By Andrew Liszewski
While it’s been designed primarily for full-dome projections in places like planetariums, dome theaters and even simulator rides, that doesn’t stop the new powerdomeVELVET projector from Carl Zeiss from being any less impressive. It uses Texas Instruments BrilliantColor DLP technology to not only provide an internal 30bit color depth, but it also manages to pull off an amazing contrast ratio of 2,500,000:1. Compared to other high-end projectors that are capable of 30,000:1 contrast ratios, the powerdomeVELVET is the first to offer an absolutely black backdrop, which is vital for applications like a planetarium where guests are staring at particularly small dots of light. The projector’s expected to be available sometime in early 2009 for an undisclosed and most likely massive sum, so don’t expect to find it on the shelves at your local Best Buy.