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H-5D 3D Projection System


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During my recent visit to The Gadget Show Live at the Birmingham NEC we saw a huge amount of premium quality, and premium priced, kit from the giants of home entertainment. Samsung had a truck that looked like someone had stolen it from a formula one racing team full of 84” 4K televisions. KEF didn’t really need anything to grab your attention anyway, but the £20,000 bright orange speakers pumping out huge volume did the job just fine.

However, amongst all the big name brands, the stand that caught my attention most on my travels was a relatively humble one. Behind me I could hear the unmistakable sound of Bruce Wayne’s hands and feet ruining somebodies day. How can you not go and have a look?

Investigating the commotion soon saw me herded into the stall and 3D glasses appeared in my hand. I’m more than a little sceptical when it comes to 3D and having owned a projector for many years, until televisions became the obvious choice, the thought of a 3D projector really didn’t grab me.

The system was created by an independent UK based company called H-5D. The key components of the system are a Windows 8 gaming PC, a 720p projector and their own magical box, which is roughly the size and shape of an amplifier, assumedly for adding H-5D’s custom 3D-ness.

Despite my scepticism the image that greeted me was very impressive, adding real depth to the action. Arkham City was picked for a reason. When the camera was rotated around the enemies each one came out in front of me and the image really did look very deep indeed.

The promise from H-5D is that the system will take a standard 2D input and convert it to 3D and take 3D inputs and convert to H-5D by increasing depth. Arkham City is 3D enabled so the image I saw must have been in H-5D, which looked absolutely great, but I’d love to see the how well the system works on 2D material.

H-5D Matrix System

The main hindrance in watching films or playing games in 3D, even for those who have a capable system, is that there isn’t really that much material in 3D and it’s very rare in a video game. If the H-5D system can deliver its promise and convert 2D to 3D, even if its not as good as native 3D, it would be a great incentive to go 3D.

They are also working on a light gun with a laser on the front so the whole game can be controlled from the gun. Combined with the surround of the 3D and a decent 5.1 home theatre system this could really be very immersive.

Probably the best part of the H-5D equipment is that you pay one price and get everything included, something they were particularly vocal about. And so they should be, the starting system is £3,500 and includes a 720p projector, gaming PC (Windows 8, Intel i3, 8GB RAM, 200GB SSD, NVidia GTX 660 2GB DDR5 GPU), 3 sets of glasses and the laser gun. This is quite a reasonable price compared with other 3D projector systems, especially considering the PC you get with it.

There is a more expensive system for £7,800 which comes with a better PC (Intel i7, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, NVidia GTX 690 2GB DDR5 GPU) and triple 720p projectors. Which is definitely still competitive.

I was very impressed with H-5D’s efforts and they definitely punch way above their weight. Competing with the giants isn’t easy and I really hope H-5D get a chance to make their mark in a very competitive market. My personal star of the Gadget Show Live 2013.

Take a look at their website here.

Phill has been the director of a small IT repair business since 2011 which he runs alongside studying for his degree in Information and Communication Technologies at the Open University. Video games are his real passion and they take up more of his time than he'd like to admit.

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