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Christie Projectors Enhance Design Capability at Automotive Virtual Reality Centre


Christie’s projection solutions have been chosen by one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers to upgrade an HD glass powerwall at their Vehicle Engineering Centre.

According to Christie, the upgrade delivers “superior brightness, smoother video, and vibrant, life-like images”.

The installation comprises two blended Christie Mirage 4K25 3DLP® 4K 3D projectors with Christie Twist™ and Christie AutoCal™ for automated blending and alignment for high performing projection at true 120Hz, as well as two Christie Spyder X20 video processors.

The two Mirage projectors replaced nine outdated, non-Christie projectors for the powerwall, increasing the resolution from 8.4 megapixels to 12.4.

Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie, reported: “We were honoured to host the automobile company’s executives at our Kitchener, Canada manufacturing facility in 2013 for a preview of the first Christie Mirage 4K DLP projector prototype, the only 3D projector in the world capable of displaying native 4K resolution at true 120Hz.”

Christie Projectors Enhance Design Capability at Automotive Virtual Reality CentreThe company’s projectors are also powering a CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment). Engineers, wearing 3D stereoscopic glasses, are immersed in the computer-generated graphics of the exterior and interior of a vehicle. 

With six Christie Mirage HD6K-M 3DLP projectors, each with 6000 ANSI lumens, and one Christie Mirage WU14K-M, with 12, 500 ANSI lumens, the total resolution increased from 6.7 megapixels to 12.5 megapixels compared to the former installation. With an Advanced Real Time (ART), virtual reality motion tracking system, the user can perform certain tasks using real world movements and actions.

The superior image quality allows the engineers to accurately evaluate “view and obscuration” studies including the mirrors, placement of controls, overall layout and accessibility, styling, and design quality, such as gaps, fits and finishes.

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