The Megapixel future, soon to be an everyday reality

A wall of eyevis omniSHAPES rear-projection modules at ISE 2012

A wall of eyevis omniSHAPES rear-projection modules at ISE 2012 (www.eyevis.de)

This article covered the opening of Integrated System Europe’s first Megapixel summit appeared in the Day 1 issue of the ISE 2013 Daily. The Megapixel conference at ISE 2013 was a first of its kind, organised by Chris Chinook of Insight Media to help vendors and clients come together around the vast and complex topic of “megapixel displays”: display solutions that have more than an HD or Full HD resolution, such as high resolution native displays, blended projectors, tiled LCDs, cubes or LED modules.

The writing is on the wall and megapixel displays will soon be a feature of everyday life, according to Megapixel Summit speaker George Tsintzouras of Christie. Opening the summit, he urged attendees to examine the trends of ISE 2013 and start thinking of a world beyond megapixels to gigapixels, with images everywhere.

“We believe we’re coming into a fast curve, as people start adopting this,” he said. “What services do we need to supply, what elements do we need to put together?”

These very high-resolution installations emerged from niche, early innovation industries, first into broadcast then into staging and projection mapping. Megapixel displays are now moving from the temporary arena into the fixed installation space, which means a new set of challenges, according to Tsintzouras who says these trends are pushing the adoption curve even further.

Multiple megapixel displays may still be complex to set-up and manage, but they are increasingly free from the constraints of form and fixed aspect ratios. Displays are becoming intelligent, integrated, self-aware and smart, sharing data and colour points and the rise of AVB and cloud.

Plunging into the utopian or dystopian possibilities of a pixel-rich future, Tsintzouras sees a future where installations are easy to set-up, allowing users to easily create a virtual space in which to live and work.

Tsintzouras feels that value will transfer not just to the installation but the service and ultimately the content and that the AV industry must now focus more on experiential design.

“Embracing that will lead to innovation. There’s going to be a democratisation of multi-display set-ups. The technology is going to become an everyday thing. It’s up to us to help do that.”

The conference was structured to cover three areas: the generation of pixels, the processing of pixels and the display of pixels. Two megapixel displays were on show: Christie provided projectors, blending solutions and video processing, for a 3456×1080 resolution display with support from a custom-built Draper screen and nVidia Quadro Plex card technology. Alongside of that, eyevis and AVS ran a videowall over 7.5 million pixels. Scalable Technologies provided the Powerpoint template.

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About monicaheck
Monica Heck is a bilingual freelance writer and journalist based in Dublin, Ireland.

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