Japan's JVC shrinks super high-def projector

The projector works with Super Hi-Vision, which offers 16-times the resolution of today's HDTV

The road to higher-than-high-def television has taken another step forward with the development of a projector by JVC that is less than half the size and a quarter the weight of previous devices.

The projector was unveiled in Tokyo on Tuesday at the research labs of NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, and is compatible with an experimental broadcasting format called Super Hi-Vision. (Watch video of the new projector on YouTube.)

At 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels, a Super Hi-Vision picture has 16-times the resolution of today's high-def TV and four times that of 4K digital cinema.

Displaying such a detailed image presents engineers with a problem.

The best LCD screens can only match a quarter of the resolution of Super Hi-Vision and off-the-shelf projectors can't do the job either. In the past NHK relied on two projectors to generate the picture, but now it can be done with one.

The new projector is smaller and weighs 50 kilograms - about half that of one of the previous projectors. It's also cheaper. The previous projector cost around ¥300 million (US$3.6 million) and the new one is a magnitude lower in price.

During a demonstration, the images produced were incredibly detailed and have deep, rich colors. They easily surpass anything available today.

NHK is one of the few broadcasting companies to heavily invest in R&D, and development of Super Hi-Vision follows a well-worn path. The organization was the pioneer in HDTV, beginning work on that in 1964.

NHK is working on the entire range of technologies needed to realize Super Hi-Vision, including new cameras, codecs, transmission systems and recording systems. The organization expects most of the pieces for Super Hi-Vision service will be in place by around 2020, but it hasn't committed to a launch of service yet.

It's currently hoping to film some of the 2012 London Olympics in Super Hi-Vision.

Martyn Williams covers Japan and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags consumer electronicsprojectorsjvcJVC Kenwood HoldingsNippon Hoso Kyokai

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?