The Future of Projectors

Friday, February 1st, 2019
A projector shining in a dark room

For many years now there has been a great debate as to whether or not projectors are a dying viewing medium. Even now, if you just go to your search engine, type “projectors”, and sort by news I am confident to say that you will see one or two articles that say something like: “Influencer’s Name can see the end of the projection industry”, or, “Projectors Still Shining Over Televisions – An Industry with a Bright Past and Brighter Future”. You might even see both of those opinions on the same search engine result page, I certainly have.

This article will be highlighting some of the key points in both sides of the argument to help you gain a better understanding of the future of projectors, and whether or not it’s likely for event planners to switch from projector rentals to TV solutions anytime soon.

Why People Believe Projectors are Dying:

Video Wall in an office

LCD walls and LED television displays are becoming much easier to afford, and image quality on TV screens is better than it has ever been with most, if not all, television companies trying to produce more and more ultra-high definition 4K resolution displays. This is one of the two main areas where projectors have significantly fallen behind, and everyone who has made the argument that projectors will not be around ten years in the future knows this.

The second area where projectors have fallen behind in is light output. Simply put, if you have a television and a projector that are around the same price, the television will be able to produce more light than a projector in most scenarios. Dimming the lights when watching movies or shows on a television is an optional thing people do to set the mood, but dimming the lights for some projectors is just par the course for actually being able to see what is being projected.

The Case for Projectors:

Finally onto the positive, let’s start with the big one: getting a large venue projector rental (or even buying a projector) is far cheaper than renting a large amount of televisions or a dozen video walls. High-lumen projectors are still currently more cost efficient at creating an image over a large canvas-covered area than a large array of televisions occupying the same space.

Another factor to consider is that projectors still dominate a unique market familiar to performers and event planners. Projectors are still the most viable display option for images that require 3D mapping, such as the “hologram” of Tupac Shakur that appeared at Coachella in 2012. While 3D image production is a very niche market, it is still substantial enough that on its own this field could keep projectors alive and kicking for the foreseeable future.

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Conclusion:

While televisions are getting higher quality resolutions and cheaper to produce, so too are projectors, and currently projectors are already the most affordable AV option for people who need large displays. Televisions may now be cutting into the market shares of projector companies, but projectors aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

What Will Projectors Be Like In The Future?

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

178800526 (2)Technology slows down for no man, and it shouldn’t. We are developing new ideas and concepts at such an alarming rate that it would be almost idiotic for it to slow down for society. Society moves fast anyway, so it would make sense for the advancements in our tech to move at the same speed. We’ve seen the tablets, the smartphones, the computers, and the smartwatches. What about the projectors? What about the projectors that are going to be available for recreational use, and not just for office meetings? There is a lot changing and developing with the new projector technology. Whether it be 4K, short throw, holograms, interactive, or even higher functioning pico and portable projectors, we have a lot to look forward to with the new technology.

While we know that the projectors are looking towards the future, it does make one wonder, “what is the next step for projectors to push for?”

There are plenty of avenues open for projectors right now. They have a plethora of different realms that they can put more focus and funding towards. Though, just because you can spend money on something doesn’t mean that you should. Instead, developers should be focusing on what is going to generate the most revenue now so that they can put profits towards funding for the other ideals. If mobile projectors are going to bring in the most money right now, then that is where more funding should be going. Mind you though, there is a reason why I said mobile projectors.

Lets think for a second about the technology that we use every day. We use our laptops, smartphones, and tablets. These all fall into the category of mobile technology. Shouldn’t it only make sense that we bring the same idea towards the development of new projectors? Yes, 4K is nice, if you have a big enough screen for it (and the pockets for it). Holograms and Interactive projectors are always fun and entertaining, but also very costly to create and can be unresponsive. Short Throw projectors are good for a STRICTLY entertainment-only projector that is designated to be stationary. The more mobile projectors are where I feel there could be a lot more promise for companies.

With the use of the mobile projectors, you’ve entered the realm of other mobile technology that is on such a mass market area, it could bring in quite a profit. I never thought that tablets would catch on, but I was dead wrong. I know that mobile projectors could have the same type of effect. There are even some smartphones out there that are including projectors in them. This is where I see promise. This is where I can see the future happening. We have the incredible displays on our smartphones and tablets. Why not make the picture large enough for everyone to see? We have cameras on the backs of our devices. Why not add a projector? This can pave the way for pico projectors to be a more dominant version of projectors on the market as well. The idea is being mobile. We are always moving as a society, so why not add it to literally every tech device we have?

Almost everything tech related that we use is mobile today. Our game systems, our computers, and our phones, are all now basically one in the same. All inclusive in one device or more. I can only see this being the case for projectors in the near future. It would only make sense. Projectors are going to move and become more mobile with us, just like every other technology. It’s only a matter of time before we seem them available for purchase and rental on the mass market.

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