InfoComm: Prysm showcases 'ecovative' thinking with TD1 displays

June 21, 2010 | by Christopher Hall

Prysm showed off what it calls its "ecovative"innovative and eco-friendlythinking at this year's Las Vegas InfoComm.

The company used the show as a launch pad for its TD1 tiles using the company's Laser Phosphor Display technology.

Prysm partnered with Vertigo Digital Displays and YCD Multimedia for its attention-grabbing display at this year's InfoComm 2010 in Las Vegas. The company's new TD1 tiles were the centerpiece, showcasing Prysm's low-power, recyclable and environmentally-friendly approach to digital signage.

The TD1 is based on the company's proprietary laser phosphor display (LPD) technology, which uses a patented laser engine and surface-emissive phosphor panel to create images directly from low-power, solid-state lasers, the company says.

The 25-inch tiles are stackable and tile-able in a variety of formations—and each tile "uses less power than a typical household light bulb," according to the company's promotional materials.

The highlight of the company's InfoComm display was a 142-inch wall made up of the TD1 tiles. At the left base of the display was an energy consumption counter that generally stayed in or near the 875-900 watt range. Company spokeswoman Christine Morris said the entire display could be powered by plugging it into most wall outlets.

Prysm says its tiles have up to 75 percent lower power consumption rates than most other display technologies on the market, which creaties the potential for serious energy savings.

The tiles also have "extremely low heat output" and require no specific air-conditioning, thanks to their "cool running solid-state components," according to Prysm. Since the tiles use standard voltages, there's no need for special cabling or power conversion, the tiles are self-calibrating and the software that monitors the tiles checks the status of both the single tile and the entire display, the company says.

The tiles also are made entirely from off-the-shelf components, Morris says, meaning there's a reduction in the environmental footprint of the tiles even as they're being built.

According to the company's website, "the production of LPD does not require large fabrication plants, or energy/water resources… . Overall, the lifecycle carbon footprint for LPD displays is 80 percent lower than other display technologies."

"And everything's recyclable," Morris said at the show. "They created this being very, very mindful of the environment."

And just because the displays are environmentally friendly does not mean compromises in quality, she says. The units produce 800 nits for 24/7 operation with a 60,000-hour lifespan, and they have a 180-degree viewing angle.

"From the very beginning, we've been very mindful of this approach," Morris said. "There are no compromises."

During the show Prysm put out a release touting its "game-changing display solution." The company says its display solutions are made up of four key components working in concert: one or more TD1 tiles, an image processor, user-friendly software for remote operation and several highly configurable frame options including a fixed and stackable rental frame. "We've been tracking this technology for quite some time and we're proud to be a signed channel partner for Prysm," Don Mastro, executive vice president, sales for AVI-SPL, said in the release. "We believe this technology will directly address the demands we are hearing from our customers, generating new projects and revenue."

Topics: Display Technology

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