The micro projector market is revolutionizing the way the students are being taught in 3rd world countries. Micro projectors have become more portable, and projectors like AAXA’s P7 have enough battery power for 90 minutes. These tools have become vital in areas without the resources to support a full-fledged classroom.
Teaching in a 3rd world country like Kenya with its minimal access to internet access and first-world luxuries makes teaching a game of quick thinking. Physicists Undergraduate Artur Donaldson had this to say about teaching Kenya ” The peak of the hill was one of the few places I encountered during my time in Kenya where there is no mobile phone reception. This means that the school and its suite of computers are isolated from the Internet — because, like most of Kenya, there is no wired broadband service in the area. ”
Luckily for those teaching in these areas, pico projectors on the market currently have USB and SD ports. These ports allow teachers the ability to preload their content for teaching and dismisses any worry about potential issues with WIFI or Cellular reception.
A vehicle’s blind spot is the area of a vehicle that cannot be observed by the operator. If you have driven any vehicle that is remotely sporty you will encounter these pesky blind spots. 14-year-old Alaina Gassler has designed a technology to remedy the blindspot issue that drivers encounter. Gassler uses pico projectors to cast images of what’s really behind the vehicle on the interior pillars!
The use of these pico projectors isn’t just for behind the car, but also for the front, as this projector technology also projects live footage of pedestrians crossing! Gassler’s projector base blindspot technology project was her entry for the Society for Science and the Public’s Broadcom science and engineering competition. Not only did this project win first place, but it also got Gassler the $25,000 grand prize!
The micro projector is just part of Gassler’s initial prototype. The next iteration of her blind spot invention will use liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors, similar to those used in your TV. Gassler says this will allow the brightness to change according to the weather and time of day. With her $25,000 winnings, Gassler says that she finally has the money to make the next version a reality!
Though the iPhone 11 just was released, Apple is making big moves towards the next generation of iPhone. Rumors are saying that Apple’s iPhone 12 is getting its own pico projector! Yes, the iPhone 12 being the first 5G phone is exciting, but the news that is getting all of us exciting is the fact that the iPhone 12 is suppose to have a built-in mini projector. Now, this projector isn’t going to be like the micro projectors we have at home. To enable this projector instead of pressing a button, the user pulls two inserts from either end of the phone and projects in both directions. This allows you to display onto the nearest flat surface to watch movies, games, or watch your Vlogging videos on YouTube. It is an interesting concept that will hopefully open up more doors for the pico projector market. Our biggest worry about the projector is really the brightness and picture quality. Hopefully, Apple is able to bring their concept to life with enough brightness and picture quality that can live up to micro projectors that represent the LED Pico Projector community likeAAXA’s P7, BenQ’s GV1, and Sony’s MP-CD1 a good name.
As kids, we were always told us not to stick our face to close to the screen. This new wearable technology makes it so the screen gets stuck to your face. Designed by product designer Jing-cai Lu, this wearable micro projectorshines a variety of faces on top of yours in order to confuse even the top AI facial recognition systems. The use of facial recognition is becoming in various countries, and soon the United States, the daily privacy of the individual has become a hot topic.
The wearable pico projector mask gives rise to a new form of mystery to the wearer and is currently in limited productions. Going this extreme for privacy begs the question, is this necessary? According to Lu, it is. Lu is quoted as saying, “In the future, the advertisement could call your name when you walk along the streets. The companies would know your personal interests and may set different retail strategies for you. It could be convenient for customers, but personal thoughts and opinions should be kept private. This product protects you from this privacy violation”. As scary as this may look to some, this is one cool use ofprojection technology! Talk about a portability!
The AAXA P7 Mini HD Projector fits snuggly in your had and is one of the smallest 1080p projectors that we have seen. The P7 does a wonderful job at displaying small complex designs and can function as a media player for your videos, photos, and music. It is remarkable how portable this projector is. A downside is that compared to some of AAXA’s other pico projectors, the P7 is not as bright which makes some video quality only okay.
The AAXA P7’s body is a sleek black and gray, and measures 2.7 x 4.7 x 4.4 inches and weighs an incredible 1.4lbs. Like AAXA’s other projectors the P7 is a DLP projector that uses LEDs as its light source. The LED’s lamp life is rated at 30,0000 hours which is impressive for an LED. The AAXA P7 has a 600-lumen output when it is plugged into its AC adapter and 450 lumens when it is going portable. According to AAXA, the battery should last 90 minutes on a charge.
Unlike others on the market, the AAXA P7 is a true 1080p projector. There are many 1080p projectors on the market but many don’t have a true 1,920 by 1,080 pixel (1080p) resolution. This little projector does and proves it. The biggest and best advantage is really the portability of this projector. The size lets you take it into any meeting, small church, school presentation, or even a movie night without much hassle or setup. It really is plug and play.
On the front of the P7, the lens is positioned in the upper left-hand corner. On the back of the body, you will find an HDMI port, an Infrared Receiver for the remote, and a USB Type-A port to put your media via flash drive. The projector’s right side comes with the power adapter plug, a VGA adapter port, and a slot for a Micro-SD card. On top is a small panel cluster that acts as a manual control.
When testing the image quality of the P7 mini projector I noticed a slight degrade in image quality with the introducing another light source, in this case, the screen size had to be shrunk to get the image back to normal. I tested both data- and video-image quality over an HDMI connection. Looking at the text quality on score there were no issues with both black and white. The colors themself are rich and realistic looking.
Even though the P7 shined a little less bright than other pico projectors, and there were hiccups in the image quality, this is a great buy for only $399. The portability and its true native resolution make it a true steal. It would be great for the traveling businessman and does a pretty good job of showing movies and playing music.
The grocery mega-giant known as Walmart has begun using LED pico projectors to test floor ads in order to boost sales. These mini projectors are a great way to draw attention to special price rollbacks, specifically on toys. During the test, the majority of shoppers (75%) said that the LED projections were more effective than traditional signage ads. The move to using LED projectors, both standard and pico, is extremely important to move for the company. Walmart hoping that this is the most efficient way to cover advertising real estate of its 5,000 stores that each have an average of 150,000 square footage. Stefanie Jay, vice president of the Walmart Media Group, describes the need for this type of advertising by releasing this statement, “With 90% of America shopping at Walmart every year and nearly 160 million visitors to our stores and websites every week, Walmart Media Group enables brands to reach more customers at scale and measure advertising effectiveness across the entire shopping journey”.
This much real estate needs multiple projectors not only portable in size but also equipped with a brightness that can project a high-quality image. Thankfully companies like Optoma, Epson, Sony, LG, and AAXA have made great progress in lumen outputs for their LED pico projectors. The mini projector market is the perfect solution to cover all this floor real estate. Their compact size, affordability, and high lumen output make them a great asset for this type of advertising.
When getting ready for a business meeting or trying to have a theatre night with your family, the projector that you use can make or break the event. The issue in the past with projectors was not only the brightness, but the sheer size of a projector was large enough to take up the back seat in most vehicles. The answer to this was to make a compact projector also known as a pico or mini projector. Some notable pico projector companies on the market currently are AAXA, Sony, Optoma, Epson, Vava and the main subject of today’s topic, Philips.
The Philips PicoPix Max is a 1080p supported Full HD pico projector that features Android Os, an invisible top touchpad Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity to mirror your apps. I must admit I think that it is really cool that micro projector companies are starting to make the move to incorporating USB-C. Out of the box, the Pico Projector comes with a travel pouch, a power adapter, a remote control, stand, and the projector itself. In terms of the design and features of this mini projector, I have them listed below.
Specifications Display technology: DLP LED light sources: last over 30.000 hours Brightness: up to 850 Color Lumens Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixel Resolution supported: up to 4K Aspect ratio: 16:9 Throw ratio: 1,2:1 Contrast ratio: 10,000:1 Focus adjustment: auto Keystone correction: auto 4 corners correction: yes Screen size (diagonal): 76cm-305cm / 30?-120? Screen distance: 78cm-320cm / 31?-126? Integrated media player: yes Internal memory: 16 GB Built-in touchpad: yes Operating system: Android Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2,4+5GHz: Airplay, Miracast Bluetooth: 5.0; connect external speaker USB: USB Type-C: 2x power and video HDMI: x 1 Micro SD: x 1 Sound: Internal speaker 2 x 4W
In terms of the overall user experience, this pico projector‘s software, possibly due to its application design, and maybe the processing hardware, feels quite slow. For example, when adding the device to your wifi, the selection of access points keeps changing despite your wishes. When viewing the picture, the 1080p HD works smoothly, but the video in 4k lags at points. In comparison to the BenQ 4k projector, and AAXA’s 4k1 projector the latency issues caused some headaches. The positives of this are that the 1080p is crisp, it is very user-friendly, and the portability of this product is really top-notch. If you are trying to find an extremely affordable option for a solidly built projector, the PicoPix Max isn’t that bad of an option for only $549. However, if you want a projector whose picture resolution lives up to its description, it is ok to spend the extra on brands like BenQ, AAXA, Optoma, and Sony.
The constant evolution of projectors has caused a race to focus on image quality and brightness to deliver the clearest image. The projector market and even the pico projector market have projectors that have resolution support up to 4k. When it comes to whether to pick a laser projector or a LED projector the question becomes a bit skewed for the untrained consumer.
At the current time, laser projectors are bright than the LED projectors currently on the market. However, this brightness comes at a cost of two factors that may change your perspective on the laser projector. Laser projectors are more expensive and heavier than LED projectors. For a cheaper price, LEDs are able to bring a picture quality closer to that of a laser projector. AAXA’s 4k1 supports up to 4k resolution and is a small compact LED projector for under $800 while the VAVA 4k Laser projector is listed currently at $2,799. So when it comes to needing a portable mini projector that gives picture quality for a solid price it is safe to go for the more inexpensive model. That is because most LED projectors and micro projectors have an operating life of over 20,000 hours! So even though the laser projectors are the kings of the projector market, the LED projectors are close on their tail. So the question isn’t if advancements in LEDs catch up to the laser projector market but when.
In 2020, a time when cars have become electric and the bulky projectors you remember from grade school have been turned into micro projectors big enough to fit in your pocket. The AV industry is still choosing LED projectors over flat panels. You may ask yourself why is this? Shouldn’t flat panel displays be just as technologically advanced as the newest projectors? One answer to this question is simply the statement that sometimes size does matter.
While the graphics on flat-panel screens are impressive, that does not matter when you factor in size screen. When it comes to applications that require text and numbers to be displayed on-screen, screen size is the most important factor. Yes, I understand that there are currently TVs that support 8k picture quality. But something to take into consideration is that a good chunk of LED projectors and even pico projectors the size of your hand supports a picture resolution up to 4k. Companies like Acer, AAXA, Optoma, and others have created a product line of mini projectors that can not only cover a wall with an image or video enough to comfortably give a classroom of students optimal viewing but have also achieved a high lumen output in such a compact electronic.
Another factor that these projects particularly micro projectors have over traditional flat panel displays are there portable design. We all remember the days in school when the class would get a substitute and the poor guy or gal would have to roll in a zenith on a cart with broken wheels to play an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy. With pico projectors, AV professionals and teachers alike are able to carry a projector that can display a 200″ picture for there students that is the size of there hand. The AV professionals have it right with using LED and Laser projectors for a bigger screen. One day both standard and micro projectors will catch up to the picture quality of TV and maybe then the rest of the world will follow the advice of the AV professional.
Hoping on a trend that our writers have been seeing resurface on TikTok is of the use of projectors to enhance and stylize creative portraits. The use of a projector in the photography studio creates a more immersive background that gives a more realistic effect when compared to effects in post-production. The great thing about this effect is the amount of freedom you can have when using the projector.
Playing around with the different backdrops, and adjusting the brightness and focus of the projector can completely enhance the mood of each portrait. A great technique that has been highly discussed in photography forums is using projectors with a high lumen output for great background photography. Using a high lumen projector for background work and adjusting the focus of the image, brings the model into focus while naturally blurring the background.
One of the biggest hurdles that I have seen when using a projector for photography work is the mobility. The clunky projectors that you remember from your days in the meeting room and in school don’t allow for much room to move as they primarily rest on a flat mount or surface. There is a remedy for this issue however.
Instead of dealing with the weight and immobility of the standard projector, photographers pro and amateur alike should look at the market of micro and pico projectors. Not only are pico projectors more affordable but they also give you more bang for your buck. Projectors like AAXA’s P7 and the Anker Nebula Capsule give the photographer the ability to try different angles because of their compact size. The brightness of these pico projectors also really give great backdrops on effects on your subjects as the Anker boasts a solid 200 lumens and the P7 has a whopping 600 lumens.
If you are a photographer that doesn’t have a dedicated studio and wants to try this projector effect on the go, we highly reccommend Apeman’s NM4 or AAXA’s P-2B. The Apeman has a lower lumen output of 50-100 than the P2-B’s 130 lumen output, but does have a longer battery than the P-2B by about half an hour. With both of these projectors being under $200 dollars and the size of a smart phone it makes for the perfect choice for the photographer always on the go or in the field.
Go ahead and give this photography technique a try and comment below your results. A word of warning, be sure to tell your subject not to look directly into the projector. Projectors are getting brighter these days and we want you to avoid any photography disasters! If you are looking for more inspiration on these types of photos check out this behind the scenes video of projector photography!