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Canon Realis SX50 Powers Naval Simulators

Norfolk Training Center Relies On Realis SX50 LCOS Projectors (December 05, 2005)

Simulation demands realism, and at MarineSafety Internationals Norfolk Training Center, where captains and crew members of tankers, ferries, cruise ships, and military vessels are trained in ship handling to the highest degree of readiness, only the ultra-precise images of the Canons Realis SX50, the worlds smallest and most lightweight LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) Multimedia Projector, will do.

A total of 18 Realis SX50 projectors meet the exacting image-projection standards of the maritime simulators at the Norfolk Training Center. The Realis SX50s SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution images are made possible not only by Genuine Canon Optics (in the form of a 1.7x Ultra Wide-Angle Lens) but also by Canons patented proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) technology, which achieves both the high brightness of 2,500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 while also reducing projector size. At only 8.6 lbs., the Realis SX50 is the smallest, lightest SXGA+ LCOS projector in the world. In addition to providing seamless imagery and enhanced motion-image performance, the Realis SX50 projects even the smallest details clearly and distinctly. Canons Realis SX50 puts this performance into an extremely compact package thats a perfect fit for the Norfolk Training Center.

?The Canon projectors are a key component in both of our bridge-wing simulators, the principal feature of which is that theyre full-scale and highly realistic, Capt. Boyce explains. ?Seven Canon Realis projectors go to seven 6-ft. by 11-ft. screens covering 225 degrees, where students carry out individual skill training for critical tasks like docking or giving orders on how to steer the ship. Its a huge, wrap-around image. If youre in a harbor scene, for example, the simulators Realis SX50 projectors show a visual scene just as if you were on the ship, and the software responds to your speed and commands, as well as presenting environmental forces such as wind and current.

Versatility is a hallmark of the Canon Realis SX50, which is capable of displaying true 16:9 720p HD broadcast images, and converting interlaced 480 (NTSC) and 575 (PAL) video to progressive-scan imagery with special 2:3 pull-down conversion circuitry. First and foremost a data projector, the Realis SX50 features Multiple Image Modes that provide myriad display options, including Standard, Presentation, sRGB, and Cinema modes. At the center of everything is a Canon high-performance 1.7x optical zoom lens that can project a 100-inch image on a screen from 9.8 feet away.

?The Canon projectors throw was short enough to fit into the existing theater without having to use mirrors, which adds to its convenience for our facility, adds Capt. Boyce.

The Realis SX50 projector includes multiple input jacks and connectors, and can accept a wide variety of digital and analog computer-display formats. Other inputs include DVI video and all major component, composite, and S-video inputs. All connectors attach from the side of the projector housing, making for a more convenient and attractive presentation environment. Suitable for front or rear projection, the Realis SX50 projector measures 11.26 in. wide by 11.18 in. deep by 3.78 in. high.

?The Realis SX50 projector was a very timely development on Canons part, Capt. Boyce concludes. ?The next time we need a small projector, well go with Canons LCOS unit for its brightness, resolution and portability. They hit a home run.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2004, with global revenues of $33.3 billion. For more information, visit

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