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Pioneer DVD Technology Enables High-End Interactive Video System for Public Display Kiosks


08:10 a.m. Apr 19, 1999 Eastern

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 1999--

System Combines DVD Player, Direct Touch Interface

and TV Monitor for Complete Solution

Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc. Monday unveiled a complete, interactive DVD system with touch-screen capability that does not require a computer for operation.

It is ideal for information kiosks, public exhibits, in-store point of sale, tourism and other electronic displays that are used by many people with little or no computing experience.

The entire system is comprised of Pioneer's industrial DVD-V7200 video player, a 20-inch or 13-inch touch-screen video monitor, and an interactive DVD-video disc. The player is highly programmable for unattended use and offers self-management features simplifying operation.

The touch screen, developed by Neuro Logic Systems, Camarillo, Calif., connects directly into the DVD-V7200 player's RS-232 serial port enabling it to work with whatever disc is being played by the system. No special software drivers are required to support the discs.

With its built-in weekly timer and direct-touch interface, the DVD-V7200 video player can effectively manage itself. It can be programmed to start or stop at any hour of the day. With the touch screen, kiosk visitors can simply go to it and press identified pre-programmed screen locations for desired information. The DVD player and disc do the rest.

"This is exactly what many DVD developers have been looking for," said Linda Toleno, vice president of sales for Pioneer's Industrial Video Division. "It's a simple, more reliable solution for interactive kiosks. It removes a major piece of hardware -- a computer -- from the equation thus reducing overall system costs and maintenance requirements. It also is not subject to file corruption or other computer-related sources for failure."

Pioneer's DVD-V7200 was introduced in February 1998 as the first industrial player to totally optimize the revolutionary new DVD-video format. The DVD-video format offers superior color reproduction and picture resolution, more than two hours of video on a single-sided disc and up to eight audio streams. It also offers multi-angle playback, up to 32 different sub-picture streams and seamless branching between video segments for true non-linear playback.

The video player is compact (8 1/4-inch wide, 4 11/16-inch high and 16 1/16-inch deep), weighs only 10 pounds, 13 ounces and, at 10,000 hours MTBF, is highly reliable. Other unique features include frame-accurate search capabilities, a video blackboard, external sync lock for multiple player applications, barcode compatibility and hyper video capability.

Neuro Logic Systems, developer of the DVD-V7200 touch screen capability, has designed and built specialty video display products since 1989.

The Industrial Video Division of Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc., with headquarters in Long Beach, Calif., is the leader and technical innovator in optical disc and display technologies for the industrial market. Pioneer New Media Technologies is a subsidiary of Pioneer Electronics Corp.

For more information on Pioneer's DVD-V7200 player and other industrial products from Pioneer New Media Technologies, visit the company's Web site at www.pioneerusa.com or call 310/952-2111.


Copyright 1999, Business Wire



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