We were pretty impressed when we got the chance to gaze at HDI 3D's silky smooth, 43-inch 3D LCD last year, which is why our eyes widened when the company announced that it's begun producing a new line of 3D projectors, slated for release as early as 2012. First up in the awkwardly named Laser-Driven 2D/3D Switchable Dynamic Video Projector series is the LSS Pro 1 (pictured above) -- a tank that's powered by as many as two Laser-Drive Engines and capable of displaying both 2D and 3D images on HDI's 300 inch Laser Silver Screen. A full 100 of the systems will be available on February 14th as part of a pre-production run, but they certainly won't be cheap, with prices ranging from $55,000 to $85,000. As many as five similar models are expected to begin shipping by the end of next year, including the Industrial, Origami and Polygon. Beam past the break for more details in the press release, or check out our gallery to see the full lineup.
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HDI 3D Begins Manufacturing of High-Definition Laser-Driven 2D/3D Projectors for Home Theater, Corporate and Film Industry Applications
August 10, 2011 – Los Gatos, CA - HDI 3D announces it has begun manufacturing its line of proprietary and patented Laser-Driven 2D/3D Switchable Dynamic Video Projectors. HDI 3D projectors derive their stereoscopic 2K image-quality from dual 2K RGB laser-illuminated Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) micro display imagers. At 1080 frames per second, 360 color frames per second per eye, HDI 3D projectors offer the fasted 3D, as well as 2D, refresh rate in the world, while also delivering a laser color gamut up to 200% NTSC.
The first pre-production run of 100 hand-made-in-the-USA HDI 3D Model LSS Pro 1 Projectors will be available in mid-February 2012. As many as five other models are expected to be available by the end of 2012.
Designed for a multitude of fully immersive 3D applications, including home theater, professional screening rooms, corporate, systems integration, and more, HDI 3D Projectors are designed for compatibility with their own proprietary line of Laser Silver Screens in 120-inch, 200-inch and 300-inch diagonal models. The 120-inch diagonal screen offers 70 Foot Lambert in 2D and 35 Foot Lambert in 3D, and the 200 and 300-inch diagonal screens offer 35 Foot Lambert in 2D and 18 Foot Lambert in 3D.
HDI 3D has completely eliminated the adverse effects, such as migraines, dizziness, nausea, and motion sickness, long associated with inferior and expensive shutter glasses and substandard 3D technology. HDI 3D delivers the most immersive, comfortable, and natural 3D viewing experience in the world with low-cost and light-weight proprietary polarized glasses. Technology journalist Richard Hart called HDI 3D's picture quality, "the smoothest yet, and smoothness means no headaches," and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers, stated, "Without a doubt, the best demonstration of 3D technology I have ever seen."
HDI 3D first announced their new laser-driven projection technology in September 2009 after three years of intensive R&D at a cost of, to date, approximately $6.7 million dollars in personal and private funding, with founder and CEO Ingemar Jansson as the primary investor. Recently Hollywood entertainment industry entities and leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and display technologies have expressed interest in partnering and/or investing to fast-track mass production of the HDI 3D projectors, especially for the home theater marketplace.