Christie, the global visual and audio technology company, has provided projection technology for Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan.
Christie is pleased to announce that its 4K RGB pure laser projectors will be used to provide immersive visuals to Miraikan’s dome theatre. The popular museum reopened on 3 June.
Ushio Lighting Inc. worked with Miraikan to renew its equipment and system, choosing Christie’s projection technology for the museum’s Dome Theatre GAIA. Here, guests can experience the universe through screenings of full-sky, stunning 3D images.
An immersive experience
The Dome Theatre GAIA is a highlight of the museum and includes planetarium shows where around 10 million stars are projected, creating a realistic skyscape that transports visitors to space.
Konica Minolta Planetarium Co., Ltd. was responsible for the delivery and construction of the new system, and Ushio Lighting supplied two Christie Mirage 4K40-RGB pure laser projectors. This technology ensures that the dome theatre benefits from high-definition 4K resolution images and 3D experiences.
The Mirage 4K40-RGB is an all-in-one 40,000-lumen projector. With a built-in laser light source and faithful image reproduction technology, it creates quality image quality and processing.
Speaking about the project, Hiroyasu Muraishi of Miraikan said: “Because the planetarium programs are so delicate, it was important that the star imagery wasn’t outmatched by the 3D images and that they didn’t interfere with each other, but we didn’t notice any issues.”
“It also achieved a natural “finish” by relieving the stress caused by the difference in colour shades between the right and left eyes during 3D projection, which had been an issue of concern. And it has improved brightness and colour, so we’ll now be able to reproduce compelling visuals on a large screen.
“The number of units it uses has also been reduced to two, saving us time as well as reducing costs, and allowing us to effectively utilize space. In the future, when we update our content, I want to prepare items that can make effective use of this infrastructure.”
Earlier this year, Christie announced the launch of its new Crimson HD31 and WU31 laser projectors, which deliver more brightness for the same price as the Crimson 25 models.