Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Ghost Box Portable Projector

3D hologram projection is a developing technology and it is here. Controlled by a smartphone or tablet you can put your product in any environment without ever leaving your seat. New technology puts together 3D printing, pico projectors and touchscreen all into one box, literally!

Chicago-based creative studio Leviathan, teaming up with music foundry Waveplant, produced the project. Moving from an early art experiment to a commercial application, they combined a number of ingredients into a box for dreaming up custom designs. The elements:

  • Projection mapping with a moving object (a technique we’ve seen with growing frequency)
  • The “Pepper’s Ghost” effect – sometimes dubbed a “hologram” by folks today, it actually makes clever use of mirrors and human perception, in a technique first documented centuries ago. (Pepper was the guy who made it a hit in theaters in the 19th Century.)
  • A portable enclosure (suitable for retail, events, and the like)
  • 3D printing
  • Interactive projection controls on a tablet

Furture of Pico Projector Market Worth $10.09 Billion by 2020

 

 

 

 

 

A new study has come to light about the future of the pico projector market. Its estimated to be worth $10.09 billion by 2020. LED pico projectors are continuously growing in technology and in the eyes of the consumers. At one point projector market had been dying due to the costs for the average consumer to own one. Not only that but the size of projectors were huge! But within the past four years as visual technology has grown tremendously a rise in the projector marketing as been taking place.

The Pico projectors are an emerging technology set to revolutionize the global projector market by making projectors portable enough to fit into a person’s pocket. Pico projectors can be in the form of a small handheld device, or in the form of a tiny light-engine added as an accessory to consumer electronics such mobile phones, cameras, laptops, and PDAs. The Pico projectors are portable and handy and therefore can be carried easily everywhere.

This report presents the future of the global market and industry from both technical and market-oriented perspectives with techno-market oriented roadmaps till 2020. This report describes the market trends, drivers, restraints and opportunities of the the Pico Projector Market and forecasts the market to 2020, based on products, product models, technology,components, brightness, application and geography.The report presents a detailed analysis of product market such as USB pico projector, embedded pico projector, media player pico projector and stand-alone pico projector and forecast the growth for each one of them. In geography the report covers geographies like the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and ROW (Rest of the World). In 2012, Americas were the largest geography in terms of market revenue for the Pico projector market. APAC, Europe and ROW are also a promising market, along with China, India, Germany and the Middle East are providing impetus to the growth.

The report profiles 25 promising players with a SWOT analysis of key players in the Pico Projector Market. The competitive landscape of the market presents a very interesting picture, where a large number of small players have become a force to reckon with. The market is witnessing a series of new product launch and announcement and partnership across the value chain. Some big announcement by small and big players alike is expected in the coming months. Some of the key players in the Pico projector market include Texas Instruments (U.S.), Syndiant (U.S.), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (South Korea), AAXA technologies Inc. (U.S.), Aiptek International Inc. (Taiwan), Microvision (U.S.), 3M (U.S.), Sony Corporation (Japan) and Optoma Ltd. (U.S.).

[http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/pico-projector-market-196.html]

NEW Elmo BOXi MP-350 Mobile Pico Projector

New Pico Projectors are coming and Elmo has come out with a new one themselves.

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BOXi MP-350 mobile projector from ELMO USA.  This 720p HD LED projector retails for around $659 and offers 300 lumens of output.

With its futuristic styling, ELMO USA is making a statement.  The MP-350 is ushering in a new era of mobile projector.  With WiFi streaming capability and an ultra-short throw lens, this projector really separates itself from the ever-crowded portable projector space.  In addition to these features, the BOXi MP-350 offers all the connectivity you will need, including full-HDMI, VGA, and USB.  On top of this, you have lots of menu adjustments at your disposal, including keystone correction, contrast, brightness, and other image enhancement settings.

[Picopros.com]

 

 

Apple’s Newest patent – A’desk-free’ computer with intelligent, laser-powered projector and wireless charging

 

Desk-Free

Apparently Apple as recently patented a new system that will make the desktop computer no longer constricted to the the top of your desk. They have patented their very own wireless pico projection computer that will project directly onto any surface you like.

Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,610,726 for “Computer systems and methods with projected display” imagines a portable computing system devoid of built-in display, keyboard and nearly all peripheral wires. Instead of the normal laptop trimmings, the box would be featureless, save for the LED or laser light projection system and speakers. The invention even calls for inductive charging to do away with unsightly power cords.

Basically, Apple’s patent describes a computer housing with advanced smart projection technology. The device is not merely a projector, however, as the document clearly points out functionality would be equal to or greater than existing laptops and desktops. Further, with the integrated projection system, the device may be carried and mounted in a variety of spaces, while freeing users from fixed screen sizes.

The patent dubs the device a “desk-free computer,” as its form factor is neither a laptop nor a desktop, but something else entirely. The document notes that the invention is not to be confused with so-called “smart projectors,” which are limited in their image processing and color correction capabilities.

Desk-Free

Unlike traditional projectors, the desk-free computer would be able to process raw image data from a DVD or other digital medium. Conventional projectors receive processed data as a specific video protocol and at a predefined resolution output, both of which are determined by a DVD player or other multimedia component. Apple’s system is able to read data in the “raw space,” or pixel-level output prior to rasterization or other preprocessing.

Unlike static projection setups, the desk-free computer is able to dynamically change its image settings based on sensor data, like that from an on-board camera. Other sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor and depth sensor. Together, these components collect data regarding a display surface’s color, texture and other features to dynamically produce an optimized image.

Image tweaks would be “lossless” in that pixel densities may be dynamically adjusted for keystoning, or the compensation of an image shape to be presented as a right square or rectangle if the projector is set at an angle. Also, the computer’s user interface may be changed based on its distance from a display surface, which is some embodiments throws a 40-inch image from less than 15 inches away.

In addition to an integrated projector, the desk-free computer would also be substantially or entirely wire-free, with peripherals like a keyboard and mouse connected wirelessly. Further, power may also be transmitted via inductive charging, or through integrated batteries.

Desk-Free

[www.appleinsider.com]