Clarity gives feds a look at the big picture
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Jun 12, 2000
Clarity Visual Systems Inc. will introduce a new 67-inch digital wall display
later this week, in a move that the company hopes will make it king of the
large-format, data visualization market.
The product, called Lion, is a rear-projection digital display system
that will allow users to display images with 1,280-by-1,024 native resolution.
"For things like military data walls and command and control applications,
the bigger size and higher resolution should fit nicely," said Ed Kiyoi,
product manager for Clarity.
The new product is the first to feature Clarity's advanced performance
liquid crystal display (AP/LCD) technology. AP/LCD consumes less power and
has a longer lamp life than previous LCDs, according to Kiyoi. It provides
1,500-to-1 contrast ratio performance, which is up to 10 times better than
other display technologies. Essentially, higher contrast improves picture
quality by making the dark parts of an image indeed appear dark, as opposed
to gray and washed out. And AP/LCD's greater light efficiency enables the
devices that use it to be as little as 16 inches deep.
Lion also features a multiple lamp setup, a feature that should prove
very valuable in environments that cannot risk system downtime, said Lisa
Vielbig, marketing communications manager at Clarity.
"If one [of the lamps] goes down, it may get a little dimmer, but you
don't lose any information that's on the wall and you can fire up another
lamp with a remote control," Vielbig said. "There is a lot of built-in redundancy."
Clarity is targeting the new product at federal agencies that use a
variety of data visualization applications, including military command and
control and any other environment where a digital wall is needed to communicate
critical information to an audience, Kiyoi said.
Lion will be available this month through the GSA schedule or through
some of Clarity's resellers. Pricing will be about $22,000, Kiyoi said.