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CES 2008 Show Report Part 3

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TI Dual Vision

 

TI Dual Glasses

 

Texas Instruments was showing a unique capability their DLP technology to show 3D images: a mode that allows two users, rather than two eyes on the same user, to see a different image. TI's 3D and the DualView mode use special glasses with shutters synchronized to the various images, to allow the two eyes on the same user, or different users to see different images. TI claims that many 3D capable DLP-based displays are currently shipping from several companies. TI was illustrating this DualView mode using a racing game in which each player could see the race from the prospective of their own car. The isolation of the two images was very good and helped really appreciate the potential uses of this technology. The separation of the images obviously depends on the rapid response of the image to the movement of the mirrors in the DMM in DLP-based displays.

Visio MJC

 

A number of companies were showing techniques beyond update speed to address motion blur and judder including Visio with a very effective demonstration of their MJC feature.

Visio

 

Visio is a company that has really gone after the "value" part of the display market and their displays are available at "clubs" like Costco. They had a number of new models this year.

Marantz 11S2

 

And yes, there were projectors at this years CES. And no, I have not been completely seduced by the dark side. To me there is nothing more involving than a large display that one looks at directly, rather than through a piece of glass with reflections, etc. As always, Dan Miller from Marantz put on a great demo for their new VP-11S2 DLP® Projector, featuring the Texas Instruments DC4 chip, allowing my colleagues and I to really appreciate the advantages of a well setup front projector. The images of "Cars" that we all saw in the Marantz demo were very involving indeed, very sharp, and with well-saturated colors.

JVC HD100

 

JVC was also demonstrating their new LCOS-based projector, the DLA-HD100, which is an upgrade to their HD1 with twice the native contrast ratio, now 30,000 to one. The black levels were very good, but the picture seemed softer, smoother if you prefer, and less saturated than the images we saw at Marantz just a hour or so before.