Monthly Archives: August 2015

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.

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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.