There is so much fine pitch LED stuff going in as video walls these days that it is easy to forget about other ways of doing a big digital canvas, like projection.
This is a project in Seattle in a building owned by Starbuck’s – but it is NOT the head office, just commercial property the coffee giant owns.
Starbucks initially built-out the office building at 505 1st Avenue South for their own use, then changed plans as a result of the recession, says a Diversified case study on the project. “We had to get prospective tenants interested in the building and were looking for something that would grab people’s attention,” explains Jay Philips, Director of Corporate Facilities for Starbucks. “We wanted a signature piece for the building.”
The answer was 9 foot high by 52 foot wide video wall done in the lobby using edge-blended NEC projectors and a system of mirrors.
For AV nerds:
Constructed and installed in collaboration with Lease Crutcher Lewis (general contractor) and Gunsul, Clark, Iverson (architect), the finished video wall measures 9-feet high by fully 52-feet wide, and is made up of four unframed Da-Lite Da-Plex rear-projection screens with a DA-100WA wide-angle coating. Content is delivered by six NEC 6,200-lumen XGA DLP projectors, housed in Da-Lite thru-wall, single-mirror rear-projection modules.
The six projected images are served content, seamlessly edge-blended together and synchronized by Dataton Watchout software residing on HP Z400 workstation computers with nVidia Quadro FX1800 graphics cards – one workstation per projector, with a seventh acting as the master production computer.
The set-up also has audio.
Very nice. Projection can be a big challenge in a lot of building lobbies because of ambient light, particularly in lobbies with a lot of windows. But in a building like this, with the wall a little deeper in and a shallow ceiling, it works!
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.