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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!

Leverage iPhone 6 Video Output Modes with a Pico Projector

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Now that the iPhone 6 has been out for a few months, we have noticed a whole bunch of users exploring different methods of utilizing its many features. One particular use has caught our eye, and it is using the iPhone 6 as a primary video output with an LED pico projector. With the influx of streaming apps and services, from Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube, to Chromecast, Kickflip, Liveleak, Ustream and more; streaming mobile video seems primed to take a bite out of cable’s stranglehold on live content. Anyone who has had to deal with cable companies customer service is ready to cut the cord, and this generation of mobile devices and applications are making it easier than ever.

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The iPhone 6 is a perfect example of a piece of hardware that can be used to set up a New Media Order, and provide users the flexibility of having a high definition video stream from anywhere. Now, couple it with a portable, powerful pico projector, and suddenly the iPhone 6 goes from having a 4″ screen to having a 100″ screen which you can display anywhere. Imagine setting up a rooftop movie night with your friends and being able to carry everything you need in your pocket. Or creating an impromptu marketing display you project onto any wall at will. Or setting up a “Face Time” conversation, Star Trek style, with a huge projection on the wall of your spaceship (or basement, whatever is available). There are limitless applications for the technology once people are aware of its capabilities and we would like to show you how easy it is to set up an iPhone 6 with a pico projector today.

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What do I need?

First, you will need an iPhone 6 and an Apple Lightning Digital A/V Adapter. The digital AV adapter is a critical piece of equipment which is what allows the iPhone to connect to a wide variety of devices using HDMI. Second, you will need an HDMI cable to connect from the adapter to whatever device you want to use your iPhone’s video output on. Third, you will need a pico projector, there are a wide variety to choose from but some of the industry leaders are AAXA Technologies, 3M, Optoma, and Phillips. Finally, you need a place to project your video, this can be a screen, a wall, a ceiling, or pretty much any flat, neutral surface.  The photo below demonstrates practically everything you need to amplify your iPhone’s screen size by 25x.

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For the purpose of our demonstration, we used an AAXA Technologies P3-X Pico Projector with native WVGA resolution and the ability to turn your 4″ iPhone screen into an 80″ screen. This is a an ideal projector because it very portable and at about 70 lumens, it runs quietly and without much heat thanks to the LED bulb technology. Also, it has a lithium ion battery which is good for about two hours of projection on a full charge. Plus, it can fit in your palm and only weighs about 10 oz pounds, making it portable enough to use practically anywhere.

Don’t just read it, see it!

Check out the video below for a demonstration of how to hook the projector up to an iPhone 6 to play Netflix, Youtube, Hulu or whatever. With technology like this, it makes cutting the cord and throwing away the TV an ever more realistic prospect.

 

Keecker, the worlds first “Homepod” (And possibly the last)

We get most if not all of our projector news from people that we follow on twitter and recently we came across something very interesting.

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This is Keecker, noted as being the worlds first “Homepod”.  We had never heard of a “Homepod” before and were intrigued, what we found was definitely surprising, but we’re just not sure HOW useful it will be.  Keecker is shaped like an egg, it’s fairly large (About 2 feet tall and 3 feet around), and has wheels on the bottom that allow it to move.  It sports a 1000 lumen LED projector, 3D surround sound, a high res camera, a 1TB storage drive, air quality sensors, WIFI, and runs Android 4.3.  It can move around on it’s own similar to a Roomba and can drive to any room in your home via a command from your smart phone (given that it’s on the same floor), it also has a charging station that it can drive to to charge it’s self.

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Keecker has a unique motor that can control the angle of the projection that it emits,  this allows it to project anywhere from low parts of the wall up to the ceiling.  It can project as close as 2 feet and automatically adjusts it’s keystone and its focus.

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With all of it’s built in sensors and camera it is also a good home automation/security device.  Although it has not been confirmed yet, there are apps available to android that allow for motion detection from cameras and also to communicate with a nest and change temperature etc.  Apps like this could automatically automate your home and control things like your thermostat, lighting, and even watch out for home invasion.

 

The Keecker definitely has a lot of functions and can be a useful device in certain situations, but now for the bad stuff.

 

Even though it is literally the most mobile projector in the world, its still very immobile in many senses.  It’s slow moving and must use sensors to look for walls and other obstacles, this can create a fairly long travel time to where you need to use it.  Also for any building that has a set of stairs, the unit will need to be physically picked up and moved up or down the stairs.  The unit clocks in at 25 lbs and can’t really be considered light, for some people this could actually be a problem especially if they would like to use it in an upstairs meeting room or perhaps in an upstairs bathroom.  Right now the most mobility the unit has is to dodge people and objects in it’s way while it’s travelling around.

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As cool as it seems, the Keecker just really feels like too much technology crammed into one thing and many of those things seem like afterthoughts if anything.  A mobile projector was the original goal of the Keecker and its original prototype was very true to this, basically a motorized scooter with a projector strapped to it.  Over time more and more technology was added to the unit that brought it to where it is today, a giant egg shaped robot that drives around your house to deliver entertainment to anyone in it’s way.  Cool? Yes.  Functional? Maybe not.

Another big factor that we’re considering is the price, although not yet released based off the Kickstarter reward pricing we’re guessing it’s somewhere between $2,000 and $2,500 which we unanimously decided was just too much to pay for a roomba projector.  But either way, it’s definitely blog worthy, and if a giant egg projector robot is something that you think your business or home could benefit from, check out their kickstarter page and even consider donating to the cause!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keecker/keecker-the-worlds-first-homepod

In our next blog we’re going to be covering the new HP Sprout, the worlds first projector/3d scanner/computer all integrated into one!

Navdy, for those who don’t have an M5 but still want a HUD in their car.

The BMW M5 has had a pretty sweet HUD integrated into it’s dash for a couple of years now. It’s mostly used to show your speed, RPMs of the engine, and navigation. Although it’s use is limited it’s still a pretty cool concept and if you’re anything like me leaves you wishing this feature was in more cars and that you also had an M5.

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However for those of us who just can’t afford a $94,000 car, not all hope is lost thanks to Navdy.

Navdy is a pico projector built into a small unit with a screen that can add a HUD to any car with an OBDII connection.  Navdy can do things like reading your text messages to you, Video Chat, Navigation, and even reading information from your cars computer.  All of this is packed into a compact hands-free unit aimed at making driving in the age of cellphones a much safer activity.

Don’t just take my word for it, check out this video that Navdy made, it should fill in any questions you have about what it can do.

For those of you who just can’t keep their hands off their cell-phones while driving or for those of you who just like to keep your eyes on the road at ALL times, Navdy could be a pretty nifty gadget for you, and might just save you some money on tickets.

The technology that it employs is a fairly simple concept however the implementation of it is what makes it special.  It is basically a small projector that projects backwards onto a mirror which then reflects onto a piece of glass.

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What makes it cool is that it seems to work just as well if it’s in dark conditions or light conditions, this is a technology that Navdy will not release details on and it is what makes it’s product stand out as surely other companies are soon to jump on the bandwagon with an idea like this.

Right now you can pre-order a Navdy for $318 including tax, however the company claims that this is a promotional early price and that the actual retail price of the product once it is out will be 40% more.  So if this looks like something you would want it’s probably a pretty good idea to order now while it’s almost half off.

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As Navdy gets closer to release we will cover more as more details come out and also provide some news on if there are any competitors coming out of the woodwork looking to compete with the unit.  But for now, adding a HUD to your car is not far off, and you won’t have to spend  $94,000 to do it.

 

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

 

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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.

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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.

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[www.appleinsider.com]

 

AAXA Pico Projector now compatible with Samsung SIII and Samsung Galaxy Note 2

AAXA Technologies announced earlier this week that their projectors are now compatible with new 11-pin Samsung phones. This includes the SIII and the Galaxy Note 2. AAXA is calling the cable the AAXA MHL cable and it is being sold for $19.99 on their website (www.aaxatech.com). You can find the press release below.

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AAXA Technologies, the leading manufacturer of Pico projectors, is pleased to announce the release of our Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 cables. The new Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 adapter connects directly into the Samsung 11 pin micro USB input allowing these devices to seamlessly connect to AAXA’s M2, P3, P4X, P300 and LED Showtime series pico and micro projectors

Perfect Compatibility with Samsung S3 / Note 2 and AAXA Picos

The AAXA MHL Cable for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 utilizes a high definition 1280×720 pixel resolution in order to deliver a crisp, vibrant image from your phone to your AAXA pico projector. Using this cable, AAXA pico projectors can now project a variety of HD content straight from your phone. The cable allows users to be truly mobile as the only accessories needed are your smartphone and pico projector.

MHL Capabilities 
The AAXA MHL cable measures 6.5′ in length and connects to the full sized HDMI ports found on the M2, P3, P300 and Showtime, as well as the mini-HDMI port found on the P4X. The 11-pin MHL port of Samsung phones allows full mirroring capabilities to the projector, meaning anything you see on your phone, you’ll be able to enjoy on a big screen projection. All your favorite Android games can be enjoyed with a projector, including Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, and Temple Run. Business professionals will be able to stay effective on the road with the AAXA MHL cable. When paired with a smartphone and projector, the MHL cable allows users to use their Android productivity suite to its full potential. 

About AAXA Technologies

AAXA Technologies Inc was founded in 2008 as a manufacturer of a new class of projector known as “micro” projectors and “pico” projectors. Our core technology is based on small LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) and DLP (Digital Light Processing) imagers mated to LED (light emitting diode) and Laser light-sources. This technology makes possible the manufacturing of micro projectors and pico sized projectors. In 2010 AAXA launched the world’s first laser pico projector and today remains a leader in mini-projector technology. AAXA manufacturers the majority of its products in China, with core technological development occurring both in the Silicon Valley, California and China.

CES: 100″ LG Laser TV Projector Arriving in March

LG INTRODUCES TRULY CINEMATIC 100-INCH LASER TV

LG 100-Inch Laser TV Offers Full HD Picture Quality with Laser-based
Illumination to Create Brilliant, Space-Saving Home Theater Experience

SEOUL, Jan. 03, 2013 –- LG Electronics (LG) announced the launch of its 100-Inch Laser TV (Model: HECTO) featuring both Smart TV and Digital TV capabilities. An impressive home cinema system, the 100-Inch Laser TV includes an immersive screen and an external Ultra Short Throw (UST) projection unit capable of displaying images at extremely short distances. The unique system offers Full HD 1080p resolution and incredible contrast as a result of LG’s advanced laser-based illumination system.

“LG’s 100-Inch Laser TV takes projection technology and makes it perfectly suitable for both the board room and the living room,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “In the coming year LG will continue to introduce the most innovative TV products to provide the best productivity and entertainment experience for our customers.”

Brilliant Home Theater Experience
The high-contrast images displayed on the 100-inch screen offer the closest sensation to a cinematic experience. In the past, considerable distance was needed to project such large images. The required space or “long throw” made projecting large images impractical at home. However, by utilizing UST projection unit. The device allows users to place the lens a mere 22 inches (approximately 56 centimeters) from the screen. LG’s Laser TV offers Full HD resolution at 1080p and 10,000,000 :1 dynamic contrast ratio, rendering vivid and crisp images that pop out in dark as well as lighter environments.

Smart TV Capabilities
The Laser TV supports LG’s Smart TV platform, which includes all the impressive features from its premium models, including Smart World, LG Cloud, Magic Remote and support for Intel’s WiDi technology. The system also includes a digital TV tuner and consumers can just as easily access SNS platforms such as Facebook and VoD services like Netflix in LG’s Premium Content zone. It can also manage personal content, such as pictures, home videos and music libraries via LG Cloud.

LG’s Smart TV platform provides a customizable dashboard and smart connectivity features that streamline access to content from smartphones, laptops, storage devices and the internet. With built-in WiDi and Wi-Fi, content from any compatible external device can be wirelessly shared with the TV. Navigation of services and external devices via the dashboard is made easy with the Magic Remote which utilizes four modes of control – voice, gesture, pointand wheel.

Home Cinema Design
LG’s Laser TV has two 10W built-in speakers embedded in the projection unit to support virtual surround sound for a more authentic cinema experience at home. The device itself features LG’s understated yet stylish Dynamic Arc Design, creating subtly curved surfaces that reach a mere 5.7 inches in height. The 100-inch screen adopts LG’s CINEMA SCREEN Design philosophy which makes it suitable for any interior décor.

Better Reliability, Lower Environmental Impact
The laser-based illumination system uses specialized lamps embedded in the projection unit, delivering superior picture quality while also eliminating the need for mercury. This system can run for 25,000 hours without replacement, five times longer than mercury-based lamps. Eliminating mercury is one way, among many others, that LG is working to make its operations more environmentally friendly, while providing the highest quality consumer electronics.

Exceptional for Small- and Medium-Businesses
The Laser TV also exceeds expectations when used for business applications. Its versatile features make it a prime candidate for video conferencing and advanced multimedia presentations. Video conferencing on a seamless 100-inch screen has the advantage of making all participants feel more involved and close by.

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Just recently, the new updated version of the Holocube has been released with improved brightness and new features. This is a unique display that creates an illusion of a 3 dimensional moving image, with a tremendous sense of depth.

 

This cool new Holocube is illuminated by 1600 cd/m2 LED backlight, which can be used in bright and dim lighting conditions. It also has a projection source at the bottom of the Holocube, and it’s nearly invisible to the naked eye, which definitely improves the quality of the holographic projections.

 

As technology advances, new products are constantly being released from pico projectors to holographic 3 dimensional projections.  The new more technology advanced consumers are definitely looking for the new cutting-end technology.

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Pico Video Projectors and 3D Holograms

Just recently, a team of researchers at University of California Institute for Creative Technologies in Southern California, USA designed an array of small and inexpensive pico projectors to re-create images in a 3D holographic manner. The projector images send images slightly different from the previous one, which re-creates the illusion of volume.

 

This is one of the first models of its kind and it can be seen in this demonstration through this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HwGiEUcHx9s#!

STMicroelectronics makes a bid for Laser Pico Market

 

Semiconductor and MEMS maker STMicroelectronics  acquired the intellectual property (IP) of start-up bTendo, following a joint development effort with the laser technology company. ST hired the majority of bTendo’s staff, and will use the new assets to enhance its video-sharing technology offerings for smartphones and other portable consumer devices.

ST collaborated with bTendo to create micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) based projectors using bTendo’s Scanning Laser Projection engine. The resulting prototypes boasted small form factor and low power consumption for smartphone-, digital camera-, and laptop-based projection. Laser based engine manufacturer, Microvision is likely taking note along with Texas Instruments.

The Scanning Laser Projection engine produces a focus-free high-resolution output that will allow users to display their video, pictures and presentations virtually anywhere. The module is smaller than 1.7cm2 and Embedded projectors are emerging as a feature for next-gen portable consumer devices, and will open up new markets  said Benedetto Vigna, EVP and GM, ST’s Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group.
ST is a global leader in the semiconductor market serving customers across the spectrum of sense and power technologies and multimedia convergence applications.