Future cinema on display in Japan

June 9, 2005

Laser CinemaIn what could be a precursor to the cinema of the future, Sony, NEC and Canon (among others) have teamed up to create some remarkable sights and sounds for the Expo 2005 show in Aichi Japan. Among the various attractions and exhibits is “Global House” which uses technology to portray the history of the universe. One particular presentation (The Laser Dream Theater) uses a 164 foot laser projection system with an 11-channel sound system, to screen a short called “Voyage Around the Earth”.

Another attraction dubbed the “Super High-Vision Theater” uses “The world’s first super high-definition image system” which is used to screen another set of shorts called “A Hymn to Life” and another piece described as a “visual poem”. The hardware used is said to offer 16 times the resolution of high definition, although I have no earthly idea how this footage was captured, it certainly sounds breath taking. Not to be outdone by the laser theater, the SHV Theater incorporates 22.2 channels of three-dimensional audio, with active acoustic management.

The show which runs through June 19th is described as a tribute to “the marvelous mechanism of nature” and a world showcase of mans accomplishments in the 20th century.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Display Technology


Comments

  • casato

    I went to the world Expo in Japan two weeks ago. The Sony exhibition was very impressive. The HD images on a screen 10 meters high and 50 meters long was clear and sharp. One caveat was that the image was not seamless. You could clearly see two vertical lines stitching the three images into one. I also thought that the right side of the screen looked sharper than the center and left. Given the choice, I’d rather pay for an IMAX film. On a positive note, I am impressed by the laser technology, color saturation, and screen size.

  • casato

    I went to the world Expo in Japan two weeks ago. The Sony exhibition was very impressive. The HD images on a screen 10 meters high and 50 meters long was clear and sharp. One caveat was that the image was not seamless. You could clearly see two vertical lines stitching the three images into one. I also thought that the right side of the screen looked sharper than the center and left. Given the choice, I’d rather pay for an IMAX film. On a positive note, I am impressed by the laser technology, color saturation, and screen size.

  • Darren Cornwell

    And here’s was me thinking that the Hi-Def revolution was still in it’s infancy (at least here in the uk) it sounds amazing, with technology like this in use it can’t be long before HD technology comes down further in price. Finally I can show my HD edits on a screen worthy.

  • Darren Cornwell

    And here’s was me thinking that the Hi-Def revolution was still in it’s infancy (at least here in the uk) it sounds amazing, with technology like this in use it can’t be long before HD technology comes down further in price. Finally I can show my HD edits on a screen worthy.