Originally Posted by imagic
I can't think of a single reason it isn't
going to happen. I suppose there will be folks who reject the auto calibration, but from a technical standpoint it is just measurements and adjustments—basically pure science. Therefore, it can be automated. The primary barrier is cost and performance.
A long, long time ago photo printers also required professional calibration. Eventually, auto-calibration took over and found it's way into inexpensive desktop printers. Today, auto calibration for photographic color printers is taken for granted. The same thing will happen with projection, thanks to the constantly improving quality of photo sensors.
It is already happening (AV Foundry VideoEQ Pro) and it is super accurate. Two problems still, however, it doesn't take room lighting into consideration, and even after about 4 years since its introduction, the price is still very high (IIRC $1500) .
Almost forgot, when used with projectors, the end result is not that accurate although on regular TV it's very accurate (again, minus the ambient lighting compensation at all)
We're still a long way to get there. Only when it can be bought (videoEQ and a proper sensor) for $300 or less AND it can also take ambient lighting into consideration, auto cal will be something that can truly replaces a professinal calibration.