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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)?

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.

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.

Never Get Lost Again: Pico Projectors team up with Mobile Apps

Ever think to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a navigation system like they had in video games? Well, MIT is working on a really interesting project called ‘Guiding Light’, which is an  indoor positioning system app that works as a GPS for indoor locations. Check out the video below!

 

 

 

Based on pico projectors and a combination of sensors the device is able to detect your location within a building, along with the direction that you are facing. Once your location is obtained, the device projects a small arrow in the direction that you should walk to reach your destination.If you wanted to find a specific store in the mall, this would be great.

 

Using Pico Projectors to Control your Objects in you House!

Imagine being able to turn on a light in your house or transfer data using a pico projector. That is exactly the work of Domink Schmidt, a post-doctoral researcher at the Human Interaction Lab in Potsdam, Germany who partnered up with Microsoft Research to make this happen.

Very literally they have turned ideas into reality by taking an off-the-shelf laser pico projector (Microvision ShowWX™) and using its projection engine to interact with distant objects using only light! Sounds great right? It is called PICOntrol and how it functions is by projecting an image onto objects, such as a lamp, and allows the user to remotely turn the lamp on or off.  It gets even better. Through PICOntrol, the user can remotely input information, such as telephone numbers, email addresses, select multimedia content, and even control objects such as robots .  Dr. Schmidt’s work may have ended the downward spiral that laser based pico projectors have been experiencing given the present trend towards brighter, cheaper LED projection technology.

 

Check the video, I highly recommend it.

 

Pixelworks announces New SOC for Next Gen Projectors

 

Pixelworks announced that it has begun shipping a new SoC that is targeting next-generation, mainstream LCD or DLP projectors for the education, business and home theater segments. The Topaz SoC supports a high 1080p and WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolutions as well as standard and non-standard 3D content, including 3D format decoding with a universal 3D glasses interface.

The SoC also comes with a video decoder that supports 8/10 bit analog inputs or HDMI/DVI digital inputs (HDMI 1.3, 1.4 3D), a USB 2.0 host controller, Ethernet MAC, an on-screen display menu controller and an ARM9 processor to enable projector vendors to use  customized applications.

Pixelworks senior vice president Graham Loveridge stated:

“Current projector technology is undergoing a significant transition as more diverse and sophisticated applications become available, creating expanded opportunities for our newest family of products.The evolution in illumination engines and light source technology is migrating from traditional lamp-based light sources to LED and laser technologies, which will enable a lower cost of ownership as well as more compact and portable designs.”

Pixelworks did not reveal any products that may include its new SoC. However, their announcement of this such technology only reaffirms the massive growth so many expect from the pico projector market.

NC State University finds a way to make Picos smaller and more efficient

 

Researchers from North Carolina State University and ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new technology to convert unpolarized light into polarized light, which makes projectors that use liquid crystal (LC) technology almost twice as energy efficient. The new technology has resulted in smaller, lower cost and more efficient projectors, meaning longer battery life and significantly lower levels of heat.

 

Researchers used the technology to create a small picoprojector, seen here, which could be embedded in a smartphone, tablet or other device. (Image courtesy of ImagineOptix Corp.)

The ImagineOptix-sponsored research team was also able to use the technology to create a small “pico projector,” which could be embedded in a smartphone, tablet or other device.

Dr. Michael Escuti, a researcher at North Carolina State comments on the commercial implications:

  “The commercial implications are broad reaching. Projectors that rely on batteries will be able to run for almost twice as long. And LC projectors  of all kinds can be made twice as bright but use the same amount of power that they do now. However, we can’t promise that this will make classes  and meetings twice as exciting.”

Because only approximately 10 percent of the unpolarized light is converted into heat – as opposed to the more than 50 percent light loss that stems from using conventional polarization filters – the new technology will also reduce the need for loud cooling fans and enable more compact designs. We’ve been a long-time fan of pico projectors here, so telling us that you have found a way to make them smaller, quieter, and brighter is good in our book.

The original article here.

 

 

iGo Gold Pico projector


Have you ever had dreams of owning a gold plated gun like druglords or warlords? Well now you can have the white collar version. You can own your very own LED pico projector encased in 24k gold. The iGo is capable of producing 20 lumens with a resolution of 854×480. This LED projector has a .5w internal speaker, can take micro SD and USB via a micro USB adapter. The onboard media player is very basic, and run-time is about 80 minutes. Go here for more info.