Google Pixel 2 Will Release on October 4th and it’s Expected to Deliver, According to Rumors

Although we don’t know much about the Google Pixel 2, other than the fact that it is to launch on October 4th, there is much speculation floating around on what the next generation Pixel will include in terms of improvements and updates.  With the success the first generation Pixel saw, we are sure that the Pixel 2 will be an exciting upgrade.

Google’s ad above does seem to provide some insight as to what the Pixel 2 may include.  With a plethora of questions popping up in a Google Search Engine such as “what’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” “why does my phone take so many blurry photos?” “why doesn’t my phone understand me” “why can’t my phone update itself?” we get an idea of what may be coming with the new Pixel 2.

Some of the rumors surrounding the new Pixel mention that the new phone may come with a Snapdragon 836 chipset, which means that the phone would possess the same chipset powering the Samsung S8.

Another rumor states that the new Pixel will have squeezable edges, allowing the user to operate the phone and open applications like the camera with a simple squeeze.  If this is, indeed, a new feature to be included on the phone, it will definitely be a fun, new addition that is only now found on the HTC U11.

In any event, the questions included in the video above do hint that the Pixel 2 will include a longer battery life, a better camera, the ability for it to update itself as well as a Google Assistant, which means there is going to be more than a few things to look forward to!  But until October 4th, we will not know for sure although that date is very much right around the corner!

 

What to See for Apple’s Product Launch Event on Sep. 12?

Apple fans around the world are looking forward to one of the most exciting product launch events on September 12 at 10 a.m. PST, which marks the 10th anniversary of iPhone.

Three iPhone modelsWSJ has confirmed that Apple is going to unveil a new iPhone model loaded with features like facial-recognition technology and wireless charging. Despite the premium price, high expectation for the device has already boosted Apple’s stock price this year, capped by a nearly 10% run in August. Meanwhile, the company will also disclose updates to the two iPhone 7 models that debuted last year.

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*Note: This an iPhone 7

A New Apple Watch – Apple is also expected to unveil a new Apple Watch (Apple Watch 3) with an LTE cellular chip so that the device can access services like email, text, and calls without the necessity to connect with iPhone.

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*Note: This is an Apple Watch 2

A New Apple TV – Apple has been working on negotiating with major movie studios for a better price of 4K content in order to offer ultra high-definition films on its new Apple T, which is likely to launch on September 12 as well.

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*Note: This is not the 4K Apple TV

The New Headquarter – The new $5 billion headquarter campus itself has also created a big buzz since it was planned. Though it is still being completed, Apple told WSJ the event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theatre, a 1,000-seat auditorium that is located inside a circular, glass-walled structure with a heavy, carbon-fiber roof that was designed to resemble a MacBook Air suspended in space.

 

Are Nintendo Switch Projector Docks going to be the Big New Thing?

Nintendo Switch enthusiasts are currently buzzing about the latest news regarding a dock that will let you project whatever you’re playing onto a wall!

Yesojo, a company declaring the rights to creating the World’s First Projector for Nintendo Switch, according to their website, has come out with the Ojo.  There is currently no release date set for the product but a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo seems to be set for September 17, 2017.

The Ojo, which claims to project up to a 150” screen with 200 lumens, will allow Nintendo Switch users to enjoy an immersive gaming experience.  In addition to the large projected image, an article on Kotaku was able to get additional details, such as a dual stereo speaker, a rechargeable 20,000mA battery that allows for 4 hours of play, and a separate HDMI input source to connect to additional devices.

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Although the Ojo is going to be the first projector made that is dedicated to the Nintendo Switch, users are still able to create an immersive gaming experience with any projector capable of an HDMI input.   Pico projectors with included batteries can be an excellent substitute for any Nintendo Switch gamer seeking the on-the-go factor the Ojo is presenting.  Some examples of pico projectors that include similar brightness specs with a built-in-battery include the AAXA P300 or the AAXA P5, iCodis G1, and Amaz-Play.

Whatever route gamers choose to go, there are always options in bringing our gaming experiences to life and it is quite exciting to see the development of new products like the Ojo coming into play.

 

 

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality, a recent phenomenon that has attracted the attention of many looking for a quick (or long) escape, has become increasingly popular creating more competition among high-end VR System manufacturers.

HTC, the company that brought us the very popular and highly-rated Vive VR headset has just lowered their price to $599, which is $200 less than the steep $800 price tag it had before.  Because of this, Amazon is now showing a 1-2 month backorder for the device.  Although, one can conclude that the price cut came as a result of their competitor: Oculus, who introduced a price-cut on their Oculus Rift + Touch System not too long ago as well.

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Reviewers on Amazon rave about the amazing experiences they’re able to garner from the wearable device and with the new sale price going into effect, it becomes a bit more enticing to take advantage of.

The Vive System will get you the headset, wireless controllers and base stations, which is essentially everything you need to immerse yourself into a new world.  A free trial for Viveport Subscription is also (still) included, and it allows the customer to get copies of Everest VR and Richie’s Plank Experience for free.

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Viveport Applications available through Vive.com

Virtual reality headsets will very much provide a gateway into a new world that will allow one to escape everyday life while still being in the comfort of his or her own home.  Because of this, most will say it is completely worth it to invest in such a device… and we would have to agree!

 

Nuviz HUD (Heads up display) For Motorcycle helmets

A campaign put on Kickstarter in late December 2013 by a company that has a product to make motorcycle riding safer by providing information to the rider via a heads up display or HUD so the rider can keep 100% focus on the road. Nuviz is the first to offer the first product of its kind in the industry and it looks promising as more like it will soon likely follow.

341ea9625a0bce1c2ffc54b89300be2e_original6d7f22d6dd0930a82e48e0fba0ee099c_originalIt’s simply amazing how far projection technology has come and with growing uses for them. First adapted for fighter pilots and eventually making its way into vehicles as a nice feature to keep eyes on the road. Now the tech has found it’s way onto our faces! The unit uses a LCOS Microdisplay to project information onto a small screen that is positioned to the lower right of the helmets visor allowing information to be stationed at the peripherals of the rider.
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Unlike standard projection for home cinemas the HUD is developed to be used in all lighting conditions and seen in the photo above is very visible even in full day light. The controls to the HUD is said to be designed to work with gloves and can be placed wherever the rider feels comfortable using it.

 

 

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The unit connects to your iphone or android device without any wires enabling you to use your navigation, check weather conditions, scroll through music, and check your telemetry  at a glance as you are riding keeping your focus on the traffic for maximum safety. There is even a built in camera so you can take photo/videos of your ride.

Check out this video done by Cycle Sports TV

The campaign reached it’s targeted funding and a year after that at the end of 2014 have not shipped a single unit. We hope that projection technology in the industry will continue to improve.

Epson’s New Budget Friendly HT Models

Epson’s latest trio of projector home entertainment is set to arrive within the upcoming weeks, and with a budget friendly price tag it looks promising. They include some of the best features found on their higher end models.

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The HC 2040 ($799) is a native 1920×1080 3LCD projector with 2D and 3D capability, rated at 2200 lumens. It is basically an improved version of the HC 2030. The contrast rating has been boosted from 15,000:1 to 35,000:1, and quite a bit of the video processing capability of Epson’s more comprehensive home theater models like the HC 5030 have been brought down into this model, including frame interpolation.

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The HD 2045 ($849) is the same projector with wireless capabilities integrated.

 

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The HC 740HD ($649) is native 1280×720 and pumps out 3,000 lumens, so may be suitable for family room home entertainment without the need for a dark cave.

None of these are available for purchase yet hence no reviews can be done, but look out for them in full when we are able to get our hands on them.

Pico Projector Buying Guide

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There are many questions to ask when making a decision on purchasing electronic products. Asking the right questions will lead you to the best option out there for you. What kind of features does it have? What are the specs? And the important question of price. How much should you pay and is it worth the money.

We’ve put together a guide to help clear out some of the fog if you’re considering buying the latest trend in personal projectors. Mini projectors also known as pico projectors and micro projectors is a growing industry and here’s what you should know.

 

Projector technologies

Currently there are 4 different technologies used to make pico-projectors:

  • DLP is using tiny mirrors on a chip to direct light from a LED source. Together with LCoS this is the most popular technology today, used by many companies including Optoma, LG and Samsung.
  • LCoS is a tiny LCD panel (or sometimes 3 panels) that filter light from a LED source. Together with DLP, this is the most popular technology today.
  • Laser-LCoS is the same LCoS filter as above, but the light source is a laser. Lasers are always in focus, and are bright and efficient, however they suffer from Speckle (more on this below)
  • Laser-Beam-Steering is a new technology that uses laser and a tiny mirror (or two) that direct the light, one ‘pixel’ at a time. Because of the laser source, the image suffers from the Speckle effect.

Speckle is “random intensity pattern produced by the mutual interference of a set of wavefronts”. It basically means that there are shiny metallic-like dots visible all over the image, (it’s mostly on static images, videos suffer less). You can see the speckle dots with any laser-pointer as well.

Get the best technology for the best picture. The most important aspect that makes a great mini projector is the image it is able to produce. Look for high resolution projectors and look for high lumens. The higher the lumens the brighter the image.

Features

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If you’re going to be using your LED pico projector for multiple uses like watching videos, looking at pictures, or giving a presentation on it you should be in hot pursuit of a pocket projector with media tools built into it. Having the ability to search for files and go from video to images with onboard tools will make your experience with a mini projector more pleasant.

Other features to look for are Input/Output capabilities. Data is stored in a variety of ways these days and it’s a plus if you’re pocket projector can read and play different file types from different file storage like a flash drive or SD card. An outlet to attach a speaker for better sound quality is also a nice feature to have.

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Other features that you want to consider would be the battery life and the size and weight. Keep in mind that smaller size means less room for features and technology capacity.

Now that you have an idea of what to look for you can start your search for a small projector and there are many to choose from such as AAXA Technologies, Samsung, and Acer which can be found on Amazon.

Say Hello to Writing on Projections

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With the way the world is advancing these days, it’s no surprise that technology continues to expand its reach. TouchJet made a huge leap in the technological realm recently, introducing their ‘Pond’ product, a portable pico projector that has the ability to turn any flat surface into an interactive Android touchscreen. This can have huge implications for business professionals and families alike, as it eliminates the need to invest in large projector screens or interactive whiteboards, which usually cost around the 3k mark. The TouchJet Pond is set to cost roughly $760.  TouchJet has raised nearly $900,000 in pre-sales through the crowd-funding site IndieGoGo in 2014.

How Does It Work?

So, what makes the TouchJet Pond unique? For starters, it has an inbuilt system running Android 4.4, making the interface very familiar for Android users. More importantly, TouchJet aims to remove the need for an HDMI adapter, as they utilize a microUSB port for ease of connection with any Android smartphone. It comes packed with a WVGA resolution (854×480), measuring at 3 x 11 x 10cm, and weighing just 300g. It comes complete with two styluses, components that make possible a virtual touch screen.

Upon projecting the desired content, pressing the stylus onto the projection surface activates the IR transmitter, which then gets decoded and turns the signal into a touch input. Calibrating the receiver using a pre-installed app makes the taps on the projection feel very responsive. Additionally, using other apps that rely on touches (i.e. whiteboard or drawing software) gives users the feel of actually writing.

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Now, it’s important to mention how the interactive features actually operates. The IR receiver relies on line of sight, so users must be cautious to not stand directly in front of the projection source when writing/drawing on the surface. Unfortunately, this means users must stand off to the side, which might create an uncomfortably awkward situation. This can be a slight setback, but another feature overshadows this aspect. If the projection surface is a textured wall, users can still utilize the interactive feature without having contorted lines by pressing a button on the stylus. Users will then be able to hover right above the projection surface without touching it.
The Pond features an 80 Lumen LCD lamp, which is not really the most impressive feature. However, TouchJet claims to have placed the product at varying distances from different surfaces and were able to nail down adequate image qualities. They do recommend, however, that users choose a flat, white surface to optimize image quality. It boasts a 20,000 hour lamp life, about four times that of many traditional lamp projectors. There is an economy mode that makes it capable to run for up to two hours. It’s important to note that the brightness level goes down to about 50 Lumens in this setting.
A Bluetooth remote controls the onscreen cursor, while the IR remote emulates keystrokes. Users can also control the Pond using their own Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. You will also have the option to connect a regular USB keyboard or mouse into the microUSB port through an included microUSB to female USB adapter.
Additional features are built-in WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, a microUSB port, miniHDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal speakers are not very powerful, so users are advised to acquire a separate Bluetooth speaker.

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Take Away

All in all, the TouchJet Pond is a great alternative to traditional interactive whiteboard systems. However, its limitations come in the form of the lack of brightness, fair resolution, and the limitations of its IR system. However, it is a perfect portable tool for business professionals and families seeking a great interactive multimedia experience. Although it is a revolutionary product that is taking steps in the right direction, it remains to be seen whether or not other electronics powerhouses will follow in their footsteps.

Imagine a World with No More Adapters

Do you ever find yourself annoyed with the fact that you have to buy additional accessories and complementary tools to maximize the use of a product? For example, purchasing a projector doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you can open it right out of the box and display whatever you want. Often times consumers will find that they need additional cables and adapters to display a projection from their electronic devices. Sure, projectors these days come in compact sizes and are very portable, but the fact that the inputs require users to have an adapter of some sort readily available poses a red flag for some. Most pico projectors today have HDMI inputs, which then require adapters if users are to display multimedia content from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. In a way, this can defeat the purpose of convenience, and ultimately introduces a problem with the product’s pitch.

It seems as though Asus understands this issue, as they recently introduced their latest product–the E1Z, an LED projector that links to an Android device solely through a microUSB connection. They’re calling this “the world’s first.”

 

What To Expect

Interestingly, Asus has not yet revealed intricate specs such as the brightness, resolution, and the product’s availability. What we do know is that it boasts a 100% NTSC color gamut and a full RGB color spectrum support, both of which should create a vivider video-watching and game-playing experience. It can also serve as a 6,000 mAh charge station, as it has a rechargeable battery. The E1Z will most likely be around $200, as informed by Engadget.

The real question here lies in how the E1Z compares to its competitors. Yes, it does feature a microUSB connection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a revolutionary product. Sure, it provides users with an easy connection method, but users can get a substantially better experience with a different product using an HDMI adapter.

Assuming the E1Z is sold at $200, Asus looks to be putting out an affordable and easy-to-use projector for the traveling family or the entertainment enthusiast. It’ll definitely be a product worth experimenting with. Whether or not other competitor companies will follow in Asus’ direction of developing an adapter-free projector remains to be seen!

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Lenovo announces standalone Pico projector after Yoga Tablet Pro 2

Lenovo, known as the worlds largest manufacturer of personal computers surprised everyone a few months ago with the release of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Pro 2, a 13″ oddly shaped tablet with a pico projector built right into it.

lenovo-tablet-yoga-tablet-2-pro-13-inch-android-front-side-projector-5Although the idea was cool it didn’t receive the best response due to the quality of the projection and the ease of use for the projector.  Since it could not alter it’s position the projector had to be positioned so that the tablet was horizontal (as shown) to be able to project.  Although the angle looks like it would be easy to use the tablet at, it was just a bit too inclined and we felt like you had to be sitting almost completely over the tablet to get anything done.  Due to it’s size, the projector did not have a very high output, but that is expected as it is shoved into a small cylinder with no cooling.  Either way kudos to Lenovo for venturing on this product so that we could see just another plausible way for pico projector technology to be integrated into other products.

That being said, make way for Lenovo’s latest venture into pico projector technology, simply dubbed the “Lenovo Pocket Projector” this little projector is making big waves as Lenovo’s second ever projector product.

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Although only a few comparison images have come out we can tell just by looking at it that it’s definitely a small product.  Lenovo claims that it is something that is going to fit into a jacket pocket or even some larger pants pockets so its definitely a tiny product.

One of the main features that sets it apart from other picos is the fact that it can angle the portion of the unit with the lens on it up to 90 degrees for viewing from any angle.  We’ve seen similar things done with stands and tripods but never something directly integrated into the unit.

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They have also posted that the unit will output 50 lumens and have a native resolution of 854×480 which are not the most impressive specs we’ve ever seen but its definitely a good starting point.  It includes a built in DLNA and MHL functionality which gives you the ability to hook up to almost any android device available, mainly though the thing that we’re really impressed with is the battery life.  For a unit this size we generally see battery life as something that is compromised due to size constraint issues.  Not so with the Lenovo, it can put out up to 2.5 hours of projection on a single charge meaning that for the average business professional it can do multiple meetings without ever needing to be plugged in.

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The other features of the projector are very standard, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, and two .5 watt speakers give this projector just about the same feature set as any other pico you could purchase and for a premium price.  At $250 you could definitely purchase a more powerful pico projector.

Our final verdict on the Lenovo Pico Projectors?  It’s a good start, however they’re going to need to get to a point where they have more competitive prices and are up to date on the technologies being used in current projectors.  Once they get that down we think that Lenovo will be a great addition to the Pico Projector market and are excited to see what else they are going to release in the near future.

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