Hitachi was at Gitex to promote its projection products. The latest version of its interactive projector is the CP-TW-3005 which, among other improvements, extends lamp life to 10,000 hours. Touch performance has also been improved to support six touches. Contrast ratio has also been boosted to 10,000:1. Software is still from Starboard.
The 8000 series was being shown and this range supports HDBaseT, which Hitachi sees as an important specification for the future. The firm told us that in the future, all its installation products will include HDBaseT. The latest projectors also have integrated blending software, with external software being used for warping.
Turning to direct view displays, Hitachi has a 65″ unit at the moment, but will introduce an 84″ UltraHD unit, which was on display at the show. The 84″ should be available at the end of the month and the range will be extended in the future to 75″ as well. 10 touches are supported.
A new projection lens with extreme UST performance was being shown. The unit can throw an image of 100″ in 0.85m. The lens is all glass and the projector can support high heat operation. On the booth was a demonstration of a projector using the lens in a portrait mode and with a very short throw. Hitachi expects good take up in digital signage applications. The company has also added Dicom support in some projectors and can support brightness of up to 8.200 lumens.
At ISE there will a line refresh with higher brightness.