DepthQ projector (a brief) evaluation

Written by Paul Bourke
Jan 2008

The following is a very brief test/evaluation of the DepthQ projector as a means of presenting stereoscopic content. The DepthQ projector been around for a few years and is interesting in so far as it is a relatively low cost projector (DLP) that can support 120Hz frame sequential stereoscopic projection. It has occupied a unique position in the market since its release because the next alternative/competitor is at least an order of magnitude more expensive. The main market for this projector is as a portable projection system that, unlike passive polaroid based stereoscopic projection, does not require a special screen surface nor does it require a tedious and often time consuming projector alignment/calibration.

The main reason for this test was to verify that it functioned with Mac OS-X and Linux, this was verified. In both cases, the Linux box and Mac Pro, an nVidia fx4500 was used. In terms of image quality, the projector performed as expected given that it is only 800x600 pixels. At 1600 ansi lumens peak it isn't bright but about average given its vintage and price range.