DigiVision, the developer of video-processing systems for the medical industry, travels to this week's CEDIA show to unveil a home theater-focused video image enhancer that is said to produce greater image brightness, contrast and detail from all video sources.
The product, which is the first in the DigiVision HT series, will carry a $2,000 suggested retail price and is targeted to discriminating home theater owners. Designed as a set-top box, it fits between the video display and the signal source. A full complement of input and output jacks is available for S-Video, composite and component video sources and displays.
DigiVision president Rik Thistle said the company has been known for the past 15 years as a supplier of image-enhancement circuitry for commercial-grade video displays and tools, including those used in the medical field.
"We found out just six months ago that we could adapt our system to the home theater market," Thistle said. "After showing this to several dealers, we find we have a wow factor going for us."
The DigiVision technology is essentially a real-time automatic-gain control for each pixel on the screen, he explained, with the end result of a sharper, crisper, more dynamic video picture in real time. "You will see detail in the picture that you previously couldn't see," said Thistle. "Dark areas will become lighter, and really light areas will be toned down a little bit, too."
The circuitry does not include trans-scaling circuitry (for line doubling or tripling), but it will work with such video-processing systems. "It works extremely well on LCD screens, CRT-based front and rear projectors, and plasma panels," Thistle said.
The circuitry is delivered in a set-top box (1.75H" x 17W") equipped with picture-adjustment controls for several factors. A remote control is supplied with the unit.
DigiVision has assembled a sales rep force to help take the product to dealers in the custom-install field, Thistle said.
"We have other products in the pipeline, and we are working on a lower-cost version of this technology that we will eventually bring to market."