Product Review: Vikuiti Rear Projection Film

Vikuiti enhanced screens are ideal for areas where light changes and cannot be controlled. Video walls, digital signage applications, flashy retail and trade-show graphics benefit from the consistent display that Vikuiti lends to the screen. The multi-layered film doesn’t make the images bigger; however, the contrast between light and dark allows for better viewing. When image is everything, the importance lies in maintaining the same look despite different angles and lighting.

3M began the technological research for Vikuiti (Vie cue ah tee) in the 1930’s with the “Glass Beads Project” which was essentially tape with reflective glass. The tape was intended to delineate street lanes, increasing visibility at night when headlights would reflect off the tape. The tape, however, did not stick to the road and the project was almost canned if not for the idea of using the tape on street signs.

During World War II the tape was used to mark troop and supply truck routes. The original glass bead concept gave way in the 80’s to Diamond Grade Sheeting, many times brighter than the previous technology.

The year 2000 heralded the emergence of Vikuiti Display Enhancement Films in products such as cell phones, laptops and LCD TV’s. Vikuiti, a hybrid of the words, “visual acuity”, brightens the picture by focusing the projected light into one tiny point. Vikuiti films have hundreds of reflective layers in a sheet no thicker than a piece of paper. The screen can be cut using a circular or jigsaw to fit any shape you
need. The lightweight screen can easily be hung or floor mounted, framed or suspended from wires. The product is quite durable and resists scratches.

For a consistent high-resolution display, Vikuiti works.