Christie showed its new MicroTiles last night at an event to a packed house at Touch nightclub in New York City. MicroTiles are modular, digital display tiles that can be stacked and clustered liked building blocks to create a digital canvas of various sizes and shapes. (Check out my shaky-cam footage from the event...)
The LED- and DLP®-based system is designed for long, reliable commercial use in public areas, with no lamps or other consumable parts to replace. The LED light engine is rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness usage, or nearly 7.5 years of continuous operation.
With a screen size of 16" (408mm) wide x 12" (306mm) high, the tiles also feature a shallow depth of 10" (260mm) and require 2" (50mm) of minimal clearance for rear ventilation. Built-in sensors monitor each tile’s performance, allowing the system to be “self aware,” automatically adjusting brightness and color matching during setup and continuously over the lifetime of the display.The advanced optical design combines a balance of high brightness (800 nits), deep contrast, and wide color range (115% NTSC-1953).
According to Christie, the physical pixels of 0.5mm represent the finest pixel pitch of any large format display on the market, allowing for higher resolution than both LED (3mm) walls and LCD/plasma (0.7mm) screens.