LG Ships 4K Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector
LG Electronics launched its first ultra-short throw 4K Ultra HD video projector Wednesday, offering 2,700 ANSI lumens of peak brightness sufficient for viewing high quality images even in moderate ambient room light.
The LG CineBeam AI ThinQ 4K dual-laser projector (model HU85LA) was an Innovation Award winner at January’s 2019 CES and is available now at LG-authorized dealers at a suggested retail price of $5,999, the company said.
The compact “4K projector” is based on Texas Instruments’ Digital Light Processing (DLP) digital micromirror chip with native 1080 pixel resolution, but uses TI’s proprietary form of pixel-shifting technology, called
XPR (Expanded Pixel Resolution) video processing, to present what appears to the eye as 3840×2160 pixels on the screen at one time. LG said the unit will also reproduce high dynamic range (HDR10 profile) with deep black levels and bright highlights.
This is combined with a new optical system that uses a dual R/B laser system to produce three-channels for each red, green and blue primary color, for optimal color reproduction and no “rainbow effect” that is sometimes associated with the use of color wheels.
For custom-installed applications the projector features IP control with Control4, Crestron, and Savant.
Like an advanced flat-panel television, the HU85LA features LG’s built-in artificial intelligence technology in addition to Google Assistant to make possible seamless control and content discovery through spoken commands.
LG also builds in a smart TV platform providing fast access to the most popular Full HD and 4K Ultra HD streaming services including: Netflix, YouTube and Amazon and will even broadcast TV through the smart TV interface. The included LG Magic Remote is also features both a motion-based user interface and backlit functions for easy control of the projector’s smart features.
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By Greg Tarr
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