Light emitting diodes are very versatile light generators, and they are capable of running on less energy than most alternatives, but there are some areas where they aren't the best choice.
Sony has decided that digital video projectors could do better than LED, so it came up with the Laser Light Source Technology.
The company then went forward and built the first projector that used that technology instead of LED.
Revealed at the Integrated Systems Europe event, it is the world's first 4,000 lumens 3LCD laser 1920 x 1200 resolution projector.
The name comes from how the laser light goes through a 3LCD engine and displays a picture bright enough that it is clear even when the room isn't submerged in darkness or semi-darkness.
Sony says that it made it so that the Laser Light projector could easily fit in various environments, like classrooms, board rooms, etc.
The white finish helps here for certain. White is, essentially, all colors combined, so it fits in every room, regardless of landscaping choices.
Corporate business was another potential sales outlet. Presentation and board meeting rooms can definitely find uses for it. The 20,000 maintenance-free hours of use are a bonus too.
“Better contrast ratios and outstanding color stability” are the final benefits that Sony mentions in its press release, not counting the ability to switch from landscape to portrait mode: “laser Light Source Projector also delivers amazing installation flexibility as it is tilt free with an efficient portrait mode,” the company's words are.
Sony will start accepting orders for the Laser Light projector sometime this summer (June-August 2013). No price has been provided though.
Go here for the original announcement that Sony published during the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2013) that ended yesterday. It took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, between January 29 and 31.