High End Systems (HES) introduces Showpix™, a combination LED wash light and graphic image-displaying fixture that represents the first in HES’ new product line of Pixelation Luminaires™.
Showpix is another “radical rethinking” lighting product concept by inventor and HES chief technology officer Richard Belliveau and his research and development team. “With Showpix we have merged a high-power LED wash light with a programmable high intensity graphic display,” states Belliveau. “Showpix is simultaneously capable of operating as a high-power conservative illuminator and producing mind blowing graphic images.”
Showpix is more than just an LED wash light on a moving yoke. Its 18-inch diameter head features a circular array of 127 homogenous three-watt LEDs with an output of 24,000 RGB lumens. These pixels offer unlimited visual possibilities by projecting not just washes of color, but also displaying images and other eye-catching effects that transform the fixture head into a display device.
Showpix is equipped with a PixelArt™ collection of custom-created media files and images designed specifically for the product. Users can easily upload their own files and images through the new HES Echo™ application, a software program offering content visualization, management, and uploading capabilities, as well as RDM management features. Instantaneous conversion of many file formats automatically optimizes or “supercharges” the images and maps the files to the 127 LED pixels of Showpix. The user can see this mapping displayed on their computer prior to uploading to the Showpix.
Showpix is controlled using a standard DMX lighting console. Many of Showpix’s features allow for user creativity, including color mixing, rotation, scale, wipes, dissolves, transitions between layers, strobing, and dimming. In addition, content can be mapped across numerous Showpix fixtures to allow for full stage imagery using a software process called Pixellage™. Another new feature, DMX Scratch™, allows a user to synchronize the frames of a media file to music during a show in real time. A user-selectable pixel mapping protocol also allows the user to have individual control of each of the 127 LEDs for some creative programming effects.
Comments HES executive VP Bill Morris, “The initial response to Showpix has been phenomenal. Our position in the marketplace with price and application makes this an instant success for both High End Systems and our customers.”
Morris continues, “Richard and his team have developed a new generation of wash light, while further establishing HES in the LED marketplace. That’s a double win.”
Recently, HES gave its worldwide customer base a preview of the product in an emailed video campaign, which is available for viewing on High End Systems’ website. Showpix begins shipping in June and throughout that month will be featured in worldwide open house events.