If I had a functioning projector I could get by with I would hang a while longer, if I didn't, I'd buy a mid range projector to tide me over......till the Laser Era dawns.
I feel lasers will bring a significant contrast boost to LCoS, while increasing brightness. 3D lovers rejoyce! Hopefully stackable external laser source/s, incoherent laser light sent down the optical cables to the head unit, polarized in the head unit.
No need for DI's or user adjustable Irises, user dimmable or/and dynamically dimmable light source, making lens cost cheaper. Due to less heat in the head unit, possibly that too may be cheaper to manufacture. Auto full fade to black. An advantage being able to turn on or off frequently without worring about shortening the life of the light source. Constant light output for the life of the lasers, no reapeat calibration.
I do wish RED well, I'm sure RED will deliver their product.....the question is when?.........but their efforts and publicising such would have got the likes of Sony, Panasonic and JVC to speed up product development for the upcoming Laser Wars.............Sony has had their stackable laser modules for years now just waiting for the right time to introduce such tech...available to all manufactures BTW:
DNP has their Green de-speckle hologram chip:
Panasonic appear to be using a phosphor wheel to tackle speckle(could it be a variation of the DNP chip), using a blue laser to create green:
RED has had a major impact in the video camera market, projector manufacturers won't stand idle and let their projector manufacturing units decline(sure the market is small....but the profits are there, I'm guessing they are far higher per unit than flat panels?) No doubt manufacturers will keep milking the globed projector market for as long as possible...........but LASER will be the must have word in brochures........ by the time RED delivers it's baby.