Anyone who has ever worked in a business setting has seen the typical presentation of sales forecasts and product ideas so common to the board room. Certainly technology has advanced at the pace of business in the way we view these Powerpoint presentations. Projectors have become smaller, lighter, sleeker and able to produce better quality pictures on larger screens, and that means more people at a time can have a good view.
What has led to improving the quality of our presentations? It is a technology invented by someone at Texas Instruments and one that is roughly only 15 years old. It is called Digital Light Processing or DLP™. DLP utilizes and optical switch semiconductor which supports more than one million, microscopic mirrors, each of which corresponds to a single pixel in the image that a digital projector projects. This allows even the largest projections to maintain perfect color quality.
While DLP technology has been used in the board room since around 1996, it also has many more uses for business and even the home. You will see this technology at its finest in concerts with multi-screen, video walls, and a version of DLP is also used in movie theaters. This technology has brought a new quality to large screen viewing that we can all appreciate and enjoy.
It was recently discovered that digital projectors hooked up to a laptop not only beautifully projected slide presentations for business use, but could really add a colorful punch to a DVD played on the laptop. If it worked at the office, then surely there could be a use for it at home! Sure enough the home theater market was discovered and homeowners with a taste for state-of-the-art electronics were hungry for a digital projector that could show their DVDs on screens as large as 15 feet without a flaw.
Digital projectors for home and business use come in a wide range of sizes, weights, and prices. You will find sleekly designed models barely 2 pounds in weight all the way up to larger 50 pound styles. The larger, in general, can project larger images as well, but all seem to have the same shelf life for the projection bulbs. Prices certainly make them feasible for any size business and home use, running from $1,000 all the way up the scale. If you compare that to other home theater systems, you may actually be spending less on a digital projector that other types of large screen formats.
Anyone deciding on how to set up their own home theater should consider DLP technology in the form of a digital projector. This type of front projection system is ideal for home viewing because the projectors are small, uncomplicated and affordable, yet still deliver the highest quality images available from any digital technology. They can be artistically positioned in the room, while the slim screens can be hidden behind sliding bookshelves or cabinet doors when not in use.
This is an extremely reliable, long lasting focal point of a home theater system, proven by the fact that more than 1 million units have been shipped since 1996. Virtually all of the major electronics manufacturers have a version of digital projectors, another indicator of the wide use and popularity.