A photonic integrated technology company known as ColorChip recently released an innovative, compact, lens system for AR/VR smart glasses that utilizes Pico Projector technology. This new lens platform is in anticipation for the potential upswing in the AR/VR market, particularly if Apple releases their version of SmartGlasses at the end of the year.
This RGB Pico-Projector gives the smart glasses lens a highly efficient display with low power consumption. Because of the way ColorChip embedded the RGB beam combiner ( an arrangement of splitters and mirrors to disperse and combine light) in the glass, the need for expensive and complex housing for the projector is no longer necessary. You can see how the projection unit fits snuggle on the arm of the glasses.
The fact that a pico projector based system has gotten this advanced is remarkable. This Smart Lens platform made by ColorChip is crucial in the advancement of projection technology. The ability to make a compact unit that has low power consumption and is able to have an efficient display will hopefully influence big companies in the micro and pico projectors market to make smaller more compact projectors.
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.
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.