Queensland University of Technology Promotes Scientific Visualisation and Collaboration via Panasonic Laser Projection

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Seamless Edge Blending

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has installed three Panasonic laser projectors to provide a seamless edge blending display with stereoscopic 3D capability within The Forum - located near The Cube digital learning space at the Science and Engineering Centre, Gardens Point, Brisbane.

The Forum is a specialist facility designed to host collaborative forums with business and government, community workshops, and professional education programs. Originally equipped with 6 high brightness projectors, QUT, under leadership by the Visualisation and eResearch group (ViseR), recognised that the room could realise greater potential as a high-end visualisation and collaboration space through upgraded projection technology.

QUT embarked on an evaluation of laser projectors and at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) concluded that the Panasonic PT-RZ12K laser projector was the best in its class. Three new RZ12Ks, coupled with high-performance graphics computers and an integrated congress microphone system, now provide stunning 3-channel stereoscopic (3D) projections to groups of 20-40 people. 

"The Forum is all about using technology to address the challenges of the world through visualisation and collaboration, by getting teams together to look at immersive media in 3D. It has great applications for conservation - for example, today’s scientists are capturing 360-degree video footage on endangered habitats or important archeological sites in the field, and then other experts can explore that here at QUT using the immersive and incredibly detailed projections. Equally, it can be used as a learning environment for the community and students; or government and business organisations who need new ways of visualising and exploring complex information, from engineering data to disaster response."

Immersive, Detailed Imagery for Enhanced Learning Experiences

The Forum is a unique facility, complementing the hugely successful Cube. The Cube was recently upgraded with a fleet of Panasonic PT-RZ670 1-Chip DLP laser projectors, and now features four Panasonic PT-RQ13K 3-Chip DLP 4K laser systems – sustaining one of the world’s largest digital learning spaces. With this latest upgrade, The Cube now has an 8k projection wall.

The solution was provided by national audio visual systems integrator, ProAV Solutions QLD, and will support the needs of the University members, partners, and the public for some years to come.

The laser projector selected for The Forum – PT-RZ12K- is the brightest laser model available on the market at 12,000 lumens, selected to provide the immersive and detailed images required by the University to enhance the learning experience and deliver better research outcomes.

The combination of 12,000 lumen output and high resolution makes the projector ideal for simulation, interactive exhibitions or virtual reality, and it can also support 3D. Panasonic’s RZ12K edge blending feature is designed for easy setup and enables seamless conversion of multiple projected images.

The selection of laser projectors is also in line with QUT’s ongoing shift from lamp-based projection to laser technology, reducing ongoing maintenance requirements associated with traditional lamp based projection solutions, where lamp replacements must be scheduled every 2,000 hours. In comparison, Panasonic’s RZ12K projector is designed to be maintenance free for up to 20,000 hours. 

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