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At Igloo, we’ve been creating shared immersive environments for over a decade. We’ve always said that the quality of any immersive experience rests on the content - but, of course, to do justice to high-quality content, you’ve got to factor in the quality of the display.

For us, that means cultivating close relationships with all the leading projector manufacturers as well as keeping tabs on the evolution of the projection and large-format LED markets. As the two types of displays battle it out, manufacturers are racing to stay ahead with new innovations all the time - which is great news for Igloo and our clients.

One such innovation we’ve been particularly intrigued by is the new Satellite MLS projector from our good friends at Digital Projection.

We're creating more-and-more high-end installations, so we're working more-and-more closely with our friends at Digital Projection

We caught sight of it at ISE2020 (where we launched our immersive workspace). And what really piqued our interest was how a huge, super-bright, super-clear image was being projected by a relatively small projector head.

It’s well-known in projection tech that the brighter you go, the bigger your projector gets, the more noise it makes, and the hotter it gets. So you’ve got to consider this when designing around potentially limited space, and working out your HVAC requirements.

Digital Projection’s Satellite MLS solves this dilemma by putting the noisy, power-hungry 10,000-lumen light source somewhere else - making for a smaller, lighter projector head that still outputs fantastic images.

Satellite MLS Projection System
A Satellite projection head in action at ISE 2020

Recently we were privileged enough to see the Satellite MLS in action at Digital Projection Headquarters. One projector head, powered by four light sources connected by fibre optic cabling, could produce up to a whopping 40,000-lumens. It’s particularly impressive when you consider that the head weighed less than 35kg - whereas more traditional, integrated projectors could weigh as much as 150kg to produce the same brightness.

Another unique benefit of the modular system is the ability to power multiple projector heads from a single light source, which gives installers more flexibility for immersive spaces, like our various Shared VR environments.

For a hush-hush client assignment we’re working on, we also got to pitch the new projectors against Digital Projection’s awesome range of Radiance LED systems. To understand the state-of-the-art and demonstrate the respective attributes of the two technologies, we worked together with Digital Projection on some revealing side-by-side tests. And, over the coming weeks, we will be sharing our impressions of the two technologies and the situations where each one excels (of course, it’s all the same to Igloo as either can be powered by the Igloo Immersive Media Player).

All in all, it’s an incredibly encouraging sign that display technologies continue to race ahead - and we at Igloo cannot wait to see where the race leads next.

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