Mobile Presentation Technology Palm Sized
the envelope in state of the art microportable projector engineering
and design to an unprecedented level of compactness, PLUS Corporation
today announced the introduction of the world's first true "Palm-Sized"
digital projector series, the PLUS U3 Series. Featuring an incredibly
small footprint of 7"X 9" and 1.9" thin configuration, the new PLUS
U3 Series of projectors weighs only 2.9 lbs. -- 30% lighter than
the lightest microportable projector that has ever been available
-- yet delivers 800 ANSI Lumens of brightness. This new class of
lightness and brightness has been achieved by combining the unique
capabilities of Digital Light Processing technology by Texas
Instruments with the engineering expertise of PLUS Corporation.
The new U3 Series consists of the U3-1080 (XGA resolution) and the
U3-880 (SVGA resolution) models and both feature a stunning 800:1
contrast ratio (full on/off).
"PLUS Corporation is completely focused on meeting the user requirements
of today's mobile presentation professionals -- professionals who
are constantly being challenged to make outstanding presentations
in the most demanding situations," explained PLUS Corporation
President Tom Oishi. "PLUS understands that these professionals
need solutions that offer the very best combination of size, weight,
performance and value.
"Over the years we have consistently pushed the envelope in design
without sacrificing critically important performance features. With
the introduction of the PLUS U3 Series, we will take our furthest
step yet in advancing the state of the art in mobile presentation
technology. We will, quite literally, introduce the world to the
first sub-3 pound Palm-Sized projector. Mobile presentations will
never be the same again."
According to Sherel Horsley, Senior Vice President and Product Manager
at the Texas Instruments Digital Imaging Division, "This is an astonishing
achievement which has come about as a result of the combination
of the expertise of PLUS Corporation and the unique capabilities
of DLP technology to enable the development of small, light
yet high brightness projectors. It is significant that a projector
enabled by DLP technology achieved the important sub-3lb milestone
before a projector enabled by any other technology. For the so-called
'road warrior' -- to whom every ounce is important -- these projectors
will be this summer's 'got to have' item."
The revolutionary PLUS U3 Series Digital Projectors are designed
in every respect to provide communications professionals with everything
they need to make a great presentation in a mobile presentation
Small room environments now become ideal presentation environments:
To help turn any small environment into the ideal presentation environment,
the U3 Series incorporates a built-in short focus wide angle lens
that enables the user to project a perfectly focused large image
from a short distance. Communications professionals can thus make
impressive presentations anywhere from a conference room to small
meeting room and even a classroom.
A quick set-up is required in busy environments with mobile
presentations. The new U3 series of projectors are equipped with
features and functions that make the set-up quick and easy. Full
automatic adjustment enables users to have the optimal projected
image according to input source instantly, while digital keystone
correction provides distortion-free images. With the one-touch foot
adjustment function users can realize a perfect position immediately.
The U3 projectors are designed to meet the punishing requirements
of truly mobile communications professionals. With their built-in
rugged magnesium alloy case that is 20 times stronger than plastic,
users need not worry about breakage during transportation. In addition,
a built-in sliding lens cap automatically protects the projector
lens. Mobile presenters no longer need to worry about where they
put the lens cap.
While the size and weight of the projectors are important,
the size and weight of accessories are also important considerations
for mobile presenters. The remote controller for the U3 Series is
so compact -- yet full-featured. The cables, normally one of the
bulkiest parts of any projector package, also feature a lightweight
To maximize the effectiveness of presentations, the PLUS U3 Series
of Digital Projectors also include the following features:
- * Patented PLUS Optical Engine and new UHP lamp that
realizes ultra clean and crisp images with higher uniformity.
* New advanced compression technology that eliminates all line omission
for ultra-clear compressed SXGA(U3-1080) and XGA(U3-880) resolution.
* x10 digital zoom that allows any portion of projected image to
be seamlessly magnified up to 1000% of the original image.
* Component video input for superior video images.
* 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio for home theater applications.
* Built-in direct mouse control with USB support for the greatest
amount of mobility during presentations. This function enables users
to operate the cursor on their computer via the remote controller,
and supports USB and PS/2.
* Automatic mute and freeze function
According to Dennis Fritsche, Business Manager for Digital Imaging
Business Products at Texas Instruments, "The demand for projectors
with the lowest possible weight and smallest possible size continues
to grow at an astonishing rate. These exciting new product announcements
from PLUS, which will forever change the world of projectors, create
a new competitive benchmark. The combination of DLP technology
with PLUS's outstanding expertise has created products which we
expect will rapidly achieve significant success in the market. We
applaud PLUS for taking the strategy to be the leader in this most
important projector segment."
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