Toward the end of his presentation, Mr Niwa gave a demonstration of Epsonâ€™s Widescreen Multi-Projection system â€“ a system that enables the user to combine images from more than one projector into one larger, higher resolution image.
At Epsonâ€™s testing labs the corporationâ€™s technicians have successfully merged the display from 21 projectors, producing a 500in image with a resolution of 5630 x 1920. Impressive though this undoubtedly is, it isnâ€™t very practical, and Mr Niwa demonstrated a far more compact system using just two projectors displaying the same widescreen video.
To make this as simple a process as possible, Epson has developed a one-touch calibration system that analyses the images produced and seamlessly merges them into one image with the correct colouration and aspect.
The demonstration proved this to be impressive. Beginning with two smaller widescreen images, a quick period of scanning resulted in a larger single image without making any further adjustments. The colouration and contrast appeared unaffected and, from a distance, the quality was impressive.
Epson believes that this technology will find use in business and education environments, with the higher resolution image allowing for larger more detailed projections for demonstration purposes.
Micro Piezo Inkjet Technology
Following Mr Niwa was Mr Aruga, General Manager of Factory Automation System Department at Epson Seiko. He primarily spoke about its inkjet technologies. Epson has also been well known for its use of Micro Piezo inkjet technology and Aruga explained how Epson uses this technology in a variety of ways.
Micro Piezo is an ink firing technology that uses an electrical signal to regulate the firing mechanism, firing droplets through the physical change of shape of the Piezo element. This is in contrast to thermal inkjet systems that use heat to create bubbles that eject the ink, which according to Epson, causes problems with the heat altering the properties of the ink.
Since the Micro Piezo element requires no heat it can be used with a wider range of inks, liquids and printing materials. Micro Piezo is used in all Epsonâ€™s printers, and one notable example of this technology being used is in Epsonâ€™s Monna Lisa printer, an industrial digital textile printer that provides high volume printing on textiles to a high level of quality.