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Video: Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and everything Star Wars, the company's theme parks are slowly becoming giant advertisements for the upcoming films. Which is totally cool with us if it means awesome publicity stunts like turning Epcot's giant spherical Spaceship Earth into the Death Star — complete with a working superlaser.

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Point a projector at anything other than a completely flat screen, and you'll end up with a distorted image. But a team of researchers from the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory in Tokyo have designed a projector that can compensate for warped and moving surfaces, making the image look more like a perfectly applied sticker, instead of a projection.

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Epson has announced its next-generation G7000-Series projectors, with new features including increased brightness and motorised lenses. Epson says the G-Series aims to deliver uncompromising image quality, low total cost of ownership and — most importantly for prospective buyers — low cost replacement lamps.

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Surround sound and 4K TVs are great for watching movies at home, but there's still nothing like sitting in front of a gigantic screen in an IMAX theatre. I recently got an exclusive first look at the company's next-generation digital laser projectors, and I walked away from the experience wanting to see every single movie remastered and projected using the new technology.

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Maybe the solution to touchscreen displays that don't get washed out in direct sunlight is to skip the screen altogether. Researchers at Aerial Burton are working to perfect a new kind of display technology that uses lasers to produce 3D pixelated images that appear to hang in mid-air and are still visible no matter how bright it is outside.

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It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Disney has a whole division at its theme parks dedicated to making fairytale weddings a reality. But what is surprising is the awesome technology those wedding planners have at their disposal, like wonderful projection-mapped cakes that make it look as if the frosting is magically animated.

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What happens when you install a home theatre projector and expect it to replace a TV? Can you get the same kind of image for the same price range, but with the advantage of a much, much larger screen? BenQ's W7500 is simultaneously one of the most versatile and most capable home theatre projectors that I've seen, but it's still more suited to the cinema room than the living room.

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Mounting projectors near the ceiling of a conference room keeps them out of the way, but it also means you're almost completely dependent on a remote if you need to tweak any settings. If it goes missing, it's time to find a ladder. Or, switch to Epson's new EB-595WT short-throw projector which features built-in touchscreen functionality that works on the projected image.

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As far as giant corporations go, it's usually Sony that's willing to a take risk on an unorthodox new product. But this time it's Panasonic's turn with the company's new Space Player that combines overhead lighting with compact projectors letting you project everything from different colours, to still images, to videos and animation.