AAXA Technologies just released their latest projector, and just in time for Halloween! Their new HP 1 Halloween Projector is a great addition for people who like to go all out on their Halloween decorations. This week we’re going to give you the insider scoop on the HP 1!
AAXA Technologies has teamed up with digital effects studio, Spectral Illusions, to create this terrifyingly cool projector. The HP 1 sports a sleek design, rechargeable 4-hour long battery, 100 LED Lumens, HDMI input Mirroring, USB-C Mirroring, and Bluetooth speaker functionality! Most projectors nowadays are equipped with standard 2W speakers that don’t do the job. The speaker on the HP 1 is a 10W speaker with Bluetooth 5.0 and 24-hour runtime fully charged!
This has to be one of the best projectors for Halloween because it comes preloaded with five of Spectral Illusions’ scary digital effects! Using the projector and their Semi-Transparent Mesh Screens, you can make your windows, hallways, and pathways spooky! What makes this even better is that you can also mirror your compatible devices and use your own designs/ effects as well.
Amazon’s newest innovative tech is the Amazon Glow, an interactive video-conferencing device with a built-in tabletop projector. The main goal is to allow kids to be interactive while communicating with friends and family across different locations. The ability to project games, books, pictures, or puzzles, allows the kids and parents(also grandparents) to play and talk together at the same time
The Amazon Glow comes with new features such as a shared display, showing what the kid sees and mirroring it on a remote iPad. Books, games, and some basic learning apps are different activities that the Amazon Glow can display. This is all connected to Amazon’s Kids Plus ecosystem, a subscription-based to connect the whole family. Parents will need to learn how to set up the Glow and teach their children the basics. Amazon targeted children between the ages of three through nine, so setting up age restriction content might be important for many parents. The Amazon Glow projects an 8-inch screen for video chat and is able to project a 22 inches screen using the screen mat. At the moment, the Amazon Glow is not yet released, but has a retail price of $299.99 and is looking to release around mid-October 2021.
With Summer finally ending, this September/October introduces the start of the Fall Semester for college students! Here’s why a projector will be great if you’re going to college!
College students are given a lot of different assignments, but the one assignment that students dread the most is presentations. Presenting in front of an entire class can definitely be nerve-racking. Practicing with friends with a projector can really help ready a person for the real deal! Sharing notes and cramming with friends can be enhanced with a projector! Simply connect a laptop to a projector and you will be able to share your notes with each other.
If your dorm room or bedroom is looking stale, then adding a projector will definitely spice things up! You can use your projector to project images or effects into your room to make it look unique when you have friends over. There are even projectors dedicated to making your room look cooler by projecting outer space or a sunset.
Having a TV is a common necessity when living in a dorm or living with roommates. TVs can definitely be pricey and a waste of money especially if you do not plan on keeping the same TV after college. A projector can be versatile with how you travel with it and it projects a bigger picture than any other TV!
Top 5 Essential Accessories For Your Home Projection Experience
Projectors have become an important part of modern homes and offices. Newer models of projectors have extensive range, with more connection settings and ports that enhance the user experience with different options to play and connect your devices. With the increase in projector’s capability, there is also an increase in accessories available for different projectors. There are a few essential accessories that help to improve the image quality while others enhance the viewers’ experience. Some projector accessories include tripods, carrying case, adapters, HDMI cables, etc…
Projector Screen: The most important accessory to have with your projector is a good projector screen since it allows for a steady, clear image. The size and quality of the screen depends on the type of projector that you have. Most modern projectors can handle projection up to about 200 inches. It is also important to know how far to position your projector screen based on the projector’s throw ratio. For rooms that have high ambient light, a light-rejecting projector screen is a must unless you can shut out the light completely.
External Speakers: Even though projectors have improved over the years, some still don’t come with built in speakers or come with very low quality speakers. Having one speaker will be enough to improve the sound quality, enough to enhance the quality of your viewing experience.
Streaming Devices: Many projectors have video input through HDMI, which allows for the use of streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and Chromecast. These devices provide more options to watch your favorite shows and movies without the need to stream videos from your laptop or phone directly to the projector.
Display Adapters: If the connector on your computer or smartphone is different from those on the projector, then you will need to include an adapter in your projector accessories list. The most popular display connectors are Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter, USB-C to HDMI adapter, and Mini HDMI to HDMI. It is important to get the right adapter accessories as you will encounter display errors when using incorrect adapters for iPhone or Samsung smartphones.
Carrying case or mounting brackets: The last accessories you should have with your projectors are the mounting brackets and carrying case. If you have a portable pico projector, you can get a carrying case that allows you to carry the projector wherever you go. A mounting bracket is nice to mount the projector into a fixed position.
There are many ways to stream movies and shows through a projector. From your phone to an Amazon Fire TV Stick, watching your favorite shows and movies has gotten easier and better over the years. Amazon Fire TV Stick is simple and straightforward to set up and use. The vast majority of the Fire Stick models are compatible with projector use via HDMI port. Projectors without an HDMI port will require a converter, such as an A/V or VGA to HDMI converter. Adapters aren’t as good as converters in making sure that your Fire TV Stick can be recognized and read by vintage projectors.
To connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a projector:
1- Plug the Fire TV Stick into the projector’s HDMI port, and connect the USB cable to an USB power source.
2- Turn the system on and select the HDMI/Digital Input option.
3- Connect to Wifi and set up your Amazon account for Home Customization.
4- Connect the projector to an external speaker source like Bluetooth Speakers (if the projector supports Bluetooth), a Receiver, or another audio solution (an HDMI Audio extractor or wireless HDMI Kit).
There are many different ways to express creativity when dealing with photography. One popular style of photography is Projector Photograph. With the right equipment and setup, you can turn your normal photoshoot into an “Art of Projection”. The main thing to focus on for projector photography is your shooting environment, your camera, and the projector that you will use.
It is important to find the right projector for you. For projector photography, you will need at least 1080p resolution with at least 1200 lumen brightness. It is also important to know your filming location since a more portable projector might be advantageous. One recommended projector would be the AAXA 4K1 Projectorwith 4K native support. Modern projectors are nice with different ways to connect and mirror directly from your phone, giving you the option to create unique backdrops and lighting that are unique to you.
Some things to bear in mind is the colour temperature of the image you are projecting. Select an image that’s nice and bright, with large sections of white, and just project that as your background. It will take a couple of trials to get the best shots and exposure to the projector settings, so you should keep practicing and trying different camera settings. .
For a lot of people, finding the perfect spot for TV can be tough considering the many factors like the lighting and limited space. With the increase in popularity for 4K home entertainment projectors, many people are switching to 4K projectors instead of traditional 4K televisions. The benefits of a 4K projector setup is that you can go from 50 inch to 150 inch screen without taking up any space in your living area. It is also cheaper to buy a flat 100-150 inch screen than it is to buy 100 inch televisions.
Projectors are increasing in all aspects including throw ratio, allowing users to display 100 inch screen size with the projectors only 3-4 inches away from the screen. It used to be much more expensive to get a projector with a high lumens brightness, but now it is much more affordable. The number of lumens needed for a room is determined by the amount of ambient light in the room. If there is a high amount of ambient light then the projector will need higher lumens to properly light the screen. With modern 4K projectors ranging from 2000-5000 lumens, there are many options out there that will work best with your home setup.
When setting up your projector for your home setup, there are many options to mount or place your projector. Most will mount the projector, place it on a table, or mobile projector stand. Mounting the projector is the most common because of the fixed location and the option to hide cables into the ceiling. Mobile home theater entertainment is also becoming popular with new mini portable 4K projectors like AAXA 4K1 Projector, allowing the user to not be limited to just the living room with the size and portability of the projector.
The built in sound quality of internal speakers in the 4K projectors are good, but not movie theater experience good. To add to the home theater experience, most people will include external speakers to the setup. There are many types of external speakers that you can use, like sound bars, bookshelves speakers, or Bluetooth speakers. Sound bars are popular aesthetically because of the form factor, allowing users to install under or near the screen without taking up much space. One good cheap sound bar is the Bose TV Speakerswith options to connect using HDMI or optical audio. For wireless Bluetooth connection, the Sonos Oneis a mid-priced smart speaker with the option to control audio from your phone, without the hassle of running long cables from your speakers to the projector.
Have you ever seen floors, walls, or objects with abstract light and shadow effects, that look like they are coming to life? If so, you probably saw a version of video mapping or projection mapping. Lighting a 3D object or an irregular shape with a digital display is called video mapping or projection mapping. Video/projection mapping had been popular with DJ artists using lights from projectors to enhance the audio with synced visuals. Recently, projection mapping has been used on a large scale projection such as Cinderella Castle in Disney Parks, which is used to project special 3D events and shows. Large scale projection mapping like this uses large projectors with 20,000 lumens output or greater. Video mapping has also become more mainstream with the accessibility to many different types of projectors as well as specialized software to help design and map the projection.
Video and projection mapping is not easy work as it requires a lot of planning as well as learning 3D modelling. If you are thinking of creating your own interactive video mapping project, here are some simplified steps that might help you understand the process. A more detailed instruction can be found at Make an Affordable Interactive Videomapped Installation. The first step is to determine what image or video to project as well as the object or surface that you want to project on. After that, you would need to find out what projector you want to use based on your where, how, and what you are planning on doing for the mapping. You want to install the projector at a fixed location. Next, you are going to need to design your image to fit with the surface that you are working on. On irregular surfaces, you will need video mapping software such as MadMapper, HeavyM, Qlab, Troixatronix’s Isadora, FaçadeSignage, ArKaos, or Photopshop to help you edit your design. If you are able to get your design, the next step is to use your projector to display your designs. For more examples for creative ideas, you can check out: Top 20 Best Projection Mapping Examples. For smaller scale video mapping on everyday objects, check out this Projection Mapping website.
I’m sure if you’re an avid TikTok user, you already know about the many trends that arise from the app. One of the latest trends that are going viral on the app is the “Fake Window” Challenge. How it works is very simple and anyone can do it, so long as you have the right tools (hint: projector?)
What is the “Fake Window” Challenge?
The “Fake Window” challenge is exactly as the name states, a fake window. This is done by using a projector in your room to project a video of a fake window. This gives off the appearance that the view from your bedroom could literally be anything! During times like this when it’s normal to stay home, being able to have a change of scenery in the comfort of your bedroom is great.
There are two things you will need for this challenge to work:
A fake window video/gif(can be found on the internet)
A projector (doesn’t need to be something fancy)
Finding the best “Fake Window”
Do a quick google search and you’ll be able to find a lot of different fake window images. Most people usually use videos to give off that super-realistic feeling where they can not only see but hear as well! These videos can easily be found on YouTube, here’s a link to one:
The Best Projector for YOU
There isn’t necessarily a perfect projector for this challenge to work. Obviously, some projectors are overall better than those that aren’t nearly as good, but people shouldn’t be limited to expensive choices. An example of a good projector at an average price would be the AAXA BP1 Bluetooth Speaker Projector ($155 USD).
AAXA is well known for its PICO (portable and mini) projectors, making their projectors a perfect example of this type of challenge. We wouldn’t want to have a super big projector bringing in heat when doing this challenge (especially since summer is just around the corner), we want to be able to show you something that affordable and convenient! The BP1 Bluetooth Speaker Projector as the name states is a mini projector and a speaker at the same time. This portable projector will get you the best of both worlds in terms of picture quality and ambient sounds to soothe you while you lay near your fake window.
Another contender that would be great for this challenge is another projector from AAXA, the P300 Neo 420 Lumen Pico Projector($294 USD). With its sleek design, lightweight, and native 720p resolution, you best believe you’ll have an amazing experience with this mini projector, not just with the “Fake Window” challenge but with many different uses as well! This mini projector is great for the challenge especially if you’re looking to have it running without being plugged in. Wait, did I forget to mention that it has a rechargeable battery? Well, that’s a bonus in itself, you won’t be limited to a fixed location and you can place it anywhere you want since its keystone function will allow you to adjust the vertical angle from where you place the projector.
So what are you waiting for? Go get a projector and download the best “fake window” image or video you can find, and let us know your results!
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.