InfoComm 2018: Sony Highlights 8Kx4K Crystal LED Display, 4K Cameras, Sound VR
At InfoComm 2018, Sony highlighted its full line of display, AV, and presentation technologies, including the immersive 8K x 4K Crystal LED Display System, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, BRAVIA Professional Displays and more for digital signage, content creation, simulation, corporate, faith, and higher education.
Crystal LED Display System
Sony’s scalable 8K x 4K Crystal LED Display System is a 32-foot x 18-foot configuration consisting of 288 units. With a contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1 and a 99% black surface area, Sony’s Crystal LED offers high contrast, high resolution, and immersive visuals.
Active Learning Solution; ‘Vision Exchange’
The latest version 1.1 of Sony’s flagship interactive collaboration and active learning solution ‘Vision Exchange’ was also on display for the first time and demonstrated on the show floor. The upgrade allows for improved communication through the integration of Skype for Business, which enables distance learning, as well as Personal Note Taker, for smarter note-taking. Version 1.1 is applicable with the main units PEQ-C100, PEQ-C130 and the Pod PC Software PES-C10. It is planned to be released in June 2018. Customers who previously purchased V1.0 can upgrade to V1.1 at no additional cost during the first year of purchase.
High Brightness Laser Projectors
Sony’s new high brightness installation laser projector, VPL-FHZ120L (WUXGA 12000lm) and VPL-FHZ90L (WUXGA 9000lm) was showcased and used for the first time in the U.S. Both models offer visibly superior pictures ensuring audience engagement and a minimalistic design to blend-in in various environments. They also come with the advantages of a laser light source, including increased brightness, ease of use and installation flexibility. The VPL-FHZ120L is ideal for auditoriums and conference halls supporting live performances and ceremonies. The 3LCD installation projector covers sRGB100% and is suitable for applications requiring precise color reproduction such as in exhibitions and museums. The VPL-FHZ90L is suitable for mid to large-sized classrooms or corporate meeting rooms, even those with challenging installation demands including natural lighting or bright spaces. VPL-FHZ120L is planned to be available in August 2018 and VPL-FHZ90L is planned to be available in September.
PTZ Cameras for Various Markets
The full lineup of PTZ cameras, including BRC-X1000 (4K) and BRC-H800 (HD) models, was on display at InfoComm — combining image quality, sensitivity, and flexible remote operation for broadcast and production. New to the show, BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 will be available in white, ideal for environments such as classrooms, churches, government buildings, medical spaces, and corporations. The models are planned to be available in August 2018.
BRAVIA Professional Displays as a collaboration solution
Sony’s newest BRAVIA Professional Displays in 43”, 49”, 55”, 65”, 75” and 85” models are enabling collaboration in education and corporate applications including meeting rooms, classrooms, lobbies, hotel guest rooms, showrooms, sports venues, and more. Highlights include scalable architecture, operation on the Android TV platform, an intuitive user interface for content, device management, network and serial communication control, flexible installation options and HTML5 support. It can even be used in conjunction with Vision Exchange to create a fully functional huddle room or collaborative learning environment.
New “Sound VR” Technology – Sonic Surf VR
Sonic Surf VR, a unique suite of spatial audio technology combined with new multi-channel speakers and specially developed software designed to simulate placing, moving, and partitioning sounds in one space using an intuitive software application. The result is an interactive area where sounds move freely around within a space to create immersive experiences. Sonic Surf VR is suitable for wide range of applications, such as location-based entertainment like theme parks, special events, exhibitions, museums, aquariums and corporate showrooms. As a stand-alone audio experience or combined with digital signage, projection mapping and lighting, creators and producers who are producing dynamic content with innovative design elements can further enhance the value of their work with Sonic Surf VR.
Sony has a lineup of LCD and OLED professional monitors from entry level to high end, varying in size from 9” to 55”. Applications include higher education, corporate, production, and editing. Popular models include the cost-effective, versatile LMD B series and PVM OLED Series. Sony’s monitors boast a range of high-end features including: unique SDI & HMI sync free side by side, waveform, vectorscope and audio level meter display, video and computer input versatility, on-screen tally, timecode function, and camera focus functions and are specially priced for education applications.
Two additional solutions under development were on display to maximize and enhance Sony’s Crystal LED display system and address requests from customers.
Beyond 4K AV over IP for Crystal LED is an IP-based workflow for content sharing and design review. Visitors experienced the simple and flexible sharing and monitoring of large volumes of data, with fewer cables and more reliability. It is also planned to have the capabilities to monitor the flow and status of packets as well as past logs using Sony’s original Software Defined Network (SDN).
In addition, Sony’s Color Management Solution is designed for situations where extreme accuracy and precise color matching among displays are required. The Crystal LED display system can be used to seamlessly match with Sony’s 4K OLED master monitor BVM-X300 and LCD monitors for easy adjustments and consistent color uniformity, often necessary in design simulation and retail.