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First implementation of award-winning ReaLED™ technology for accurate reproduction of black levels 

ReaLED™ technology from projectiondesign® has made its global commercial debut with the installation of the award winning FL32 1080 ReaLED DLP® projector inside the prestigious Orion Planetarium at Denmark’s Aarhus University. 

Equipped with a hand-selected, wide-angle lens, the FL32 1080 creates a 4m x 6m image of the stars, galaxies, space ships and a wide range of computer generated video animations while remaining hidden from the public gaze.
Supplied by Netkom Distribution, projectiondesign’s distributor for Denmark and with involvement from one of Denmark’s largest integrators, Audio Visual Centrum, the FL32 is installed as part of an integrated AV system.  The FL32 1080 projects images that are overlaid across those from a legacy star projector and still-image slide projectors, which the Planetarium continues to use for the sake of continuity of content.  The projector is integrated into a Sky-Skan SPICE Automation control system which ensures complete synchronisation between the various image sources.
Frede Grønfeldt, sales manager of Audio Visuelt Centrum A/S, explains the background to the project: “Last year we took Lars Petersen, the Planetarium Director, to projectiondesign’s head office in Fredrikstad, Norway where he was shown an early prototype of the FL32 1080.  He immediately believed in the product and had no hesitation in becoming an early investor in the technology.”
Petersen himself adds: “Our Planetarium is 11 metres in diameter and has 60 seats. It is not a ‘full dome’ system, which makes it challenging because the images from the FL32 have to ‘blend in’ with other images.  Furthermore, because we are showing the stars and aspects of galaxies as well as other animated content,   it is vital for the background of the video to be really black.  ReaLED technology from projectiondesign has made this possible.”

The FL32 is the first LED projector available in the professional market that is fully configurable for its specific application. Its ReaLED technology combines long-life LED illumination with patented projectiondesign optics, and offers up to an estimated 100, 000 hours of low-maintenance, worry-free operation.  When compared with other illumination technologies, the ReaLED system reduces any occurrence of motion smear and blue, while also minimizing image processing-related artefacts.
Commenting on the Orion Planetarium project, Anders Løkke, International Marketing & Communications Manager, projectiondesign, says: “Our combination of LED illumination and precision optics is perfect for the planetarium and simulation markets, where there is a need for a very large and convincing image to be rendered with excellent black levels. We’re delighted to have been able to fulfil the potential that this client clearly saw in our technology when he was first shown it, and believe that the Orion Planetarium will be the first of many installations worldwide to make use of ReaLED technology.”
About projectiondesign

projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications.  Amongst its core markets are high resolution scientific visualization and simulation, medical imaging, e-cinema and public displays.  Numerous industry milestones that distinguish projectiondesign’s award winning, innovative technology include the introduction of the world’s first single-chip SXGA DLP projector in 2002, the first commercially available 1080p DLP projector in 2006, the first WUXGA resolution DLP projector and the first portable and high-resolution active 3D stereoscopic projector in 2008.  In 2009, projectiondesign introduced its first 3-chip projector and made its first foray into LED illumination.  2010 signifies the world premiere of the Remote Light Source™ projector, WQXGA resolution (2, 560 x 1, 600) projector and the company’s first warp and blend image processor.  The entire professional product range is warranted for 24/7 usage. projectiondesign is based in Fredrikstad (Norway), and has representation in Singapore, Dubai, Milan, Stuttgart, Bilbao, Mumbai, Cape Town, Liverpool and New York.
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Images from top: 
Orion Planetarium Integration team includes: (from left to right) Lars Petersen – Orion Planetarium Director,   Frede Grønfeldt – Sales Manager of Audio Visuelt Centrum A/S, Peter Moe Rasmussen of The Tuborg Foundation and Jimmy Bernard, CEO of Netkom Distribution, Denmark
The award-winning FL32 1080 ReaLED™ LED illumination-based DLP® projector
Orion Planetarium at Aarhus University, Denmark

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