Category Archives: LED Technology

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.


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.





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.


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.



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


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


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.


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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.


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


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.

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.


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!


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.



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.


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.


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.




Innocube Art, the first pico designed for kids?

Innoio is a projector company that is most known for their popular product, the Innocube.  Recently the company announced that they would be releasing a new version of the Innocube called the “Art”.  The new unit basically is the regular Innocube but in a tougher colorful casing that resembles a Rubix cube.



As far as aesthetics go we think that the Innocube is on the top end.  The unit’s are sleek, simple, and just look good in general.  Their small package is impressive as is their performance considering it can fit in the palm of your hand.  However, looks are not everything and just like every other product out there the Innocube has it’s share of issues that should be noted before making a purchasing decision.

The first thing we’d like to mention is the brightness, for the size of the unit it seems totally appropriate but any way you spin it 40 lumens just isn’t a lot.  The unit would definitely need to be used in dim to very dark conditions for it to produce a usable image.  The native resolution leaves a bit to be desired as well.  Running at 640×480 it has a resolution similar to a common television from the early 2000’s, especially when there are picos out there with a native resolution of 1920×1080.  However again for it’s size its understandable and for many who just want a quick way to watch a movie on a wall while camping or just while a TV isn’t available its still completely usable.


The unique shape of the projector also helps as it can be easily rotated to any position needed for comfortable use.  Such as pictured above, it can easily be set on its back and used for ceiling projection.  The unit also includes a special tripod that can hold the cube shaped unit for even more precise positioning.


As far as connectivity goes the projector is very compatible but does use proprietary connections for most of it’s video output which can make it more of a hassle to connect certain devices.  The ports are all located on the side of the unit as to not interfere with positioning as is the focus wheel for easy operation without having to pick up the unit.

Lastly, the price, we honestly think that for a unit with these specs the price is just too high for a unit like this.  Yes it looks cool and is very functional, it’s just that you can get a unit with far better specifications for the same price than you can one of these.  The Innocube currently retails at $299 which for some may be worth it however for us we just can’t justify the price.

Check out this video from Innoio’s website showcasing some of the uses of the Innocube:


AIPTEK releases a new projector tablet to compete with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Pro 2

AIPTEK, a small electronics company that generally produces pico projectors has recently released a new product that is out of the norm for their business, a tablet projector called the P70.



This is an interesting development in AIPTEK’s product line as previously they were known for cases for phones that included small projectors or also standalone pico projectors.  The company has not previously developed a tablet or a device with a fully integrated pico projector yet but honestly the P70 seems like a good start.

The built in projector is a DLP unit capable of 50 lumens and a resolution of 854×480 which are almost the same specs available in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Pro 2 and is accomplished im a much smaller package.

The actual P70 tablet has a 7″ capacitive touch screen running at a resolution of 1024×600 which isn’t the highest we’ve seen on a 7″ tablet, for instance the popular Nexus 7 runs at 1920×1200.  It also sports a Quad Core cpu, 16GB of internal storage, and a 5mp rear camera making this device straight average with other tablets in its size and price class.


Right now the P70 is so new that there aren’t very many reviews out on it and we haven’t even been able to get our hands on one to test as they’ve been out of stock since launch on Amazon.

If you’re interested in a tablet and are also looking at pico projectors or some way to share your tablets screen then the P70 is definiately a great and economical option to the Lenovo Yoga Tablet Pro 2.

The retail price of the P70 is currently: $369

Here is a link to it’s amazon page:

We’ll be covering more on this device as more information comes out on it and hopefully we can get our hands on one so that we can do an in-depth review.

SIO, the projector that is going to replace your clock.

We love checking out websites like kick-starter and indie-gogo because it’s a great opportunity to find some interesting projector concepts that keep reminding us how many possibilities there are for integrating pico projectors into every-day products.  One of the products we recently saw impressed us, and it’s name is SIO.


SIO is a replacement for your wall clock, but it does so much more, like the other smart products we’ve been seeing come out of the woodwork SIO is supposed to take an everyday object, a clock, and basically add a processor that allows that object to process data and therefor have many more functions than it originally did.  Objects like this are being dubbed “Smart” and a few of them are already on the market, such as the smart-phone, the Nest smart-thermostat, and even smart-televisions to give a few examples.

The SIO is about the same size as an ordinary wall clock, and mounts the same way however instead of having hands like a clock it has small LED projectors integrated into the 4 sides of it.  These projectors are very low grade to reduce the cost and can only project text, and in 4 different colors, Red, Green, Blue, and Purple however what they display is really cool.



It can also link to your smart-phone or computer via WIFI or Bluetooth connection and gathers data from an app installed on either device.  The SIO app gathers information from your phone or computers calendar, e-mail client/texting app, clock, to-do list, and even what is currently playing on your music app, it then tramsits this data to the SIO via wireless connection and the SIO projects this information around it in circular fashion on the wall.  The SIO app is planned to be available on all major smartphone operating systems including Windows Phone, Android, and IOS.


The SIO also has a “Star” projection mode however we are not entirely sure what this does.  In the diagrams it shows that there is a camera located on the body that is used for “Star projection” however there is no mention of what this actually is.  It is also shown in the picture of the app, which leads us to believe that it is some sort of a mode it can enter.  Our gut tells us that this is basically a light sensing camera that can tell when the room becomes dark and then tells the SIO to start projection dots or images of stars on the wall, although we cannot fully confirm this until we have more information.


Although there is a brief mention of speakers in the diagram we had originally thought that these may be small speakers to produce beeps or some sort of confirmation noise when the SIO received a command however recently it has come out that these will actually be high quality speakers that are capable of playing music at least at a decent quality, when set up with your music app the SIO will also act as a wall mounted blue-tooth speaker that can be transmitted to from anywhere in the room.  The SIO is also smart enough to jump to another smart phone that has previously paired to it in the event that it loses connection to its current device.  This allows people who want to use it in their home or office where there are multiple people can do so by simply enabling/disabling bluetooth.

That being said we’re really excited about this product, it is said on their indie-gogo page that the first prototypes will be appearing sometime within the next 3 months as well as the app so perhaps a hands-on review of this product is not far off, we hope not anyways.  The SIO should retail somewhere in the area of $150-$200 CAD which we think is a totally reasonable price for a product of this caliber.  There are definitely still questions that we have about the SIO such as how it can charge or if it even has a battery but we’re sure that we’ll be getting more information soon as the prototype nears completion.

Check out the SIO on Indie-gogo for yourself and if you think it’s a cool product you should consider donating.  Donations to products like these are often the difference between them existing and not existing:

LED Holiday Decorations and projectors, how are they related?

With Thanksgiving behind us and the holidays ahead people all over the world are starting to get in the spirit of the holidays regardless of which one they celebrate.  For those of us who celebrate the holidays however this is generally the time to cover your house in lights and spike up your electric bill.


Neighborhood competitions are popping up everywhere employing a vast selection of different light sources to make sure that their house is the biggest beacon for Santa’s sleigh.  By now you may be wondering, how does this have anything to do with projectors?  I thought this was a projector blog.  Although holiday lights and projectors may seem completely unrelated, they’re really not, in fact one of the newer products this year employ simple projection technology to create really cool lighting effects.  In this post we’re going to be reviewing some of these new products and try to give some foresight into how advancements with technology in holiday lights could actually effect Pico and other LED projectors in a big way.

The first thing we want to cover is LEDs, traditionally a string of holiday lights consisted of about 10-20 incandescent bulbs on a wire that was run through a single fuse at the end of the string.  This technology has been used on most holiday lights for over 60 years.  This system has improved greatly over time, in the beginning the lights actually fused off of each other which meant that if one light went out, all of them did.  With the invention of adding a fuse to the line a single light could go out, however if the fuse went out all the lights would still not function, there was also the matter of cords getting tangled in the storage box and having to untangle them before use, flaking color tint on older bulbs, and of course burnt out or broken bulbs that needed replacing.  Despite all of these hindrances it didn’t stop people from putting up lights on their house and tree every year to get into the holiday spirit.  A few years ago the introduction of the LED made its way into Christmas light technology, suddenly all of the incandescent holiday lights of the past seemed very inefficient as the LED bulbs require far, far less energy than the incandescent to run.   The major disadvantage at first was the harsh light that the LEDs produce, many people prefer the soft glowing light that the older bulbs created however recently by changing the patterns and type of plastic used in the lenses for the bulbs companies have been able to create LEDs that can give off an almost incandescent “soft-light” that many users look for.  With the even newer invention of “tangle-free” lines it has made the switch to LEDs an even more favorable choice for many people who don’t like untangling wires and also want to save on their electricity bill.


(New tangle free light strand)

                Now how does this relate to Pico projectors?  The LED, or Light Emitting Diode, has been around for a good amount of time, in fact they were invented in 1927 and finally practically produced in 1962, although for the first 50 years of their existence the LED was very… dim to say the least.  They were commonly used as replacements for small incandescent bulbs in applications where indicator or warning lights were needed or in applications where the lighting source did not need to be especially bright such as in digital clocks.



(An early model LED)


Due to this reduced brightness, using them in an application such as a holiday light or a projector really didn’t make sense because the incandescent bulbs were so much brighter and more cost effective.  With the turn of the Millennia we started to see some great improvements in LED technology where they were starting to get brighter and brighter but also cheaper and cheaper.  Eventually it hit a point where the LED made sense to put into devices such as TV’s, Light Bulbs, Laptops, projectors, and even holiday lights.  As Pico projectors and LED TV’s started to emerge into the market they brought with them a high demand for brighter LEDS that could create a brighter image on the wall for the user.  Big LED/Lighting companies have been constantly coming out with improvements to LEDs to make them brighter and more energy efficient, and over time this technology has allowed Pico projectors to actually rival the brightness of some of their incandescent competitors.  With the improvements in technology for the projectors and TV’s also came improvements for LEDs in every day applications, even the ones that are used in holiday lights.  With LEDs that can produce upwards of 1000 lumens now it has made it much easier for companies to harness this technology and create holiday lights that not only rival the older incandescent bulbs in brightness but also in the quality of the light being produced.  Different elements used in the LED source can affect how soft/harsh the light is and effectively create an experience almost identical to the ones offered by the older bulbs.  Literally as more people get into the holiday spirit and decorate their houses with these LED bulbs it creates a higher demand for the LEDs used, this means that the big companies making these LEDs are going to put more money into researching them to come out with a better product that can be used in holiday lights and also be translated into improving the technology harnessed by projectors.

5MM Blue Ultra Bright LED Lamp


(A modern bright LED)

                Although they are not directly related, improvements in the same technology field are important for everyone involved because it opens up opportunities to improve technology in ways that we never thought were possible before and LEDs are not the only ones getting a boost from technology used in holiday decorations, lasers too are getting some attention this year with the popular laser projection ball that many of you have probably already seen displayed at the local hardware store or even seen employed in your neighborhoods.


The general idea behind it is red and green laser units that shine a laser into basically a prism and then dispersed as small red/green dots all over whatever they are pointed at.  Even this is a great improvement in laser technology however not so much in brightness as it is cost effectiveness.  To have a green and red laser in a consumer grade product probably would have cost hundreds of dollars in the past whereas now these units can be purchased for as low as $20 which means that there have been vast improvements in the production and technology behind creating a laser.

Here is an image of what the units that project these lasers look like.


We’ll be back on projectors with our next post, we thought it might be fun to take things out of the box with this post and talk about some of the ways that technology used in different markets can benefit one another greatly with just an increase in demand or a breakthrough in the way that something is implemented.  Realistically brighter holiday lights are not going to directly mean better projectors, but it’s good to know that the demand is there for LED technology and that because of this we are going to be seeing LEDs employed in more areas where they make sense and also most likely see some good improvements to them over time.  So with that go out and get into the holiday spirit whether you celebrate, Kwanza, Hanukah, Christmas, or even Christmahanakwanzika we’re sure that you’ll be employing LED technology in your holiday at least in one way.


Happy Holidays!