3D LED displays dominate expo
The Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show held this month showcased the next generation of AV systems and LED displays played a big role. However, it was the growing number of 3D-ready LED screens that made the headlines, with a number of major manufacturers rolling out devices which feature this technology.
Dynascan, the first company worth discussing, did not actually have a 3D LED screen on show. Instead it debuted a new 360 degree LED display which wraps around to deliver an imaging area equivalent to a 120 inch flat screen TV. This type of LED display will eventually find its way into travel interchanges in order to provide passengers with information and also generate ad revenue.
The 3D technology was really brought into play by Barco, whose full HD LED video wall with 3D playback is not intended for public use. Instead it will be best suited to control rooms where advanced video monitoring is necessary.
An LED display with the widest 3D viewing angle available, giving viewers 42 possible positions to enjoy the autostereoscopic (glasses-free) effects, was at the MMD stand.
Tridelity was also touting glasses-free 3D action, although this time in a portrait orientation, with just five viewing positions. A specific screen designed for portrait use is necessary, as 3D TVs which shun the polarising/active glasses found in the cinema, cannot simply be flipped on their side and expected to operate in the same way.
Another 3D video wall, also requiring no glasses, was exhibited by Dimenco. A total of nine individual units can be arranged in a grid giving a total diagonal measurement of 165 inches.
The growth of 3D technology in the world of LED displays will mean that people will begin to see them popping up in a range of venues.