At ISE 2014 in Amsterdam this week, screen manufacturer Draper debuted a new engineered screen technology called TecVision, which took them two and a half years, and more than $1,000,000 to develop. While available in five default configurations, this new material can also be custom specified, if a designer needs something specific for an application, such as contrast ratio or ambient light reflective value. The screens can also be manufactured up to 15′ in height.
TecVision features white surfaces with gains ranging from 1.3 to 1.9 — all of which have virtually no half gain angle, according to Draper, aside from the 1.3 gain material, for which it is greater than 75 degrees. All the screen materials are “4K ready.”
Draper says TecVision stands out for its quality, consistency and uniformity. Default configurations include:
- TecVision XT1300X White: A white surface featuring 1.3 gain and a half gain angle greater than 75 degrees. Best where ambient light will hit the screen surface and projector is brightness is not quite enough.
- TecVision XT1600X White: A white surface featuring 1.6 gain. Best where little ambient light will hit the screen surface and projector brightness is too low.
- TecVision XT1800X White: A white surface featuring 1.8 gain. Best where little ambient light will hit the screen surface and projector brightness is very low, active 3D is used or color combining passive 3D is used.
- TecVision XH900X Grey: A grey surface featuring 0.9 gain and a half gain angle greater than 60 degrees. Features an ambient light reflectance value of 48% or less. Best where moderate ambient light will hit the screen surface.
- TecVision XT1000X White: A dark grey surface featuring a gain of 1.0 and a half gain angle greater than 35 degrees. Features an ambient light reflectance value of 27 percent or less. Best where too much off-axis ambient light will hit the screen surface.
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“There are few companies in the world who are experts in designing projection screen surfaces,” said to Draper company president John Pidgeon. “Most screen fabrics are made by firms whose primary business is manufacturing textiles for other purposes. We’ve made a major investment in equipment, expert personnel and research time specifically to offer this line of revolutionary new surfaces unmatched by any other screen manufacturer in the world.”
TecVision also offers a departure from typical screen production, according to Bob Mathes, AV market manager for Draper. “Utilizing technologically advanced manufacturing methods, proprietary scientific formulations and establishing the highest quality standard, we are prepared to meet the rigorous demands of today’s projectors and the environments in which screens are and will be used,” Mathes says. “Rather than using “mass-production” methods in order to minimize costs, TecVision screens are individually produced; each and every screen surface is individually formulated, programmed, and manufactured with multiple checks for quality, consistency and uniformity from start to finish.”
More information about TecVision can be found on the Draper website.