Barco Redefines LED Imaging Landscape

  • In response to an ever-increasing market demand to utilize LED display technology in a creative way, visualization specialist Barco is introducing three products that are ready to go beyond creativity. MiSPHERE, CREATIVE MiPIX and CREATIVE OLITE enable set/show designers to add shape, form and perspective to fully redefine the LED imaging landscape.
  • MiSPHERE opens up the door to new and innovative LED display solutions. A MiSPHERE consists of four full-color high performance LEDs that reside inside an opaque, light-defusing capsule. With 360-degree viewing angles, and the ability to play both full video and data, the MiSPHERE bridges the gap between existing video and lighting products. Individual MiSPHERES are daisy-chained into a string, with several strings in turn forming a 3-D visualization curtain.
  • Each MiSPHERE acts as a pixel within the curtain, making it possible to display images and simulate lighting effects across the entire curtain, while also achieving a "Look-Trough" effect and "Multiple Angle" viewing-effect for the audience all around the scene. The products have been exclusively designed for U2's "Vertigo" tour, which started in North America in March of this year.
  • MiSPHERE will be available for shipment at the beginning of 2006.
  • Following the successful release of the MiPIX block in 2003, Barco is now launching CREATIVE MiPIX add-ons that create unique display solutions without expensive and time consuming custom manufacturing. A standard MiPIX block measures 4 x 4 cm (1.6 x 1.6 inches) and contains four full color LEDs. It is lightweight and connects to other blocks by means of flexible ribbon cables, enabling set designers to create large-scale backdrops of any form, shape or size. Barco now offers creative add-ons that can be placed on top of the blocks to enable the industry to add another layer of expression for creative ideas: diffusers in the format of squares, domes or tubes; or full frame diffusers with creative cut-outs such as pakman or circles. Stephan Paridaen notes: "The modular nature of MiPIX inspires pure creativity, but just as important it permits designers to start over, think again, revise and enhance. And when the show is over, it can be re-used for the next project in a completely new configuration." CREATIVE MiPIX is shipping now.
  • The OLITE 510 tile is the only indoor/outdoor LED tile available on the market that can be broken down into 64 discrete modules. The modularity allows designers to fully integrate LED technology in set designs in any shape or size (ellipses, pillars, etc.), to let video flow over surfaces and to fully integrate LED technology in ceiling and floor. OLITE 510 is available for shipment now.
  • For more information, contact Barco Media & Entertainment at 916.290.5904, or visit www.barco.com