Monthly Archives: November 2011

Optoma ML500, Acer K330, Viewsonic PLED W500, Clones or just siblings?

Optoma ML500, Acer K330, Viewsonic PLED W500, How different are they?

At first glance you may think they are different as they have slightly different control panels but when you take a closer look you can tell they are almost identical.

These three projectors are all categorized  in between the micro projector and full size projectors.  Some argue they are still portable at almost 3 pounds while others love their true micro projectors which only weight 1 pound and are about half the size.

From the pictures that are available, its easy to see  that the optoma and viewsonic projectors have the same inputs and outputs.  They feature HDMI, USB, Mini USB, VGA, Composite A/V, S video, and Audio out.  The ACER K330 took 1 input away the S-Video as they decided there was not much of a need for S video with all the other connections readily available.

From the back these projectors look even more similar as all their components almost line up exactly.  Again the Acer K330 is SLIGHTLY different but still very much the same.

Its very interesting that 3 major projector manufacturers would be willing to make essentially the same product.  I guess portable projectors are getting that much more popular and even clones can sell.  As technologies continues to get better, real micro and pico projectors will hit the 400-500 lumens.  At that point things will get really exciting as everyone will need one.

Pico Projector phone concept

Pico Projector phone concept 

This cool concept is much like the Microsoft Omnitouch which allows for an interactive display from over your shoulder. In this particular case it will be projected from your Phone from where you hold it to your ear.

This concept is being worked on by designers at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.   Their idea is to be able to share projectors together or exchange content by using a side by side interactive touch display.  You’ll get a MUCH better idea of what I’m talking about by viewing some of the video.

The concept is really cool but I wonder what the end product will look like. Hopefully it will look more professional and not like a old cell phone brick from the 80’s.

$3 pico projector for iPhone

Pico Projector Hack for iPhone
In case you weren’t able to upgrade your iPhone 4S and cant mirror your phones screen with a projector, here is a $3 hack you can use to project.

This is in no way a REAL replacement for a pico projector but its fun to go over the basic concept of how a projector works and be able to do it for $3.(if you already have an iPhone) If you don’t have an iPhone its not really a $3 hack, its more of a $399 hack. You also won’t be able to control your iPhone since you will have to open up the box every time you want to do something.

If you want a real pico projector you can get one like the AAXA p4 pico projector.

You can play all your favorite iPhone apps with it and have it project.

MiLi Pro v2.0 Pico Projector

MiLi Pro v 2.0 Pico Projector

This is an older product but with everyone talking about the Brookestone iPhone projector I thought it would be a good idea to remind people what else is out there and that the Brookestone iPhone projector is not something ground breaking product, its just the newest better looking one.

The idea of pico projectors is to have a portable projector that you can easily fit into your pocket.  Many people even refer to pico projectors as pocket projectors.  With the pico projector expanding, and Apple just releasing their newest iPhone 4s, its no surprise that someone wanted to make a attachment.

The Mili Pro uses a Liquid Crystal on Silocon Led projector often referred to as LCoS.  It has 10 lumens and offers at 640 x 480 pixl resolution.  This projector can be found at Amazon for hefty$393.

Thanko Iphone Pico Projector

Japanese company Thanko has a new iPhone Pico Projector to go along with Brookstones new iPhone case / pico projector, and the older Mili iPhone pico projector.

As smartphones are being used more and more to watch media, the need for a small projector to watch this media on a bigger screen is large.

Unfortunately this little guy only has a resolution of 320 × 240 to go along with its measly 10 lumens.

In dark environments however, you can get a bright image and for 100 bucks this pico projector can be viewed as a fun toy and great holiday gift idea.

If you really want something brighter and portable, AAXA Technologies has released their p4 pico projector with 80 lumens with battery life of up to 75 min.  With 80 lumens you can get pretty good images even with some lights on and in the dark you can really get amazing images.

Pico projectors still have tons of room for growth, but product like these can only make us wish the progression would go a little faster!

Favi A3 Pico Pocket Projector

Taken from the Favi website

“The A3-WIFI by Favi is the World’s First Pico Pocket Projector that features an Integrated Mouse pad and also an Android Operating System. Features Google Chrome browser and Wi-Fi so anywhere you can get an internet signal, you can get connected. Perfect for watching online videos or picture slide shows from either the internal memory or online. USB port allows you to use USB keyboards and mice for a complete mini computer experience on a projector.”


  • World’s First Pocket Projector with Integrated Touchpad Mouse
  • Android Operating System
  • Connections: 1 x Headphone, 1 x Power (12V), 1 x Mini USB, 1 x Micro SD Card Reader, 1 x VGA / AV (RGB), 1 x USB
  • Native
    Resolution 800×600 and 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Connects to iPad, iPod, Android Cell Phones, Cell Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, or dvd players.
  • Built in Media Player with 16:9 or 4:3 Viewing Choices
  • 2GB Internal Memory with Expandable memory of up to 32GB
  • Projector Image Size 9″-100″