living room to the car as HUDheads-up display.

Mariquita Gordon, general manager of the DLP embedded business unit at TI, told EE Times last year that DLP technology can offer "extremely brighter colours, wider field of view, and much more compact size" than anything available today (typically a TFT LCD-based projection system).

TI DLP expects future HUD systems to incorporate elements of augmented reality so that it covers a larger viewing area, such as the whole windshield.

Digital cinema

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DLP technology has helped launch the digital cinema revolution throughout the world.

DLP projectors, compared to traditional film projectors, deliver to theatre owners greater ease of use, convenience, better cost, and stability in image quality on cinema screens.

TI's DLP cinema projectors even snatched up the Motion Picture Academy's 2009 Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque) for its colour accuracy.

Earlier this year, TI disclosed that more than 100,000 global movie theatre screens today use TI's DLP Cinema technology.

- Junko Yoshida
??EE Times


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