Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2021

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Technical Innovation

ARGUS LED Dome System

After three years of research and development, Nanjing Lopu Technology, working in cooperation with Creative Smart Vision, launched “ARGUS,” a revolutionary, LED dome technology that provides audiences with a clearer, more vibrant compound-curved LED imagery. The ARGUS LED Dome technology is patented and manufactured by Lopu, based in China and produced in four standardized dimensions, with diameters of 15m, 18m, 20m, and 23m. The system can also be customized to meet a project’s specific needs. The system can deliver high quality video resolution of 4K, 6K, 8K, and more. Further, the ARGUS LED technology has adjustable brightness from 100 300nit, a sequential contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and intra-frame contrast ratio of 100:1. This means the system displays true black and a very fine grayscale.

A patented structural design ensures consistency in the smoothness of the dome’s curved surface and accuracy of its measurements. Magnetic connection of the circuit boards to the grid superstructure provides ease of service and replacement. Additionally, the patented, acoustically transparent circuit board allows speakers to be mounted behind the dome for accurate screen sound localization, so that each sound effect can perfectly matches the visual it accompanies. With its impressively low power consumption, the ARGUS LED Dome does not need a dedicated air conditioning system. The only regular maintenance is a dusting and surface cleaning. The LEDs can last over 100,000 hours.

The ARGUS LED Dome is a revolutionary viewing experience that facilitates a more fully immersive storytelling experience in large dome applications with superior clarity, color saturation, high contrast and a wide viewing angle. With this platform, imagery can be startlingly lifelike and appear three dimensional. The technology also opens the door to potentially new applications using this pioneering compound-curved screen LED technology. The technology also offers solutions to many of the challenges associated with traditional projection, such as brightness, saturation, contrast, high maintenance and repair costs, and cast shadows within a theater.

Promising applications include flying theaters, planetariums, museums, and themed attractions. It has the capacity to precisely display scenes such as the intricate darkness of galaxies and the murky depths of the ocean. The opportunity for new guest experience applications is significant. Ultimately, this technology is a welcome, new tool with great potential for designers and producers of themed attractions.

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