Disney’s newest ride “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway”, has been brought to life with the help of Panasonic’s award-winning 4k laser projectors! This collaboration between Disney and Panasonic is currently featured at Walt Disney World but will soon make its way to Anaheim’s Disneyland in 2022. Senior Vice President of Imaging at Panasonic says ” Not only do our 4K laser projectors precisely and accurately reconstruct the specific color range of the actual Mickey Mouse cartoons, but they also enable visitors to become immersed in a world where the physical environment and visual environment are seamlessly blended together. This required flexible, reliable and customizable projection technology to meet the complexity of the attraction configuration.”
This isn’t the only time Disney and Panasonic have teamed up and used Laser projectors. Panasonic integrated 80 4k DLP- based laser projectors in Disney’s “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” Ride. The standard projectors, not to be confused with the pico and micro projectors in the consumer market, utilize their bright picture resolution to bring the Star Destroyer and other visual effects and battles to life!
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!