Ah, an interesting thread.
There are a few different types out there. and a few on the market for a while. One that is like one of my old desgns is from www.microvision.com/showwx/ Not the best way to do it, but such a design could yeild a 4k display, particularly with some redesign cheaply. Forgot to mention, I think it was them that have a good chunk of laser projector patents from aquiring another large portfolio from a competitor. It also can take more powerful lasers for bigger screens.
I've previously been designing product concepts, and the technologies for them. I've come up with many new display concepta, but been concentrating on laser projection in particular, withnsomewhare over one hundred different desgns. A few years back I realised it was possible to design a large screen 4k display for realistically $80. 8k I do not know how easy it could be, the bigger the easier to increase resolution to some extent. I just came up with another refinement to it the other night. I also managed to come up with an ultimate laser projector concept, but am unsure of the physics on this. I've taken a section upto 100% efficency, and the other section should be able to reach close to 100%, I might have a design for that somewhere already. This is important for the long charge life products I am interested in, even watches. I have some interesting hybrid reflective display tecnology towards this too, and this afternoon have devised a system for a foldable many segment display with practicaly invisible joins, but with samsung's recent foldable oled display development it might be irrelevent.
I forgot to mention, I have been devising a mechanism to do a cheaper 4k display shortly (this year) as a touch editing surface. But nothing compared to what I could do with a few million in investment.
The industry is catching up with some of these ideas slowly, but this sort of stuff has been doable for years, it is only the laser efficency issues that restricted.
The problem is Red have not been hiring all the right people.
One of the real problems with laser is speckle, but there are ways around that.
The purist might insist on a white mat projection surface, but in reality better and good enough is possible for home use.
Haven't read the patent, but good to see that there is talk about Apple releasing hdtv this year, something I have been pushing for over the years. Be great if they had 40 or 50+ inch 4k tvs.
Wouldn't the biggest hurdle to getting a RED-based projector in cinemas worldwide, formats aside, be servicing/replacement parts? I also don't see RED delivering a consumer product. I imagine they will fill the niche much like they did with the RED One - a product that competes with all the "big boys" in the 4K projection world in a much smaller package and at a much cheaper price.
The good thing about laser/led based projection systens are extra long lamp life, and probably reduced servicing and manufacturing costs.
For Red a upmarket consumer projector in the $3-5k range, helps subsidise the cost of the projector for production purposes, as it could increase sakes many times. As well, there are certain common design advantages with a cinema sized version that is bigger and requires the secured encryption channels. The only issue is ever changing consumer standards. I mean, hdmi 1.4 is not adequate for the sort of 50hz non interlaced dual feild stereo 3d we need to be looking at, display port is better and i suspect we will see this capability soon in another version, so display port/thunderbolt on the product is a must. At 8k the situation is even worse. So, until this is worked out a projector will need a replacable upgrade card for the ports.
It is a longterm veiw, what do they do next to keep business up, as the current product lines are getting fully developed in meaningful market differentiation (feature list) as many competitors become just as refined and appealing. Apple has allready announced they are pkanning on moving to concentrating on software differentiation in sime of these product lines. So they eventusally need new product lines to grow and survive, 3d tv with mac/ios becomes an option. The challenge for apple is to figure out where to go next. They seem to be limited, vision is vision, it can be all encompassing, but many people have troible seeing the future. I used to do a lot of conceptual design work, that included many designs like apple has, ten or more years before they came out, as did a freind of mine that designs computers to a limited extent. I know where they can go, my present designs concepts look ten years ahead, plus they are missing a huge gap in mobile features/design that i am considering exploiting. Same with cameras, everything out there looks primitive to what is on the drawing board.
About the Apple Hdtv, they have been exploring lay down Ms surface like products, but I will be dissapionted though, if this is merely a mix up with the apple tv set top box again. Watch that one, as they are apparently evaluating/evaluated the use of theri Arm chip in the macbook air, and the apple tv product could become a cloud based home computer. Most all the range could be replaced with Arm computers eventually, the os on itouch etc moved to being based on the mac os years ago. The Arm cpu used to be the most powerfull cpu in the world when released and after, at times, as powerfull as a mini computer at 4mhz in the 80's. It suceeds in the mobile space because it is an ols very efficent design.
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