Toshiba Projector Does Close Captioning

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One of the problems with showing television or DVD programming to a group using a projection system—particularly in business situations—is that close captioning information included with video programming is usually entirely lost. Sometimes, that’s not a big deal, but when an audience includes the deaf or hard-of-hearing, it makes all the difference in the world.

Toshiba’s new TLP-X100U mobile projector aims to address that shortcoming for the business crowd, offering a slim design (less than three inches tall), 3LCD technology for decent color reproduction, and a blackboard function that lets users make presentation on non-screen surfaces like blackboards or a painted wall. However, the TLPX100U also includes another key feature: close captioning support, which enables users to display captioning information from a television signal or DVD player.

“Toshiba added the slim, TLP-X100U 3LCD mobile projector with closed captioning to its lineup of projectors for use especially in education, professional settings, or in noisy environments,” said Toshiba Digital Products Division marketing manager Jane Poon, in a statement.

The TLP-X100U offers a 600:1 contrast ratio, a native resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels, 2,220 ANSI lumens of brightness, and a throw distance of 2.9 to 35.9 feet. The unit won’t be winning any points in the home theater crowd without an HDMI input, but sports two RGB inputs along with S-Video and composite, and RGB and audio outputs. It’ll accept NTSC, PAL, and SECAM signals.

The X100U is available now for a suggested price of $839.