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Multimedia projectors:

Multimedia projectors receive signals that can be either analogue or digital,


although most modern projectors only work with digital inputs. The signal source
is usually from a computer, television or DVD player. The image from the source
is magnified and projected onto a large screen. The devices usually work with a
remote control, but can also use virtual mouse technology which actually
becomes a cordless PC mouse with the same features as a mouse. It is then
possible to direct the computer presentation without being tied to the computer.
Another feature of the virtual mouse is the laser pointer.
Uses
_ Multimedia projectors are used for training presentations (to allow the
whole audience to see the images from a computer).
_ They are also used for advertising presentations (large images showing
product features of, for example, a new car, can be shown at exhibitions,
shopping malls, etc.).
_ Home cinema systems (projecting the images from a DVD or television)
use multimedia projectors.
DLP LCD projectors
Consider your budget. DLP is significantly more expensive than LCD, but
requires less ongoing maintenance.
Consider your environment. Will you use this projector in the same place all the
time, or will you need to transport the unit from place to place? LCD projectors
are portable and lightweight.
Consider your audience. How important is the quality of the projected image?
DLP quality is superior to LCD (although LCD is sufficient for most usage).
Consider what you're projecting. Film, photography, highly detailed graphics
and images, etc., will all appear crisper and brighter with DLP technology as
compared to LCD.
Projector Information

LCD stands for liquid crystal display, a term used to indicate that the
unit contains two transparent polarized panels, with a liquid solution
between them.
With regards to projectors, LCD projectors typically send light through a
prism from a metal halide lamp that separates the light into colors (green,
red and blue). The video signal is essentially split by color, and the prism
sorts the colors and projects the specified image.
LCD projectors are the most popular because they are lightweight and
extremely portable. Typically, metal lamps are used for their ideal color
temperature and ability to display a large amount of colors. Additionally,

metal lamps can produce a vast amount of light in a small area, making
them ideal for high-lumen outputs.
DLP stands for Digital Light Processing. With a DLP projector, white light
is projected through an array of movable mirrors that control the intensity
of each pixel of light as well as the color.
DLP projectors generally feature brighter, more defined display
outputs than LCD, but are certainly more costly. Many businesses and
educational companies prefer DLP over LCD.
Although DLP projectors are more expensive, they hold a distinct
advantage over LCD projectors with regards to maintenance. Projector
maintenance and cleaning are required to keep each unit in good
functioning order.
Every interaction with a projector ultimately costs time and money;
therefore, it is important to understand how often you will need to maintain
your projector throughout its lifetime. DLP projectors can save a bundle on
time and money since no filter is required, and DLP projectors features a
lamp free design.

Difference between LED and DLP projectors in terms of principle of working:


LCD and DLP projectors differ in the kind of projection technology used. Whereas an LCD
projector uses transmissive liquid crystal display panels that let light pass through, then combine
the images into a prism and project it through the lens, a DLP projector uses a reflective chip
made up of millions of microscopic mirrors, each of which is capable of independent movement,
to bounce light through a lens that then projects the image. LED projectors, on the other hand,
are defined by the light source, not the projection technology. Instead of a traditional halogen
lamp, they use light-emitting diodes, which are more environmentally friendly and longer lasting.
LED projectors use either DLP technology, replacing the color wheel and white-light lamp with
red, blue, and green LEDS, or LCoS technology, which is found in handheld projectors.
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Give two applications of multi-media projectors.


Give two advantages and two disadvantages of multi-media projectors.
Give two advantages LED flat screen displays have over LCD monitors.
Give two advantages DLP projectors have over LCD projectors.
Give two disadvantages DLP projectors have over LCD projectors.
Give two advantages LCD projectors have over DLP projectors.
Give two disadvantages LCD projectors have over DLP projectors.
a) Name the additional device required when devices like actuators and speakers are
connected to a computer.
b) State the reason why it is needed.
Give two applications where the following actuators are used:
a) Buzzers
b) lights
c) heaters
d) motors
Give two applications of plotters. State two advantages and disadvantages of it.
Give two applications of dot-matrix printers. State two advantages and disadvantages of it.
Give two applications of laser printers. State two advantages and disadvantages of it.
Give two applications of inkjet printers. State two advantages and disadvantages of it.
Bring out two differences between laser and inkjet printers.
Bring out two differences between laser (non-impact) and dot-matrix (impact) printers.
Describe two situations where dot-matrix printers can be best suited than laser printers.

17.Give two applications of 3D-Inkjet printers. State two advantages and disadvantages of it.