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.




Celluon PicoPro Projector

Every so often at led-projectors.net we like to take a look at the “other side” of projection, typically laser.  This is one such article.

The Celluon PicoPro is as portable as carrying an additional smartphone, so, pretty portable.


It’s a half-inch thick flat form with rounded corners, which gives is a sleek appearance and makes it look like a pretty stylish device.  The only thing that really bothers us is that it looks like the projector is “modular”, meaning the 2 parts look like they should come apart for expansion.


As far as simplicity, the unit is very minimal in buttons and design, with only a few buttons on the unit itself.  Inputs are very minimal as well, with a MicroUSB for OTG usage, and a Micro-HDMI which can be easily converted to full-HDMI with a cable.

The performance is really what makes this an awesome projector though, with laser projection there is no need to focus, and it gives you great color quality.


Overall we think this is a great product for anyone needing a quick and easy projection with a stylish looking case.


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: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OV36Z5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00OV36Z5G&linkCode=as2&tag=picoprojector-20&linkId=RZ7HLBIMIRXNM2F6

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.

Syndiant Selected by Cremotech and SK Telecom for it’s Laser HD Pico Projector

Syndiant is a leader in pico projector engines, they make engines for pretty much all of the major companies out there, 3M, AAXA, etc.  At CES last week they announced a partnership with Cremotech, which is a Korean company who is working on a few technologies for mobile devices.



Cremotech has chosen the Syndiant SYL2271 HD Laser Panel, which is a triple-laser engine delivering 720P brightness.  The laser engine also offers the functionality of being focus-free, meaning a user does not need to focus the projector at all.

The Syndiant engine is also labeled as “Speckle-free”, in older laser engines, you would notice some amount of Speckle on the image due to it being a laser.  Newer engines have reduced the amount of this on the image and now can provide a pretty great image.

We’re hoping this leads to other companies picking up laser again, as we think the ability to have infinite focus is a pretty great benefit, and an added convenience for customers.  We’re hoping that Cremotech releases something using this engine later this year, once it’s out we’ll definitely be taking a better look at it.

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: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sio-your-led-projector-agenda

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!


Leverage iPhone 6 Video Output Modes with a Pico Projector


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.


Video Review of Lenovo Android Yoga 2 Pro Tablet (w/ Pico Projector)

All Hail the World’s (Second) Projection Tablet!


We have been testing out the new Lenovo Android Yoga 2 Pro tablet in our office for a couple of weeks now, and we have been pleasantly surprised by its performance. The tablet itself has a wonderfully large 13.3″ screen which makes work/play easy on the eyes, it has insanely long battery life clocking in at about 15 hours and it is also the second tablet to offer a built in LED pico projector, which is what makes it interesting to us. The first tablet to include an LED pico projector was the Nokia LumiTab, which came out a couple of years ago. The LumiTab’s projector was really quite weak, and never really gained much traction with customers who were able to better satisfy their projection needs from existing devices on the market. Lenovo was hoping to change that with their new design, and make the “Tablet Projector” a thing going forward.

We decided to try something new in the office today and asked our intern to make a video review of the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Tablet with a built in pico projector. Here is what he turned in, try not laugh:

As you can see, the tablet itself runs well, looks great, and . However, the projector aspect of the tablet just isn’t very strong. Perhaps we had a defective unit, because the focus slide on the tablet was almost impossible to work, and it would sometimes take 2-3 minutes of adjusting the slider to achieve a serviceable focus. It didn’t really have enough lumens to be effective in any situation with ambient light, and I wouldn’t ever try to project text using the tablet, it would just be too hard to read from any further than a few feet away. We are really interested in seeing more companies take the plunge to start including pico projectors in their tablets and laptops going forward. The technology is rapidly evolving, and it will only become smaller and cheaper in the next few years.

HP Sprout, an all in one design studio that can create basically anything.

The HP sprout is an innovative new product from HP that combines 3D scanning, Projecting, and computing all into one compact package that can fit on anyone’s desk.  Shaped like an apple iMac with a shower head coming out of the top, the HP Sprout is aesthetically pleasing while still maintaining great functionality.




It sports an integrated 1000 lumen LED projector that reflects off of a mirror located in the object sticking off the top of the sprout and creates an image on the pad that sits in front of it.  This unit also contains stereoscopic cameras that can view and scan an object into a 3D model by setting them on the mat and rotating the object so the sprout can see all sides of it.


The sprout is a powerful machine under the hood, sporting 8GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1600 mhz, an Intel i7 -4790s running at 3.2 GHz, and dual graphics cards (Intel HD 4600 and Nvidia Geforce 745A), the sprout seems almost more like a computer made for gaming than it was for design.  Not that this is a bad thing, specs like this basically guarantee that any 3D modeling or designing that you are doing with the sprout is going to happen smoothly and at a decent frame-rate/speed.  Unlike the Apple iMac the computer portion of the sprout is not located in the screen, instead it is located in a square casing that hangs off the back of the sprout, and although it’s not confirmed yet we think this is a good indication that the sprout will be expandable to a certain extent.  Although processor upgrades and graphics cards may be integrated to the main board upgrades such as Hard Drive Storage and RAM seem to be totally free game.


For some people, having all of this technology integrated into one device may seem excessive however we feel that it’s a great integration of 3 useful technologies to make one solid product. There are loads of things that you could use the sprout for from designing a paper cup for a business all the way to re-manufacturing car parts.  The only thing we think that could make the sprout better would be to add a 3D printer, although this isn’t practical to do on a unit it’s size, having a external 3D printer would definitely expand the capabilities.  This about the cup example, you want to create a new cardboard cup for your coffee shop.  You go online and download a 3D model of a cup, you then 3D print the model and put the model on the mat in front of the sprout and project your design directly onto the cup so you can see how it will look before you even manufacture the cup.  Once you’re happy with the design print out the finished product and you have a full prototype that is ready for production in a matter of hours instead of days.  The same would apply to a car part or something that you don’t have a 3D model of, simply place it on the mat under the integrated 3D scanner and let the sprout see every side of it.  It  will then create a 3D model for you of the object and allow you to modify or print it out.


These are two basic examples of the possibilities that the sprout has to offer, there are many many more possibilites that a device like this could offer especially with someone creative in front of it.  It still does come in at a fairly high price tag of $1,800 but this price is likely to go down over time and with new models that come out.  The sprout hasn’t had a great reception but we hope that it gets enough buyers to warrant making a new model, we haven’t seen anything this innovative in the computer industry in a very long time and are exited to see the uses that people put the sprout up to.