CELEBRATE Laser Illuminated Projection and the 10th Anniversary of LIPA’s Founding

May, 2021, marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of LIPA, the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (www.LIPAinfo.org).  LIPA was born out of a perceived need to provide “one voice” to update and rationalize the regulation of digital projectors that would incorporate Lasersinstead of Lamps, as their projected light source.

At the time LIPA was conceived and founded, a number of companies involved in Cinema Projection and companies developing the lasers and laser engines to power them, had already begun doing demonstrations to various future stakeholders, known collectively as “Hollywood”.  This group of LIPA Co-Founders wanted to be sure that existing laser safety regulations would not impede the development and commercialization of this new technology.

But the story of Laser Projection began long before LIPA’s founding…so we have invited you all to help recall and complete the story, celebrate the progress and “tell the future” of LIPs.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 27th, 2021 

  • Session 1: 4-6AM NY / 10AM-12PM Brussels / 4-6PM Beijing / 5-7PM Tokyo
  • Session 2: 7-9AM San Francisco / 10AM-12PM New York / 4-6PM Brussels              

WHY:   The goal of these sessions is to inform, recollect, ponder, excite and CELEBRATE what has turned out to be a huge step forward for projection. All of you have made contributions to this massive change in projection illumination – invention, development, forecasting, education, gatekeeping, investing, exhibition – guardians of image quality, economics and safety. Many of you continue to do so!

WHAT:  Each session will consist of a two-hour GoToMeeting.  Participants are encouraged to participate as they wish – anecdotes, questions, answers, stories, mysteries, clues – all with the goal to more completely inform the group as to what happened, when, how, why and “who dunnit”.  The audience will include 10-20 “Pioneers” – many LIPA members, some not – to guide various topics such as:

  • When did laser projection start?
  • What lasers were used in the early days?
  • Were there any products or demos in the 90s?
  • What was the impact of the conversion from film to Digital on the development of LIPs?
  • Why did it take so long to get from concept to commercialization 1995 – 2014?  – Beck and Niven dialog
  • What companies Co-founded LIPA? How much was invested to get the regulations right?
  • How did the broader financial markets impact (and impede) development and commercialization?
  • How were the conversions from film to digital Cinema and the development of LIPs intertwined?
  • How did DCI and Hollywood act as guardians of image quality for Digital Cinema
  • What impact did 3D have on LIP development?
  • What were the biggest Regulatory challenges and how were they overcome?
  • What technical breakthroughs enabled development of laser projection?
  • What is the current status of LIP vs. LAMP regulation?
  • What is the future of LIPA (Current Members speak)

HOW: Any participant can enter the discussion live, send questions in advance (billbeck59a2@gmail.com) or send questions (or answers) via the GoToMeeting Chat box. All interested in LIPs are welcome. 

**REGISTRATION**: https://www.lipainfo.org/aro/meeting/lipa10years

Any questions please email us at info@lipainfo.org

LIPA’s 10 Year Anniversary

What: Celebrate LIPA’s 10th Anniversary with members and Laser Projection Pioneers – past and present. The sessions will be informal and a great opportunity to learn some history, find out more about LIPA’s past successes and current work!

When: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Two Differnt Times: Session 1: 4:00AM-6:00AM New York / 10:00AM-12:00PM BRUSSELS / 4:00PM-6:00PM BEIJING / 5:00PM-7:00PM TOKYO
Session 2: 7:00AM-9:00AM San Francisco / 10:00AM-12:00PM NEW YORK / 4:00-6:00PM BRUSSELS

Where: A GoToMeeting. Invitations with topics and login details over the next 2 weeks. All are welcome, including anyone who wants to learn more about the history, evolution and future of Laser Illuminated Projectors.

Want more inforamtion about the meeting? Email us at info@lipainfo.org or subscribe to our mailing list below!

LIPA Board of Directors Elects New Officers for 2021

The Laser Illuminated Projector Association, also known as “LIPA”, has announced its officers for calendar year 2021.  Nominations were made in December and LIPA’s Board ratified the nominations listed in the table below.

Position 2021 Officers 2020 Officers
LIPA Chairman Goran Stojmenovik, Barco Goran Stojmenovik, Barco
LIPA Vice Chairman Hideyuki Kanayama, Panasonic Tsuneharu Nomura, Sony
Secretary Tim Ryan, Texas Instruments Tim Ryan, Texas Instruments
Regulatory Business Chairman Hideyuki Kanayama, Panasonic Hideyuki Kanayama, Panasonic
Membership Chairman Wei Gu, Appotronics Richard Miller, Seiko Epson
Finance Chairman Richard McPherson, Sharp-NEC Pamela Lothman, Christie Digital
Communications Chairman Goran Stojmenovik, Barco Goran Stojmenovik, Barco

Goran Stojmenovik continues as Chairman of LIPA for 2021.  Goran will also serve as the ad-interim Communications Chairman until a nomination is made and approved.

Hideyuki Kanayama, an early pioneer in the development of laser illuminated projection and an expert in international regulations, has been elected Vice Chairman of LIPA. He will continue to lead LIPA’s regulatory efforts as Regulatory Business Chairman in 2021.

Tim Ryan continues as Secretary of LIPA for 2021.  Tim represents Texas Instruments, a founding member of LIPA and long-time supplier of DLPÒ Chips to the digital projection industry.

Wei Gu of Appotronics Co., Ltd, has been elected Membership Chairman and will take over for Richard Miller of Seiko Epson.  Wei will help expand our membership, and in particular, increase our outreach to Asia/Pacific companies.  He will also help us develop stronger communications channels to LIPA’s existing and new members.

Richard McPherson, of Sharp-NEC Displays, is also a long-time member of LIPA.  He has been elected Finance Chairman for 2021 and will continue as a contributing member of the Communications Working Group.

LIPA Welcomes New Members

LIPA Formally Welcomes New Members at its Annual General Meeting

LIPA will welcome two new members at its upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 7, 2020.  DIGITAL PROJECTION and FOXSTAR TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.

DIGITAL PROJECTION, a multi-line innovator of projection technologies, will join LIPA at the Participant (2nd) level.  Digital Projection will bring its broad applications knowledge and depth in solid state Laser and LED illumination technologies, including remote illumination.  Digital Projection was one of the earliest developers of TI DLPâ projection systems.  Founded in 1997, Digital Projection introduced the first 3 chip DLPâ-based projector.  It is now a leader in multiple categories of projection innovation. 

It’s new Satellite Modular Laser System won “Best in Show” at the recent Projection Expo 2020. This innovative design consists of very small “projection heads”, powered by self-contained, rack-mounted 10klm Laser illumination sources connected via optical fiber cable. 

Digital Projection, a Delta Associate company, offers a very wide range of high performance 3-chip and single-chip DLP projection systems with brightness levels up to 40klms and resolutions up to 8K.  

LIPA welcomes Digital Projection and looks forward to extending both our technology knowledge and regulatory efforts to address exciting new categories of Laser Illumination.

FOXSTAR, a projector OEM/ODM has joined LIPA at the Observer (3rd) Level. Established in 2012, FOXSTAR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD is engaging in the business of R&D, production, sales and services of DLPâ digital projectors for the world market. Products are widely applied in the industries of business, education, home entertainment and engineering, etc. The company is providing OEM and ODM services to famous projectors’ brands in the industry. The company will rely on its own advantages and provide users with the most considerate, most cost-effective and fastest commissioned design and OEM and ODM productions in the industry, creating value and competitiveness to clients and creating a more brilliant visual world for mankind!

LIPA welcomes FoxStar and its large family of branded OEM/ODM customers in the Laser illuminated projector space.  LIPA will formally welcome our two newest members at this year’s online Annual General Meeting, (AGM).  This year’s AGM will include speakers on Laser Regulation, Technology, Market Analysis, new applications of Laser Illumination and a panel discussion on the challenges caused by the global pandemic.

Interested in joining LIPA, please contact us at info@LIPAinfo.org

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