JVC's Technical Demos: Products of Tomorrow

This image was lost some time after publication.
This image was lost some time after publication.

I visited JVC's technical demo room corner, where I couldn't bring a camera, but I thought you might suffer through my bad humor/grammar for a little vicarious "future of JVC" action.

They had a microprojector about the size of a biggish pocket, with smooth detailing and one button. I couldn't see any inputs and this was not running.

Mini-DV to MPEG2 Converters
Directly beside the projector were two similarly rounded boxes, the first of which was about the size of the projector. I read the sign to see what this was. Mini-DV converter. The technical rep anticipated my surprise, explaining that Mini-DV is a technology that will soon be phased out, but many consumers would still have a large library of home movies they didn't want to lose. This box converts them to MPEG2, which can be burned to a DVD. A model about triple its size was close by, which had a built in DVD burner.

HD-ILA 3D Television
You need to wear shutter glasses to see the otherwise blurry image in 3D. I put them on and watched a jeep driving through some sort of wooded area. While certain parts of the image felt very pop-up book, with multiple 2D layers, the road and its patches of grass were quite immersive. The image fluttered to black at a constant, and once again anticipating my question, the rep explained that this demo could only run at (30HZ?) per eye, but he was confident that they could reach the necessary 60 for a seamless image. Then he added that this TV was really just a modified version of what they had on the market now, streaming a 3D-encoded DVD.


Cinemawide Television...err...HD-ILA Technology?
I should have taken better notes. I couldn't figure out what drew me so much to this large, 60" or so TV. Then I was told, it was not built in the 16x9 (1:78:1) format, but the 1:85:1 film standard. It just felt more like a movie.

This was by far the showstopper. It was displaying The Corpse Bride with blacks that looked like Black. I asked the tech rep about the contrast ratio. He smiled, "It's 1,000,000:1."

The picture was beautiful. I wish I could have seen a clip with more color and wider tonal range to really test what it really could do.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


Mark Wilson

I've heard stats ranging from 50,000:1 to 100,000:1