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Mar 07, 2014
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Panasonic Corporation announced that it has developed the "Space Player(TM)", a new type of lighting equipment combining the functions of traditional lighting and video projectors to create new options and ideas in spatial lighting for the ambient lighting market. The Space Player will go on sale in Japan from July 1, 2014.
Panasonic has been working to enhance the value of lighting design for interior and exterior spaces, making full use of its hardware technologies related to lighting fixtures, including dimming and color controls, as well as its lighting software technologies, such as "Feu" - Panasonic's unique numerical index for illumination design which quantitatively measures the spatial brightness experienced.
The newly developed Space Player realizes a new concept of "projection lighting," utilizing projected visuals for lighting to create a wide variety of ambient lighting possibilities that were previously unavailable. For example, the new projection spotlight can light up an object while projecting video or product descriptions onto the surrounding space, or capture the attention of customers on a product on display through moving illuminations.
In addition to a design which is in the shape of a spotlight, allowing it to fit in any surroundings, this Space Player adopts a wiring duct installation method, a structure where the lighting direction can be freely changed and the ability to playback from SD cards or over a Wi-Fi network. These features make the Space Player easy to install in stores and facilities. The Space Player will be available in black and white.
Panasonic will not only sell the Space Player unit, but provide total ambient lighting solutions for entire spaces by offering the Space Player in combination with its suite of other lighting products. Panasonic will also offer video content for the Space Player to meet the various needs of its customers, thereby developing the lighting business by providing everything from hardware (manufacture and sale of lighting fixtures) to software (space design proposals by using its proprietary software technologies like "Feu") to video content.
Through the creation of a new projection lighting market, the company will aim to achieve sales of 20 billion yen for its whole ambient lighting business, including the Space Player, by fiscal year 2019 ending March 31, 2019.
*Space Player is a registered trademark (under application) of the Panasonic Group.
|Light source (lifetime)||Laser diode
(maintenance-free light source for 20,000 hours: until brightness falls to 50% of the original level)
|Resolution||1,039,680 pixels (equivalent to WXGA)|
|Power consumption (voltage)||125 W (for 100 V wiring duct only)|
|Focus/zoom||Electric powered focus/Electric powered zoom (2.2x zoom ratio)|
|Lighting direction||Downward below horizontal direction|
|Playback sources||Stand alone: Playback of still pictures/videos from SD card
Wired: Playback connecting to PC or DVD player via HDMI cable
Wireless: Playback connecting to PC or tablet over Wi-Fi network
- Lighting up an object while projecting video images onto its surrounding space (e.g. video that conveys concept of product and video of expected usage environment)
- Can direct attention on display products by using moving illumination
Restaurant on a wall
- Lighting up dishes to look more attractive, and drinking glasses to further sparkle
- Projecting brief explanation of foods and drinks on the table or along the walls
- Projecting tablecloth patterns, beautiful texture or window frames
Art gallery and museum
- Projecting detailed explanations of paintings and exhibits or instructions for usage of articles on display near to them, and using them as captions
- Improving the appeal to visitors by using small-scale projection mapping on exhibits and fixtures and equipment on display
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