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New Floating Interactive Displays Are Coming!

From Japan, company Asukanet has developed a new interactive display that may soon be used in ATMs. To give you a better idea of what this, Tom Cruise’s Minority Report utilized this idea.

This new technology uses a focus free projector and an Aerial Imaging Plate to create the look of floating imagery. Japan has always been the forefront for technological innovations and this is proof of such feats in today’s tech society.

The Aerial Imaging (AI) Plate, developed by Asukanet, is a next-generation display device which can form an image which appears to be floating in midair from light that passes through it. By combining this device with sensors, it is also possible to interact with the projected images.

The viewing angle of the display is plus/minus 20 degrees from an axis at 45 degrees to the plate, so the image can only be seen by people within that area. So for example, if this display is utilized for bank ATMs, the image can only be seen by the current ATM user, preventing others from seeing what data is input. Another advantage is that because the device itself isn’t touched, the display won’t get covered in fingerprints.

 

Chinavasion “MiniView” LED Projector…

If you’re budget sensitive and really want a mobile pico projector, the latest Miniview LED projector from Chinavasion may be a fit. The main features that it boasts is having a variety of input connections and its mobility.

budget video projectorThe MiniView does not have batteries and does requires a power cord to plugged in to work. Shinning with a 55 ASNI Lumens this project has a price tag of $69.91.

“With an 100 inch wide projection, 200: 1 contrast and 1.67 million color projection the Miniview is a high performing video projector,” says Rose Li, PR manager for the projector specialist.

While this may not be the brightest in the bunch it has been doing surprisingly well in the market. One of its key features to talk about is the coaxial input allowing the user to connect their cable or satellite feeds directly into the projector.

Here is the list of inputs:

1 x Antenna
1 x Micro SD Card Slot
1 x USB
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA D-Sub 15pin
1 x Composite
1 x EF

So the question you have to ask yourself is if the MiniView’s functionality and low price outweigh a competitor’s brighter display, higher price, and in some cases better mobility (battery powered)?

Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector versus OEM 250 – a $250 Mini LED Projector Comparison

At a glance:

  • Both the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector and the AAXA OEM250 are very compact and portable devices. The Brookstone projector is smaller and lighter, weighing at 0.5lbs while the OEM250 is at 1.4lbs; however, that doesn’t take away the fact that both are small enough to travel with and project on the fly.
  • At about the same price point ($10 difference) The OEM250 offers a much higher brightness of 250 lumens while the Brookstone projector can only output 85 lumens. The higher brightness dramatically affects the picture quality and settings in which you can project a good image (bright rooms, dimly lit rooms, conference rooms etc.)
  • Both have similar native resolution and can both support HD material (up to 1080p.)
  • The OEM250 has a significantly better connectivity over the Brookstone projector. The Brookstone projector only supports HDMI, while the OEM250 has outputs for full HDMI, full VGA, A/V in, and media playback capabilities directly from USB and SD cards.
  • The Brookstone has a built in rechargeable battery which can project on its own for 2 hours, and it can also double as a portable USB charging port. The OEM250 has to be plugged in to operate.

Design

The Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector has a sleek finish. It is smaller and more compact compared to the AAXA OEM250 weighing at half a pound vs the OEM250 at 1.4lbs. The Brookstone projector is about the size of an Apple TV, and it is a very clean look with minimal buttons. The trade-off for the sleek look is that it loses a bit of functionality due to the limited buttons. On the other hand the AAXA OEM250 is a bit larger, weighing at 1.4lbs, but still easy to take around with you. It comes with a nice on-board user interface and remote control.

Features

While the Brookstone HDMI is a great portable device, its size really limits a lot of function. In many ways the Brookstone HDMI is like a bare bone projector, providing only the essentials, which is what allows it to keep its compact size. It does not have an user interface, and the only way you can project images is through HDMI port. It also does not have the ability to play files directly from a USB or SD card, which is a big draw back for people who really just want to carry and project with the device. You can connect to a PS3, Blu-ray player, and a HDMI laptop. With an added adapter it will allow you to connect to non-Apple smart phones and tablets, and with the extra purchase from apple you can get an iPhone and iPad adapter as well. On the other hand, the OEM250 has an easy to use on-board user interface which also allows the device to play files directly from USB and SD cards. It can connect to everything the Brookstone projector can connect to, and it also can connect to non-HDMI laptops, and DVD players or other media devices using RCA cables through the A/V port. With all the extra features the AAXA OEM250 comes with a bigger size, but all in all both devices are still very portable and easy to carry around and project on the fly.

 

Performance

The performance of the two devices are quite different due to the much brighter 250 lumens of AAXA OEM250 vs the 85 lumens of Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector. What the difference in lumens translate to is basically that the Brookstone HDMI projector cannot project a larger image and still keep the picture quality. When projecting at a 40″ image size, both projectors look about the same. However, the Brookstone reaches its limits at around 60″ when it starts loosing details and clarity, and the AAXA OEM250 can go up to 100″ in a dimly lit room or 120″ in a dark room before it looses picture quality and clarity. Below are a picture shot of the two performing projectors. My camera wasn’t able to fit both perfectly in one shot (since both were at about 80-100″ size.) The bottom brighter image is the AAXA OEM250 and the top is Brookstone HDMI projector.

Performance video:

The bottom line:

If you are looking for a truly portable device that will let you project anywhere, the Brookstone HDMI Pocket projector is your choice because of the 2 hours battery life. This is great for presentations and on the fly media showing. However, if battery powered is not a main concern, then the AAXA OEM250 is definitely the better projector of the two. It has far better connectivity allowing you to play movies, TV shows, and games on the big screen through the computer, your smartphone, tablets, Blu-Ray and DVD players, USBs, and SD cards. The much higher brightness produces a better picture in various settings, ideal for powerful entertainment use. If you are a traveling road warrior type and cannot live without a portable battery, then the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector is your man.  But if you are looking for a projector for home and portable entertainment, then with the better price point, the AAXA OEM250 is the one to go with.

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.

Tustin, CA February 6, 2013

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.

AAXA reveals a new high resolution pico projector

AAXA Technologies Unveils New Pico Projector

High Powered LED Showtime 3D equipped with 1280×800 DLP and 3D ready graphics

Dec. 14, 2012- AAXA’s line up of pico projectors now includes a new, next generation LED projector that is 3D ready. The LED Showtime delivers a high resolution of 1280×800 DLP imager and still last ten times longer than a traditional projector.

 AAXA Tech. LED Showtime 3D pico projector

Mobile Game & Movie Platform

The AAXA LED Showtime 3D features native 720P (WXGA) resolution powered by a Texas Instruments DLP imager, 20,000 hour LEDs, 3D ready graphics processor, and an onboard Movie, Slideshow, and Music player. All this is housed in a micro form-factor, measuring just 5.9” x 5.2” x 1.4”. The LED Showtime 3D is a true mini projector capable of producing giant, deep, immersive video and game-play of up to 160”.

A Big Projector in a Micro Projector Size

The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a full-featured entertainment projector in a micro projector size.  A variety of input sources include HDMI and VGA connections, a Composite Video input cable, and a USB memory stick slot for media playback.  Outputs include a 3.5mm headphone jack and onboard 2 watt speakers.  Processing power is provided by a robust 880mhz ARM chipset able to render high resolution full-length movies and high megapixel digital pictures.  3D capability is made possible by a “DLP-3D” processor able to display 3D movies, games, and education content (requires 3D glasses and Quad Buffered 3d Graphics card). The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a true miniature powerhouse able to perform like a full sized projector and able to double as a stand-alone entertainment system without the need to connect to a video source or game console.”

The Showtime 3D will be available December 2012 at aaxatech.com for $499.

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#!

Micron Technology announces the New Pop Projector

Micron Technology’s upcoming $99 Pop Video pico projector accessory may be the closest thing to for iPhone fans to have an integrated projector within their phone

Familiar to all Apple users is the 30-pin connector that allows you to dock your iPhone or iPod, connecting the projector add-on to the iPhone/iPod itself.

Micron Technology’s Pop Video Pico Projector.

Brookstone is offering up a similarly styled pico projector that’s simply called the Pocket Projector for iPhone 4, but its native resolution is lower (640 x 360 pixels) than the Pop Video’s (960 x 540 pixels) and the Brookstone accessory costs $229. While the Brookstone Pocket Projector has a very sleek sleeve design that envelops your iPhone, it is limited to the iPhone 4 only. (My iTouch was too wide to fit within the sleeve and my iPhone 4s was not compatible).

I am more excited about the Pop Video Pico Projector because so far, it seems it has the ability to connect to the entire Apple mobile ecosystem. Brightness for this projector is rated at a small 15 Lumens, making this projector more for entertainment rather than professional use. Here are the dimensions below:

 

  • Dimensions: 4.4 inches x 1.8 inches x .6 inch (HWD)
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces (97g)
  • Input: 30-pin dock connector
  • Video Output: qHD (960 x 540 pixel resolution)
  • Battery: Built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • Playtime: Up to two hours with full battery charge
  • Charging: Micro-USB charging (1.2 compliant)
  • Charge time: About 4 hours
  • iOS version: 5.0 and greater
  • Compatible with iPhone 4/4S and gen-3 and 4 iPod Touch
  • Price: $99 (available for preorder now)

 

As for the light engine inside the Pop Video, Micron apparently uses something called FLCOS microdisplay technology, which is cheaper to produce and allegedly more energy efficient. (What the difference is between LCOS technology, I do not know yet).,

A strong direction for these types of projectors has always been tighter integration with the iPhone (and other smartphones eventually) that makes it much easier to project without attaching any huge cables but the limitations in connectivity and brightness keep these from become more than just toys. An innovative direction the projector is designed to be used with a free app that allows you to tweak the projector settings and more importantly, projector more content directly from your iPhone, including Web pages, Facebook, and videos downloaded from iTunes or iTunes U that are not MPEG 3 protected.

They have not yet posted a date for when they plan on releasing.

 

More People Using Tablets in Conjunction with their Pico and Micro Projectors

As tablets eat away at the laptop and PC market, more and more people are using them to connect to to Pico and Micro Projectors. Connecting to a tablet allows users to take a pico projector with a batter and connect it to what is essentially an ultra-portable computer also with a battery. With just one cable, business presentations can be made, lectures can be taught in universities and Angry birds can be played on a gigantic screen. The choices of tablets to choose from are staggering with what seems like an Android tablet coming out every month. However, the best android tablets have been compared in a table below. Although not all of the tablets have a straight HDMI cable out of the tablet, there are often converter cables that can be bought from the manufacturer that allows for HDMI connectivity like in the case of Apple’s iPad.

Apple have their flagship iPad on the market lading the way in tablet sells but only the iPad 2 and the New iPad can mirror with an HDMI adapter cable. The iPad 1 can only play videos and pictures with applications that support video out which is actually a good number of applications. There is long list of apps that have TV out ability which can be found by clicking the link here.

There are a good number of pico and micro projectors that have an HDMI input that can work with these tablets ranging from the AAXA P3 Pico Projector and the M2 Micro Projector to the Optoma Pk201 and the Vivitek Qumi Q2. A number of these projectors have become smaller and more affordable and the same can be said with the tablets. The number of people using them to do everyday tasks and and work has began to climb as we see a myriad of YouTube videos of tablets with projectors. This will probably be the way that future classes are taught and is already the way many technologically gifted schools function.

Using a tablet and projector combo is the best for people on the move because they hardly have to pack anything besides the projector and the tablet. With a laptop people encounter the extra bulk and additional wires that need to be lugged around.

 

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