New Canon Projector Requires a Single Ethernet Cable for HD Video, Audio, Serial Control

Canon’s new REALiS WUX500 projector has a number of new features, representing an advance over previous models.For the first time ever, Canon has introduced a new projector to the market that allows HD video, audio and serial control signals to be transmitted over a single Ethernet cable. The addition of this feature is designed to reduce the sometimes complicated wiring schemes that are typical with the setup of many projectors and the inevitable image quality degradation.

The new REALiS WUX500 Pro AV Compact Installation LCoS projector has two other significant new features as well.

With its network multi-projection function, the WUX500 can project video data from computers via a network, equipped as it is with WiFi capability. It thus offers a variety of applications that range from simple point-to-point direct connection to connecting multiple projectors to a single or multiple computers.

The new model also offers PC-free projection, meaning it is possible to project large JPEG images via a USB port without the use of a computer. Animated effects can be added when switching through the images, again without the need for a computer. The model also allows for the use of up to nine WUX500 projectors to be networked together to project a single giant JPEG image.

Other key features include:

  • The ability with the projector's built-in edge-blending function to combine displays from multiple projectors, as mentioned above, and independently adjust the corners of an image when faced with challenging installation environments;
  • A picture-by-picture function that enables the projection of two high-quality images from two different inputs simultaneously by a single projector; and
  • Multiple industry standard interfaces such as HDMI, DVI-I, USB, RJ-45 AND RS232C.

A second model, the REALiS WUX500 D, has a special simulation mode for displaying monochrome digital X-rays, CAT scans and MRIs.

Both will be available by mid-June with suggested list prices of $4,899 for the REALiS WUX500 and $5,499 for the REALiS WUX500 D.

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