Press Release

Christie Projectors Display High Definition 3D Images Generated By Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

CYPRESS, CA – (August 08, 2007) – Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, was selected by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a pioneer in surgical robotics, to help display high definition 3D video images generated by the company’s breakthrough da Vinci® Surgical System, which is designed to enable surgeons to perform complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach.

In demonstrations at trade shows and professional conferences around the country, Intuitive Surgical successfully harnessed the power of a pair of Christie DS+5K 3-Chip DLP® projectors to render highly accurate 3D images of surgical procedures in passive stereo, as seen by surgeons operating the da Vinci Surgical System.

According to Intuitive Surgical, prior to the da Vinci System, only highly skilled surgeons could routinely attempt complex minimally invasive surgery.  da Vinci’s innovative controls and high definition viewing screen allow surgeons to perform these operations with more confidence.  Intuitive is successfully using Christie projectors to more accurately demonstrate the sharp images seen by da Vinci operators.

“Christie’s projection technology delivers unsurpassed visual accuracy, allowing for high resolution, detailed images that greatly enhance the reputation of the da Vinci System.  Our audiences are astounded by the clarity and quality of the 3D images,” said Maynard Holliday, Intuitive Surgical’s senior vision project manager. 

“The superior performance of Christie projectors truly broadens possibilities for advanced research and education in the medical industry,” said David Fluegeman, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments group.  “For example, they could be installed in remote locations where interns, students and other medical professionals can view a surgical procedure in real time in high quality 3D.”

Fluegeman added: “Christie DLP projectors continue to redefine the standards of excellence in a wide range of applications. Intuitive Surgical’s new da Vinci HD Surgical System raises the bar for patient care. To demonstrate this remarkable advancement in robotic surgery, Christie projection solutions are the key, providing the power, brightness, contrast and razor-sharp resolution essential to display accurately the surgeons’ field of view.”

The Christie DS+5K projector offers exceptional image quality and detail with 6,500 ANSI lumens, native SXGA+ 1400 x 1050 resolution, and 1600-2000:1 contrast ratio.  Featuring high quality 3-chip DLP technology and the ability to display standard and high definition video, the DS+5K is the projector of choice for reliability, quality and presentation power.

About Christie

Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions.  With its recent acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit

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