The Evolution of Projection Technology

Since the 1890’s, films were projected on a screen and that was the time when cinema was in a trend. However, did you know that the screen and the images being projected had its history on how it was made? In the ancient times, there was a natural camera. How does it work? Actually, people living in caves can see the natural projection of light through small holes. These holes can project images onto the walls of the cave. Amazing, isn’t it?

In China, shadow plays are famous especially in the ancient times. Images were projected through cut-out figures onto screens which were made from thin cloth and was lit behind so that the audience can clearly see the projected images.

The use of the camera obscura didn’t show a good picture. Why? It’s because the images were projected upside-down. But through the invention of the magic lantern in 1659, images began to be projected onto the screen with a better view.

The father of invention, Thomas Edison, created the first “peepshow” device. It became the start of a better projection of moving images. In 1895, the cinematographe machine was invented. It was a success of a performance on screen.

And from 1950’s, commercial cinemas were projected through big and wide screens. Audience started to increase. And when the multiplexes were invented, the audience increased more and more. Through the VCR which came out from America, people started to watch Hollywood films at home. After that, the DVD’s were made.

Now, you can watch clearly the images being projected on screen. How much more in the near future?