Is LED Projection Taking Over The Projector Market?

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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.

AV Professionals In 2020 Are Still Choosing Standard and Pico Projectors Over Flat Displays

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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.

Use Mini Projectors To Enhance Your Portraits

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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. 

Photoshoot with a Model using projected image as a background.
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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!

Create Haunted Illusions Indoors this Halloween with a Pico Projector!

With Halloween right around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some ideas for bringing some Halloween illusions to life. All you need are a few supplies and we explain the step-by-step process below.  Be prepared to take your Halloween decoration to the next level!

Supplies Needed:

  • Projector – we use an AAXA HD Pico Projector
  • Mesh fabric
  • Pins or tape to connect your fabric to window or door frame
  • USB Thumb Drive or SD Card with Halloween content
    • Halloween content can be found on AtmosFX here or through torrent sites.

Optional:

  • External speaker – to really bring the ghosts to life!

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Supplies Needed for your Halloween Illusions!

After getting all your supplies together, the next step is choosing your content! As mentioned above AtmosFX is always a good choice for great holiday content.  They have a plethora or hologram projections to choose from, so you will be sure to find something you like.  Feel free to find other content through torrent sites as well!

Putting Content on Your Projector

Most projectors include inputs that allow you to easily connect to other devices.  We highly recommend finding a projector that has an HDMI port, to connect to devices such as a DVD players, and/or a USB Port or SD Card port, as this usually means the projector is capable of reading files from the two devices.  For our HD Pico, we load content onto a USB thumb drive and set the videos on a loop to play repeatedly.  Obtaining the content to AtmosFX is as simple as downloading the content onto your computer and then putting it on your USB thumb drive or SD Card.

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AtmotFX “Beckoning Beauty” projected through a doorway

Setting Up to Project Your Holograms

The only supplies needed to obtain the hologram effect is some semi-transparent mesh-like material, such as sheer curtain fabric or a sheer sheet, in addition to tape or pins to hook the material onto the ceiling, door frame or window frame.  Once that is up, we recommended putting your projector somewhere where it can be hidden, for example inside a piece of furniture, but also at the correct distance away so your projection is not too large, but not too small!  This may take a bit of trial and error but shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes to get the perfect projection size.

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Close-up of fabric used for our projection!

Enjoy Your Spooky Decoration!

We hope your enjoyed this tutorial.  With a few supplies, it’s very simple to put together a spooky surprise for your neighbors and trick-or-treaters to enjoy.

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Our set-up above!

See the DIY video below:

 

Google Pixel 2 Will Release on October 4th and it’s Expected to Deliver, According to Rumors

Although we don’t know much about the Google Pixel 2, other than the fact that it is to launch on October 4th, there is much speculation floating around on what the next generation Pixel will include in terms of improvements and updates.  With the success the first generation Pixel saw, we are sure that the Pixel 2 will be an exciting upgrade.

Google’s ad above does seem to provide some insight as to what the Pixel 2 may include.  With a plethora of questions popping up in a Google Search Engine such as “what’s wrong with my phone’s battery?” “why does my phone take so many blurry photos?” “why doesn’t my phone understand me” “why can’t my phone update itself?” we get an idea of what may be coming with the new Pixel 2.

Some of the rumors surrounding the new Pixel mention that the new phone may come with a Snapdragon 836 chipset, which means that the phone would possess the same chipset powering the Samsung S8.

Another rumor states that the new Pixel will have squeezable edges, allowing the user to operate the phone and open applications like the camera with a simple squeeze.  If this is, indeed, a new feature to be included on the phone, it will definitely be a fun, new addition that is only now found on the HTC U11.

In any event, the questions included in the video above do hint that the Pixel 2 will include a longer battery life, a better camera, the ability for it to update itself as well as a Google Assistant, which means there is going to be more than a few things to look forward to!  But until October 4th, we will not know for sure although that date is very much right around the corner!

 

What to See for Apple’s Product Launch Event on Sep. 12?

Apple fans around the world are looking forward to one of the most exciting product launch events on September 12 at 10 a.m. PST, which marks the 10th anniversary of iPhone.

Three iPhone modelsWSJ has confirmed that Apple is going to unveil a new iPhone model loaded with features like facial-recognition technology and wireless charging. Despite the premium price, high expectation for the device has already boosted Apple’s stock price this year, capped by a nearly 10% run in August. Meanwhile, the company will also disclose updates to the two iPhone 7 models that debuted last year.

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*Note: This an iPhone 7

A New Apple Watch – Apple is also expected to unveil a new Apple Watch (Apple Watch 3) with an LTE cellular chip so that the device can access services like email, text, and calls without the necessity to connect with iPhone.

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*Note: This is an Apple Watch 2

A New Apple TV – Apple has been working on negotiating with major movie studios for a better price of 4K content in order to offer ultra high-definition films on its new Apple T, which is likely to launch on September 12 as well.

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*Note: This is not the 4K Apple TV

The New Headquarter – The new $5 billion headquarter campus itself has also created a big buzz since it was planned. Though it is still being completed, Apple told WSJ the event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theatre, a 1,000-seat auditorium that is located inside a circular, glass-walled structure with a heavy, carbon-fiber roof that was designed to resemble a MacBook Air suspended in space.

 

Are Nintendo Switch Projector Docks going to be the Big New Thing?

Nintendo Switch enthusiasts are currently buzzing about the latest news regarding a dock that will let you project whatever you’re playing onto a wall!

Yesojo, a company declaring the rights to creating the World’s First Projector for Nintendo Switch, according to their website, has come out with the Ojo.  There is currently no release date set for the product but a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo seems to be set for September 17, 2017.

The Ojo, which claims to project up to a 150” screen with 200 lumens, will allow Nintendo Switch users to enjoy an immersive gaming experience.  In addition to the large projected image, an article on Kotaku was able to get additional details, such as a dual stereo speaker, a rechargeable 20,000mA battery that allows for 4 hours of play, and a separate HDMI input source to connect to additional devices.

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Although the Ojo is going to be the first projector made that is dedicated to the Nintendo Switch, users are still able to create an immersive gaming experience with any projector capable of an HDMI input.   Pico projectors with included batteries can be an excellent substitute for any Nintendo Switch gamer seeking the on-the-go factor the Ojo is presenting.  Some examples of pico projectors that include similar brightness specs with a built-in-battery include the AAXA P300 or the AAXA P5, iCodis G1, and Amaz-Play.

Whatever route gamers choose to go, there are always options in bringing our gaming experiences to life and it is quite exciting to see the development of new products like the Ojo coming into play.

 

 

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality, a recent phenomenon that has attracted the attention of many looking for a quick (or long) escape, has become increasingly popular creating more competition among high-end VR System manufacturers.

HTC, the company that brought us the very popular and highly-rated Vive VR headset has just lowered their price to $599, which is $200 less than the steep $800 price tag it had before.  Because of this, Amazon is now showing a 1-2 month backorder for the device.  Although, one can conclude that the price cut came as a result of their competitor: Oculus, who introduced a price-cut on their Oculus Rift + Touch System not too long ago as well.

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HTC Vive System

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Oculus Rift Headset

Reviewers on Amazon rave about the amazing experiences they’re able to garner from the wearable device and with the new sale price going into effect, it becomes a bit more enticing to take advantage of.

The Vive System will get you the headset, wireless controllers and base stations, which is essentially everything you need to immerse yourself into a new world.  A free trial for Viveport Subscription is also (still) included, and it allows the customer to get copies of Everest VR and Richie’s Plank Experience for free.

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Viveport Applications available through Vive.com

Virtual reality headsets will very much provide a gateway into a new world that will allow one to escape everyday life while still being in the comfort of his or her own home.  Because of this, most will say it is completely worth it to invest in such a device… and we would have to agree!

 

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.
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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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

 

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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.