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Publication numberUS20060132722 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/270,441
Publication dateJun 22, 2006
Filing dateNov 10, 2005
Priority dateDec 20, 2004
Also published asEP1672273A2, EP1672273A3, EP1672932A1, EP1672933A1, US7350929, US20060132721, US20060192923
Publication number11270441, 270441, US 2006/0132722 A1, US 2006/132722 A1, US 20060132722 A1, US 20060132722A1, US 2006132722 A1, US 2006132722A1, US-A1-20060132722, US-A1-2006132722, US2006/0132722A1, US2006/132722A1, US20060132722 A1, US20060132722A1, US2006132722 A1, US2006132722A1
InventorsChris Colpaert
Original AssigneeChris Colpaert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Projection system or lighting device
US 20060132722 A1
Abstract
Projection system or lighting device which is provided of a color sequential device as for example a color wheel (6), a rotating prism or other, wherein the color sequential device consists of a combination of at least one of the primary colors Red, Green and Blue with at least one of the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.
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1. A projection system or lighting device including a color sequential device, said color sequential device comprising a combination at least one of the primary colors Red, Green and Blue with at least one of the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.
2. The projection system for lighting device according to claim 1, wherein the color sequential device comprises a combination of all the primary colors Red, Green and Blue with at least one of the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.
3. The projection system or lighting device according to claim 1, wherein the color sequential device comprises a combination of at least one of the primary colors Red, Green and Blue with all the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.
4. The projection system or lighting device according to claim 1, wherein the color sequential device comprises all the primary colors and all the secondary colors.
5. The projection system or lighting device according to claim 1, wherein the color sequential device contains also White.
6. The projection system or lighting device according to claim 1, wherein the color sequential device comprises a plurality of color wheels.
7. The projection system or lighting device according to claim 6, wherein the color wheels are positioned one after the other.
8. A color sequential device for use in a projection system or lighting device according to claim 1.
9. The color sequential device according to claim 8, wherein the color sequential device is a color wheel or a combination of color wheels.
10. The color sequential device according to claim 8, wherein the color sequential device is a rotating prism.
11. The color sequencing device according to claim 1, wherein the color sequencing device is a color wheel.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

At present, color sequential projection systems make use of a color sequential device as for example a color wheel, a rotating prism or other, which produces sequential Red, Green and Blue images in the case of RGB color wheels.

Sometimes, a white segment is included to increase the lumen output, i.e. RGBW color wheels.

This way of creating colored images has its origin in the video industry. In the lighting industry however, instead of using the primary colors Red, Green and Blue, the secondary colors are used: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.

The problem of using such conventional projection or lighting device, be it with an RGB-color wheel or a CMY-color wheel or with any other conventional color sequential device, is that the color gamut is rather limited and far more reduced than the theoretical color gamut that can be obtained by combining the primary colors Red, Green and Blue.

As a consequence thereof, the conventional projection systems cannot be used in both market applications. Video applications require RGB-color wheels. Lighting applications require the use of CMY-color wheels.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In view of the above limitations, the invention concerns a projection system or lighting device which is provided of a color sequential device as for example a color wheel, a rotating prism or other, wherein the color sequential device consists of a combination of at least one of the primary colors Red, Green and Blue with at least one of the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.

The color sequential device can for example consist of a color-wheel that consists of a combination of all the primary colors: Red, Green and Blue; all the secondary colors: Magenta, Cyan, Yellow; and optionally also White.

Such a color wheel widens the color gamut of the projection system or lighting device according to the invention as compared to the color gamut of a conventional projection system using RGB-color wheels, and as compared with a conventional lighting device making use of a CMY-color wheel.

The new gamut is even wider than the simple unification of the gamut of a conventional RGB-wheel and of the gamut of a conventional CMY-wheel.

Indeed, by combining one or more of the primary colors with one or more of the secondary colors, so called new colors can be obtained that could not be created by combining the primary colors, neither by combining the secondary colors.

A major advantage is that such a projection system or lighting device according to the invention can be used in both video applications and in lighting applications.

According to a special embodiment, the color sequential device consists of two color wheels, for example positioned one after the other, wherein the first color wheel consists of the primary colors and White, and wherein the second color wheel consists of the secondary colors and White.

Such projection system or lighting device can be used in pure video applications, more in particular by using the RGBW color wheel and by holding the CMYW-color wheel on White.

In the case of typical lighting applications, the RGBW-color wheel can be held on the White segment, and the CMYW-color wheel can be activated for sequentially showing the CMYW-segment.

If in special cases the purity of the primary and secondary colors is important, the device can switch between both color wheels.

The invention also concerns a color sequential device as for example a color wheel, a rotating prism or other, that can be applied in a projection system or lighting device according to the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In order to better explain the characteristics of the invention, the following preferred embodiment is described as an example only, without being limitative in any way, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 represents a schematic view of a color wheel consisting of a combination of the primary colors;

FIG. 2 is a schematic view of a color wheel consisting of a combination of the secondary colors;

FIG. 3 represents a conventional color diagram;

FIG. 4 is a schematic view of a color wheel consisting of a combination of all the primary colors and all the secondary colors.

FIG. 1 represents a conventional primary color wheel 1 consisting of three equal segments R, B and G, which represent respectively the primary colors Red, Green and Blue.

Such conventional RGB-color wheel is usually provided in traditional video projection systems.

FIG. 2 represents a conventional secondary color wheel 2 consisting of three equal segments, in this case C, M and Y, which represent respectively the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.

The known CMY-color wheels are often provided in lighting devices.

FIG. 3 represents a diagram wherein the theoretical gamut is outlined by the widest curve in bold.

When a conventional RGB-color wheel 1 is used, a reduced gamut is obtained, represented by a primary triangle 3 from which the corners are indicated as R, G and B, representing the Red, Green and Blue obtained by a conventional RGB color wheel 1.

All combinations of the three primary colors result in colors which can be represented by a point within said primary triangle 3.

In a similar way, when a conventional CMY-color wheel 2 is used, another reduced gamut is obtained represented by a secondary triangle 4 from which the corners are indicated as C, M and Y, representing the Cyan, Magenta and Green obtained by a conventional CMY-color wheel 2.

All combinations of the three secondary colors result in colors which can be represented by a point within said secondary triangle 4.

By combining for example all primary colors and all secondary colors, any color can be obtained which can be represented by a point within a hexagon 5 as defined by the six corners R, G, B, C, M and Y.

According to the invention and as shown in FIG. 4, a projection system or lighting device can be provided of a color wheel 6 consisting of in this case six equal segments of R, B, G, C, M and Y, which represent respectively the primary colors Red, Green and Blue, and respectively the secondary colors Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.

Referring to the diagram as shown in FIG. 3, this color wheel can create all combinations of said six colors. Each combination can be represented by a point within the hexagon 5 defined by said six colors.

The color gamut of the projection system or lighting device according to the invention provided of such a color wheel is wider than the color gamut of a conventional projection system using RGB-color wheels or using CMY-color wheels.

The new gamut is even wider than the simple superposition of the gamut of a conventional RGB-wheel and of the gamut of a conventional CMY-wheel. Indeed, the surface of the hexagonal 5 is wider than the surface of the superposed primary triangle 3 with the secondary triangle 4.

It should be clear that a projection system or lighting device according to the invention can also be provided of a color sequential device of another type, for example a rotating prism, and that the color sequential device may consist of a combination of at least one color chosen from the primary colors, and one color chosen from the secondary colors, and that it may optionally also contain White.

White is often added to increase the lumen output.

In the case of color wheels, not all segments need to be equal in dimension and the colors do not need to be applied in segments.

It is clear that the color sequential device can also consist of two or more color wheels, for example positioned one after the other, wherein the first color wheel can consist of the primary colors and White, and wherein the second color wheel can consist of the secondary colors and White.

Such projection system or lighting device can be used in pure video applications, more in particular by using the RGBW color wheel and by holding the CMYW color wheel on White.

In the case of typical lighting applications, the RGBW color wheel can be held on the White segment, and the CMYW color wheel can be activated for sequentially showing the CMYW segment.

If in special cases the purity of the primary and secondary colors is important, the device can switch between both color wheels.

It is clear that the two or more color wheels can also be used simultaneously, and the colors of the wheel closest to the light source can be activated by holding the further wheel or wheels on White.

The present invention is by no means limited to the above-described embodiment represented in the accompanying drawings; on the contrary, such a projection system or lighting device can be made in all sorts of shapes and dimensions while still remaining within the scope of the invention.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification353/84
International ClassificationG03B21/14
Cooperative ClassificationG03B21/2026, G03B21/2053, H04N9/312, G03B21/14, H04N9/3114, H04N9/3197, H04N9/3123, G02B26/008, G03B27/547
European ClassificationH04N9/31A5P, G03B21/14, H04N9/31A3S, H04N9/31V, H04N9/31A5, G02B26/00W1, G03B21/20, G03B27/54E1
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Jan 18, 2006ASAssignment
Owner name: BARCO, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP, BELGIUM
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:COLPAERT, CHRIS;REEL/FRAME:017201/0213
Effective date: 20051003