PMA Research Latest Report on Projector Use/Sales – Press Release
March 8, 2014 - Art Feierman
Survey of U.S. K-12 Educators Shows Strong Interest in Interactive Functionality for Classroom Projectors
PMA Research Report Also Shows Mixed Signals on Outlook for Technology Spending in Schools
San Juan Capistrano, California, USA â March 4, 2014. PMA Research, the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, has published their latest report on current use experiences and purchase intentions for projectors in the K-12 education market. PMAâs survey of U.S. educators covered detailed topics such as the average number of projectors available for use within a school building, the average age of school projectors and how often they are replaced, the number of hours a projector is used during an average day, and the sources of funding for projector purchases. The survey also examined interactivity and 3D usage in the classroom.
âInteractive functionality continues to be extremely important in the K-12 market,â said Rosemary Abowd, Senior Analyst at PMA Research. âInteractive tools help keep students engaged in the learning process and give educators the flexibility to fashion the material around the students rather than the other way around. About 77% of educators felt an interactive display in the classroom was very important or an absolutely must. The survey also explored the relative preferences for how that interactive functionality is delivered to students â whether via a whiteboard, projector with built-in interactivity, accessory module, or interactive flat panel.â
Another key finding from PMAâs report is that only 10% of educators have a negative outlook on technology spending for the next year. However, there were mixed signals from other educators in that some expect improvement in tech spending over last year while others expect tech spending will remain under tight budget constraints. âFor those that expect to see some improvement, this suggests that the post-stimulus, weak funding environment in the education market during the past couple years may have bottomed out in some states and school districts,â said Abowd.Â The survey also explored the relative preferences for tech spending in schools, including the likelihood of purchases for tablets, laptops, wireless equipment, PCs, along with large displays such as projectors, interactive whiteboards, and flat panels.
Acer Introduces New P7505 and P1383W Projector Models – Press Release
March 8, 2014 - Art Feierman
New premium and mainstream projector models designed for commercial customers
High brightness of 5000 and 3100 ANSI lumens
Sharp visuals thanks to Full HD 1080p and WXGA native resolution
High-end Acer P7505 projector boasts 6W stereophonic sound and a lens shift for delivering superb images
Both models support widescreen projection and immersive 3D
New Acer DLP Professional Projectors Bring High-Impact HD and 3D Visuals to the Boardroom
SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar. 6, 2014 â Acer today announced the availability of two new P-Series DLPÂ® projectors for professional customers in the U.S. Â Designed for commercial use, the AcerÂ® P7505 and Acer P1383W DLP projectors boast high brightness, wide screen projection and 3D support for making high-impact presentations to small and large audiences in business, education and government.
The new projectors offer a host of practical features for professional environments. The Acer P7505 delivers outstanding image quality with 1080p resolution and 5000 lumens brightness combined with stereophonic sound for customers wanting to make high-impact presentations in a boardroom or auditorium. The Acer P1383W has WXGA resolution, a 3100 lumens brightness and solid mainstream performance for conducting meetings in conference rooms or lectures in classrooms.
âOur newest projector options for professional environments are designed to deliver high quality visuals in an easy to use and robust platform,â said Edward Chan, Acer America product manager.Â âThe feature-rich Acer P7505 is capable of projecting hard hitting presentations in Full HD and the image and sound quality necessary for immersing a ballroom or theater. The Acer P1383W is a great fit for conference rooms and education where there is no a need to run full HD video and budget is key. Both projectors support widescreen projection and 3D and provide instant pack functionality.âÂ
DVDO UNVEILS AVLAB TPGâ¢, THE FIRST POCKET-SIZED HDMI 2.0 TEST PATTERN GENERATOR SUPPORTING FULL 4K ULTRA HD AT 50/60HZ
Â Editor’s note: Â DVDO is a well known company, we’ve reviewed their processors, and I’m currently reviewing their new wireless HDMI solution. Â Otherwise, this isn’t a typical press release that we would re-publish, but we know that a number of our readers have Â some calibration gear, and that we have fans among the pro projector calibrators. Â With that in mind, of course everyone has been waiting for HDMI 2.0, and for the tools needed. Â
Many have been waiting for HDMI 2.0 tools such as this. Â HDMI 2.0 Â is needed for most 4K, and 4K 3D source material. Now I just have to find out when Mike will be getting his. Â -art
Lab-Quality Custom Test Patterns Available in March for On-Site Display Setup and Calibration
SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 4, 2014 â DVDOÂ®, Inc., an award-winning provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions, today announced the first pocket-sized Test Pattern Generator (TPG), the AVLab TPGâ¢, which allows professional AV installers to generate 4K custom test patterns to ensure proper set-up and calibration for 4K Ultra HD displays on-site.Â The AVLab TPG supports full 4K Ultra HD resolution at 50/60Hz, as outlined in Version 2.0 of the HDMIÂ® Specification, and is designed specifically for use with Color Management System (CMS) software like Spectracalâs CalMANâ¢.Â The calibration process is streamlined by interfacing directly with CMS software to automatically display 4K test patterns.Â The AVLab TPG is available in March for an MSRP of $1,299 through authorized DVDO distributors, dealers and online partners.
âThe AVLab TPG will be an essential tool for ISF calibrators and installers when setting up new 4K displays for optimum viewing quality,â said Joel Silver, president and founder of the Imaging Science Foundation, Inc.Â âWhile 4K displays have incredible resolution, without proper setup and calibration the viewer cannot enjoy the full experience.â
â4K Ultra HD displays are becoming increasingly common; installers and calibrators clearly need to upgrade their equipment to continue to provide the same installation and setup services they have perfected at 1080p. AVLab TPG provides lab-quality 4K test patterns in a pocket-portable, PC powered package allowing installers to match test pattern quality to the full capability of 4K UHD TVs,â said C.H. Chee, general manager of DVDO, Inc.âDVDO AVLab TPG Features:
â¢Â Â Â Full 4K (50/60Hz) test pattern as outlined in Version 2.0 of the HDMI
â¢Â Â Â 85+ built-in patterns (R, G, B, C, M, Y, K, Scale, Sharp, Focus, Bars,
PLUGE, Half, etc.)
â¢Â Â Â Custom ISF black and white PLUGE patterns
Hitachi Raises the Bar with Four New Ultra Short-Throw Projectors
The CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Offers Two HDMI, New High Dynamic Contrast Range, with Network Connectivity and Other Advanced Features
Chula Vista, California, February 5, 2014 â Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital MediaÂ Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors – four high-performance models that are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.
The CP-AX2503 and CP-AW2503 deliver 2,700 color and white light ouput with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively, while the CP-AX3503 and CP-AW3003 offer 3,300 and 3,600 color and white light output with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively. All four projectors include Hitachiâs High Dynamic Contrast Range feature that provides a unique ability to alter contrast when ambient light is present and yet preserve the integrity of the image. Additionally, Hitachiâs exclusive Accentualizer technology enhances sharpness, gloss and shadow detail for more realistic image quality while providing greater depth of field.
All four models can be used in tabletop mode, or wall mounted. All provide a full complement of inputs including two HDMI inputs, two computer HD-15 inputs, three USB inputs for use with a USB memory stick, wireless adapter or mouse plus component,composite video, audio and mic A/V jacks. All the projectors have computer monitor and audio outputs. In addition, all four models have RS-232C and RJ-45 Ethernet ports. An optional wireless adapter lets users connect their computer to the projectors via a wireless network. The projectorsâ PC-less presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB thumb drive, eliminating the need to connect a computer.
Unit Shipments of Personal Projectors Expected to Nearly Double by 2017 – Press Release
January 30, 2014 - Art Feierman
New Report by PMA Research and Insight Media Provides Forecasts for the Pico, Personal and Embedded Mobile Projector Markets
San Juan Capistrano, California â January 28, 2014.Â PMA Research, the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, and Insight Media, a leader in display technology research, have jointly released a report called the 2014 Mobile Solid State Projector Report. The report includes forecasts for unit sales and revenue through 2017 and historical shipment data since 2009. This reportalsocovers technical and marketing aspects of mobile solid state projectors, including pico projectors, personal (micro) projectors and mobile devices containing embedded pico projectors.
The report provides forecasts from two of the most respected market research firms in the display industry. A top-down forecast developed by PMA Research which is based on manufacturer supplied shipment data, a monthly projector channel trend analysis, and PMAâs long history of forecasting for the projector market. The forecasts developed by Insight Media use a multi-variable penetration model to understand the factors that drive adoption and penetration into the market.
âMobile projectors with solid state light sources, especially LEDs, are becoming increasingly common as both consumer and professional products,â noted analyst Jack A. Segal with PMA Research.Â âThe market for these products is expected to continue to grow as more projector manufacturers move into this space, and as the product specs and features evolve,â says Segal.
The Personal projector segment, which PMA defines as projectors under 1,000 lumens which utilize primarily SSI, weigh <1.75kg/<3.86 lb, and are powered by wall or laptop power supply brick, shows the biggest potential. When PMA began tracking the Pico and Personal projector market in 2009, annual shipments for the year were a little over 130,000 units shipped worldwide. By 2013 the personal projector segment had more than doubled to nearly 395,000 units shipped. By 2017, PMA expects that number to grow to more than 930,000 units shipped globally.
The report covers all important factors in the buying decision for these mobile solid state projectors, including key human factors associated with pico and personal projectors.Â The report also discusses the technical factors that allow these projectors to be manufactured and lists key manufacturers of the projectors, the projector modules and components used in the projectors.