laser projection

How did they project the Saturn V on the Washington Monument?

Apollo Saturn V

Episode 1610

Clarence from Chesapeake, VA

Clarence saw the giant Apollo Saturn V image that was projected on the Washington Monument and wanted to know how they did that. Leo says it was probably done with laser projection. It's state of the art, very cool, and nearly life-size too. Not only that, but they're also showing the Lunar Module landing on the moon. Overall, great use for the Washington Monument as a back drop and a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Saturn V.

You can see it on YouTube now.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1515

Scott had a chance to get a HiSense Dual Laser projector, but unfortunately, he has no room to set it up! Scott says that Moore's Law can apply to mirrors in a laser projector. They are incredibly tiny and are getting smaller all the time. The laser gets reflected and projected onto the screen with better resolution and color, which the mirrors flip back and forth in a phase called "Wobulation."

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1513

HiSense came to the Eastside studios today to install a short throw projection system that puts up to 100" screen from about a foot away. Scott says it uses lasers to draw the image on the screen, and it looks really impressive, even in ambient light. The projector also comes with a sound bar and sub woofer, and the audio quality is quite good. And it should be since it costs $10,000!

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1181

Scott went and saw Furious 7 at the TCL Chinese Theater, where he saw it in IMAX with their new laser illuminated projectors. Scott says it was some of the best projected images he's ever seen. Amazingly deep blacks, bold colors, and incredibly bright. But even then, it can't project in high dynamic range like the Christie laser projector across the street at the El Capitan. It's still an amazing new technology, though. The good news is that the laser illuminated projection means you don't need a silver screen to project it. Which is great for 2D movies.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1121

Scott joins us this week to talk about the laser video projectors he saw this week at the CEDIA convention. Scott says there was a few different ones there this year including one by Epson that had one for under $8,000. Sony also had one, but that was $50,000, and Digital Projection had one for $120,000. They use a blue laser which is then divided up and one part is shined on a yellow phosphor which glows different colors. It then gets split into red and green, and you have RGB light from one laser.