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Tasty Tidbit – The VPL-GTZ series is heavily used in simulation applications, from simulators for civil aviation to advanced Dept of Defense related uses. OK, no surprise there, as these projectors were designed with this application in mind. Not surprisingly, it is the largest slice of GTZ installation.
Simulators and Simulations:
They are used widely in government and military applications, on campus, and also in many industries. The uses are myriad, from flight training to weather and climate projections, modeling the spread of diseases, or how drugs work in the body. Or, perhaps used for engineering simulations – how a building will stand up against a major earthquake or hurricane? That’s just a few!
The remainder of the VPL-GTZ application usage is primarily split between non-simulation uses including scientific, engineering, industrial design, visualization... Entertainment venues are another significant home for VPL-GTZ projectors. We are, of course, including museums, nightclubs, theaters, bars and restaurants. And planetariums!
Now much to my surprise, of these many uses I just mentioned, planetariums turn out to be the VPL-GTZ’s second largest market – about 20%. I, even as a planetarium enthusiast, had no idea how large that market is. Turns out there are 3,200 planetariums on the best database I could find, but guess what, a lot of the smaller planetariums – mostly located on college campuses – apparently aren’t listed.
Keep in mind that a major planetarium installation will use a lot of projectors. A great example would be the highly regarded Burke Baker Planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which uses 10 of the VPL-GTZ280 projectors to fill the sky!
More uses? I’ll leave you to your imagination – or the specific requirements for your application that brought you here. Now, I’ll take a couple of paragraphs to fill you in briefly about the particular strengths of each of the three VPL-GTZs.