Epson has announced the LightScene – a projector based on a laser phosphor 3LCD engine and intended for applications such as retail, hospitality, showrooms and museums. It has a form factor that makes it look more like a traditional spotlight. It has 2,000 lumens of output and 1280 x 800 resolution and is available in a white (EV-100) or black (EV-105) case. The powered 1.58x zoom lens has a throw ratio of 1.38 in wide mode or 2.19:1 in tele mode. It has integrated blending where multiple units are used together – they can be daisy-chained.
Lifetime is 20,000 hours (30,000 in extended mode) and connections are HDMI, wired and wireless LAN and an SD slot for direct playback. The unit includes a remote control for adjustment when mounted and it can be managed by Epson’s web-based application and also with Crestron and others.
The design is two part, with a control unit (11lb /5kg) and a separate display module (4.2lbs/1.9kg).
They will be available for $2,499 in May.
The Epson unit is very similar in concept to the Space Player from Panasonic, although based on LCD rather than DLP, of course. (BR)