Brighten Your Daytime Viewing
The caveat here, though, is the phrase "in a darkened room". While front-projection sets retain their size/space advantages, in a brightly lit room - even in a room with an average amount of ambient light - the high-quality image that popped with color, brightness, and detail suddenly becomes faded, dull, and dim. This single issue, more than any other, keeps front-projection TVs from taking their rightful place as kings of daytime TV viewing as well as nighttime movie watching.
A new screen from Austin, Texas-based Screen Innovations could bring front-projection televisons out of the dark and into the light of day. The new Mirage Screen includes a high-contrast filter that covers 60 percent of the surface of the screen. The filter lets light from the projector to be reflected while absorbing incidental light from other sources such as windows and room lights that approach the screen from off-axis angles. Screen Innovations says that the presence of the filter results in a screen that's virtually unaffected by ambient light.
Compatible with LCD, DLP, and LCOS front projectors, the Mirage Screen is said to offer 10x higher contrast than standard front projection screens with images that are 2x brighter. Screen sizes will be available in one-inch diagonal increments starting at 60 inches and ranging up to 100 inches for 4:3 aspect ratio screens and up to 120 inches for 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio images.
The new screen will be officially launched at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) EXPO on September 9, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana.