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The Teachers Secret Weapon: Pico Projectors

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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.

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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.

Micro Projectors See Auto Industry’s BlindSpots!

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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!


Apple’s iPhone 12 May Come With A Mini Projector

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 like AAXA’s P7, BenQ’s GV1, and Sony’s MP-CD1 a good name.

Walmart Tests LED Projectors For Floor Ads

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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.

Philips Pico Projector Review

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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.

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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.

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.

Use Mini Projectors To Enhance Your Portraits

Portrait Photo of Model using a Projector
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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!

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.

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.