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.
To help promote its Video Music Awards that aired yesterday, last week MTV employed a novel approach to aerial advertising. Instead of having a plane pulling a large banner, it used a pair of helicopters to create a flying movie theatre that the Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed as the world's largest aerial projection screen.
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.
Before LEDs and lasers came along, video projectors would shine white light through a rotating colour wheel to produce full-colour images. But researchers at Dartmouth College and Disney Research Zürich have come up with a more unusual projection approach using prisms and very precise computer-generated black and white images.
Before you buy a bunch of discounted LED lights for next year's Christmas tree, you might want to consider putting that money towards a projector instead — one that will guarantee that your living room holiday decor will far outshine your neighbour's.
Positioned at all four corners of your vehicle, turn signals are usually more visible to other drivers on the road than pedestrians trying to cross it. So Mitsubishi Electric is developing a new indicator system that projects the vehicle's intended path on the road, making it more obvious to everyone around it.
When going to see a movie, many of us probably go out of our way to make sure the theatre has been upgraded with high-res digital projectors. The golden age of film might be behind us, but as engineer guy Bill Hammack explains, the projector is still an impressive feat of mechanical design, capable of creating one of the best optical illusions of all time.
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.
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.
The June 1930 issue of Science and Invention magazine featured this amazing little pocket projector. But much like other small handheld gadgets of the time, it was pretty impractical given its battery needs.
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.
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.
The Oculus Rift promises to makeStar Trek TNG's holodeck a reality, but only in your head. You can't spend every moment of your life with a goofy visor strapped to your face, and that's why this alternate approach to the holodeck — using projectors to make a tiny non-descript room appear massive — seems far more plausible.
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.
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.
Concerns over battery life aside, the real reason your smartphone doesn't have a built-in projector yet is because it would add too much thickness to the device. And because shaving millimetres helps add to a smartphone's appeal, Texas Instruments might have finally found a way to convince handset makers to include a minuscule projector with its new 0.3-inch HD DLP Pico chipset.