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CONTI Evolution in the Media

Projection Part 2: The Boardroom and the Big Picture

Colby Harder - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Building upon the first part of our blog series on high output projection and how it is changing the industry, this installment of the series will lay out the case for projection in the boardroom.

 

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Click the image above to view a video on Da-lite's Ambient Light Rejection Technology.

Often Undersized Displays

In recent years there has been a trend away from projection in the boardroom and towards flat panel displays.  The driving force behind this has been the desire for a sharper, and "clearer" image that is not affected by ambient light.    While this is certainly the case with many flat panel solutions, there are also drawbacks; including a generally reduced screen size. In many cases, clients are settling for screen sizes that are considerably less than the recommended size for the space, either because they cannot physically bring a flat panel of the appropriate size into the building elevator, or because the cost of that display is deemed prohibitive. 

Recommended Sizing Chart

Contrary to what some may think, there is actually a science to correctly sizing a screen for a boardroom. The calculations are based upon the distance of the furthest viewer from the screen.  Generally speaking, the height of your display image should be 1/3 the distance to the furthest viewer. 

To save you the calculations, here are some common screen size calculations:

 

 Screen Size (Diagonal) Inches   Distance of Furthest Viewer (Ft.)
 55"   7.25 feet
 60"    8 feet
 84"    11.25 feet
 100"    13.25 feet
 120"    16 feet
 160"    
21.25 feet
 200"    26.5 feet

 Given that many boardrooms are much more than 16 feet in length, and based upon the calculations above, it is clear to many that common screen sizes in boardrooms are undersized.  The result is inadequate viewing surface for viewers distant from the screen and ineffective transference of important visual information in a presentation.  This is even more critical in situations where fine print is being displayed, such as financial reporting or similar situations. 

The Solution is Right Before Our Eyes

In the end, the most cost effective way in which to achieve the larger display sizes is to utilize a projected solution.  There are some significant advances in projection and screen technology in recent years that make it a far more suitable solution than it once was, including:

- Projectors are now significantly brighter than they were before

- Technologies like Laser have reduced cost of operation and the need for lamp replacement

- Screen advances have developed "ambient light rejection" which makes the image clearer, brighter, and higher contrast

- Use automation tools to manage light in a boardroom through automated shades control and lighting automation

for more information on "ambient light rejection" technology, take a moment to view this video from Dalite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEDwwkuYRpg