At the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, Panasonic launched the new LFE8U LCD display series that’s aimed at a cost-vs-performance sweet spot. This TH-65LFE8U includes a narrow and even bezel width of 7.5 mm for top and sides and 10.5 mm for bottom and even includes a networked built-in signage player that allows video and still-image playback via USB. Capable of being in portrait and multi-screen landscape configurations, the 1080p resolution LFE8U series is available in 50 – 80” sizes.
In addition to the 1080p LCDs, Panasonic showed their large format LQ70U Series 4K Professional Displays that claim a rugged design. The LQ70U Series includes both 98” and 84” models, featuring protective, impact-resistant glass to allow safe installation in places with high pedestrian traffic, such as train stations, airports, corporate environments and shopping malls.
A very cool projection mapping demo highlighted their booth at DSE as a PT-DZ21KU 3-Chip DLP (20,000 lumens projector) was used along with the ET-D75LE90 ultra short-throw lens with a 0.36 throw ratio to do image mapping on mannequins. Here’s a video we shot of it.
Their PT-RZ670BU 1-Chip DLP WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution laser projector was on display with 6,500 lumens. The PT-RZ670BU is integrated with their HDBaseT solution, branded as DIGITAL LINK.
With an ultra-narrow 0.14” (3.5mm) bezel and 700cd/m² brightness, the 55” TH-55LFV70 LED Video Wall Display was used to demo their LED wall options.
Finally, Panasonic’s new Android and HTML5-based open-platform embedded digital signage players were debuted and they were encouraging third-party applications specifically for digital signage, commercial enterprises and the classroom to be developed. The platform will initially be implemented in 42″, 49″ and 55″ professional displays slated for global release this fall.