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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.